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A Culinary Guide to Lowcountry ‘Good Eats’

Written by Palmetto Bluff

Apr 04, 2023

Discover the Flavors of Lowcountry Cuisine

Lowcountry cuisine is a term that refers to the unique blend of Southern American, African, and European culinary traditions found in the eastern coastal regions of the United States. The cuisine is known for its emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, and the use of seafood, rice, grits, and many other delicious food groups.

In this culinary guide, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of Lowcountry ‘good eats’ and highlight some of the best dishes and restaurants in the region.


Seafood is a cornerstone of Lowcountry cuisine, as the region is known for its fresh catches of shrimp, oysters, and fish. One of the most popular dishes is shrimp and grits, a simple yet mouth-watering meal made with fresh shrimp and stone-ground grits. The dish is often served with a flavorful sauce made from bacon, onion, garlic, and chicken broth. Another classic Lowcountry dish is she-crab soup, a creamy soup made with crabmeat, cream, sherry, and a unique ingredient – crab roe. The soup is traditionally served with sherry and a sprinkle of paprika on top.

Places in Bluffton to try for authentic, Lowcountry seafood:

  • The Bluffton Oyster Company – This local institution has been around since 1899 and offers fresh local oysters, clams, shrimp, and other seafood.

  • Captain Woody’s Seafood Bar – A contemporary seafood restaurant with a focus on sustainable seafood and Lowcountry-inspired dishes.

  • Old Oyster Factory – Located on the banks of the May River, this seafood restaurant offers stunning views and fresh seafood dishes like crab legs, shrimp, and scallops.

  • The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar – This southern-style restaurant offers seafood dishes like shrimp and grits, seafood gumbo, and Lowcountry boil.


Lowcountry cuisine is also known for its barbecue, and South Carolina is home to some of the best in the country. One of the most famous styles is mustard-based barbecue sauce, which is made with yellow mustard, vinegar, sugar, and spices. If you wish to try the tangy Carolina barbecue sauce, you’ve got to visit Bluffton!

Places in Bluffton to dine on authentic, Lowcountry barbecue:

  • Bluffton BBQ – This family-owned restaurant is known for its slow-smoked barbecue, including pulled pork, ribs, and brisket.

  • One Hot Mama’s – A popular spot for barbecue and southern-style cuisine, One Hot Mama’s offers a variety of smoked meats, sauces, and sides.

  • The Smokehouse – Located in nearby Hilton Head Island, The Smokehouse is known for its barbecue buffet and all-you-can-eat specials.

  • Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza – This casual restaurant serves up a variety of barbecue dishes, burgers, and pizzas, as well as craft beer and cocktails.

Sides & Fixins’

In addition to seafood and barbecue, Lowcountry cuisine also features a variety of delicious side dishes. Collard greens, for example, are a staple of Southern cooking and are often served with ham hocks, bacon, or smoked turkey. Another popular side dish is Hoppin’ John, a simple dish made with black-eyed peas, rice, and bacon or ham. The dish is traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck and prosperity.


No Lowcountry meal is complete without dessert, so you must indulge some sweet treats. One of the most famous desserts in the Lowcountry is pecan pie, a rich and decadent dessert made with pecans, sugar, and butter. Although pecan pie is one of the most famous desserts in the Lowcountry, there are so many more you have to try!

Places in Bluffton for delectable, Lowcountry desserts:

  • The Cottage Cafe, Bakery, and Tea Room – This charming eatery offers a variety of homemade desserts, including pecan pie, hummingbird cake, peach cobbler, and bread pudding.

  • Farm Bluffton – This farm-to-table restaurant offers a rotating selection of seasonal desserts, such as strawberry shortcake and blueberry crisp.

  • Cahill’s Market – This gourmet market offers a variety of homemade desserts, such as banana pudding, key lime pie, and pecan bars.

  • May River Grill – This upscale restaurant offers a variety of decadent desserts, such as chocolate truffle cake, bourbon pecan pie, and crème brûlée.

Get a Taste of the Lowcountry at Palmetto Bluff

After enjoying all of the delicious food the Lowcountry has to offer, you may find yourself wanting to explore the area further. Palmetto Bluff, located in Bluffton, South Carolina, is a luxurious coastal community that offers the perfect blend of Southern charm and modern amenities. Along with fine dining, the community features beautiful homes, stunning views of the May River, and access to world-class amenities like golf courses, spas, and restaurants.

Residents of Palmetto Bluff experience Lowcountry living at its finest, with activities like fishing, kayaking, and hiking just steps away from their doorstep. The community also offers real estate tours, allowing guests to explore the different neighborhoods and home styles available in the Bluff. If you are wishing to explore the Lowcountry more, or wish to find your forever home in the heart of South Carolina, click the button below to schedule a tour! We look forward to greeting you at the Bluff!

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