Southern Graces Bistro offers Upscale Food with a Luxurious Lowcountry Twist

By Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer

April 21, 2011

UnknownBethany and Christopher Hewitt, owners of Southern Graces Bistro at the Beaufort Inn recently invited Kim, Elizabeth and me to dinner at the famed restaurant within one of Beaufort’s most desirable Bed and Breakfast’s.

Just last month, Southern Graces expanded its services to offer lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, as well as their popular Sunday brunch.  And, we couldn’t be happier they did!

Southern Graces Bistro specializes in upscale Southern food with a luxurious Lowcountry spin on classics and a modern take on fantastically fresh food. And the three of us appreciate their creativity as well as their deliverance, taste and presentation.

Tuna Tar Tar

Sea Island Oysters

Southern Sushi

We began the evening with three innovative appetizers.  Ashley, our courteous and knowledgeable server, brought us Tuna Tar Tar and a toasted Corn Grit Stack, served with Avocado relish; Sea Island Oysters, baked with Collards, Bacon and Hollandaise and “Southern” Sushi, which featured smoked Shrimp and Grits and rolled in Coconut crusted Nori.

Do you understand now what I mean by “creative?” We devoured these amazing starters and repetitively commented on the unique blend of southern ingredients.

Black Pepper Crusted Filet of Beef

Shrimp and Sweet Potato Grits

Kim and Elizabeth were undecided between two entrees; so, they agreed to get both and share.  The sisters ordered the Black Pepper Crusted Filet of Beef served with Porcini Cream Sauce and whipped Buttermilk Potatoes and Asparagus. They also opted for the Shrimp and Sweet Potato Grits, served with Sautéed Spinach and Prosciutto Cream.

They were ecstatic that they chose both, because the girls were equally pleased with both entrees. The Filet was prepared perfectly rare, and the Sweet Potato Grits offered a delectable twist on a Lowcountry staple.

Sweet Tea Salmon

I admit, I am not a fan of Salmon. But, when Ashley explained this entrée, I became very curious.  I took her advice and ordered the Sweet Tea Salmon, topped with a SC Honey Glaze and served with Whipped Buttermilk Potatoes and Asparagus. And, yes, I was in heaven. It was the right choice, and I will try Salmon more often because of this dish.

Although we were full and satisfied, we still wanted to know about the desserts. Ashley chose off the dessert menu for us, and we’re grateful she did.

Warm Chocolate Skillet

Coconut Creme Pie

Ashley brought us Celebration Cake, Coconut Crème Pie and a Chocolate Skillet, served warm. Oh my, what gratifying indulgences! These were the kind of desserts you dream about!

Beaufort is lucky to have Bethany and Christopher Hewitt in town. Their experience across the country is noteworthy.

Both arrived in the Lowcountry after various culinary ventures nationwide. Bethany has designed and catered for HGTV, The Food Network and Country Music Television, among numerous other organizations. Christopher has worked with celebrity Chef Bobby Flay at Flay’s Mesa Grill in New York, was the Executive Chef of The Harley Davidson Café in Manhattan, NY, and has made appearances on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” as well as on weekly segments of “The Early Show” on CBS.

Thank you Bethany and Christopher for treating Kim, Elizabeth and I like royalty at Southern Graces. We had such a wonderful time. Your culinary hospitality is top-notch!

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