Sunday Brunch Dockside

The Black Marlin Bayside Grill
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 

Nothing says vacation to me like Sunday brunch dockside, and The Black Marlin Bayside Grill in the Carolina lowcountry delivers. Breakfast is a meal I don’t make time to enjoy often, so when I do, it’s a real treat. After a weekend of lounging in the sun, The Black Marlin with its casual, welcoming atmosphere was just the place to dine.

 A wide variety of menu options are available with very reasonable prices.

A good drink always has a proper garnish. On the left, this isn’t just any old Bloody Mary. This is a Cucumber Bloody Mary made with Effen Cucumber Vodka. It was peppery and smooth and everything I had hoped it would be. At right, a refreshing Mimosa.

I ordered the Dulce De Leche French Toast with bacon. Dulce De Leche literally translates to “candy of milk,” I later learned. It’s basically a caramel sauce. The french toast was garnished with passion fruit. How awesome it that? Definitely a step up from your average french toast dish. The bread was the perfect thickness and no syrup was needed.

I also enjoyed coffee with cream. I had it all!

Every table was packed. Even my Shih Tzu, Ewok, was welcome to sit on the deck!

The Black Marlin has a self-serve Bloody Mary bar! How cool is that? You basically order a Bloody Mary, then you bring your drink over to the bar and flavor and garnish it however you like. Very cool.
This is the hurricane bar which opens for lunch and dinner.

After a delicious brunch, Ewok and I took a stroll on the Palmetto Bay Marina to admire all the yachts. We will definitely visit The Black Marlin again!!

Do you have a favorite restaurant or brunch spot on Hilton Head Island? Given the chance, what would you order for brunch?

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A Twist on the Classic Bloody Mary

Who doesn’t love a good ole’ bloody mary? The peppery, tomato flavored drink is great for entertaining or sipping on solo. I found this recipe in the January/February 2011 issue of Food Network magazine, but instead of using vodka which is normally the alcohol in bloody marys, tequila is the star ingredient. Deemed Bloody Marias, this drink is a sure refreshment.

You’ll need:

  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 2 Tbs horseradish
  • 4 dashes worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs ketchup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Few shakes of hot sauce
  • Salt, Pepper
  • 1 cup tequila

Note: You can always leave out the alcohol and make a virgin version, but what would be the fun in that? 😉

Here’s how I put it all together:

Share with me your favorite cocktail!