Culinary delights of local ingredients awaken your taste buds at Lowcountry Produce

By Pamela Brownstein

The Lunch Bunch was lucky enough to dine at Lowcountry Produce last week, and the unique flavor combinations and fresh, local ingredients always make eating here a worthwhile experience.

Tavern chips
Tavern chips

We started with the Tavern Chips, which are a recent addition to the menu, and they were amazing. The salty chips topped with fresh tomatoes, bacon and melted blue cheese left our table gasping at the goodness; a definite must-have.

Kim ordered her favorite, the Ooey Gooey sandwich made with grilled pimento cheese, bacon and garlic pepper jelly. Buck also chose his usual: the Carteret Chicken Sandwich. I tried something new in the Lobeco Chicken Salad — the green beans, grilled chicken and chow-chow drizzled with homemade vinaigrette made for a fabulous dish unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.

Of course, no meal would be complete without dessert, and we chose Fran’s homemade banana pudding, which we all agreed was a must-have. She also makes a chocolate banana pudding and a chocolate mousse that are perfectly cool and delicious on hot summer days.

One of their newest features is the Lowcountry Supper, which will be served Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. The menu

Lobeco Chicken Salad
Lobeco Chicken Salad

will change based on the fresh produce available from local farms, but, for example, this week will feature items such as fried quail, meatloaf, corn on the cob, fried okra, peach crisp — just to name a few.

Lowcountry Produce also offers to-go prepared foods that are an easy, healthy option for dinner. Many of the prepared foods are also based on what produce is in season, and right now veggie stuffed peppers and tomato pies are popular dishes.

The Ooey Gooey Sandwich
The Ooey Gooey Sandwich

If you’re looking for fun way to start the weekend, the restaurant features live music every Friday, with bands that vary from week to week. Enjoy the laid back atmosphere while sipping a beverage from the beer, wine and cocktail menu. To find out what bands are playing, sign up on their weekly email list.

Lowcountry Produce is located at 302 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC, and is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and breakfast is served all day Sunday. For more information, call 843-322-1900.

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