February's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month: Steak & Shrimp Special at Russell's Seafood Grill and Raw Bar
Last day of the month and it's a leap year, too. How fitting. So, with the uniqueness of the 29th day, I did something I never thought I'd do.
I awarded February's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month to a special.
I have consistently awarded menu items so people could always order the dish, however, this is leap year. Why not be different. And you never know, Andy and the crew at Russell's Seafood and Raw Bar may be inclined to serve it more frequently now.
So, without further ado, the award goes to the Steak & Shrimp special. And it's so worthy.
You could of ordered a NY Strip or Rib Eye for your steak selection and have your shrimp cooked multiple ways. My steak choice was Rib Eye and the shrimp were ordered blackened.
Also ordered their newly introduced hand-cut fries along with the shoestring fries. The hand-cut fries were so awesome and not oily.
Go by Russell's Seafood Grill and Raw Bar and enjoy some great food. Ask about the award winner. You might see it regularly now.
When you crave hibachi and find one that is consistently good, no matter the protein you add, it becomes amazing.
This month's award goes to Yagi Sushi and Hibachi in Pawleys Island for their hibachi plate.
You can get it many ways. A single protein such as chicken, filet or rib eye or you can combine. There's also scallop and shrimp hibachi offerings.
This plate consists chicken, filet and shrimp with fried rice (extra egg) and fresh vegetables.
Go by and order a plate of hibachi today (with some great sushi) and see for yourself why this is the award winner for January.
Eat it up, Georgetown.
Have you ever heard of something being consistent and simplistic producing amazing results? Well, this month's award winner is just that.
The Chicken Tenders with Fries at Antonio's Restaurant is December's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month.
Owners Antonio and Dee Dee Kagias are down-to-earth folks who run a great eatery in the heart of Andrews, South Carolina. They have been at it for more than a decade, building relationships and a strong customer base. Know for their pizzas and steaks, family and friends in town have known where to fill their bellies at.
It's dishes like those and the award winner above that keep those folks coming back again and again.
And not just the food. The pleasantry. The warm smiles. The commitment to quality. The human aspect.
It's all there and everyone who interacts with Tony and Dee Dee feel it.
The chicken tenders and fries were paired with Mike's Hot Honey for this particular visit. I brought by a bottle for them to try. We enjoyed it on the tenders, but Dee Dee loved it on the salmon she had prepared.
These tenders are breaded perfectly and fried just right. When I have ordered these over the last two years, the cook and preparation has been consistent and perfect. Real chicken, real flavors.
Congratulations on being this month's (and the last of 2019) Simply Amazing Dish of the Month.
This month's dish was chosen close to the end of the month, however, it's the dish we've been waiting for.
It's the Pubwich and it's November's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month.
What is a Pubwich you ask? Edible gold on a plate? Yes, that's one way to describe it.
But to truly know you'll have to stop by Allison and Mike Castellano's R'Way Pizza and Family Tavern and search out their manager (and chef) Scott Ray, the creator of the beastly sandwich. It's a story this restaurant should tell as you prepare yourself for the sandwich.
And if Scott is busy in the kitchen (as he was the night we were there), Mike will do it justice.
I'll tell you what I know. It's round pizza dough filled with stuffings of your choice, with one side flipped to cover the goodness inside.
The award winning dish was filled with steak with onions, chopped grilled chicken, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms smothered in mozzarella cheese.
Yeah, doesn't that sound amazing? It is!
Cut into four slices, you can tackle it as is or cut smaller slices to appease. But, you'll be taking some home with you. And that's a good thing. It warms up in the oven and tastes just the same as how you had at the restaurant.
Ray's innovation has brought mass appeal to the location, and with the rest of the staff, the dish has come out perfect each and every time.
The Castellanos will treat you like family and the food will put you to bed with a smile on your face. Stomach filled with love.
The Pubwich, however, will always be a sandwich calling your name in the middle of the night - as if you left it alone and it needs attention.
It's that damn good.
October's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month: Carolina Beef Brisket @ Southern Comforts, Southern Dining & Seafood Shack
There's no better way to bring in October than awarding the Simply Amazing Dish of the Month to a well-deserving dish.
And let me show (and tell) you, it's worth two or three trips.
The Carolina Beef Brisket at Southern Comforts, Southern Dining and Seafood Shack in The Hammock Shops is this month's winner and chef Greg Metcalfe has worked years to perfect the tasty dish.
The brisket is rubbed and slow roasted until you can cut with a fork and comes out with the famous molasses BBQ sauce. It's served with two homemade sides. The award-winning dish was paired with mac & cheese and beans.
Every bite of the brisket melted in my mouth. It was so good.
Go by and try this month's award-winning dish. You're mouth will appreciate your choice.
We all experienced a taste of Fall this week with those cool temperatures. Now, it's time to start enjoying some great barbeque, barbecue, BBQ, well, you get it.
This month's award winner has some of the best barbeque around. You can find it Big Bill's Lowcountry Barbeque at 2041 North Fraser Street in Georgetown.
Owners Bill and Sandra Blake take their craft of Q very seriously. When you taste it, you'll know you have landed at an awesome eatery. The staff work tirelessly not only to provide some of the best home-style cooking around, but make sure you are treated like you are at home when enjoying it.
The "fixins" cannot be left out, friends. Fried Chicken, pork shoulder and pulled pork have to be complimented, you know?
That's why there's pirleau (upcharge), corn on the cob, baked beans and more to slap aside those meat options. And you must get the mac and cheese. Nice burn on the cheese on top and the creaminess is heaven-sent.
And they have some of the best sweet tea to wash it all down.
Open Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and open Sundays for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there's plenty of time to enjoy this month's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month.
When we started with the first award in August 2018, we never thought we'd make an impact. It was just a way to get people focused on a "simply amazing" dish at one of Georgetown County's restaurants.
But, with one year of the Simply Amazing Dish of the Month under our belt, it's become paramount in Georgetown County dining.
Dan Axelson of City to City Apparel, who created our logo, took my brainstorming and designed the award logo and postcard placard with inscription. We also had stickers made so the restaurants can place on their door or windows. We decided one card and two stickers would be given to a winner.
The first award was handed out to bisQit in Pawleys Island. That Carolina Burger still has us drooling.
We then decided after a few months of handing out the award we needed something to showcase the dish. Hats off to chef Kevin Levine at Scatori's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant. He creates awesome cutting boards. His business is Hot Bloxx Cutting Boards and he heard about what we were doing and donated a board with our logo to us to provide some pop to the award winners. We started using the cutting board in January 2019. You can see below what a difference it has made.
To see all the Simply Amazing Dish of the Month award winners to date, click here or the button below. We can't spoil the reveals. There's so much we could write here and we'd rather you experience them by reading (and looking) at each individually.
Enjoy, folks. We sure do.
There's a place in Maryville, heading south towards McClellanville, that's been serving good Southern homestyle cooking for lunch for many years. Locals know it by the smell of freshly cooked food in the area. Others point to the white sign with bold letters on the back side of the building facing U.S. Highway 17. All will agree, however, the food is fulfilling and satisfying. That place is Deborah's Kitchen, located at 1926 South Island Road.
Owner Deborah Scott and her staff have consistently been preparing great food to offer customers on her buffet. There's nothing like dining in a place where you feel like family as soon as you walk in. Deborah makes sure of that. Why, you ask?
Family is close to heart for her. In the past couple of years, she's lost her mother and husband. It's the folks coming in and enjoying her food that keep her spirits alive and well.
And that smile she presents when you first walk in... priceless.
My late grandfather Walter Mercer loved coming here after attending church at Wayne Methodist. Even when talking about that, she lights up like Christmas.
Her lunch buffet is August's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month. And she deserves it.
The menu changes daily, however, nothing beats that glorious fried chicken. The amazing and fluffy mashed potatoes are a must - and you have to top it with that creamy gravy.
Favorites include spaghetti, meatloaf, pork chops and chicken pilau. You also get salad and soups on the buffet. We love the vegetable soup.
And the desserts are divine. Our go-to is the red velvet cake and chocolate delight.
Deborah serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and a lunch on Sunday.
If you have been fortunate enough to eat here, make it a point to grab a friend who's never been and introduce them to true Southern cooking with amazing hospitality.
Congratulations, Deborah's Kitchen. Keep up the great work and keep being a great part of the culinary adventure of Georgetown County.
July is such a special month. Not only does it signify the downhill start of the year, but we celebrate our country's independence. The thought of cooking out, popping off fireworks and enjoying the beach and Fourth of July parades come to mind.
Then, there's seafood. I love being near the waterway. Born and raised in Georgetown. Summertime is awesome for seafood dishes. Whether it be fish, shrimp, scallops and oysters, you can get your fix here in the county.
However, this month's award winner provides all those items on one plate.
This month's award goes to the Big Tuna Raw Bar on Front Street for their Seafood Platter.
The platter is portioned well, so you get a good offering of each item.
This is a must when you are in the city. Plus, they have outdoor seating with a waterfront view of the river. You'll love the food and view.
Congratulations to Big Tuna Raw Bar.
Summer is here! Nothing like firing up the grill and eating outside. Throw on some burgers and you're good to go.
But to be simply amazing, you have to eat this month's award winning dish.
Janette's Double Super Burger is June's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month. Today's weather was perfect to enjoy it, too.
This burger is enormous, not only is size, but flavor. Every bite is so satisfying.
Although it's prepared in the kitchen, you'll be savoring each bite while fantasizing you're next to the pool. And if you want to do that, it's available to-go.
This month's award is special to me because I always enjoy seeing the Miller family, especially Ms. Janette. And today, she was in the kitchen. That's humbling in itself.
Congratulations, friends. It's well deserved.
We found ourselves consistently going to the Bagel Cafe in Litchfield for one sandwich. The third time sealed the deal.
This month's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month award goes to the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich.
Not only were we going there for it time and time again, the sandwich only got better each time we had it. The flavors are blended well, especially the family recipe of roasted peppers with the balsamic vinaigrette. The fresh mozzarella completes this award-winning dish.
Oh, and the baguette is perfectly chosen to hold the ingredients until it hits your mouth.
Congratulations to chef and owner Debra Guglielmi and her staff, and on being open five years this month.
Friends, come by and try this menu item anytime.
The award is finally handed out. It came down to two dishes at one restaurant this time and it was quite the duel.
But, the Local Grouper - with warm dill potato salad, lobster, corn and asparagus - beat out the Blackened Pork Porterhouse - with black eyed peas, collard greens, warm bacon tomato vinaigrette and creamed corn cornbread.
Chef PaulKelly Renault was presented the award in grand fashion tonight in front of a packed house in the new courtyard.
The grouper was fresh and seasoned well, cooked perfectly. The unique starch combination with the potato salad sent it over the top. The balance and texture was perfect.
Congrats to chef Renault and the whole staff at Chive Blossom. See below for more photos of the award-winning dish, a current dinner menu item.
Tough choice this month. We've had quite a few dishes up to this. Even during the visit to The River Room on Front Street, there was another dish that had top contender written all over it.
However, it's the perennial favorite among locals receiving the nod. It's the Shrimp & Grits.
Owner Sally Swineford and her culinary staff, including Chef Joe O'Hara, have a lot to be proud of. Consistent dishes with flavorful appeal is just one attribute their known for.
This month, though, their signature dish (South Carolina stone ground yellow grits topped with shrimp, smoked sausage and a Tasso ham sauce) is featured for the month of March as our Simply Amazing Dish of the Month.
New month, new dish to be chosen.
February's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month was chosen at Sol Cocina Mexicana. Two dishes battled, but one stood out more.
It was the Borrego en Mole Negro de Oaxaca. It's grilled marinated New Zealand lamb chops, sweet plantains, toasted sesame and oaxaca style black mole sauce, served with black beans.
Its competitor was the Puntas de Filete. That's a sauteed beef tenderloin tip, sweet plantains, fire roasted tomato chipotle quernado salsa with melted oaxaca cheese, served with black beans.
The cook on the lamb chops were medium and came out perfect. The flavors blended well with both dishes, but the lamb chops just had the taste profile a cut above the other dish.
Go and try the award winner and then order its challenger next time. You decide.
Congratulations to Chef Armando Cobian and his staff.
We're kicking off 2019 with 5 daily dishes winning the Simply Amazing Dish of the Month. That's right. A "meat plus three" daily special is the first recipient for this year.
The Ball & Que restaurant has five different daily specials, one for each day of the week. We think all five are worthy of the award - and worthy of your taste buds.
Make it out and visit with Joann, Tammy and their staff this month and enjoy a daily special. You'll be glad you did.
Want to also note the cutting board. It's provided by Hot Bloxx Cutting Boards and will be featured for each monthly dish selected.