Insider tip! Looking for some really good fried chicken to take to the beach or on a family picnic? You don’t have to go to a crowded restaurant or a well-known franchise…and you don’t have to drive all the way to Savannah to visit that famous Southern cook! In fact some of the best, freshest, and most delicious fried chicken can be found right here on Hilton Head Island and in some unlikely places…
The gas station?? This is the best and perhaps most under-the-radar of all. A super-handy little convenience store adjacent to the Sea Pines Center shopping plaza that carries everything from nice bottles of wine to coffee and sunscreen, there is a busy kitchen in the back corner that draws a local lunch crowd Monday – Friday. Better get here early though, the amazing chicken always sells out. Homemade sides like macaroni and cheese, cornbread, and collard greens are top-notch as well.
In the summer this place is swarming with visitors. They have a lot more than fried chicken here; a terrific variety of items from the important (toilet paper) to the trivial (souvenir alligator key chains). If you are staying in Palmetto Dunes this is a don’t-miss stop for the whole family. Their “Secret Recipe World Famous Fried Chicken” is prepared and served out of a low-key deli counter in the back.
They also have well-made sides like french fries, green beans, and corn. The excellent chicken comes out 7 days a week at 11:30am and is served until they run out or 2:30pm, whichever comes first.
This may seem like an obvious choice, but the Publix grocery store in the Island Crossing Shopping Center on the south end of the Island does such an exceptional job we had to include them. This is the most professional, although least quirky, operation of the three, and the quality is consistently high. Also, they cook more chicken through-out the day as needed so it will be fresh and hot no matter when you go. They have great wings and chicken fingers too!
So get a little south in your mouth on your next Hilton Head Island vacation!
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