One Hot Mama's is a popular sports bar located on the southern end of Hilton Head Island. Due to the many game friendly fried comfort foods, large number of TV's, and lively sports atmosphere, many locals and tourists consider it to be the top place to go in town for any sporting event.
Both lunch and dinner are served at One Hot Mama's. Here you will find most typical bar foods like: grilled and fried wings, babyback ribs, chilli, burgers, tacos, and sandwiches.
Those trying to eat more on the healthy side can order an entrée sized salad. They have a few gluten-free items available, which are conveniently marked on the menu. However, the fries and many other items are not gluten-free because they share a fryer with other gluten containing fried foods. A dedicated fryer would be a great addition to the kitchen.
Specials are frequently available. On our visit, they offered a great wings deal. For $18 you got a plate of 20 wings with 2 different types of sauces. This is a great serving size for 1 or 2 people. Mike really enjoyed the Backyard BBQ sauce, however, he thought that the Jack Daniels sauce was just okay.
Unfortunately, the menu is severely lacking in vegetarian and vegan options. Adding a few items would allow those with specific food requests to be able to enjoy a game with their carnivore friends.
To my disappointment, I was limited to a baked potato and steamed broccoli. Although I could have ordered a salad, taking out half of the ingredients would not justify the price tag.
Service was a bit rushed and our waiter a bit inexperienced. Our server did not seem to know much about the gluten-free menu, nor the difference between dishes containing no gluten ingredients and gluten-free items that are not considered safe because they are made in a fryer with other non gluten-free foods.
She also really rushed us on the bill, asking 3 times if we were ready. We did not appreciate being so rushed.
Visiting during game time can be a hectic experience due to the large crowds, however, that can also mean more fun if you enjoy a lively sports presence. All of the servers and staff support their favorite teams by wearing team apparel, which adds a bit of character to the sports bar atmosphere.
Speakers in the bathroom mean you will never miss a minute of game time! A nice bonus is being able to choose a seat nearest to the TV showing your team. We were able to sit in a booth with the NFL game we wanted to see on the TV (Chicago Bears!) directly in front of us.
More sports decor and a better layout (tables were much too close together) would improve the experience.
Overall, One Hot Mama's is a great place to catch a game if you are a fan of wings and do not mind a noisy atmosphere, overpriced food, and hurried service.