By Pamela Brownstein
After living in Beaufort for more than eight years, I have many fond memories of Luther’s. Even if some of those memories are a little hazy, I have spent many good times at the downtown restaurant and bar eating with my family from out of town, watching football or dancing to a late night live band.
When the Lunch Bunch ate at Luther’s last week, the place was filled inside and out because the weather was so gorgeous, perfect for dining on their outdoor patio that overlooks Waterfront Park and the Beaufort River.
We were pleased to be part of the crowd and our enthusiasm showed when we ordered a whole slew of starters. Kim wanted the hot, buffalo fried oysters; Gene got mild buffalo wings; and I had been craving the warm crab and shrimp dip that comes with soft bread and Bugles. It’s so good! The whole group agreed that the dip was delicious, and that Bugles are rarely seen anymore but need to make a comeback.
Tess tried the grouper po’boy special: the grouper had a garlic peppercorn char crust rub and was sauteed in white wine sauce and served on a hoagie roll. She declared it was amazing.
Buck was pleased with his potato soup, the soup of the day, and his grilled chicken sandwich with steak fries.
Elizabeth and Gene split the massive Brewsky burger — named after the former owner — that comes piled with bleu cheese, bacon and onions.
Kim enjoyed her turkey, bacon and brie wrap, but admitted she was stuffed after filling up on all the yummy appetizers.
I chose the somewhat healthy spinach salad made with hard-boiled eggs, bacon, cheese, and I opted for grilled shrimp and viniagrette dressing. I also brought home teriyakki wings for my husband because he loves the food at Luther’s, too.
We were all big fans of the sour cream and chive seasoned fries: they are a must-have side and go great with one of Luther’s famous burgers.
Owner Stretch can usually be found behind the bar with a smile and an expert knowledge of concocting libations.
The atmosphere at Luther’s makes everyone feel welcome. The staff is friendly, and so are the patrons, especially the regulars who have designated seats in one corner of the bar.
Luther’s Rare & Well Done is located at 910 Bay St. It’s open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. For more information, call 843-521-1888.