Even by Hilton Head standards, Ruby Lee’s is off the beaten path. It is easy to get to, but well hidden in a small shopping plaza on a quiet street at the island’s north end. Last Sunday night things were anything but quiet inside as Candace Woodson & The Domino Theory Band tore through two crowd-pleasing sets featuring classics from Earth, Wind, and Fire to the Temptations. Candace is an engaging, energetic performer (Can you say Tina Turner?) and her three-piece band compliments her energy with a solid, driving, “wall of sound” backdrop. The packed crowd was a mix of both island visitors and local patrons ready to dance, clap, and sing like there was no such thing as Monday morning!
Ruby Lee’s modestly bills itself as “Sports, Blues & Soul Food”. Besides amazing live music provided by well know local musicians nearly every night, there are eight HD TV’s and a big screen TV to watch sporting events from any seat in the house. There is also a full bar offering a great selection of beer, wine, and specialty drinks to pair with the wonderful food. For a small venue, the owners have done a great job of laying out the restaurant to make it cozy, but not claustrophobic.
The restaurant is named after the mother and grandmother of mother/son co-owners Deborah Govan and Tim Singleton. Deborah is often mistaken for Ruby Lee, whose profile is featured on the restaurant’s logo. The menu features many of the family’s favorite recipe’s and goes beyond what might be considered traditional soul food. The four people in our party all found the food to be absolutely delicious! Our choices included the signature fried chicken, pulled pork and macaroni, a fried pork chop and their shrimp rice bowl. Most entree’s come with two sides which lean toward traditional southern cooking- Collards, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans, etc. We all raved about the Collards! With prices ranging from $ 10.95 to $ 21.95 for a main entrée with sides, this restaurant is one of the best deals on Hilton Head. Depending on the entertainment, there is sometimes a charge for the music. Sunday it was a very reasonable $ 6.00 per head.
Ruby Lee’s serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. They also offer catering. Even though they are relatively new, they have quickly become a favorite of locals and tourists. They take reservations and this is recommended. Call ahead at (843)681-7829 to reserve a place at this Hilton Head Island gem. We highly recommend it!