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Savannah--what not to miss?

Hi there: I'm returning to Savannah after 5 years and would greatly appreciate your recommendations for non-chain "chowish" spots for both meals and nightlife. I am driving in Friday and am free until Sunday, so any great restaurant/bar suggestions would be welcomed with open arms. I've never been to Lady & Sons, but after reading other reviews on the site am a bit skitish...anything that you like better?

Thanks in advance for your help--I really appreciate it!

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  1. I love the Crab Shack on Tybee Island. Casual, tasty low country boil. Watch out for the cats if you sit outside!

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    1. re: mcap

      Crab Shack is terrible! Worst meal my husband I ever experienced. You sit at these giant tables shaped around huge garbage pails. Who wants to eat around the stench of rotting fish? Besides, little portions, waaay overpriced.

    2. I would give the Lady and Sons a big miss - it's mediocre these days and the wait is annoying. Sadly, even though I've been a big proponent of Vic's I had an incredibly disappointing meal there last Saturday (although to be fair, the manager comped half of my entree). Some foodie friends of mine went for lunch yesterday and said that the meal was so bad that they each has two bites and didn't eat the rest.

      I ordered duck on Saturday and while the duck was beautifully cooked, the sides were raw. Sweet potatoes that I couldn't even stick a fork in and haricots verts that were not even blanched - just raw (I like raw beans, but not as a side to duck!)

      I wasn't too thrilled with the server either, so all in all, it was a disappointing experience!

      1. I actually quite liked The Lady & Sons. I only eat but I still snuck in some pork with my collard greens they were so good. The Pirates House was missable as it was more novelty than fair dining.

        Of course a stroll down the River Walk, snacking on pralines and other munchables is never a bad idea.

        1. I loved the Lady and Sons. Not being a big buffet person I still went with it and was not dissapointed. You have to go early in the day and get your reservation and then go back at the appointed time. There is defiantely plenty to do in between! I also loved The Crab Shack. Also on Tybee Island is the Breakfast Club which has such amazing (you guessed it) breakfasts that you can go all the way to dinner without another munch!!!

          1. Oh yeah we also loved Uncle Bubba's (Paula Dean's brother). I can't remember what my main dish was but I sure remember the char-grilled oysters!