Monday evening, we decided to go to a nearby restaurant that had been recommended to us by the Disney staff. Called “Roastfish and Cornbread” the restaurant is the brainchild of local chef David Vincent Young. It features “gullah” style cooking, kind of a local cuisine that was developed by the plantation slaves in the 19th century.
The restaurant appears to be an old house that has been renovated into an eating place. We got to the restaurant early since we kept hearing that it was very popular. After looking at the menu, Barb and I both settled on the roast flounder, which is a whole fish that is gutted, spiced, brined for a while, and then roasted. It was awesome, with the top of the fish crisscrossed with knife cuts that made it easy to scoop up the meat with a fork. Sides included sweet potato cornbread and vegetarian collard greens, and we started with a cup of she-crab soup that was mild and tasty.
Dessert consisted of tartlets – mine was a key lime and blueberry cheesecake, while Barb opted for the plain key lime pie. After this, we drove back to the resort, where I picked up a bottle of wine before we headed out to a picnic table under the trees near our room.
After a restful night of sleep, we drove to the nearby historic town of Beaufort (Byoo-fert) to look around at the old homes and check out some of the local galleries. We picked up two small paintings at the I. Pinckney Simons Gallery and are having them shipped home. The waterfront is quite beautiful, with big swing chairs facing the water, magnolia trees scenting the air, and restaurants nearby.
Speaking of restaurants, we tried out a new (2 week old) BBQ joint called Q on Bay, where we each had a trio of sliders — pulled pork, pulled chicken, and brisket. They were very good and done in the local method, where the meat is served “dry” and you put your own sauces on it prior to eating.
After lunch, we went driving over to a small gallery Barb had read about — The Red Piano 2 — that specializes in folk art. We ended up getting a small sweetgrass basket to take with us. Several of the islands piqued our interest, so we drove to St. Helena Island and Hunting Island. We went over the bridge to Fripp Island, only to find that it is essentially a gated community and there was no way we could get on without a permit or invitation.
Our next stop was Parris Island, and we were allowed onto this Marine training base to visit the museum. Barb’s dad was undergoing training here in 1945 when World War 2 ended and he was discharged.
We drove back to the Beach House where we’re sitting now, having a good meal (shrimp boil) and some drinks while listening to the banjo, mandolin, and fiddle stylings of Mr. B. Lou Crab. The weather is warm and beautiful, and it’s a perfect evening. Tomorrow we’ll be heading off to Savannah, GA.
Oh, and about the marsh bunnies. They’re a small breed of bunnies that B. Lou Crab and the resident hound here — Shadow — like to “hunt.” We saw one last night after sunset, and they don’t appear to be any more edible than our lawn bunnies at home.