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Let’s eat (and drink!) … at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

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Around Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, we’re not ashamed to admit it. We love to eat. 

And of course, you have to wash down all that yummy food. So yes, we like to drink, too.

And why not? Palmetto Dunes is known for its plethora of food and beverage options, whether you’re in the mood to savor a steak and a glass of merlot, or simply sample a sandwich with a cold draft beer. Our wide variety of selections at the Palmetto Dunes restaurants, cafes and grills conveniently located on-site will quench your desire. 

people dining outdoors overlooking marina and boats with the sun setting in the background

Or you can visit Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, directly across the street, for even more variety, with bars and oceanfront restaurants — not to mention popular special events throughout the year such as Harbourfest and Music & Taste on the Harbour.

After enjoying all the countless amenities and sporting options at Palmetto Dunes, why not quench your appetite with a world-class meal and cocktails or something equally satisfying and memorable? 

Our motto: “Eat to live. And live to eat.” Which is why the resort is celebrating a trio of fun spring events for the culinary fans: the new Lowcountry Boil at Palmetto Dunes, Wine Dinners at Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar and Cooking Demonstrations at Alexander’s. 

3 men in golf apparel laughing over drinks and food overlooking golf course

And if that wasn’t enough, our favorite gathering spot, Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza restaurant — situated in the heart of Palmetto Dunes, close to the beach, the resort’s Tennis & Pickleball Center and the General Store, overlooking the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course — has announced some yummy new menu additions. 

But before we get to that, when you think about dining around Hilton Head Island, an immediate thought has to be the classic Lowcountry Boil. Which is why this spring, the resort is excited to introduce a new tradition … “Lowcountry Boils at Palmetto Dunes.” 

close up of potatoes, shrimp and corn

Join us for a traditional Lowcountry Boil, with live music and yard games. The inaugural celebrations will take place on Fridays — April 2, 9 & 16th and May 14, 21 & 28 — beginning at 6 p.m. at the resort’s Centre Court Pavilion, located at 20 Carnoustie Rd. Price is $45 for adults and $25 for children. 

Along with Lowcountry Boil, dinner includes ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT cornbread, collard greens, salad, mac-n-cheese and your choice of pie. There will be a cash bar available for adult beverages. Reservations are intended to be sold to families that will sit together. Sorry, there is no communal seating.

several wine bottles chilling in rose gold wine buckets

Meanwhile, Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, an upscale restaurant and wine bar located along the entryway to Palmetto Dunes, is delighted to offer wine dinners featuring a selection of wonderful wine, spectacular food and lively conversation. The wine dinners, which begin in the spring and run through the year, are $115 per person. Dates and featured wines include: 

  • Thursday, April 22: Jackson Family Wines Dinner
  • Thursday, May 20: Justin Winery Wine Dinner
  • Thursday, September 16: Orin Swift Wine Dinner
  • Thursday, October 21: Rodney Strong Reserve Wine Dinner
  • Thursday, November 18: Michele Chiarlo Piemonte Wine Italian Dinner
  • Thursday, December 16: Burgundy Wine Dinner
chef with black gloves putting together caprese salads

You can also enjoy the opportunity to gather round for new cooking demonstrations at Alexander’s. Have fun, learn something new and give back to your local community. All the money collected will be given to the Deep Well Project helping neighbors in need for over 40 years. All demonstrations are $25 per person and includes a glass of sparkling wine and culinary gift to take home. Dates and culinary themes are: 

  • Sunday, April 25: “How to make a caprese salad and gazpacho” — In April we plant our backyard gardens and look forward to fresh fruits and veggies. When your crop comes in, use our special techniques to make the most out of your tomatoes. You will be taught how to select, prep mozzarella cheese and make a perfect caprese salad. What to do with those extra tomatoes? Let’s make Gazpacho!
  • Sunday, May 23: “How to make pickled shrimp and pimento cheese” — As things start warming up in May, let’s cool down with some low country classics. You will be taught the sweet science (not boxing) of pickling. On the menu, local shrimp. Alexander’s has famous homemade pimento cheese; you will be taken step by step through the production process.
bagel topped with cream cheese and salmon at Big Jim's

Last but certainly not least, Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza restaurant has added several new items to the breakfast menu, offering hungry golfers a convenient option 10 minutes before their tee time. Big Jim’s now offers a parfait with yogurt, berries and granola. Or a split biscuit topped with homemade bacon jam, everything bagel & lox and avocado toast. Or, if you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast, Big Jim’s now serves Lowcountry Benedicts, with your choice of sous vide pork belly or crab cake.

The Big Jim’s lunch and dinner menu has multiple new additions. From the appetizer list, Palmetto Dunes Director of Food and Beverage Justin Rowland and his team re-thought the nachos, added crispy barbecue spring rolls, homemade seasonal hummus, bacon and jalapeno hushpuppies, fried pickles and pretzel bites. 

fried chicken platter with baked potatoe at Big Jim's

And perhaps most noteworthy, fried chicken has been added to the Big Jim’s specialties. Our incredible fried chicken is sweet tea brined and delicious, and can be ordered as a two-piece plate or a five-piece bucket. And there are a trio of new sandwiches now on the menu: Nashville hot chicken, served as an open-faced sandwich, fried shrimp or oyster po’ boys and a fried green tomato BLT with pimento cheese and bacon jam.

Hungry now? This spring, we hope you’ll come eat — and drink! — with us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.



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