I had an opportunity to meet a friend for lunch on a recent trip to Hilton Head Island. It was a ‘let’s catch up’ lunch; we live in the same Ohio city. She has just landed a law office internship for the summer; I was down for several days at our vacation home.
Where to have a quiet lunch where we could spend a couple of hours, not feel rushed, sit outside weather permitting, and have good food? There were many venues to choose from but I was drawn to Main Street Café and Pub because of the Main Street Village location adjacent to Hilton Head Plantation, casual atmosphere, friendly service and promise of “pub fare with a creative flair.”
It’s also a neighborhood venue and a “locals” favorite.
I went to the website and decided on my choice: grilled salmon spinach salad. I knew it would be a refreshing choice a sunny, hot day. The restaurant is perfectly located in Main Street Village: ample parking across from the restaurant which also shares a parking lot with the Harris Teeter food market. Several boutique and specialty shops are located just down the lane from the café making for a great way to walk off your lunch. These very friendly and accommodating shopkeepers only add to a memorable visit. The restaurant is inland; there are no water views.
When I entered the cool, airy and naturally lit space, I was greeted by two colleagues and shown to a corner umbrella table on the patio. I was able to see my friend arrive and lead her to our table directly from the parking lot. Our waitress, Cindy, was delightful. She was attentive, interested in our stories, and knowledgeable about the menu. She kept our iced tea glasses filled which was a good thing since it was very hot outside. After the cold Ohio winter, we were just glad for the bone-warming, thawing- out heat.
I ordered the grilled salmon spinach salad “ served over an Organic Spinach salad with pecans,
cran-raisins, mandarin oranges, onions, blue cheese crumbles, bacon, and served with a Pear Gorgonzola vinaigrette.” My friend had the Greek salad “Seasoned lamb strips, Feta cheese, artichoke hearts, green peppers & onions over mixed greens with pita points and our homemade balsamic vinaigrette.“ Both were generously sized and fragrant. We talked and talked; drank and drank iced tea. Did we want dessert? Sure. Why not? Cindy had many recommendations. We stopped listening when we heard: Key Lime Pie. Oh, my. We could have split the piece had we known the size.
But what the heck. We tucked into our pieces with promises of doubling our running mileage the next day. Suuure.
After lunch, we window shopped and stopped in a few shops. I can't say we walked off that Key Lime Pie but it was a pleasant way to end our lunch on Main Street.
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