Dining Gluten-Free at The Old Oyster Factory, Hilton Head Island, SC - Celiac Disease
Apr 15 2013

Dining Gluten-Free at The Old Oyster Factory, Hilton Head Island, SC

OOF_hh1On my recent trip to Hilton Head Island I had the opportunity to try some restaurants that I have never tried in the many years I have been going there.  Instead of cooking most of our meals at the house, like usual, we decided to venture out and try something new.  Well, new to us..

One of the restaurants we visited was The Old Oyster Factory, located on the marshes of the island, which has been around for over 20 years.  It may have been Spring Break for us, but when we arrived at 5:30 on a Monday evening, we were able to be seated right away.  I was told this place gets crowded, so I considered us very lucky.  We were seated outside on the deck with a beautiful view of the marshes, it really was a perfect setting.

I called The Old Oyster Factory ahead of time, so I knew they had a gluten-free menu, so I was sure to ask for one when we were seated.  I ordered the salmon “naked”, which came with a baked potato and vegetables.  Just what I wanted on a warm night on holiday.  After the server took our order, he brought a basked of hush puppies to the table.  He was quick to point out that these were not gluten-free….this I knew, but appreciated that he made mention of it.  And let me just say, those hush puppies looked good!  The rest of my dinner table enjoyed them with lots of ohhs and ahhs. I don’t usually get envious anymore after being gluten-free for over four years, but I did have a twinge of jealousy, but I just had to keep in mind that l had more room for my dinner than everyone else.


The salmon was gorgeous, and tasted as good as it looked.  The vegetables were cooked just right and you can’t go wrong with a classic baked potato, which was cooked to perfection!   I was actually glad I was not able to fill up on hush puppies.  Dinner was great, in a beautiful setting, and I felt safe.  A wonderful holiday dinning experience.

Be sure to check out The Old Oyster Factory when you are in Hilton Head, but be sure to arrive early, or prepare to enjoy some drinks at the bar.  This place is not a well-kept secret, and gets very crowded in peak season.

To learn about another restaurant I visited on this trip, read about my experience eating gluten-free at Skull Creek Boathouse.

For some other gluten-free choices on Hilton Head Island, read this post.


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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!

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