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Vidalia menu recommendations

I'll be heading to Vidalia in a few weeks with friends, and would love your recommendations on the following menu:

Appetizers:

1. Oyster Pan Roast
2. Vidalia's Crab Cake

Or should I get their five-onion soup or seasonal soup?

Entrees:

1. Shrimp and Grits
2. Roasted Halibut

Desserts:

1. Georgia Pecan Tart
2. Seasonal Fruit Tart

This is my first time at Vidalia, so if you have menu recommendations other than the ones above please let me know.

cheers.

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  1. If they still have the lemon chess pie I highly recommend it. The pecan tart isn't bad, but with how easy it is to find or make good pecan pie I wouldn't go for that option, but of course to each their own I am sure it is more chocolatey and sweet if you are into that.

    I thought the shrimp and grits were ok, but as a southerner they were not what I was expecting and I was a little disappointed, if you are not from the south I don't know that you would have that reaction though, and it is considered one of their signature dishes.

    I haven't had either of those apps so I can't comment on them.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      I'm not from the South but my boyfriend and I were a little disappointed with their shrimp and grits when we went for lunch awhile back. I haven't tried to halibut though.

    2. It's been 8 years but the crab cake was phenomenal when I had it in 1999.

      1. Last spring, my husband and I visited Charleston, SC during which time we ate shrimp and grits three times during our three-day visit. (Hominy Grille, Magnolia's and S.N.O.B.) A couple of months after that trip, I ate Vidalia's version. Their rendition was shockingly mediocre. I'm at a loss to explain the reputation this dish enjoys in the DC area.

        1. The items you mention are on their special events menu. Are you going with a group?
          If not the latest menu is posted @ vidaliadc.com. As will they change the tasting menu daily and the a la carte menu bi weekly

          1. I'm not from the south. Maybe that's why I think the shrimp and grits are great there. I've been three times and can never bring myself to order anything else...

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            1. re: jeb

              Whatever you do, make sure you try the mac and cheese. mmmmm.....