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May 21, 2001 10:33 AM

Exploring Savannah GA

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My husband and I are traveling to Savannah for Memorial Day weekend. It's our first time in the area, so we are anxious to hear about the best places to dine. I know Lady & Sons is a must, but we'd love to hear about some quaint breakfast and lunch places as well as dinner stops. Thanks for all the help!

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  1. If you haven't been to Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House for lunch, you haven't been to Savannah. For seafood, try Williams Seafood, The Pilot House. For fine low-country cuisine, Elizabeth's on 17th. Le Bistro is another upscale choice.

    1. We are going for our 5th year in a row for our vacation the first week of June. For us, The Shrimp Factory on River Street is a must.....great creole! Also, good BBQ...Johnny Harris

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      1. re: Don

        You know their sister resturant (also on River Street)
        I think it is called River House or something is really good.I have been three times...the Mahi Mahi is great!They also have awesome desserts...I have had the pecan pie and cheesecakes.yummy!

        1. re: Laura

          We haven't been there yet, but perhaps we'll try it this year. It's hard to take in all of that gooooood food in such a short period of time

      2. Louis is right about Elizabeth's being excellent but it's on 37th St., not 17th; phone is (912) 236-5547 and reservations are essential.

        For casual seafood, try Desposito's in Thunderbolt - I share the view of many others that Williams' Seafood is past it's prime. Phone is (912) 897-9963.

        For breakfast, try Cleary's Cafe downtown (a favorite of locals) or go to Huey's on River St. Mrs. Wilkes' is also open for breakfast on some days as I recall.

        Although I haven't been there for several years, I've always enjoyed Crystal Beer Parlor downtown for lunch. It's a Savannah institution (one of songwriter Johnny Mercer's favorites) - great oyster sandwiches.

        Even if you don't make it to Johnny Harris' for barbecue, try to pick up a bottle of their sauce - it's outstanding. Also grab a tin of Benne Wafers, a local treat from Byrd Candy Co. on sale at most gift shops.

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        1. re: Gator

          I'm sorry to report, but it has been closed now for at least a year. Mis-management by the owner's kids led to bankruptcy. So long to the best burgers on planet earth!