Beaufort, South Carolina is a small town with big flavor. From local hole in the walls to fine dining, there’s something for everyone to eat. While we were in Beaufort, we had the chance to try several local restaurants. Eating at local restaurants is on of our favorite parts of a trip, because it gives us the chance to sample things we can’t get anywhere else, and gives us a taste of what the town or city is all about. Plus, who doesn’t love supports local businesses?
1.Saltus River Grill
Our first night in town, we had dinner at Saltus River Grill. Located on the beautiful waterfront, Saltus is your to-to if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion. From their gorgeous patio (we all know how I feel about patio dining, right? It’s the best!) to their low-country inspired menu, everything about Saltus feels special. Choose from a variety of seafood dishes, like the shrimp and grits, or opt for something land-based, like the steak. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Saltus prides itself on using the freshest locally sourced ingredients, which Chef Brian Waters turns into an unforgettable meal. If you’re a seafood fan, check out the shrimp and grits. You won’t regret it.
Be sure to save room for the dessert menu too! We tried four of their offerings and everyone had a different favorite. I fell for the creme brulee and could have eaten the entire dish myself!
2. Low Country Produce Market and Cafe
Lowcountry Produce Market and Cafe was our lunch destination on our second day in town. This former post office turned Cafe and market is the perfect casual destination for anyone who loves brunch. Serving breakfast and lunch on Monday through Saturday and small plates on Friday nights, this small chain consists of three restaurants in Beaufort, Hilton Head, and Seabrook. No, you can’t get breakfast and lunch at the same time, but both the breakfast and lunch menu are made so you won’t feel like you’re missing out.
We visited for lunch hours and had a hard time choosing from the array of salads and sandwiches that were offered. The chicken salad sandwich is highly recommended, as is the “Ooey Gooey,” a grown-up grilled cheese. I chose to get the Lobeco Chicken Salad just for the promise of beet chow-chow. After we left, I regretted not checking the market section to see if I could take some home. Lowcountry Produce also offers a variety of to-go foods, such as tomato pie, cookies, and bread. The market also offers gems such as kitchen towels with southern sayings.
3. Old Bull Tavern
The Old Bull Tavern is a local secret. Hidden off of West 7th street, we walked past the restaurant three times before we noticed the small sign announcing the restaurant. Once we settled in for dinner, we could see why the locals kept this restaurant to themselves! Advertised as a “gastropub”, the restaurant was packed during our entire meal. The space is cozy and intimate, with two serving areas and a bar area. The decor caught my eye too. An old English phone booth served as a walk between the two dining areas.
I chose the tenderlion and was surprised at the reasonable price. My steak was covered with a delicate blue cheese sauce and served over a bed of mashed potatoes, which were deliciously smooth and creamy. The service was top notch. Our waitress was happy to explain specials and when told that we were also celebrating my birthday, surprised me with a candle on top of my tiramisu. Be sure to ask about their signature cocktails.
Have you visited Beaufort, South Carolina? Where is your favorite dining spot?