One of the ways the diversity of the U.S. is best experienced is through food. Different regions utilize different techniques and flavors in their cuisine. In the South, you’ll experience “Lowcountry cooking,” a unique and delicious style of food.
You’re probably wondering what exactly Lowcountry food is. To help you wrap your head around this regional cooking style, the team at Sunset Rentals has prepared a guide for you all about Lowcountry cuisine.
What is Lowcountry?
Before we dive into the specifics of Lowcountry cooking, it’s important to define the area we’re talking about where the Lowcountry is. Many represent the Lowcountry as the southern region of South Carolina’s coast. By most definitions, it includes Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties. However, depending on who you’re talking to, this area could be well expanded, even reaching as far as Georgia.
What is Lowcountry Cooking?
Lowcountry cooking incorporates many of the different ingredients commonly found in the Lowcountry. That means dishes typically center around seafood, vegetables, and rice. It might not sound like much on paper, but with fresh ingredients and a great recipe, your mouth will be watering. Perhaps the most famous example of Lowcountry cuisine is shrimp and grits. This traditional dish is commonly eaten for breakfast, but it’s just as good for lunch or supper. Lowcountry boil, also known as Frogmore or Beaufort stew, is another classic Lowcountry dish. This boil, which features shellfish, corn, potatoes, and other vegetables, is common at gatherings or community events. Soups and stews are other Lowcountry cooking staples. Gumbo is a great example of this. Gumbo consists of stock, meat or shellfish, celery, bell peppers, onions, and usually some additional spice.
Where to Try Lowcountry Cooking in Hilton Head Island
If you’re interested in getting a taste of Lowcountry cooking, you’re in luck; there are several outstanding restaurants on Hilton Head Island serving up these tasty dishes. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:
- Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar: Focuses on Lowcountry cuisine with local ingredients.
- Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks: An eatery right on the water that prides on using the freshest ingredients.
- A Lowcountry Backyard Restaurant: A unique, casual restaurant with an incredible atmosphere serving up Lowcountry favorites.
- Bad Biscuit: The go-to place to experience Lowcountry breakfast and brunch.
- The Old Oyster Factory: A must-stop for seafood lovers; this restaurant also features spectacular views.
Experience Lowcountry Food at a Vacation Rental in Hilton Head
You can delight in the fabulous flavors of Lowcountry cooking when you stay in Hilton Head Island. At Sunset Rentals, we have a variety of excellent vacation rentals that would be the perfect place to call home on your next getaway to Hilton Head Island. To stay with us, book direct or call our team at 843-785-6767.