The Heart & Soul Of The Lowcountry
What could be better than the popular soul food and entertainment hot spot of Hilton Head Island, Ruby Lee’s? Of course, the answer would be another Ruby Lee’s! Ruby Lee’s South offers more of what patrons of the north end location have come to love and expect in the past few years: delicious Southern cooking and a comfortable yet stimulating atmosphere that offers the perfect way to enjoy sports or outstanding blues, jazz and soul from local and regional artists.
If you’re not familiar with Ruby Lee’s, it’s a locally owned restaurant, started by Tim Singleton (known to Lowcountry residents as an athlete and high school coach), and his mother, Deborah Goban. The restaurant is named for Singleton’s late grandmother, who is the inspiration for the Southern-style menu. “Ruby Lee is the matriarch of our family. I always thought of her as my heart with arms and legs,” Singleton said.
If you’re fortunate enough to have visited the north end location of Ruby Lee’s, the new Ruby Lee’s South is a bigger, revamped version of the original; yet it still captures the Southern feel-good themes that have an uncanny way of making you hungry for fried chicken, shrimp and grits, corn bread, and sweet tea the moment you walk in the door.
The interior décor at Ruby Lee’s South is filled with the warmth of brick and wood, complemented by Southern artwork, along with the whimsical and classy light shades made of oyster shells, which are constant and subtle reminders that you’re in the Lowcountry.
If, for some reason, you’re not quite ready to eat after walking in the door of Ruby Lee’s South, you’ll notice a pang of hunger once you look at the menu. “Our food ideas come from Ruby Lee and from family recipes. But the whole food experience is completed by the chef
and our outstanding staff, without whom Ruby Lee’s would not be what it is today,” Singleton said. And he couldn’t be more right. Employees at Ruby Lee’s South always seem to be smiling, as if they were happy customers themselves, and with a wait-until-you-try-this look on their faces when describing a food item.
Ruby Lees South continues to honor Tim Singleton’s Grandmother, who is the inspiration behind Singleton’s desire to bring Southern hospitality and soul food cuisine to his newest South end location with the help of local great chef David Young.
Ruby Lee’s South will be the Islands newest indoor & outdoor dance party with some of the areas best live entertainment 7 nights a week. The Graves Warehouse Design is an elegant, artisan approach to bring in the old sophisticated “Juke Joint” ambiance that will keep the old Southern tradition alive. The authentic atmosphere is filled with a uniqueness, and extremely classy.
Live entertainment is currently offered on Monday thru Sunday. Along with good food and music, Ruby Lee’s is also the place to be for sports fans, the restaurant has all of the sports packages.