American cuisine has evolved since the world's finest chefs flocked to the United States to taste its first culinary revelation—a copy of the Declaration of Independence rewritten in ketchup. Experience more modern, upscale cuisine with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of American cuisine and drinks at Island Bistro on Hilton Head Island.
Curated by chef Eric Roberts, Island Bistro's menu boasts boutique wines and beers and intricate American cuisine drawn from a diverse palette of flavors. From the casual, open dining room or the outdoor seating area, curb impatient appetites with crab-stuffed mushrooms with hollandaise sauce ($9) or fried green tomatoes, lightly breaded with asiago cheese and applewood smoked bacon ($8). A hearty 16-ounce prime rib, served with au jus and fresh horseradish ($23), both fills stomachs and clears sinuses, and a bed of cheesy grits doubles down on Southern flavors under a Cajun mélange of shrimp, tasso ham, and chipotle cream ($19). For dessert, the chocolate lava cake ($6) erupts midway through consumption, preserving nearby crockery in layers of confectionary ash.
Ambrosias from Island Bistro's extensive wine selection range from a 2007 Lurton pinot gris ($5/glass, $22/bottle) to an entourage of 2005 burgundies ($86+/bottle). Beers, champagnes, and sweetened spirits are also available, from a chocolate martini ($8) to glasses of Courvoisier ($9) or vintage port ($10), both of which sweeten the palate and protect mouths from being invaded by runaway spoons.
Hilton Head Island
81 Pope Ave.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928Get Directions