Robert Irvine's Top Places to Eat in South Carolina

Restaurant: Impossible star Robert Irvine tells Food Network Magazine what to eat in South Carolina low country.

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Robert Irvine's Hilton Head Eats

Check out Robert's top restaurant picks on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island.

Osso Buco Milanese From Michael Anthony's Cucina Italiana

Robert can't get enough of this osso buco; the meat falls right off the bone, and it's served over saffron risotto. "It's like you're in old Italy," he says. The dish isn't on the menu, but it pops up as a special at least once a week. And Robert is friends with the owner, so he's usually able to get it if he's in the mood for it.

Award-Winning Baby Back Ribs From One Hot Mama's American Grille

There's no shortage of good ribs in low country, but Robert says these are the best. They're rubbed with 16 herbs and spices and roasted for up to 4 hours before they hit the grill. Robert especially likes the side of warm barbecue sauce. "That's the secret!" he says. "If I go anywhere else, there's never enough bloody sauce!" 37 New Orleans Rd.

Creme Brulee French Toast From Stacks Pancakes

Although pancakes are the main draw here, Robert prefers the French toast. "It's out of this world," he says. Sourdough bread is soaked in eggs and orange liqueur, griddled, then topped with creme brulee custard, hot caramel and cinnamon sugar. He hits this spot as many as three times a week. 2 Regency Pkwy.; stackshh.com

Lemon Raspberry Angel Wings From Signe's Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe

Robert orders whatever catches his eye at the 30-foot counter, but he usually ends up with a lemon and raspberry Danish-style pastry. "This place gets the Danish right," Robert says. "The owner doesn't cut back on the butter, and that's how I like it." 93 Arrow Rd.; signesbakery.com