I went to Signe's because of that program. It was ok I wasn't overly impressed but others like it. It's a small place with some outdoor seating.
Compared to desserts I am used to both Signes and French bakery in the North end of the island were disappointing. I'd love to find a great bakery.
She (the TV host) definitely does NOT do her homework......I think she must stop at a gas station just out of town and asks someone there! If these are the places she says are THE BEST, she's slightly confused and misguided. I don't get it.
They also highlighted Hudson's Seafood Restaurant on that show, and Hudson's, to me, is (1) way out of the way, (2) mediocre (at best) and has inconsistent food and service, and (3) an old place that changed ownership many times, but remains mired in it's old (false) reputation of being THE place for seafood....when there were only maybe two places, 2 decades ago, it WAS, but now it's not worth the gas to drive there. Last time we ate there, with friends, 3 of the 4 adults had to return the entire entrees because the food was inedible. One person got sick. There are simply too many wonderful places other than Hudson's. DON'T go there. I've never been to Signe's, but I did see the show, and on the show it appeared great, BUT with all those cameras, do you expect them to serve a lousy meal? Of course not. I've NEVER once heard that place recommended , either from a local or a concierge, or a "front desk person", so take that for what it's worth. In ALL my years going, NEVER once heard of it...and I wouldn't exactly say that's good. It may be OK, but I trust recommendations that are repeated many times. The breakfast place called Skillets is still the best for a basic breakfast...in Coligny Plaza. Owned by an older couple , and they have a huge following from locals and also tourists. The VERY, VERY best breakfast (or really brunch) in my opinion, is still at Cafe Europa.....the location on the water is unsurpassed, and it indeed feels like a little European cafe, and the food is outstanding! A great menu. Lots of different types of omelettes (I love the Californian and the Neptune) and other specialty dishes. And, great Belgian waffles! Cafe Europa is undoubtedly THE very best restaurant on the island as far as having all three GREAT meals----breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At lunch, the menu is fantastic, and at dinner, the place suddenly changes into an elegant waterfront romantic cafe, and looks totally different----low lights with candles, and awesome menu again, and a wonderful, quiet ambiance. It's the best "all-round" restaurant on the island. As a fine-dining restaurant, it can hang with all the rest...Charlie's L'Etoile Verte, Santa Fe, Cafe at Wexford, Sunset Grill, Catch 22, RedFish, Bonefish, etc., etc. And they do have a delightful array of fantastic desserts! It's located exactly under the lighthouse in Harbour Town, and no, I don't have stock in the restaurant. They're only open during the "on season", closed during winter months, but I think they are open now again. It's been there forever, and ownership is by one guy, and it's always tops. The reuben sandwich and shrimp salad on the lunch menu are great...among other things. All 3 menus are great. Convinced yet? Get a waterside window table for brunch and watch the dolphins jump.Or get the same for dinner and watch the glorious sunset. Very romantic place. They also have ALWAYS had fresh flowers on each table. And afterward you can walk around Harbour Town and enjoy all the great shops and all the sights. Live music in the summer, usually by a lone guitarist along the sidewalk. Rocking chairs along the "walk" for relaxing and people-watching. Great ice cream in the back of the Country Bear General store. Very nice playground for kids. Great idea to ride bikes into Harbour Town , park the bikes, and go in for ice cream----that's a favorite midday activity for the whole family, as Sea Pines already has the best & most beautiful bike paths in the country! And the thought of that ice cream will keep you pedaling! Take a shower (please) and come back for dinner! ****As mentioned before, the Crazy Crab there has great seafood, especially crab legs, but expect a slight wait during busy times. It's worth the wait, tho....but that's a casual dinner for everyone.....we go each trip! My daughter , now sweet 16, always takes her best friend, and those two girls each get the big crab leg dinner, and they just grin from ear to ear. I think they could eat their weight in crab legs. When I tell them we're going to Crazy Crab, they just look at each other and smile. Talk about cracking some crab legs! Those two are pros! To them, it's an art! The fried shrimp is also great, probably better than at Old Oyster Factory, altho we love the views at OOF. We'll be back at HHI for a week in April and also for 3 consecutive weeks in June! Can't wait. Marty (jme)