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Nov 16, 2009 11:23 AM

Savannah: Nov 26-30

Hi, i'll be visiting Savannah on the dates above with a friend, renting a small apartment.

looking for recommendations in general, as well as a couple of specifics...

specific 1: Thanksgiving. any ideas what will be open, period? any chance that there might be somewhere that does something semi-traditional but also has choices for someone who hates Thanksgiving food? my travel companion likes the comfort/traditional, and i would prefer something else. almost anything else.

specific 2: Shrimp and Grits. love them. any particularly good renditions?

specific 3: my travel companion doesn't eat fish/shellfish. i want to eat lots of it. hopefully we won't have too much trouble finding places we can eat together.

specific 4: biscuits. likely everywhere, but where will make me swoon?

general -- it seems from some perusal and menu stalking that some good higher-end bets would be Elizabeth's on 37, Noble Fare, and Local11ten.

seems for traditional southern food we should also definitely grabl lunch someday at Mrs. Wilke's.

appreciate any help you can give.

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  1. more about the general question and me: i've lived in NYC recently for just over a decade and love fine dining and INVENTIVE dining (molecular gastronomy, creative flavor combinations, and generally the unexpected twist). i have since moved to Austin TX where the food scene is very undeveloped and achingly mediocre for the most part.

    i am not particularly concerned about price, i am concerned about delicious.

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    1. re: charlie_b

      The Olde Pink House is a lovely place to dine and combo of the food and atmosphere.I have also had fantastic grouper at The Sappire Grill. Elizabeths had a little dip but I hear it is back on track.

    2. Specifics? 1: don't knowWhere I think you should go: Zunzi's -
      Zunzi's is run by a South African couple in a walk-up counter. There used to be tables outside or you can eat in one of the squares (a matter of just a few feet away). I've never heard anyone not like this place. They're only really open for lunch.

      If your style of dining is like Elizabeth on 37th you might not enjoy my recommendations.

      Mrs. Wilke's is a good bet for southern cooking as is the trendy Lady and Sons. I recommend Uncle Bubba's out towards the island instead though.

      Places like "The Shrimp Factory" isn't a good place for your travel companion. River street is really the place where all the seafood places are.

      Moon River is a good place to stop for an afternoon beer. Or The Grypon Tea Room for afternoon tea (usually overrun with old ladies and college students). Or if coffee is your thing try The Gallery Espresso or The Sentient Bean.

      Il Pasticcio is a popular place for tourists and locals.

      Il Pasticcio
      2 E. Broughton, Savannah, GA 31401

      Shrimp Factory
      313 E River St, Savannah, GA 31401

      Sentient Bean
      13 E Park Ave, Savannah, GA 31401

      Gallery Espresso
      234 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401

      Tea Room
      314 W Main St, Heber Springs, AR 72543

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      1. re: tashasarena

        thanks so much for your response...
        i will definitely keep Zunzi's in mind for a quick/casual lunch.

        and the coffee and tea room suggestions will certainly prove to be useful.

        my style is probably a little more Elizabeth on 37. i'm deprived of fine dining in Austin TX.