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.
December's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month comes from a restaurant that's new to Front Street in Georgetown.
Owner Jimmy Pronesti's Root only opened less than a month ago and Chef David Cochrane has consistently been putting out great dishes. The award winner is no different.
It's the Beef Short Ribs!
It's red wine-braised and over Anson Mills polenta, roasted root vegetables, gremolata, local greens and gravy. The meat is so moist and succulent, it's cuts with just a fork. And the polenta pairing is just right touch.
Go by Root at 919 Front Street and for the dish by name! It won't disappoint!
November's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month: 80-day Dry Aged Ribeye Steak @ Perrone's Restaurant & Bar
The dish for November's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month has been chosen! And it's dry-aged at Perrone's Restaurant & Bar!
80 days. That's right! The most awesome ribeye steak we had last night was dry-aged in Executive Chef and Owner's Steve Perrone's dry-aging box. The flavor of the meat was golden.
We had 37-day aged ribeye and 100-day aged strip, but the 80-day aged ribeye was the consensus vote winner! All the steaks we had were cooked medium rare and came out beautifully. The meat wasn't tough and had a great chew. Seasoned perfectly, allowing the meat to be star of the dish, not overpowering herbs and spices.
We loved the dinner menu. But for us, the steak above was hands down the winner of this month's award.
We hope you'll go by and see Steve, his wife Eileen and their wonderful staff!
Get the steak. You will love it!
October's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month: Chef Casey's Risotto @ Drunken Jack's Restaurant & Lounge
October is here and that means a new Simply Amazing Dish of the Month!
We traveled to Drunken Jack's Restaurant & Lounge in Murrells Inlet. Located on what locals call "Restaurant Row" along the inlet, Drunken Jack's has been serving great food for more than 22 years.
Tonight was no different.
A dish stood out and was just simply amazing. It was Chef Casey's Risotto!
The dish is a blackened mahi-mahi and blackened sea scallops with their award winning lobster and crab risotto, finished with their lobster cream sauce. It now picks up another award!
Congrats on being October's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month!
It's a new month, folks. And with that, it's time for a new Simply Amazing Dish of the Month!
This dish is a twist on a sandwich classic! It's the Philly Cheese Fries at Beach Burgers & BBQ at 13088 Ocean Hwy, unit 3.
Owner Theresa Brightwell, or "Tree", is ushering in a comfortable and pleasant experience at her restaurant and it's echoing the classics! With great burgers, bbq, milk shakes and malts - yes, malts - you cannot go unsatisfied here!
The dish is super great. Melting provolone cheese with bell peppers, grilled onions and mushrooms top a bed of hand-cut fries. Your mouth will think it arrived at surprise tasting party in its honor!
We suggest you order as an appetizer, or ask Tree to double the size and make it an entree! You'll love it! We did!
Congrats to Beach Burgers & BBQ on this month's Simply Amazing Dish of the Month!
It's all about the burgers! Georgetown County has plenty of great burgers to enjoy at many of our restaurants, however, one stood out.
This month's - and the first - Simply Amazing Dish of the Month goes to the Carolina Burger at bisQit in Pawleys Island! Congratulations on receiving this award and we hope people come out to enjoy this great burger.
The Carolina Burger comes with cheddar, chili dog sauce, Lowcountry slaw, onion and yellow mustard. This burger is customizable. I added an extra burger patty to it.
If a burger is messy, it's simply amazing. This one fit the bill.