I’ve come to learn in my travels with Eat It and Like It that, at least around here, there are some dishes that people are more passionate about than others. BBQ might make people fight. At the very least argue. Fried Chicken will always stir a debate, especially when someone’s grandmother is mentioned, and they always are. Chicken wings are trouble makers as well. Mention 10 different places with great wings and someone will ask you about number 11. It always happens that way. There is, however, nothing that compares to the rise I see in people when we discuss burgers. Well, I’m hear to tell you about one you very likely haven’t tried yet.
I’ve made no secret in the past of just how big of a fan I am of HH Prime at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. That is just a great steakhouse. Old Homestead, Keens, Gibson’s great steakhouse? No, of course not. But around here I believe it is is the best we’ve got. Yes, it is very very good.
A little over a year ago, their “Sports Bar” got a little makeover. XO Sports and Spirits Bar has a ton of televisions to watch a game, pretty much any game. They have an assortments of usual suspects when it comes to food. Nachos, chicken strips and flatbreads. Good munchies for a ball game. But the show stopper on that property is the burger.
I made it over there with my daughter to see the newly renovated space. Beautiful, of course. But we also got to try a few dishes. Chef Graham then said “I want you to try this burger.” Fair enough.
Have you ever been served a plate of food and you think it looks good. You have a good expectation, then you take a bite? It was so tasty my daughter started laughing. I share that story regularly. It was the best burger I’d had in a while. Nothing special, lettuce, tomato and onion along with a special sauce on a brioche bun. Simple yet crafted perfectly. It was so good, we gave the Omni our Eat It and Like It Foodie Award for the best burger in the region. Yes, it was that good.
I’ve since seen Chef Graham a couple of times since then. I always ask about the burger as if it is one of his children. “Doing great he says. It has become, by far our number one seller out here.” Those are good eats.
Like so many of us, the Omni took a whallop from Hurricane Matthew last fall. They were forced to close the restaurant for three months. The result is a nice facelift. Not a complete renovation. Just some nip and tucks here and there, not only in the restaurant, but on the property as a whole. Which you do not have to be a guest of to enjoy their food. So take a ride out to the Omni and Eat It and Like It.
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