Charlie’s L’etoile Verte
I am sure when you think of Hilton Head Island SC tucked away securely in the southern ” low country” of the United States a certain cuisine comes to mind. Many think of low country boils, shrimp and grits, and anything and everything fried from chicken to tomatoes. While you will find many of these delicacies on Hilton Head Island you might be surprised to find one of the best French restaurants in South Carolina. Charlie’s L’etoile Verte located off New Orleans Rd. on the south end of the island has been sharing its love of French cuisine since they opened their doors in 1982. Family run and owned Charlie Golson and his son Palmer along with Charlie’s daughter Margaret delight guests weekly with their signature dishes as well as an extensive and albeit award winning wine list. From the moment you arrive at Charlie’s L’etoile Verte you will be warmed by it’s overwhelming quaint charm. From the front porch to their country french bistro decor the venue itself gives off a relaxing vibe that prepares your senses for a truly unique and delectable meal. It is a “green star” restaurant which means their ingredients are freshly locally sourced offering the best of what the low country has to offer with each changing season. The menu is handwritten daily and while some favorites such as the paite maison and filet mignon are generally available you will find a rotation featuring everything from local swordfish with caper butter to lamb with rosemary au jus. Their duck with a raspberry demi glace is a house favorite. While their dinner menu is an indulgence their lunch menu is a true delight. At lunch time you will find a mixed crowd from ladies luncheons to those taking a break from business. The lunch menu features favorites such as chicken crepes that will melt in your mouth stuffed with chicken, mushrooms, spinach, & bechamel topped with swiss cheese as well as a daily created tarte du jour. Even a lunch purist will find a burger and a fabulous chicken salad on their lunch menu. Next time you visit Hilton Head Island make sure not miss this unique dining experience. Charlie’s L’etoile Verte is open for dinner Monday- Saturday 5pm – Close and lunch Monday – Friday 11:30am-2pm.