I just returned from a road trip to Hilton Head with family and found a really good restaurant on the way down in Henderson NC called Sq1 (square one) Bistro.
They closed at nine and we arrived about five minutes after, they were very gracious and said we could eat as there were several tables still there, they just asked us to order within 10 minutes, no problem for us. We were surprised once we looked at the menu to find it was mostly locally sourced food and had the suppliers listed.
We asked for recommendations and our really wonderful waitress suggested the shrimp & grits and the in-house made sausage which apparently changes weekly. We went with her suggestions and they were both amazing. The shrimp were wild caught and the grits were truly the best I've ever had. One grit hating dining companion was even converted. They were served with a bechamel which I found a little too rich, but that's a minor quibble. The sausages were English style bangers and were not too smooth which I sometimes dislike in bangers. They were served with a leek and potato gratin, both were absolutely wonderful. Both here and at a Charleston restaurant it was the servers who really elevated the experience, I don't always recognize how a server can make or break an evening, but this one did, I'm just sorry I don"t have her name. Forgive the crappy cell phone pics.
It was a great find and the main street looked charming, they seemed to have left the older structures in place, but updated them for new businesses. There were couple of bars open and I could hear live music coming out. I'd like to go back and spend another night there.
111S. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792