By Pamela Brownstein
It’s hard to explain how much food the Lunch Bunch consumed at the Sandbar & Grill, but let’s just say it was enough that I couldn’t eat for the rest of the day. It’s not a strategy that I recommend, but once all the beautiful food is spread out on your table, you’ll understand why it’s so difficult to pass up.
Co-owner Patty Hilton is always friendly and accommodating and she makes sure her patrons are well fed.
We started with the appetizer sampler piled high with onion rings, cheese sticks, mini corn dogs and homemade chips.
Elizabeth ordered the Chinese Chicken Salad made with shredded lettuce, crispy rice noodles, chicken chunks, slivered almonds, green onion and snow peas served with an Asian teriyaki dressing. It’s a unique and tasty salad and she really enjoyed it.
Buck tried the meatloaf special: a heaping plate with corn bread, corn, homemade meatloaf and gravy and mashed potatoes. It was comfort food at its finest. We all tried it and liked it, and Elizabeth even exclaimed, “The mashed potatoes are like silk!” The Sandbar offers different specials each day of the week, so call ahead or check their status on Facebook to see what’s available.
Gene had the Italian hoagie filled with ham, salami, pepperoni, melted Provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and Italian dressing. This savory sandwich is a favorite from the longtime Beaufort restaurant, The Village Inn, which was owned by Hilton’s family.
I opted for the Southern Slider Sampler that came with three different mini sliders: barbecue, shrimp and the Sandbar burger. With a side of sweet potato fries, those little suckers were yummy.
Although there are only several items on the dessert menu, they are all must-haves. I was craving the homemade strawberry banana pudding — and it was excellent — but the giant gooey chocolate dessert known as the Sandbar Pluff Mud took center stage. We also sampled the warm homemade chocolate chip cookies as well as a piece of red velvet cake — oh so good.
Sandbar & Grill is located in Beaufort Plaza, 418 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, right next to the movie theater. It is the perfect place to go with a date or the family for dinner and a movie night. You can go before the movie for a full meal, or stop in after the movie for dessert and drinks. They have an inviting bar and weekly drink specials.
The restaurant is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call 843-524-FOOD (3663) for take out or more information.