Aqua-hued walls and potted plants lend Chill 'N' Grill's interior a cheerful ambience, and an outdoor deck, nestled beside a placid fishing pond, offers diners a scenic view. Seated in either area, guests can tuck into comforting, homestyle cuisine: specialties include hand-sculpted half-pound burgers, shrimp and grits, and steak salads with bleu cheese, walnuts, red onion, and eggs. The eatery's cooks also concoct desserts such battered, fried pickled peaches crowned with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Derek, a former math teacher who worked at Porter-Gaud School for 10 years, opened the first d.d. Peckers' Wing Shack in Charlotte in 2002. He missed Charleston, though, so in 2006, he and his brother-in-law, Brian, opened a Charleston location.
The cooks at d.d. Peckers' Wing Shack take wings seriously. They choose wings that have never been frozen, and they make each batch to order. Diners can choose dry-rubbed flavors like smoky ranch or opt for wings doused with sauces such as hoisin-honey or hot garlic. The cooks also grill burgers, top crisp salads with housemade crab cakes, and prepare entrees such as shrimp and grits. Mixed drinks, craft beers, and events like trivia night keep adults entertained. The restaurant is also family-friendly: children can slurp Yoo-hoo and order from a menu of pint-size dinners served with kid-friendly desserts.
Nestled in among the trees, sunshine, and ferns of Hilton Head, Nick's Steak and Seafood looks like a friendly local joint from the outside. A simple step through the door, however, teleports diners from the Lowcountry to pure Pittsburgh sports mania. Owner Josh and his wife, Katie, both love the Steel City teams, and they celebrate that love with apparel and memorabilia from the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates all over the walls. To fuel the fanaticism, their chefs dish up a menu of classic surf 'n' turf, which includes filet mignon, lobster tail, and ready-to-peel shrimp.
The house-turned-eatery known as The Backyard Café puts out an eclectic selection of grilled American fare. Gracious guests can get started with apps, such as artichoke spinach dip ($6.99) or the Backyard salad ($6.99+)––infused with roast beef, turkey, ham, bacon, egg, cheese, and veggies. Hearty bites include the Backyard burger ($7.89)—a half-pound circle of Angus beef bear-hugged by cheddar cheese, mushrooms, onions, and bacon, served with a choice of a side—as well as the teriyaki salmon ($13.99), which arrives steamy atop a fluffy bed of rice pilaf. Diners can complement their consumption with a bottled beer ($2.50+) or glass of wine ($4.50+), or wrap up with a cool scoop of homemade ice cream ($1.99 single scoop) and a hot cup of Coffee Cabana coffee ($1.59).