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Title: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 14, 2010, 03:51:01 PM

Okay, I admit it, I have been here near Atlanta since 1974 and have not gone to Savannah...  We have the opportunity to go over there for a few days for CP's business..   It got me thinking....

So what should we see?

Where should we eat?

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Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Beerbitch on January 14, 2010, 03:59:31 PM
You will not lack for things to do and see.

Anything SCAD is wonderful.
Elizabeth's on 37th is probably the best place I've been in Savannah.
Stop by the Pink House for an appetizer and live music.
Moon River Brewing has good beer and more than decent food (plus haunted if you are into that)
Head out to Tybee for some oysters and a walk on the beach.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Minerva on January 15, 2010, 05:49:59 AM
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Jmolinari on January 15, 2010, 07:48:11 AM
Great southern food at Masada cafe'. It's inside a church.
http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-america/united-states/georgia/savannah/63317/masada-cafe/restaurant-detail.html
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Beerbitch on January 15, 2010, 12:00:52 PM
Great southern food at Masada cafe'. It's inside a church.
http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-america/united-states/georgia/savannah/63317/masada-cafe/restaurant-detail.html

You are expected(but not required)  to attend the service before partaking of the church supper.  It's an experience but be prepared to spend 3 hours or so. 
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Jmolinari on January 15, 2010, 12:28:39 PM
Great southern food at Masada cafe'. It's inside a church.
http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-america/united-states/georgia/savannah/63317/masada-cafe/restaurant-detail.html

You are expected(but not required)  to attend the service before partaking of the church supper.  It's an experience but be prepared to spend 3 hours or so. 

Hrmm..not when i went. It's open every day, not just days they have service, it was pretty much a cafeteria.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: waynehoobler on January 15, 2010, 01:23:09 PM

Okay, I admit it, I have been here near Atlanta since 1974 and have not gone to Savannah...  We have the opportunity to go over there for a few days for CP's business..   It got me thinking....

So what should we see?

Where should we eat?
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We were just there, was too cold out to do as much exploring as we'd have liked, but the historic area is relatively big, worth exploring.  I could be wrong, but I think Charleston has better dining options.  We had a medium pizza at Vinnies, which was plenty for 2 adults and small child.  I thought it was really good--but I'm not a pizza snob (i.e. an anticophile or verrasanophile might deem it dog food). 


Wanted to try the Crystal Beer Parlor, we walked to it, and it was closed (this was 12/31 I think).

I was interested in trying the Sweet Potato Cafe, but wife didn't want to drive the 3 miles.  In the historic area, IMO, the dining options are surprisingly not that great (expensive, average or unpredictable food).

There is a Huey's down on the water, and coffee and beignets would have been good.  We had a very mediocre dinner at some Italian type place close by Vinnies (name was something like 'market street cafe').

We didn't try any of the buffets or Paula Deen stuff.  There is an excellent candy shop, as well as a good nut shop down on the water.  The nut shop puts out some tasty samples.

We also made it over to the Crab Shack, got the 24 buck shellfish for one (which has a LOT of shellfish on it) as well as a soup and some crabmeat.  From what I read, Crab Shack does more steamed/boiled shellfish, AJ's does more fried shellfish.  Overall, both have many fans.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Minerva on January 15, 2010, 02:10:22 PM


 From what I read, Crab Shack does more steamed/boiled shellfish, AJ's does more fried shellfish.  Overall, both have many fans.


Crab Shack does have a lot of the unfried stuff and is a popular option for shellfish but it was too touristy for me. MacElwee's was more to our liking.
AJs does have some fried, but on the night we were there they also had a couple of good fish selections (fins, not shells). Even though the view is killer, the place is almost beyond casual and totally not on the beaten path.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Jmolinari on January 15, 2010, 02:18:02 PM
The Crab Shack on/near Tybee island? When i went it was clearly a tourist trap. The seafood was not very good, the shrimp not very fresh and the crabs small and dead before they were cooked.
Coworker here said the exact same things when i mentioned it to him
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: bettylouski on January 15, 2010, 04:54:51 PM
Shouldn't this be in the "Rest of Georgia" thread?   ;)

+1 on Masada for meat and 3, although last trip was not outstanding like the previous one.  They do not expect diners to attend services.

McElwee's served frozen Asian shrimp on our last visit there a few years back, so we've avoided since.  Go to previously mentioned A.J.'s for the beachy, fried seafood experience.

Elizabeth on 37th is always outstanding, gracious southern hospitality, excellent food, but not cheap.  The Butch Brothers have kicked it up a notch after buying the Terry family out a few years back.

Noble Fare on west side of historic district is small romantic place run by a young couple, they do nice tasting/pairing menu.

Local 1110 is in a cool old bank building near Forsyth Park, first visit was great, last one a few months ago, not so much, but might be a good bar/nibbly option.

Wassaw Sound Seafood exceeds expectations based on the appearance (on Habersham, near Victory Drive in ex-Crispy Chick fast food building, distress property 'hood), but the best clams I think I've ever had.  All of the other seafood was local and fresh as well.  Thoughtfully chosen, reasonable wine list of mid-line options. 

A couple of months ago, the Dresser-Palmer B&B offered themed tasting menus every Wednesday (I think) nite prepared by Italian born chef who should have by now opened his own pizza joint.  He was having the imported wood burning oven installed back in September, so he should be in operation by now, but unfortunately I can't remember the name of the new place.  I'm sure you could ask around to find.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Beerbitch on January 16, 2010, 09:27:16 AM
Great southern food at Masada cafe'. It's inside a church.
http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-america/united-states/georgia/savannah/63317/masada-cafe/restaurant-detail.html

You are expected(but not required)  to attend the service before partaking of the church supper.  It's an experience but be prepared to spend 3 hours or so. 

Hrmm..not when i went. It's open every day, not just days they have service, it was pretty much a cafeteria.


I went on a Sunday...
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Jmolinari on January 16, 2010, 10:05:32 AM
Great southern food at Masada cafe'. It's inside a church.
http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/north-america/united-states/georgia/savannah/63317/masada-cafe/restaurant-detail.html

You are expected(but not required)  to attend the service before partaking of the church supper.  It's an experience but be prepared to spend 3 hours or so. 

Hrmm..not when i went. It's open every day, not just days they have service, it was pretty much a cafeteria.


I went on a Sunday...

ah, maybe that's why.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: waynehoobler on January 16, 2010, 11:14:17 AM
The Crab Shack on/near Tybee island? When i went it was clearly a tourist trap. The seafood was not very good, the shrimp not very fresh and the crabs small and dead before they were cooked.
Coworker here said the exact same things when i mentioned it to him

  We must have lucked out.  It all looked and tasted fresh off the boat.  ;D

We weren't really into the crawfish so much.  Not sure what to do with them, or what's edible in them.  Was definitely touristy (or kitschy), but almost everything around there is touristy.  Would like to have found the Savannah equivalent of BuHi, but after looking through Yelp pretty thoroughly, I couldn't find that many places around there that would compare to the better places around town here.  Next time, I want to get to Sweet Potato Kitchen, which was a pretty short drive from the historic area (but definitely not walking distance).

Dining in the historic area would probably compare to Atlanta offerings at Atlantic Station.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Minerva on January 18, 2010, 05:49:23 AM

McElwee's served frozen Asian shrimp on our last visit there a few years back, so we've avoided since.  Go to previously mentioned A.J.'s for the beachy, fried seafood experience.



Don't know about the shrimp at MacElwee's because we had the oysters and were happy.
For really fresh shrimp, straight off the boat, Cafe Loco can't be beat. It's under the bridge at entrance to Tybee.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Hrothgar on August 06, 2010, 03:33:11 PM
Getting set for an anniversary trip down to Tybee in late Sept., so just seeing what's what in the dining scene there and in Savannah. I miss the epic thread we had for that area we had over on Atlanta Cuisine.  :-\

One place I highly recommend is Back in the Day Bakery (http://www.backinthedaybakery.com/) (2403 Bull Street in Savannah). Possibly the best cupcakes I've ever had.

Zunzi's (http://www.zunzis.com/) is decent South African (!) takeout (they have some tables outside) near SCAD, that sticks in my memory mostly for their amazing iced Rooibos tea.

Stay far, far away from Paula Deen's. Godawful slop. It depresses me to no end that people queue up for hours each morning just for a lunch or dinner reservation to eat from a buffet line that is only moderately better than Ryan's. All under the delusion that they're getting the REAL SOUTHERN FOOD EXPERIENCE (TM).  ::)
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Quality not Quantity on August 07, 2010, 12:03:56 AM
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 13, 2011, 03:24:30 PM



There is a haunted pub tour, I like part of that, not sure about the haunted..   ;)

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60814-d252765-Reviews-Creepy_Crawl_Haunted_Pub_Tour-Savannah_Georgia.html (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60814-d252765-Reviews-Creepy_Crawl_Haunted_Pub_Tour-Savannah_Georgia.html)

For for this trip we get armbands, good for discounts or whatever in

McDonough's
Molly McPherson
Six Pence
Rail Pub
Jazz'd Tapas

Our schedule is pretty well booked but I'm okay with that, we do have some hours to cruise around and see what's what.

We will get to go see Old Fort Jackson with the group, and it looks like we do have some time to go and take a peek at some other things while we are there, even if it's just for a few days this time. 

Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Lorenzo on April 13, 2011, 04:27:46 PM
What, no Moon River Brewing on the haunted pub tour?!  They were featured on that ghost show on Discovery Channel.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 13, 2011, 05:25:12 PM
What, no Moon River Brewing on the haunted pub tour?!  They were featured on that ghost show on Discovery Channel.

I'll add it to my private list of places.   we do have some time away...


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Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 16, 2011, 11:54:31 AM


Slid into the Harris Baking company for a late breakfast to clear our heads and get ready for the day.  We each had a very good Omelette (sp) and a nice slice of their fab bread with a scant few chunks of fruit on our plate.  It was good coffee, it can be seen from the Hilton Desoto where we are staying in the historic district and the price was reasonable. 

Now off to find "The Distillery" and walk around Savannah while CP gets her Spa treatment. Maybe if I hang here at the hotel we can both go....

Tybee was fun, the food was alright but pretty much as reported.  We did go over to the lighthouse and nose around and did put our feet into the Atlantic.  So whatever else we do here is on the downslope..   ;)

Going to "Old Fort Jackson" today later.  The wind you guys had on Friday is here today, fishing trips and kayaking tours were cancelled, I hope the tents they have set up at Old Fort Jackson will be up to the task.

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Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 18, 2011, 05:19:38 PM
I have some neat pics of food from several places in Savannah, but my trusty Droid is resisting USB connection..  I'll do a proper summery in the next few days...

Conclusion:

Savannah is for tourists and it takes real diligence to wade through the "hot new places" and the truth about the food. 


More to come:
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Lorenzo on April 22, 2011, 07:17:52 AM
You can delete this post too, but I'm waiting with bated breath, Mike.  We visit Savannah pretty often but for some reason--maybe we're too busy hanging with friends who live there--have never made a foodie endeavor of it.  I've just never bothered to check Urbanspoon or Chowhound or whatever.  I'm interested in your opinions/recommendations.
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 22, 2011, 01:09:11 PM
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Minerva on April 23, 2011, 08:14:58 AM
Sounds like in general you all had a good time. No flat out raves for any of the comestibles, though?

I'm pleasantly surprised you weren't unhappy with any of the Crab Shack fare. I had always heard it was just a tourist joint, but it sounds as if it's a cut or two above in at least some of its offerings.

How was the gelato compared to others you've had? The flavors you sampled sounded enticing.

Funny you ended up in Moon River Brewing after slipping out of the ghost tour. In paranormal ciircles, Moon River is known as one of the most haunted places in Savannah. Guess their haints respected y'all enough to leave you alone.  :D
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 23, 2011, 08:43:20 AM
Sounds like in general you all had a good time. No flat out raves for any of the comestibles, though?

I'm pleasantly surprised you weren't unhappy with any of the Crab Shack fare. I had always heard it was just a tourist joint, but it sounds as if it's a cut or two above in at least some of its offerings.

How was the gelato compared to others you've had? The flavors you sampled sounded enticing.

Funny you ended up in Moon River Brewing after slipping out of the ghost tour. In paranormal ciircles, Moon River is known as one of the most haunted places in Savannah. Guess their haints respected y'all enough to leave you alone.  :D


Since this was a company-driven event (the entire weekend) we honestly didn't want to get out to some of the places we had on our list to try in Savannah,  We had a dinner event every night.  What we could really do was either breakfast/brunch or lunch, and we did.  We will go back and give a few places on my "list" a good try, but this time we were happy to be with Slalom Consulting and their crowd.

The Crab Shack was touristy, (I'll put other pics up on Flickr, as I have time), but the gnats were not too bad, we were hungry, and the beer was cold. My shrimp salad sandwich was good, the stew was better than average. I can't report poorly on things I didn't eat or hear were bad coming from my dining partners.

The Gelato was very good, I was amazed that it was Gelato, it was creamy and flavorful. They also sold Panini's there and that seemed to be what the folks at the counter were ordering. The City Market is a good place to wander while walking around the district.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/paninilistt22.jpg)

It was late on a Thursday, and the very haunted Moon River was closing in 45 minutes when we hit the door.  Perhaps we were given a "by" from the spooky things that would have loved to ruin our dreams?  One of the folks in our extended party did go upstairs with a group from another tour and blend in well enough to get the tales that were told.  He was shown some sort of room where ghosts were sure to be, he took pictures, but alas, the flash made them scurry.  I will give Moon River an B+ on bar food btw. we were each pleased with our order, the Gouda potatoes were killer.  Like I said, we will go back and give a few other places a go.

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Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Lorenzo on April 23, 2011, 09:02:42 AM
Clips from the Moon River episode of Ghost Adventures here:

http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Ghost_Adventures/Episodes_Travel_Guides/Episode_Moon_River_Brewing_Company

The Moon River owners are good people.  Brewmaster Pinkerton does a good job with the beers, I think.  Talk about a beer-friendly city.  "May I have that in a to-go cup, please?"

I confess I am a fan of the touristy Crab Shack, but hey, I AM a tourist.  The lowcountry boil is adequate, and I believe the atmosphere out on the deck outweighs anything negative about the food.  Good place for Sunday brunch with Bloody Marys (after 12:30, of course).
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 23, 2011, 09:49:16 AM
Clips from the Moon River episode of Ghost Adventures here:

http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Ghost_Adventures/Episodes_Travel_Guides/Episode_Moon_River_Brewing_Company

The Moon River owners are good people.  Brewmaster Pinkerton does a good job with the beers, I think.  Talk about a beer-friendly city.  "May I have that in a to-go cup, please?"

I confess I am a fan of the touristy Crab Shack, but hey, I AM a tourist.  The lowcountry boil is adequate, and I believe the atmosphere out on the deck outweighs anything negative about the food.  Good place for Sunday brunch with Bloody Marys (after 12:30, of course).

We saw a place on Tybee named Pigs and Shrimp, I was tempted to stop, but the belly was full and life is long.  Savannah is a fun and small city to walk around.  But you have to have a car to get out to the islands and to venture too far.  We didn't really get to explore river walk too much, but I love how the city was constructed with the parks every few blocks. It is relaxing, and enjoyable to be walking under those huge trees draped with Spanish moss every block or two. A good long weekend adventure from here in ATL for sure.

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Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Northside Food on June 07, 2013, 02:04:11 PM
We're going to Savannah next weekend. Any new recommendations?
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: loveATL on June 12, 2013, 09:23:32 AM
The rooftop bar at The Bohemian Hotel has great tapas as well as a great view!  Belford's in the City Market does a nice brunch.  Have fun!
Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 12, 2013, 10:54:45 AM

My two times to Savannah I was with my wife at a company function so most of the things we did were scheduled and there was not as much time to explore.  Plus the last time we were there it rained for 3 days. 

We always go out to Tybee Island to the Crab Shack just because we always do.  the shrimp are fresh, the beer is cold, and the she-crab soup varies from time to time.

We like the piano bar (Maybe Savannah Smile is the name) and Moon River for a flight of what they are pouring. 

The tour at Ft. Jackson is neat if you have the time, as well as the tour at at Ft. Pulaski.

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Title: Re: Savannah, Georgia
Post by: foodnearsnellville on June 13, 2013, 08:37:30 AM
I went to Savannah/Tybee recently and there are reviews all over my blog, easy to reach from the front page.

Crab Shack (Tybee) I liked. A better buy than any seafood along River Street. Almost any Tybee joint is a better seafood option than Savannah seafood in the touristy areas.

On River Street the Cotton Exchange won't give you wallet shock the way most restaurants can.

Dub's Pub (River Street, also alley accessible) calls itself a gastropub on Urbanspoon. It's more a high end sports bar, but the tacos I had the night I went were excellent. They may be in gastropub territory (assuming you're the kind of person who would allow that Local Republic is a gastropub).

Breakfast can be a rip off in Savannah,  or you can go to  B Matthews on Bay Street, which has good breakfasts that tend to be under $10.00. B Mathews has a 'modern American' feel and I'd be happy eating meals there three times a day.

Bay Street in general seems more foodie friendly than River Street. The restaurants aren't as gaudy but tend to end up on "Best of Savannah" lists more often. I never went to Churchill's Pub but I'd like to.

I experienced staff issues at Moon River. In fact, I'd call them the worst staff I've ever run into in Savannah. You don't need to believe me. The experiences I had parallel almost anyone complaining about staff at Moon River over the past 3-4 months at Urbanspoon.

I also highly recommend Books on Bay, if you like to read and have a  taste for antique series books (Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Oz, etc).

Above Books on Bay is an antique shop that sells water at a reasonable price. The alleyway just below Books on Bay is a better way to head from Bay to River Street.

FnS