Suggestions for Thanksgiving in Savannah, Ga?
We are headed to Savannah for Thanksgiving for 4 days (without kids) and need help. We are NYC foodies, so we are a bit spoiled. We need great food and presentation, good vibe, not touristy, not overpriced (but will pay if worth it), and unique to Savannah if possible. My research so far tells me Local 11 Ten Food & Wine, Elizabeth on 37th Street, Il Pasticcio and Cha Bella are the best out there. Am i on the right track?
Being a native Savannahian, I am also searching for a place for a buffet. Believe it or not, I am not trying to be sarcastic here, but Savannah is blessed with an abundance of very good restaurants and always has had that reputation. Some of the "newer" ones are only "raved" by tourists because the locals have long ago figured out what is what. We took my mother to the Pink House for her 80th birthday. She many years ago had a wedding luncheon there. We had one of the best meals we have ever had and the price was reasonable. I ate there last year for my anniversary and check out the reviews. The staff fell all over us and the food was great. This is a Savannah staple. I have heard "mixed" reviews of Elizabeth and the other two I don't know about. Crystal Beer parlor used to have great burgers and the shrimp factory on the waterfront has stood up among the ages. Pirate's house used to be a staple, and now I am not sure-- we may try for thanksgiving buffet. Atemosphere is great, but more of a family place Lady and Sons has been not the greatest, but hear their buffet is better. Johnny Harris is a local bbq place and has its own local charm. food is good and has "held up". Tybee has some spots--Crab Shack started out as a dump for locals and it is still great--on the way to the beach. unless it has changed in the last year, a great spot for local color and of course great seafood. local shrimp are smaller and the best things you will ever put in your mouth! good luck
The Olde Pink House
Savannah, GA, Savannah, GA
Dawg1's reco re The Pink House is a good one. Crystal Beer Parlor is also a good reco except it's has been closed for about a year - I went the last day they were open. I keep hearing someone will take it back over and run it properly again, but I've no real idea that that's happened. I also like his reco on Johnny Harris, although that's kind of hit and miss; it's very much old Savannah, eating in the rotunda dining room is a great experience, and if you stick to lunch (BBQ pork sammich, a large order of perfectly fried onion rings, and a cold one or two), you'll be safe.
IMHO, if you _must_ go there, have lunch at the Pirate's House. Try Mrs Wilkes over Lady and Sons, and AJs on the back river at Tybee (perfectly, and I do mean perfectly prepared seafood) rather than the Crab Shack.
In the fine-dining-pay-for-it-if-its-worth-it category I would add Noble Fare.
Finally, FWIW, I absolutely don't get "mixed" reviews about Elizabeth's. I've eaten there a couple of dozen times and can't think of an occasion when it wasn't fantastic. Obviously, your mileage may vary.