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Vidalia menu recommendations

Jen Doll Nov 5, 2007 10:06 AM

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


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

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


1. Shrimp and Grits
2. Roasted Halibut


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.


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    Goldielocks1225 Nov 8, 2007 09:54 AM

    I would go for the Halibut and the Pecan Tart. The tart is like my mother's (and Im from the South). I would stay away from the soup...my dad had it and wasnt completely crazily impressed but the crab cake is amazing! Enjoy! Im jealous!!!

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      Torina Nov 8, 2007 04:56 AM

      Make sure you get the Blenheim's Spicy Gingerale ... wonderful stuff, and very difficult to find!

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        Dakota Guy Nov 8, 2007 04:36 AM

        The menu changes with the season and the availability of ingredients. Everything is good; I've nevr had a bad dish there. Ask the server for any signature dishes or any dishes that seem very well received. I never ask a server what they like because their taste may be very different. Although, admittedly, when servers volunteer the information, their taste is like mine more often than not. PS: Do get the lemon chess pie for desseert if it is available.

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          jeb Nov 6, 2007 05:24 AM

          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
            GyroBall Nov 6, 2007 01:19 PM

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

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            dedhedchef Nov 5, 2007 06:06 PM

            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

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              Indy 67 Nov 5, 2007 05:25 PM

              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.

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                jaydreb Nov 5, 2007 10:39 AM

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

                1. ktmoomau Nov 5, 2007 10:20 AM

                  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
                    Elyssa Nov 6, 2007 06:42 AM

                    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.

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