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Feb 13, 2009 05:48 AM

1st trip to Savannah and Charleston?


I will be taking a week long trip to Savannah and Charleston in April and am looking for restaurant recommendations as well as some tips on things I absolutely need to eat.

One of my friends already told me I need to eat shrimp grits more than once.

I like both high end and local dives and would love to experience a bit of both.

Any suggestions you might have to make this trip great would be really appreciated.

Thank you!

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  1. One word on shrimp & grits. While many natives don't touch this touristy dish, you'll find that nearly everyone has their own interpretation of it. If it's something you enjoy, by all means try it at different places. You'll see it served up many different ways.

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    1. Charleston: Jestine's Kitchen on Meeting Street is a central-location place with good southern food, though if you could head North on Highway 17 a few miles out of Mt Pleasant, you could go to the SeWee restaurant - an old grocery store, now a restaurant with the best fried seafood around.

      Also downtown, just off King Street, Chucktown grill - great wings and Bison burger.

      Savannah: Hands down, Pearl's Saltwater Grill for the best of everything, including the view.

      1. We were back in Charleston for a weekend back in Feb. and ate at Virginia's on upper King. I thought the prices weren't much more than Jestine's but the food was much much better. We actually ate their twice (lunch and brunch) because we were staying at the Francis Marion. I would highly recommend it. And I wouldn't say that locals don't eat shrimp and grits...we just don't eat average versions of it. Every rest. in Chas. has a recipe and some are better than others. I would give it a go just once at least.

        1. I'm in the culinary entertainment business and recently discovered Savannah. If you want a real down home meal, southern style, head to Geneva's Home Plate. The food is beyond belief and the service is friendly and attentive. But, you have to have the guts to find it off the beaten path. It will be worth it for sure.

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            1. re: carolinadawg

              Dawg, it's on Bee Road south of Victory, kinda across from the Sand Gnats stadium in Daffin Park. I've never tried it, but maybe I oughta....

              1. re: Buddha49

                If you really want to get indigenous, try Neighborhood Take-Out, at 42nd and MLK. Steam tables with neckbones and potatoes, oxtails, smothered pork chops, smothered turkey wings, smothered shrimp, fried chicken, smothered chicken, fried fish, mac and cheese, cabbage, dressing, two kinds of rice, bread pudding. Yowzah. Only one table, with some counter seating but incredible food. Just found it last week. Probably more for someone that is used to living in Savahhah and accustomed to its diversity.