Lucky Rooster Hilton Head: The Best New Kid in Town

Lucky Rooster serves up American bistro food with a Southern soul at one of the island’s newest restaurants that is already becoming a favorite among locals.

The Southern soul food at the heart of the menu at Lucky Rooster is elevated with high quality ingredients in combinations that will make your taste buds sing. Chef-owner Clayton Rollison is a native of Hilton Head Island who was trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has put in time at fine restaurants throughout the country. With Lucky Rooster’s opening in December 2013, Rollison brings something new and welcome to Hilton Head.

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Rollison and his wife Leah strive to serve the freshest ingredients sourced from local and regional farms and purveyors. The focused menu changes throughout the seasons depending on what is available and what is currently inspiring Rollison and his team.

2014 Lucky Rooster Dining Room Plates -024-4c-HRThe welcoming dining room is at once spacious and cozy, and a renovated patio that will be completed in the summer of 2014 will provide a serene outdoor dining space. The separate bar area is just as enjoyable as the dining room, with a more social atmosphere and a slightly different menu.

Menu offerings range from refined comfort foods to adventurist dishes to a raw bar; a staple of any Hilton Head establishment. Like any good Southern kitchen, nearly everything here is house made; from the mozzarella and the bread to the dressings and desserts.

The list of appetizers is extensive and varied enough that a meal can be made from sharing several of these tasty starter plates. The Octopus a la Palancha with a sweet and tangy citrus emulsion is one of the best bites you may have all evening and the Asian Mixed Lettuces with house made ricotta proves to be a sharply refreshing salad. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Scallops Benedict or Veal Sweetbreads should be on your list to try.

When you’re ready to dive into the entrees, there are choices to please any palate. Fans of traditional comfort food will love the pork pot roast or the tender beef short rib. Look for local fish like flounder or grouper, or try a creative vegetarian dish like the Ratatouille Farroto. Of course, fried shrimp and shrimp and grits are always strong choices.

2014 Lucky Rooster Mixing Drinks -063-4c-HRCheck the chalkboard near the bar for the day’s raw bar choices as well as several daily “table sides” like parmesan truffle fries, broccoli and sunchokes, potato puree and more. If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to ask about the daily house made desserts before filling up on your main courses. Traditional Southern desserts like banana pudding served in a Mason jar are offered alongside more innovative desserts like a sweet potato ice cream sundae topped with sweet potato chips.

Throughout the culinary journey that is Lucky Rooster, the service is friendly and efficient without being overbearing, and chef Rollison often steps out of the kitchen to visit diners for feedback or just to chat.

Photos courtesy of Lucky Rooster.


841 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 681-3474

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