roastfish_cornbreadBlackened catfish, homemade hush puppies and Chef David’s signature sweet potato cornbread – Lowcountry cooking at it’s finest. Roastfish & Cornbread (R&C) was the one place my Aunt Kristi HAD to visit when we took our Girls Getaway to Hilton Head last month. She talked about it so much I was almost skeptical and thought this place better be worth the two hour wait to be seated – and it was.
Nestled on a side street about 10 minutes from our Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort villa, this quaint, country restaurant offers a casual, relaxing atmosphere with some of the best local food on the island. Picnic tables and chairs provide a comfortable outdoor arena for sipping drinks while waiting to be seated. I normally allow myself a little indulging when I travel as I try to eat healthy most of the time when I’m home – especially when I’m marathon training. One of the many great things about R&C is that it has an extensive vegetarian menu so you can enjoy this delectable southern cuisine and stay on track. Did I do that? Of course not, I deferred to our waiter, Earl, a local who helped me choose the perfect combination of Lowcountry specialties tailored just to my liking. Yes, substitutions are possible.

Shrimp_and_gritsI dined on blackened shrimp, sweet potato fries, cheese grits and hush puppies! My aunt had her favorite – one of R&C’s signature dishes – the whole roasted branzino. I had to take a taste and it was AMAZING.

After filling up on their generous portions make sure to save room to enjoy some dessert. They offer a variety of home-made treats including a melt-in-your-mouth key lime pie. We devoured had one fresh out of the oven while we were waiting for our table and couldn’t wait to order more after our meal.

My kids weren’t with me this trip but I will definitely bring them back as the restaurant boast a healthy kids menu including organic chicken fingers, mini burgers and “Not Your Mama’s” – almond butter and organic fruit spread on 100% honey wheat bread. Yes, I want one of those for me.

The upside: The atmosphere; the food; and the prices were reasonable. Did I mention how good the food is? Ahem.

The downside: The two-hour wait. Call ahead to see how long the wait is; and be prepared with some games or activities for the kids. It’s worth it.

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Until next time, I’m off and running …