Red Fish specializes in cuisine where a blend of homemade spices, tropical fruits and vegetables are combined with Lowcountry specialties and we are committed to serving our guests the freshest ingredients possible. Wine shop with more than 1,000 bottles.
Johnny Cahill wants you to experience a taste of some true Southern comfort food and welcomes the opportunity to have you join him for a delicious home style meal. There’s a relaxed country atmosphere with hanging baskets, colorful blooms, and family style dining. There are so many reasons to stop by and visit the Cahill’s…. Read More…
We are your source of Fresh Pasta and Italian gourmet food ingredients. Bringing a taste of little Italy to the Low Country. Enjoy a gourmet meal without paying restaurant prices. Our products are not found in local grocery stores. We are located off HWY 46 in Bluffton Village, across the parking lot from the Post Office, near the road entrance leading to the Public Library. Come by and visit us. Enjoy fresh pasta. (843) 540-2095.
Shrimp Aglio and Olio over Angel Hair Pasta RecipeTest
Enough angel hair pasta for 2
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (local is best!)
1 vine-ripe tomato, diced
6 fresh basil leaves
1 tsp fresh garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 tsp coarse black pepper
1/4 tsp ground garlic
1/4 cup strong chicken broth
1/4 cup tomato sauce (Prego or similar)
1/3 stick of butter
1. Cook pasta, rinse and set aside.
2. In a large sauté pan, heat oil until hot. Add shrimp, fresh tomato, fresh basil, fresh garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add salt, pepper and garlic. Mix well.
3. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce and butter. Bring to a semi-boil. (Don’t overcook.)
4. Run angel hair pasta under hot water to loosen and drain. Put pasta into bowl and top with sauce. Serve with crispy bread and top with parmesan cheese, if desired. Pair with a nice Pinot Noir and enjoy!
Recipes Courtesy of
Sigler’s Rotisserie & SeafoodTest
12 Sheridan Park Circle | Bluffton | (843) 815-5030
This is an easy recipe with very little cleanup that works well in a 5×7 dish for a dozen or two ravioli. All ingredients are available at The Village Pasta Shoppe.
16 oz. The Village Pasta Shoppe’s Homemade Marinara Sauce, plus an additional 8 oz. to top off
1 Dozen Fresh Ravioli (your choice of flavor)
¼ lb. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1. Pour a layer of about 8 oz. marinara sauce at the bottom of a 5×7 dish. Then place 6 ravioli of your choice on top of the marinara sauce. Cover the ravioli with another 8 oz. of marinara sauce. Add another layer of 6 ravioli. Top off with an additional 8 oz. of marinara sauce. Sprinkle a generous amount of grated parmesan cheese over the sauce.
2. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 30-40 minutes.
*Additional layers of ravioli can be added. Each additional layer of 6 ravioli needs at least 8 oz. of house marinara sauce. Six ravioli equal one serving.
Recipe courtesy of The Village Pasta Shoppe
Mulberry Street TrattoriaTest
1476 Fording Island Rd. Suite B | Bluffton | (843) 837-2426
The Cottage CafeTest
38 Calhoun St. | Bluffton | (843) 757-0508
May River GrillTest
1263 May River Rd., Suite D | Bluffton | (843) 757-5755
1262 Fording Island Rd. | Bluffton | (843) 705-7001
130 Plantation Business Park, Suite 208 | Bluffton | (843) 757-6688
Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-QTest
872 Fording Island Road | Bluffton | (843) 706-9741
1 Village Park Square | Palmetto Bluff • Bluffton | (843) 706-6630
27 Dr. Mellichamp Drive #108 | Bluffton | (843) 757-0380
Claude & Uli’s BistroTest
1533 Fording Island Rd. #302 | Bluffton | (843) 837-3336
British Open PubTest
1 Sheridan Drive #G | Bluffton | (843) 705-4005
5 Facts About Old Town BlufftonTest
1. Old Town is a great destination for visitors.
Situated along a natural bluff overlooking the May River, Old Town Bluffton features historic homes converted into chic boutiques, treasure-filled antique shops, caffeine-rich cafés and colorful art galleries. Wander through Bluffton’s shady streets, play cornhole, sample happy hour specials and discover beautiful works of art by Lowcountry artists.
2. History lives on Bluffton’s streets.
Although some of Bluffton’s homes were burned in 1863 during the Civil War, the historic structures that remain offer insight into the mercantile society of river traders who once occupied them. Today, Calhoun Street has the community’s densest concentration of historic homes and art galleries.
3. Southern hospitality is always in style.
The historic Heyward House
The Heyward House, located at 70 Boundary St., is the Official Welcome Center for the Town of Bluffton, offering free maps, information and more. This historic home, built in 1841 and inspired by planters’ homes in the British West Indies, is open for guided tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4. Bluffton offers memorable
By Jay fraser4 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Popular annual events in Bluffton include Mayfest, which originally started in 1978 and unites local artisans and musicians to celebrate local culture, and the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, which features original art, kayak tours, a 5K run and plenty of fresh, local seafood.
48 Burnt Church Rd. | Bluffton | (843) 706-9907
Southern Barrel Brewing Co.Test
375 Buckwalter Place Blvd. | Bluffton | (843) 837-2337
Mulberry Street TrattoriaTest
1476 Fording Island Rd. | Bluffton | (843) 837-2426
Captain Woody’s Seafood BarTest
17 State of Mind St. | Bluffton | (843) 757-6222
Longhorn Steakhouse Outlaw Ribeye RecipeTest
They say the Longhorn Steakhouse Outlaw Ribeye is so good it is criminal. If prepared right, this juicy marbling, perfectly seasoned and fire-grilled 18 oz. of bone-in flavor will certainly become a favorite.
• USDA Choice 18 Oz. Bone-In Ribeye
• Longhorn Char Seasoning
1. Prepare the open flame.
2. Char grill with a light coat of canola oil.
3. Season Outlaw Ribeye coast to coast, both sides, with Longhorn Char Broil Seasoning.
4. Grill steak to appropriate doneness.
5. Top with our Longhorn signature Lemon Butter Sauce.
Recipes Courtesy of Longhorn Steakhouse.
133 Belfair Village Dr. | Bluffton | (843) 815-8226
Promenade Street & May River Road | Bluffton | (843) 816-5674
Crab Cakes RecipeTest
Crab Cake 1 lb. jumbo lump crabmeat
Handful of flat-leaf Italian parsley
Red pepper, diced small
½ cup Secret Imperial Crab Cake Mix
Handful of fresh bread crumbs
Remoulade sauce to taste
1 gallon mayonnaise
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. white pepper
2 Tbsp. lemon pepper
1 Tbsp. curry powder
2 ½ Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 zest of lemon
3 dashes of Tabasco
1 red pepper to every 2 lbs. of crab meat
Put jumbo lump crab in a mixing bowl. Crack egg over the crabmeat and scatter parsley over the mixture. Add diced red pepper, Secret Imperial Crab Cake Mix, fresh bread crumbs (not too much) and mix gently by hand making sure the egg is well incorporated. Cover mixture and let it sit in the refrigerator for approximately one hour. Mold crab cakes into preferred size and brown on each side until done. Top with remoulade sauce to taste. Enjoy!
Recipes Courtesy of
Hilton Head Island beaches are some of the finest and most pristine in the Southeast. And since summer is in full swing and they are just a few miles away from Bluffton, now is the time to take advantage of them! Here’s all that you info you’ll need to know before you go.
Public Beach Access:
Alder Lane Beach Access, off South Forest Beach Dr.
There are 23 metered spaces at Alder Lane, 54 metered spaces at Folly Field and 13 metered spaces at Burkes Beach Road. The parking fee is a quarter for each 15 minutes.
Additionally, there are 207 spaces at Driessen Beach Park for long-term parking. The fee is a quarter for each 30 minutes during the week.
The majority of parking spaces at Islanders Beach Park are reserved for annual beach passes, but there are some metered spaces.
Parking at Driessen Beach Park for annual beach passes is reserved from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parking is FREE at Fish Haul Park, Mitchelville Beach Park, Coligny Beach Park and at Chaplin Community Park, adjacent to Burkes Beach. Handicap parking is available at no fee at all parks.
Restrooms, changing areas and sand showers are available.
Turtle nesting site and warning sign. Photo: Amber Kuehn.
Possession or consumption of alcohol
Glass (bottles, containers, etc.)
Indecent exposure or nudity
Disturbing the peace
Fires and fireworks
Horseback riding or motorized driving
Removal, harming or harassment of any live beach fauna (sea turtles, sea turtle nests and sand dollars, etc.)
Removal, alteration or damage to dunes, sea oats or other indigenous dune flora
Operation, launching or landing of unauthorized motorized watercraft
Unauthorized commercial activity
Sleeping on the beach between midnight and 6 a.m.
Unauthorized wearing of life-guard emblems, insignias, etc.
Solicitation or distribution of handouts
Kites not under manual control
Additional Prohibitions In Designated Swimming Areas – Peak Season: (Between sunrise and sunset, April 1 – Sept. 30):
Fishing or surfcasting
Surfboards, boogie boards, etc.
Frisbee or other sports involving a ball
Games with metal components
Stunt kites and sand sailing
Designated Swimming Areas:
Official swimming areas have been designated for the Alder Lane, Coligny, Driessen, Folly Field and Islanders Beach Parks. The boundaries will be clearly marked on the beach and in the water. Lifeguards are stationed at these designated areas for assistance and beach information.
Beach Marker Signs:
Hilton Head’s beaches are marked near the dune line with signs to let emergency responders know where assistance is needed. They are also useful as a reference point if you or your group should become lost.
Animals are NOT permitted between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Animals MUST be on a leash between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day and the Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30. Pets must be on leash or under positive voice control at all other times. Persons in control of animals on the beach are required to remove and properly dispose of excrement. Ordinance signs are posted at most beach access points.
Please take care of our beaches and leave only your footprints!
11 State of Mind Way | Bluffton | (843) 757-7427
Choo Choo BBQ XpressTest
129 Burnt Church Rd. | Bluffton | (843) 815-7675
The May River: A Shimmering TreasureTest
For generations, the May River in Bluffton has united Lowcountry residents who live along the shores of this shimmering estuary.
During the antebellum period, Savannah-area plantation owners brought their families to spend the summer under the shade of the live oak trees lining the May River. The breezes off the river prevented the intrusion of mosquitoes lurking on sweltering rice plantations and spreading diseases like malaria and yellow fever.
When Union soldiers drove Hilton Head residents out of their homes during the Civil War, they sought asylum in Bluffton, which earned its name from the signature high banks along the May River. That natural bluff made it easy for Confederate soldiers to spot an invasion attempt during the tumultuous Civil War.
South Carolina’s economic saving grace during the post-war Reconstruction Era, the May River was used to transport goods and summer vacationers between Savannah and other port cities.
By any measure, the most coveted resource sold along the water trade route were the oysters that inhabited the pristine river. South Carolina’s oysters, or Eastern oysters as they are called, continue to be in high demand for the authentic taste of the Lowcountry the bivalves provide. As the oysters clean and filter the water of the May River, they absorb some of the salty Southern flavoring that can only be found in South Carolina’s waters.
Home to some of the nation’s tastiest oysters, the May River also serves as an unofficial community gathering spot when the tides roll out. On any given summer day, the May River Sand Bar is lined with boats blasting music, mariners playing cornhole, the sweet smell of fresh food on the grill and kids chasing after newfound friends. The sunset version of this come-as-you-are party may be the highlight of any South Carolina summer.
A short walk from the shops in Old Town Bluffton, the May River can be accessed at the end of Calhoun Street or the sandy Brighton Beach. Tours of the Church of the Cross are available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Tours of the Garvin-Garvey Freedman’s Cottage are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 per person; free admission for children.
1017 Fording Island Rd. | Bluffton | (843) 706-9222
Squat N’ GobbleTest
1231 May River Rd. | Bluffton | (843) 757-4242
Old Town DispensaryTest
15 Captains Cove | Bluffton | (843) 837-1893
25 Sherington Dr. | Bluffton | (843) 706-6178
25 Bluffton Road #613 | Bluffton | (843) 815-4540
1 lb. Package Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa
4 Ears of Fresh Corn, broken in half
8-10 Small Red Potatoes
2 lbs. Fresh, Wild Caught SC Shrimp, shell on
J & O Seasoning (available at Bluffton Oyster Factory)
1. In a large pot, bring around 1 1/2 gallons of water to a rolling boil. Cut sausage into 2-inch pieces and add to the water; steam for about 10 minutes. Add corn and potatoes and cook just until potatoes are fork tender. Add the shrimp to the water and tumble with other ingredients to ensure shrimp are covered in the water. Steam for around two minutes or so until the shrimp are pink. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp.
2. Drain all ingredients and spread out onto a large sheet pan and sprinkle with J & O Seasoning to taste.
3. Serve with cocktail sauce, melted butter and your favorite beverage. Dig in and enjoy!
4. Serves four adults.
Courtesy of Toomers’ Bluffton Seafood House
27 Dr. Mellinchamp Dr. Unit 101 | Bluffton | (843) 757-7200
1555 Fording Island Rd. | Bluffton | (843) 837-4647
1008 Fording Island Road #B | Bluffton | (843) 815-5555
91 Towne Drive | Bluffton | (843) 815-5551
Visit the Pinckney Island National Wildlife RefugeTest
The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, located near the bridge to Hilton Head Island, offers an ideal place to enjoy the natural beauty of the Lowcountry.
By James Earl (d. 1796) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
From 1937 to 1975, when it was donated to the Fish and Wildlife Service, Pinckney Island was privately owned and managed as a game preserve. Established in 1975, the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge features more than 4,000 acres of wild Lowcountry beauty, including Pinckney Island, Corn Island, Big Harry Island, Little Harry Island, Buzzard Island and numerous small hammocks.
Nearly 67% of the refuge consists of salt marsh and tidal creeks, which support a diversity of bird and plant life. Wildlife commonly observed on Pinckney Island includes waterfowl, shorebirds, bald eagles, wood storks, wading birds, raptors, neo-tropical migrants, white-tailed deer and American alligators, with large concentrations of white ibis, herons and egrets.
The refuge offers ideal opportunities for hiking, bicycling, photography and wildlife observation.
Suggested Hiking/Biking Trips:
All trips begin and end at the parking area located half a mile from the refuge entrance; distances are round-trip.
Ibis Pond: 1.2 miles
Shell Point: 4.6 miles
Starr Pond: 2 miles
Osprey Pond: 3 miles
Nini Chapin and Barker Ponds: 3.6 miles
Bull Point: 5 miles
Dick Point: 7.4 miles
Clubhouse Pond: 6.2 miles
White Point: 7.8 miles
Burnt Church & Bruin Road | Bluffton | (843) 290-8585
Succulent Seafood Appetizer – May River Grill!Test
Chef Charlie Sternburgh could be the poster child for enthusiasm and determination.
Years ago, Chef Sternburgh was working in an area restaurant. The head chef left the job unexpectedly before opening night. Without any formal culinary training, Chef Sternburgh courageously walked into the kitchen and set up shop.
What he brought to the table was a love for cooking. His father, a butcher, and his grandmother instilled this love in him. He honed his skills and developed a following. He decided to open The May River Grill.
The May River Grill opened in 2007, transforming what was once a gas station into a cozy, uncluttered and inviting room with an open kitchen. The tables are far enough apart that you couldn’t straighten a fellow diner’s napkin even if you felt the need to do so.
The real estate mantra “location, location, location” is not lost here. Streets lined with enormous trees, dripping with Spanish moss and history, adorn the historic town of Bluffton, with its galleries, antique shops, historic homes and churches. The downtown section sits on a high bluff overlooking the pristine May River. Picturesque is an understatement. Majestic comes closer to describing the view.
A walk around Boundary and Calhoun streets, and all the tiny side streets inbetween, is a good way to work up an appetite for Chef Sternburgh’s menu. The fresh seafood offerings are many: Shrimp aglioe olio (garlic and olive oil), crispy oysters with horseradish cream, seafood curry, and seafood-stuffed salmon. The restaurant’s oyster supplier is the Bluffton Oyster Company, which has been shucking oysters for nearly a century. The classic dishes we are all a little hesitant to admit we enjoy are not forgotten on the menu. The veal Marsala, crispy duck and sautéed calf’s liver have a safe haven here.
Quality service is another reason the regular clients return time after time.
“They appreciate having a rapport with the same wait staff person they had on their previous visit,” Chef Sternburgh says. “Teamwork is key.” Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable seem like essential attributes in a wait staff, yet many restaurants don’t seem to meet the criteria.
The favorite dessert at May River Grill is chocolate mousse in an oatmeal crunch basket. All the desserts are made from scratch daily, and I’m happy the mousse is presented in a basket, which makes it easier to take home an extra one!
CARRIE B. HIRSCH of Hilton Head has broad experience in the culinary arts. Carrie wrote this article for South Carolina Living Magazine, October 2009.
SHRIMP AGLIO E OLIO
½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, finely minced
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 medium ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
5 basil leaves, julienned
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup water
In a small bowl, combine to create:
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
½ teaspoon paprika
In a large skillet, heat olive oil (not extra virgin as it can be too sharp) and minced garlic. Sauté on medium-high heat until garlic begins to brown. Add shrimp and sauté one minute. Add tomatoes, basil, chicken broth, water, then sprinkle with seasoned salt; bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Divide portions equally between four small bowls. Serve with crusty bread for dipping. To create ample portions to serve as a main course, double this recipe, then serve over angel hair pasta. Serves 4 as an appetizer.
27 Dr Mellichamp Drive | Bluffton | (843) 815-5005
The May River Shrimp Festival promises fun for the whole family!Test
July 19 – 20. 5-9 p.m.
Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St.
What It’s About:
May River Shrimp Festival will return to the Oyster Factory Park from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday and 4-9 p.m. on Friday with live music, an arts and crafts village and a food court full of our delicious seafood from local restaurants! A part of the Bluffton Sunset Party Series, the May River Shrimp Festival welcomes the community to celebrate local foods, vendors, craft beer and homegrown music in a kid- and pet-friendly environment. Tickets for the Bluffton Sunset Parties are $5 at the entrance, while children 12 and under get in for FREE. Everyone is welcome. Come by boat, bike or golf cart. Lawn chairs and leashed pets are permitted, but no outside food or drinks will be allowed.
For more information about the May River Shrimp Festival, go to blufftonsunsetparty.com or call Bear Foot Sports at (843) 757-8520.
4376 Bluffton Pkwy. | Bluffton | (843) 757-1999
Cahill’s Corned Beef Hash RecipeTest
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup diced bell pepper
1/4 cup diced sweet onion
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup cubed and cooked corned beef (I use Cahill’s homemade)
1 cup ½-square cubed potatoes (I like baking potatoes, but any potato will work)
Salt & pepper to taste (keep in mind, corned beef can be very salty.)
2 cups beef broth
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onions and cook until onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook for one minute while stirring. Add corned beef and cook for two minutes. Stir in potatoes and season with salt & pepper. Stir in beef broth and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce to simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook until potatoes are tender (approximately 10-15 minutes). Remove from heat and let stand. Any leftover broth should be absorbed by the potatoes. To serve, add desired amount to a well-greased skillet and brown both sides. Serve on a platter topped with Cahill’s farm fresh eggs and toast.
Recipes Courtesy of Cahill’s Market
R&D Wine BoutiqueTest
1011 Fording Island Rd. | Bluffton | (843) 837-3747
Wild Wing CafeTest
1188 Fording Island Road | Bluffton | (843) 837-9453
13 State of Mind Street | Bluffton | (843) 757-9190
Throughout most of the year in Bluffton, butterflies can be seen gathering nectar or flying along roadsides and waters’ edges. The fall in particular is a great time to spot butterflies along their migrations. These beautiful creatures come in a spectacular range of colors and the gulf fritillary is no exception, with its bright orange wings and iridescent silver… Read More…
Fall and winter mean Oyster Season in the South. With the humidity lowering and the cool breezes of fall blowing in, there is nothing better than sharing an oyster roast with friends and family. Oysters from Beaufort County are unique in flavor with a salty sweetness unrivaled by oysters from any other area. South Carolina’s… Read More…
By Mike Overton, Outside Hilton Head In May of 1979, I was a fledgling college student with an idea of opening a windsurfing school. On a whim, a truck loaded six windsurfers and equal parts of excitement and anxiety into my car as we ventured into unknown territory. I had never traveled south of Washington, D.C., and by the… Read More…
Savannah’s scenic jewels make this historic city remarkably beautiful and unforgettable. The 22 squares in Savannah today provide locals and visitors alike with a little greenery amid all the businesses and historic houses. At one time there were 24 historic squares, but two were lost due to city development while others, such as Ellis Square, were redesigned… Read More…
From traditional Southern meals to sugary sippin’s and late night nibbles, the Lowcountry’s culinary scene is vast and growing immensely nationwide. But you don’t have to spend a fortune at restaurants to sample some of the South’s specialties. Fried Green Tomatoes: This simple golden side dish peaked in popularity when the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” came… Read More…