Taste Hall Of Fame
On an island long defined by its cuisine, there are some restaurants that rise above the rest to become institutions, as much a part of Hilton Head as the beaches and marshes. Indeed, these are eateries that helped create that culinary reputation that defines us, writing Hilton Head’s epicurean history one plate at a time.
To celebrate these institutions and give them the recognition they deserve, we proudly launch this, the first class in the Taste of Hilton Head Hall of Fame.
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Revered by locals, celebrated by visitors, Charlie’s L’etoile Verte has carved out a name for itself based on its sumptuous array of continental-inspired cuisine and casually sophisticated atmosphere that’s pure Hilton Head.
Balancing out a menu as storied as Charlie’s against an ever-rotating selection of specials is a tightrope walk that Charlie Golson and his crew walk with astonishing skill (in fact, his daughter Margaret Pearman writes each day’s menu by hand). Yes, you’ll always find the flounder meuniere (and it’s worth finding) but you’ll also find seasonal dishes prepared with exquisite care and mouth-watering expertise.
The restaurant recently underwent a slight makeover at the beginning of the year, putting a fresh look to one of Hilton Head’s favorite restaurants.
Before there was a Hilton Head, there was Hudson’s.
The legendary Benny Hudson built his restaurant on a bed of oyster shells, the byproduct of his long-running seafood operation on that spot going back decades. At a time when the resort era of Hilton Head Island was just beginning, Hudson’s was among the first to hang out his shingle and hungry visitors responded in droves.
Hudson’s has evolved step-by-step with Hilton Head Island. Hudson’s legacy became the Carmines family legacy when he sold the restaurant to Brian and Gloria in 1975. Today, their son Andrew captains the ship, continuing a devotion to serving the freshest local seafood in restaurant venerated by locals and visitors alike.
The first family of Hilton Head Island cuisine lives here.
For 35 years, Reilley’s Grill and Bar has been serving up authentic Irish pub fare in an atmosphere of old-world comfort. Here everyone’s a regular, from the locals who have made it their neighborhood watering hole to the tourists who put this one their must-visit list every time they visit. Inside, the restaurant’s character evokes a classic Boston pub. Outside, the spacious patio makes for one of the most consistently happening hotspots on the south end.
The Reilley family has been a driving force of the island’s restaurant scene, branching out to all points of the island under the banner of the CRAB Group. And it all started here, at the island’s favorite pub.