Eating on an island means one thing: delicious seafood. (Cue all the happy tears because I could eat fish every day of the week!) However, at the beach it’s often challenging to find delicious food for the non-seafood lovers. It’s even MORE of a challenge to find gluten-free friendly foods (try to say that three times fast). I’ve done the homework for you all, and compiled a list of some of my favorite eats on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Every single one of these restaurants is delicious for BOTH gluten-free friends and gluten eaters alike.
My FAVORITE restaurant on the island, The Jazz Corner, has been rated one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world. It is exquisite. Honestly, this was one of my all time favorite dining experiences EVER. Think of the club in La La Land that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone go dancing in, and that’s the scene of this place. It’s moody and romantic with gourmet food and incredible live jazz. I want to cry thinking about it. If you only go to one restaurant, this should definitely be it. (Note: small kids might not enjoy the dark-lit atmosphere, close tables, and loud music). It was hard to get clear pictures because of the mood lighting so y’all will just have to take my word for it.
The cutest little french bakery, aptly named, The French Bakery, is a cute breakfast spot we stumbled upon years ago. The recent expansion is adorable, and they boast gluten free crepes! Get here early for the best selection of pastries. We were disappointed-the chocolate filled croissants were sold out by the time we made it here.
We wanted to try a gourmet burger restaurant we’ve heard all the rage about, and Charbar Company did not disappoint. The BEST cheese fries in the world. Huge burgers with an array of crazy toppings. Perfect for any burger lover!
One of our go-to restaurants on the island, Truffles, has become a fun tradition that we look forward to every year we are at the beach. The ribs are incredible, but I opted for the fresh shrimp pesto pasta and it was also divine! This restaurant has an eclectic menu, so no matter your tastes, they can accommodate.
The best ice cream on the island, Hilton Head Ice Cream Company, tastes like homemade custard and ice cream mixed. It’s creamy like custard, but flavorful like ice cream. The only downside to this treat? A long line.
We were craving pizza, so tried Dough Boys Pizza, and I was surprised at how GOOD their gluten free pizza tasted! It was not flakey, crumbly, or too flat. It was the perfect size to share if you order an appetizer. And the salads here are delicious! You can create your own salad with a variety of ingredients and the salads are chopped to bite sized pieces. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy meal, this should be your go-to restaurant. Everyone was satisfied!
My family always goes to Alexanders, a restaurant on the water with yummy seafood. Unfortunately, the menu isn’t as gluten-free friendly as it used to be. But the waitress helped me create my own meal. It was delicious, but the extra effort was a little disappointing. Still, this restaurant has great seafood!
Watusi, meaning “it is what it is” is an adorable restaurant that has a great breakfast and coffee selection. It’s our favorite breakfast place on the island! There’s even a cute shop on the inside with home goods, t-shirts, and electric products. They have gluten free english muffins, bread, pancakes, waffles, and bagels so I HIGHLY recommend this place for anyone following gluten-free diet!
(note: this gluten free english muffin was better than it looks-I think it’s just whole wheat)
Places we haven’t tried yet, but come highly recommended:
Java Burrito Company
Low Country Backyard