A reverence for Lowcountry cuisine accompanies traditional steakhouse offerings at Crane's Tavern Steakhouse & Seafood on Hilton Head Island. In addition to the prime grade beef -ribeyes, filet mignon, prime rib and sirloin- that have earned the restaurant its great reputation, Southern recipes give the food a local flair.
Patrons can experience the best in local culinary traditions at this unassuming, comfortable tavern on New Orleans Road, where Beth Anne Crane and her dad Hank have been serving locals and visitors since 1999. The owners and staff focus on quality and creativity throughout the menu, which includes appetizers, salads, main courses, and desserts. A bar menu also is available.
As an appetizer, the fried green tomatoes are superb. Buttermilk-battered and lightly fried, they're made with locallygrown tomatoes and garnished with a homemade roasted corn relish.
Shrimp, a Southern staple, anchors several outstanding dishes at Crane's.
"Shrimp is what people want, and the southern cuisine built around shrimp has a comfort element," Beth Anne Crane said.
The restaurant serves a decadent take on the classic Carolina dish "shrimp'n grits." Fresh shrimp are lightly sautèed and served over flavorful cheddar grits with creamed corn, bacon and touch of green onion.
Some Southern touches in traditional recipes at Crane's include pecan-encrusted boneless chicken breast with andouille sausage, grits and peach chutney; Mahi Mahi grilled and served with a chipotle puree, and cornmeal-encrusted catfish (on the early fare menu). For the steak lover, Crane's "Gentleman Jack mushroom sauce" is inspired by the whiskey from Tennessee and can accompany any cut of beef.
Crane's is a wine lover's dream-the wine list includes more than 500 thoughtfully chosen bottles. Many bottles are showcased in the dining room, where dark wood tables covered with white linen table cloths beckon hungry diners to sit down. With summer approaching, guests can choose from an increased selection of white wines including Mohua Sauvignon Blanc. From New Zealand, this bright wine has a tropical citrus base and will compliment many Lowcountry dishes.
The Crane's staff is excited to welcome vacationing families.
"We enjoy seeing people we know return every summer," Beth Anne Crane said.
A children's menu is available with entrees starting at $5.
Also value priced is Crane's early fare menu from 5-6 p.m. daily, which features a house salad, a choice of four entrees and a glass of house wine for $16.95; or a prime rib dinner for $20.95.
At the cozy English-style bar, patrons can order from the full menu or a bar menu with sandwiches, salads and "the best burger ever".