One afternoon of our recent vacation to Hilton Head Island my wife and I snuck out of the house while the kids napped to have a quiet lunch on our own. Her only request was fish, and since that seemed to be available everywhere we went, I choose a restaurant that looked the most interesting to me, A Lowcountry Backyard.
The have an awesome outdoor dining area, but it was raining throughout our visit so we were not able to sit there. I read stories of waiting an hour or two for a table and with the outdoor area closed I was expecting the worst. Fortunately we were told that it would only be twenty or thirty minutes for a table to open up inside. If you don’t want to wait long for a table at this restaurant, might I suggest going out for lunch rather than dinner.
The inside of the restaurant is very small but not cramped. There are plenty of windows to let natural light in and the walls are adorned with nautical artifacts and it feels as if you are sitting right off the beach. In actuality the restaurant sits a mile and a half inland and back off the road in a shopping plaza filled with crafty stores and a coffee shop. It is next to The Smokehouse, which is probably easier to spot on Palmetto Bay Rd.
I already knew what I was going to order when I walked through the door, the Charleston fried green tomato BLT sandwich ($9.95). The thick slices of green tomato were skillet fried and piled two high on each half of the sandwich along with romaine lettuce, applewood smoked bacon, and homemade ranch dressing. The flatbread was delicious and made the sandwich easy to share. It was outstanding! The sandwich was served with homemade sweet pickles and a choice of side dish. I went with mom’s macaroni salad, which was also very good.
My wife tried the calibogue catch sandwich, which was blackened tuna on the day of our visit ($9.95). This was also served with sweet pickles and a choice of side. She went with baked mac ‘n cheese, which was very creamy and delicious. I did not try the tuna fish, but she was very happy with her choice. She was also a huge fan of their moonshine drinks, which are definitely worth a try as well.
A Lowcountry Backyard provided our best overall dining experience on our vacation to Hilton Head Island. I would definitely visit the restaurant again on future trips.