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Savannah in a nutshell, or a couple.
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  • Post #31 - March 31st, 2014, 8:22 am
    Post #31 - March 31st, 2014, 8:22 am Post #31 - March 31st, 2014, 8:22 am
    Did Savannah as a pitstop on the way south into Florida last week.

    Headed through town and went right for Tybee - Got in around 11 a.m., headed straight for Sting Rays, needed some shrimp and crabs as well as a shot.


    Crabs were not from the local waters obviously, but the shrimp were and they were great. Read up a bit on Georgia white shrimp before the trip and ate my share.


    Nice spot, cold beer and the shrimps were some of the best of the trip. Crabs were solid, cant say no to Dungeness and snow.

    Sting Rays Seafood
    1403 Butler Ave.
    Tybee Island, Georgia

    Im a sucker for old signs, heard Williams was one of the best around back in the day:


    After checking out downtown Savannah - I had a drink and a cup of She crab soup at The Pirates House - one of the oldest bars around. SHe Crab soup was ok, but for those who like old places worth a stop

    The Pirates House
    20 East Broad Street
    Savannah, GA.

    Dinner as at Tubby's Tankhouse in Thunderbolt - part of a local restaurant group but solid . Got a way better meal here than expected, shrimps were fantastic.


    Tubbys Tankhouse - Thunderbolt
    2909 River Dr.
    Thunderbolt, GA.

    Took at easy, but considering spending a week on Tybee someyear soon.

    ABout 45 minutes south of Savannah I read up on Darien, GA. and their shrimp fleet. Had to go.



    timed the visit right to be at Skipper Fish Camp in time for lunch.

    Local shrimp, etc. great spot.


    Slick's Shrimp dip and crackers... loved this, craving it now. :


    Sweet potato souffle, Vangie thought this was great:


    as good as it gets to someone who has a shrimp jonez to feed:


    Skippers Fish Camp
    85 Screven Street
    Darien, GA.

    If I had more time in the Darien, Brunswick, GA. area I would try to do one of the shrimp boat "tours" go out on the boat for the day then eat what is caught at the end of the trip.

    Headed south into Florida from here - hit the beach in Jacksonville as the sun was calling, then hit Orlando. Catch ya on that thread.
  • Post #32 - October 27th, 2014, 6:28 am
    Post #32 - October 27th, 2014, 6:28 am Post #32 - October 27th, 2014, 6:28 am
    It was a Savannah weekend of soul food, shrimp and Sephardic Lamb--at the Jewish Food Festival.

    Masada Cafe at the Union House of Prayer.
    This is actually a spinoff congregation and food service operation of the original Savannah UHOP. Immaculate in all respects with cleanly cooked food.

    Fried chicken thighs, oxtails, lima beans, crab and shrimp rice, mac 'n cheese crust taste, fried chicken wings, string beans and potatoes.

    Run don't walk for the crab and shrimp rice, enriched with shreds of pork neck meat, and the lima beans. Cornbread was sweet not savory. Coconut cake ok.

    Will gladly return.


    Masada Cafe
    2301 West Bay St

    Our room wasn't ready yet, so we took a walk along the main commercial drag--Broughton street, where we encountered:

    Marché de Macarons, 42 Abercorn St. (next to The Lucas Theatre).
    La Duree has nothing to fear. Insipid buttercream filling surround by poor dacquoise structure. At $2 per, the most expensive macaroon in memory.

    And Savannah stalwart Leopold's ice cream--creamy and very sweet.

    Breakfast at Narobia's Grits and Gravy.
    I like to keep things simple, but on occasion I like to remember to reach outside my comfort zone. That's how I wound up ordering the Seafood Omelet almost all the way (onions, pepppers, mushrooms hold the cheese). It was fantastic. A bucket list item. And the blah looking Crab Stew brown and hiding in the upper left--brimming with fresh backfin blue crab meat and some shrimp. Both an absolute must. If you go on Saturday, either arrive before 9 AM or call in your order for takeout. After nine then even if you get a seat you could wait an hour as the grill pumps out an endless stream of takeout orders.


    Narobia's doesn't do pig. Turkey bacon and eggs a la mode (in this case over hard). Very well prepared. Biscuits acceptable.

    The Crab Stew

    Narobia's Grits and Gravy
    2019 Habersham Street, Savannah, GA

    Lunch at Neighborhood Soulfood Home
    Except for the intense salting of every meal component, the best of the trip. Do not miss the Red Rice, thick with smoked sausage, crab and shrimp, the lima beans and the okra with tomatoes.

    Turkey wing, red rice, lima beans, okra and tomatoes. Sweet cornbread. Two tables, a few counter seats and terrific service. Everything looked great, but after Narobia's it was all we could do to split one plate-and even so we fought over the red rice.


    Neighborhood Soulfood Home
    504 1/2 W 42nd St, Savannah

    The Crab Shack
    A mid-afternoon meal of low country boil at a sprawling Margaritaville ethos' waterside institution. A large menu. In reply to our question, the GA white shrimp and blue crab were local and fresh, all else was frozen. We split a Low Country Shrimp Boil--cole slaw instead of frozen corn. Shrimp were fresh and arrived at the table with added dry 'boil' generously sprinkled over the top. On the plate were two containers of Whipped Topping, for the potatoes I guess. Ok for what it is, but other than to sit out by the water not a destination.


    Look for the sign by mile marker 33 on Tybee Island.

    Breakfast Sisters of the New South
    Sunday options, beyond brunch, are limited. This is a local four unit mini-chain. Corned beef hash was good, everything else acceptable.


    If it were Sunday, I'd return. Otherwise Narobia's or Neighborhood Soulfood Home would be my breakfast preference.

    Sisters of The New South
    2605 Skidaway Rd, Savannah

    The Jewish Food Festival
    By happenstance this coincided with our Savannah weekend. This year the structure changed. In the past, an old line Savannah catering company prepared all the food. This year, individual companies (i.e. Morgan Stanley, Publix, ConAgra's Hebrew National and various local businesses) each sponsored a volunteer group who prepared the food. Professionals vs amateurs. The difference showed. My wife remonstrates me that it's not about the food.

    The Sephardic Lamb booth. We were told it always sells out.

    The line for tongue, pastrami and corned beef sandwiches was lengthy.

    The demand was continuous for latkes at the Manischevitz sponsored Latke booth.


    Even though they were from a mix, the latkes were far and away the best thing we sampled from among Sephardic Lamb, Stuffed Cabbage, Hamentashen, Challah and Sweet Kugel.

    The Jewish Food Festival
    Forsyth Square
    The weekend before Halloween.
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  • Post #33 - October 27th, 2014, 7:35 am
    Post #33 - October 27th, 2014, 7:35 am Post #33 - October 27th, 2014, 7:35 am
    Really? You talk about Georgia, with a title featuring nuts, and not a pecan in sight?

    Beautiful photos, looks like you had great food. I wouldn't have expected a Jewish Food Festival in Georgia, but very cool.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #34 - October 27th, 2014, 7:38 am
    Post #34 - October 27th, 2014, 7:38 am Post #34 - October 27th, 2014, 7:38 am
    JoelF wrote:Really? You talk about Georgia, with a title featuring nuts, and not a pecan in sight?

    Pecans were Saturday, at the Forsyth Park Farmers Market. We brought home pink eyed peas, baby okra, tomatoes and summer squash.

    Pecans are like pierogi, they're everywhere around here.
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  • Post #35 - November 10th, 2015, 12:56 pm
    Post #35 - November 10th, 2015, 12:56 pm Post #35 - November 10th, 2015, 12:56 pm
    Recently spent a long weekend in Savannah. Hadn't been there since 2009, it's really changed quite a bit since then - in 09 it was really suffering from the recession, I seem to recall that walking down Broughton every other store front was vacant. That's certainly not the case now, the tourists have definitely discovered it and business is really booming. Locals are saying they're going to dredge the river deeper and make it a viable cruise ship port in a few years, strap in.

    Few places compare in America, the historic district is incomparably beautiful and perfectly designed for wandering on foot. We made it a point to tick off each of the 22 squares, just fun to meander about then sit on the bench and take it all in:

    And all that walking stokes up an appetite for some fried food! We had a nice lunch at the Olde Pink House - ask for a table in the bar, it's more locals than the rooms inside the house so they're not churning you through on the service as quickly. Crab beignets, a fried shrimp & oyster platter, and fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravies - yes Ma'am, mighty tasty! (btw our Uber driver to the airport says Garibaldi Cafe is owned by the same family, says the food is great here too. The pictures remind of Galatoire's in NO, will definitely have to check it out next time)

    I had some memorable fried oysters at Vic's on the River last trip, so a return was mandatory. Did not disappoint, most excellent, the fried green tomatoes were also delicious:

    Best meal was dinner at Alligator Soul, ultra farm to fork low country place. Started with their charcuterie & cheese plate, this included a home made boudin that was marvelous. Then I had a main of a thick slab of catch of the day, I think waiter said it was redfish but I always thought that was a flat fish and this was a big healthy slab - anyways, it was excellent and served with some great red beans and rice. Plus you can get their baked oysters as a side of 3, sign me up please! Plus shrimp & grits for my wife, thank you very much we liked everything:

    And so long Savannah, till the next time
  • Post #36 - November 10th, 2015, 2:04 pm
    Post #36 - November 10th, 2015, 2:04 pm Post #36 - November 10th, 2015, 2:04 pm
    Redfish is a member of the drum family. Big heads, scaly.

    Alligator soul sounds terrific.
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  • Post #37 - November 13th, 2015, 4:46 pm
    Post #37 - November 13th, 2015, 4:46 pm Post #37 - November 13th, 2015, 4:46 pm
    We were in Savannah for just one evening recently, had a reservation at Lady and Sons, but our plane was late and we missed it. We went there anyway later, but they were full. Then we asked if there was a bar we could sit at to just have a drink, they said yes, it is on the second floor, head on up. A small, maybe eight stool bar, sure enough, and on our way there we passed a full second floor buffet. We asked the bartender if we could have the buffet dinner at the bar, sure thing, he said. I think it may have been the best fried chicken I have every had. And, the bartender regaled us with really great stories of their guests over the years, it could not have worked out more perfectly. Except for my friend, who ordered the Caesar salad with GRILLED chicken. After almost half hour, they apologized profusely, telling us that no one ever ordered that!