Mingling European and Southern flavors was a relatively novel idea along the Grand Strand when Heidi Vukov moved to South Carolina in 1992 and, subsequently, opened Croissants Bistro & Bakery. Though pastries and lunch were the focal point when the enterprise began in 1995, she soon went full throttle and developed a comprehensive menu influenced by French and Lowcountry cuisines and expanded to two locations in Myrtle Beach. Today, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the bakery showcases Vukov’s masterful pastry skills. Vukov’s latest venture is a new restaurant that takes full advantage of South Carolina’s rich coastline with a menu bursting with fresh, luscious seafood. And you’ll find some scrumptious sweets available too when you visit Hook & Barrel. Her contributions to creating a vibrant coastal culinary scene has earned Vukov a place on the 2018 South Carolina Chef Ambassador roster.