May 2019

Mixx on Main: The Neighborhood Eatery that Knows you by Name

Author: Linda S. Hopkins | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Any restaurant can serve good food. But what makes a good restaurant great is the combination of tasty food, friendly service, and an inviting atmosphere. Many people would say it’s an overall feeling—the kind you get at Mixx on Main, one of Hilton Head Island’s most beloved neighborhood eateries—named a 2018 Next Door Favorite—located, where else, but Main Street.

Open just shy of a year, the cozy bistro and bar has quickly become a popular stop for local residents, especially the north-end neighborhoods. “It’s truly become and has a Cheers kind of vibe,” managing partner Patsy Delello said. Like the fictional bar in the popular 1980s sitcom, Mixx on Main aims to be a real neighborhood institution.

“We know probably 70 percent of our customers by name,” managing partner Chris Kingston added. “We really enjoy seeing that everyday customer and being part of the community.”

The restaurant’s menu concept is a masterful blend of all-American favorites, Mexican fare, Italian specialties, fun bar food, and more (thus the name Mixx). Whether you’re in the mood for a steaming bowl of their award-winning white chicken chili, a taco salad, a burger, a sizzling sirloin steak, a plate of authentic spaghetti and meatballs, a lobster tail, or fresh grilled shrimp, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re craving.

According to Delello, because of the eclectic menu that boasts over 60 items, plus at least five daily lunch
specials and just as many dinner specials, customers can and do come in multiple times during the week and have a completely different experience each visit. Frequenting the restaurant are business men and women,“ladies who lunch,” the after-golf crowd, couples out for date night (or a nice, quiet dinner), happy hour enthusiasts (4-6:30 p.m.), and families too busy or too tired to cook.

“You can also come in for a quick lunch—we can get you in and out,” Kingston said, which is especially meaningful for employees of area businesses. “For as small as we are, we are very versatile and efficient and can accommodate the experience you want, whether you are in a hurry or wish to linger. People say we have service down to a science.”

Aside from the diverse menu and top-notch service, the small, intimate venue also lends itself to a variety of dining experiences, including a vibrant bar scene where you can order anything from cocktails and bar food (wings, baskets, nachos…) to a full-course dinner, while watching sports or socializing with your neighbors; an inviting covered patio where you can breathe in the fresh Lowcountry air, enjoy conversations and mingle over delicious food; and a main dining room where you can relax and relish the company of friends and family over a satisfying, no-stress meal.

Partners Delello and Kingston are perhaps most excited to introduce their new evening menu, featuring more entrées, while still offering all the items on the lunch and bar menus and maintaining the comfortable, casual ambiance.

“We’re not changing the menu, we’re just presenting it in a different way,” Delello assured. “We will continue to have all the original favorites and more!” “And if there’s something we’ve served you in the past that you don’t see on the menu, please ask. We’ll be happy to accommodate you,” Kingston added.

Along with their obvious culinary genius, Delello and Kingston bring a wealth of restaurant management experience to the table and a shared vision of what a neighborhood eatery should be. Delello, originally from New York, has been a resident of Hilton Head Island and familiar face on the local restaurant scene for over 30 years. He has the advantage of longevity here and an intimate understanding of his community and customer base. Kingston, a Bluffton resident for two years, comes from Atlanta, Ga. where he ran two popular restaurants and gained the skills to manage the kind of energetic venture he and his partner have embarked upon here. Together, they have established a team of experienced, enthusiastic cooks and servers who enjoy making their customers happy.

“We really pride ourselves on training our staff that the customer truly does come first,” Delello said. “We try to address each customer as they walk out the door; there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hear, ‘Gosh, everybody is so friendly here!’ And that’s what keeps them coming back!”

“We are obviously being praised for our food, but if there is something another restaurant does just as well, we step it up a bit with our service and personality,” Kingston said. “It’s very consistent, and we’re going to stay consistent with our product and our service.”

Apart from serving fresh-made food in a warm, welcoming manner, being a good neighbor includes extending good will to the community outside the realm of the restaurant, which Delello and Kingston do by supporting local churches and charities. They recently participated in a bowling tournament to support Osprey Village, a local organization that provides a residential setting for adults with various disabilities. In addition, according to Kingston, they have contributed over $2,000 in gift certificates to areawide charitable functions and are looking to organize a charity golf tournament in the future.

As Mixx on Main continues striving to become your neighborhood favorite, they are working on parking solutions and urge you to come in even if the lot appears full. Stop by frequently, and stay tuned for more exciting updates, because this restaurant is here to stay and is only
going to keep getting better.

If you haven’t yet ventured to Mixx on Main, head on over for lunch or dinner and introduce yourself. They want to know you! 

Mixx on Main is located at 87 Main Street, Hilton Head Island and is open six days a week (Monday-Saturday). Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; dinner service begins at 5, with happy hour from 4-6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.mixxonmain.com or call (843) 842-Mixx (6499).

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