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Oct 10, 2007 07:01 AM

Anniversary Trip to Savannah-dinner recs?

We are going to Savannah to celebrate a benchmark anniversary and are looking forward to some good chow as well as checking out the historic district. From what I've read it looks like the best dinner spots are: Olde Pink House, Garibaldi's, Sapphire Grill, and Elizabeth on 37th. Any thoughts? Anything I've missed? Also, historic district lunch, oyster bar, or pleasant hangout joint recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance Lowcountry Chowhounds!

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  1. Here's a few morsels about an enjoyable time in SAV: Elizabeth's on 37th for the anniversary w/wife; Sapphire Grill for the girlfriend. Also check out 45Bistro @ the Marshall House on Broughton St. very historic inn, with a very modern dining room and outstanding foodie menu. Dinner spots abound for foodies Il Pasticcio is one of the top rated modern Italian in US; Local 1110, a new gem just off Forsyth Park, will be the next Savannah place you hear about nationally. I'm not for Garibaldi's BistroSavannah or PinkHouse, because they aren't locally owned. The only one that has a lunch reflective of their dinner is Vic's on the River. You should enter from Bay Street so as not to be an uninformed tourist, is a white tablecloth spot putting out incredible Southern Renaissance cuisine. Ask for the window table, overlooks the river with a small balcony, very romantic 2 bottles of wine lunch.
    If you want hangout spots- check out Tybee Island, off season is lower price.
    Downtown fill your belly lunches: Mrs. Wilkes, stand in line w/tour bus set @least once.
    Zunzi- alittle take out spot with very good worldwide ethnic cuisine.
    For more check out local web

    1. Try aVida Restaurant and Wine Bar on Broughton I highly recommend the chef's tasting!! They were just voted best overall restaurant and best chef Wes Long in the 2007 Best of Savannah. Also, for a really good lunch try Sweat Leaf wonderful pulled pork and corn pudding slaw with granny smith apples!! Have a fun trip and happy anniversary!

      1. If you want good food at the beach (Tybee) , For dinner I would suggest Georges, Sundees or the Hunter House. The Crab Shack is great for steamed seafood. Stingray's has the best Grouper plate on the island. Outback Cafe is the "local" place to eat and it is very good. AJ's & North Beach Grill are Tybee favorites as well.

        1. I won't try to add to the restaurant recommendations but a nice place to get a drink and have some fun appetizers is Jazz'd:

          We enjoyed some good music and tapas last time we were in town.

          1. Thanks 'Hounds, nothing like local knowledge to point you in the right direction. I'll post a report to this thread after the trip. Make sure to check in with the board if you're heading up to Durham NC. More & more good chow around here all the time.

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            1. re: PeterB

              Thanks again for the local advice on Savannah. We had a great weekend-perfect weather and ideal walking conditions. My wife had two parameters for dining: not excessively fancy/expensive; and walkable from our hotel (adjacent to the Visitor’s Center). We arrived Friday pm and went for a walk around town.

              Down along the river we stopped into the Oyster Bar and had some very good Gulf oysters and steamed shrimp for very low happy hour prices. The locally brewed Savannah Fest ale was quite good also. Atmosphere could be described as “college bar”.

              For dinner we went to Jazz’D Tapas Bar and got the Tapas for Two which was a deal at $55: soup or salad each, four tapas, dessert, and coffee. Everything was good, some better than others. The onion soup and bread pudding were standouts. The Marques De Caceres Rioja for $22 was also a deal. Plus a nice urban feel with a jazz combo playing Duke Ellington tunes. Very nice.

              Saturday we went on a self-guided walking tour of the beautiful city and squares and it worked out perfectly for us to have lunch at Vic’s On The River. Great service and tasty food. Elegant setting with live piano music. My wife had a fried green tomato BLT with sundried tomato pesto and I had fried oysters. Fabulous. Nice wine by the glass: a Guenoc Sauvignon Blanc for her and a Mosel Riesling for me.

              For dinner we decided to try the Firefly Café, located on Troup Square. We had looked at the menu during our tour and it looked reasonably priced and good. The location with outside seating was a strong attraction as well. We started with a “roll your own” bruschetta. My wife had a pasta dish with grilled vegetables. I had a grilled pork chop with mashed red potatoes and homemade granny smith applesauce. Comfort food very well executed. They also have a good wine by the glass selection. We had D-Cubed Zinfandel.

              I definitely have Elizabeth’s on 37th and 11 Ten on my radar for the next visit.