Hilton Head restaurants for two adults

Old Dec 6th, 2004, 06:52 AM
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That's not a fair question. Or, rather, I should say it's a fair question, but I'll have to give an unfair answer.
You see, we first went to Charlie's in 1988 when it was just 10 tables and the other half of the building was a bar, called, I think, Smokey Joe's. Charlie's had only been open a year or so, and Leah, Cathey, and Terrell were the service staff, and Chad was the cook.
We had a timeshare on the island and went to Charlie's 3 or 4 times during the week of our share (mid-September).
In fact, one year we got so fed up with being disappointed at other restaurants, we went to Charlie's every night they were open. Plus lunch on the day we left for the airport.
And, as odd as this may seem to some people, when we were looking for a job and location change, one of the factors on the list that said "Hilton Head" was the fact that Charlie's was here. Look, you have your tangible/intangible values list, and I'll have mine.
So we have history there.
When the idea of Sea Grass first surfaced, we let our friends, as they had become over 15 years, know that we were excited for them and looking forward to when they opened. We were there the first night and have been back many times (we're having New Year's Eve there, too).
So when we go there, it is like being welcomed into the home of a friend. It's not that we get special service compared to others, it's that everyone gets special service. Cathy is a bubbly, happy person, while Terrell seems quietly efficient. Both taste the specials of the evening in order to explain them to you. Terrell has an excellent knowledge of the surprisingly wide-ranging wine list, and is ready with a recommendation for every dish.
He also has a wonderfully dry sense of humor.
That having been said, I like Redfish a lot, too. Chris Locascio, the wine director, has wine tastings once a month or so (usually the winemakers or owner of small Napa/Sonoma wineries, but also French, Spanish, Italian, and on one memorable day, a consortium of 8 Austrian winemakers on a marketing trip through the US with LOTS of their wines).
After the tastings, we like to go into Redfish (usually there are 4 of us) and have a tapas-style meal of a half-dozen appetizers (Redfish always accompanies the wine tastings with an extensive fruit, cheese, bread and craker plate).
We've gotten to know some of the wait staff there, plus Lisa, one of their staff, formerly worked for 4 years at the club house of the plantation where we live and we know her well from that stint.
So, after that long-winded answer, I would absolutely covet a Sea Grass gift certificate, because the dining expeience there is so warmly comfortable.
On the other hand, I'll never say NO! to a Redfish goft certificate, either.
But Sea Grass is a special place for my wife and I.
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