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Trip to Savannah/Tybee Island. Please help with dining itinerary

I'm going on a business trip to Savannah in June. We'll be there for 3 days, then decided to add 3 days of vacation time at Tybee Island. I am traveling with my husband who has an Italian cheese/goat milk allergy (so Italian is out) and my son (who is 10 but capable of eating at high end places both in terms of taste and behavior). So we'll be looking for both lunch and dinner places. I've been looking at these boards for suggestions on places to eat, and here's what I'm coming up with:

In Savannah:
For a more high end dinner (or two) considering Local 11 ten, Noble Fare, Elizabeth's on 37th. We could do one or more of these. Local 11ten looks like the most interesting to me. Elizabeth's seems to be getting mixed reviews of the "going downhill" variety. For other dinners: we're considering Ranch Allegre, Firrefly cafe, Eos. Anyone have any thoughts/ warnings/ recommendations about these? Any other suggestions?

On tybee island we've rented a condo, so likely will be eating some breakfasts and lunch there. It looks like we shouldn't miss AJ's or Outback. Also considering Sundae cafe. Again, is there anything else we shouldn't miss?

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  1. There's a commenter or two on this board who seems to think Elizabeth's on 37th Street is overpriced or tending towards mediocrity. There's no accounting for taste, and who am I to argue whith another's opinion? I will say, however, that I've eaten there a dozen times in the last several years and always think that nobody in Savannah (in GA? in the USA???) is eating a better meal than I and my dining companions are having. That includes an evening in early January 2010 (a family member's birthday) and as recently as March 28, 2010, when my wife and I and another couple hit Elizabeth's following a Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra concert.

    Noble Fare is another excellent choice. Local 11ten, I've never been, but there are great reviews everywhere you look. Cha Bella at Broughton and East Broad Streets is another choice I would unhesitatingly recommend.

    By all means have breakfast at the condo, but consider saving one breakfast for The Breakfast Club on Tybee. I'm also a fan of Express Cafe and Deli downtown on Barnard just south of Elliott Square for breakfast and lunch.

    Hope y'all have a great time in Savannah and Tybee.

    Breakfast Club
    225 N Caldwell St, Charlotte, NC 28202

    1. I'm not trying to be rude but have you ever been to Savannah? If not then I would definitely have dinner at Elizabeth's on 37th. If you never come back you can always say you had at Savannah's finest over the past 29 years. There's a lady chef there so that makes it even more worthy of visiting and the beautiful mansion that the restuarant is situated in makes up for a few flaws if you do find some. I would never go to a city on my first visit and not make an attempt to have dinner at one of the finest restaurants there. You have 6 nights to make up for 1 bad one if your Elizabeth experience fails.

      Elizabeth on 37th @ 105 East 37th St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 236 - 5547. *


      If you decide otherwise I suggest either of the following:

      Garibaldi's @ 315 West Congress St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 232 - 7118. *


      Local 11 Ten @ 1110 Bull St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 790 - 9000.


      Noble Fare @ 321 Jefferson St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 443 - 3210.


      Also for lunch/dinner I suggest the following:

      Boar's Head Grill and Tavern @ One North Lincoln St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 651 - 9660. *


      Vic's on the River @ 26 East Bay St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 721 - 1000. *


      700 Drayton Restaurant @ 700 Drayton St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 721 - 5002. *


      The Mansion would be a nice hotel for your trip.

      Firefly Cafe @ 321 Habersham St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 234 - 1971. *


      Bistro Savannah @ 309 W. Congress St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 233 - 6266. *


      Serving Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner..........

      B. Matthews Eatery @ 325 East Bay St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 233 - 1319. *


      Serving Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner........

      Belford's Restaurant Seafood and Steaks @ 315 W Street Julian St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 233 - 2626. *


      An interesting place that's been a part of Savannah for a long time is Crystal Beer Parlor @ 301 West Jones St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 231 - 0999. *


      This would be an interesting place for lunch.

      Vic's on the River
      26 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401

      700 Drayton
      700 Drayton St., Savannah, GA 31401

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      1. re: Littleman

        This is our first trip to Savannah. Your point about Elizabeth's is well taken, and I understand eating in what sounds like an institution. I just didn't want to go if it had declined to tourist trap status. It sounds like it is still worthy of a visit. We are staying at the Mansion and have a dinner there already (through my meeting). Thanks for the suggestions for the other nights.

        1. re: mountaincachers

          Mountain Cachers.........I totally forgot about Old Pink House. It would be one of my 3/4 if I were to have dinner in Savannah for 3/4 nights. I would put Pink House in there with Elizabeth's, Noble Fare and Local 11 Ten.

          The Olde Pink House Restaurant @ 23 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 232 - 4286. *

          I think a few of my favorite "finest" restaurants in the US have declined to "tourist class" level to some degree but I still love them.

          I have two cousins that are doctors in Savannah. If I were to visit them soon for 3/4 nights we would go to Garibaldi's, Elizabeth's, Noble Fare and Local 11 Ten. We would have lunch at Crystal Beer Parlor, Firefly, Vic's on the River and Boar's Head. Have a great trip. Bon Appetit.

          Vic's on the River
          26 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401

          Bon Appetit Restaurant
          621 Highway 441 S, Clayton, GA 30525

      2. At Tybee I suggest the following Crab Shack @ 40 Estill Hammock Rd., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 9857. *


        It's a nice place to me but you will run into a lot of tourists probably. Also Fannie's on the Beach @ 1613 Strand Ave., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 6109. *


        Marlin Monroe's Surfside Grill @ 1105 US Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 9730.


        The Breakfast Club @ 1500 Butler Ave., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 5984. *

        Sundae Cafe @ 304 1st St., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 7694.


        AJ's Dockside Restaurant @ 1315 Chatham Ave., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 9533. *


        George's on Tybee @ 1105 U.S. Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 9730. *

        Hunter House @ 1701 Butler Ave., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 7515.


        Bring your walking shoes so you can explore a wonderful city. Tour the old homes, the many parks and all the historical markers. Savannah is a great city. I hope you have a nice trip and return soon.

        Surfside Bar & Restaurant
        9 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

        Breakfast Club
        1500 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

        Hunter House
        1701 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

        1. I think you have a pretty good list of places to go. Local 11 ten is really good and a cool space. I like Garibaldi's, especially if you can go upstairs. The Old Pink House is owned by the same group and is a little more touristy but a decent option also. I've heard that Firefly has relatively new owners and isn't what it used to be.
          BMatthews is good. Mrs. Wilkes is excellent for lunch, as is the SoHo cafe.
          My favorite place on Tybee is AJ's.

          1. Local 11ten is great, out of the hubbub of right downtown. I'd also put Sapphire Grill on your list. One of the best steaks I've had anywhere, hands down, plus great seafood to boot. I've eaten at Noble Fare 3 times, and never had a good meal. Most other folks I talk to love it, but not for me....
            Cha Bella is also one of my favorites, and great outdoor dinning. Eos is good too, more of a small plates place. Not quite tapas, but not quite full dishes if you don't want them to be. Eos has a sister restaurant a block away called Sol which has spanish food and is awesome.Elizabeth's is also great. Impeccable service, great wine list, and fantastic food.
            Tybee, AJs can't miss for fried shrimp, etc. Hunter House is great food if you want an upscale menu. If you can beat the rush at Breakfast Club, go there, but you may find yourself waiting for an hour.
            Enjoy your trip!

            Sapphire Grill
            110 W. St. Julian St., Savannah, GA 31401

            Breakfast Club
            225 N Caldwell St, Charlotte, NC 28202

            Hunter House
            1701 Butler Ave, Tybee Island, GA 31328

            1. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Savannah and though we had plenty of amazing meals while there, the best to be had was at Bistro Savannah, hands down. My husband had the Bouillabaisse and I had a Sour Cherry Glazed Duck Breast with Sweet Potato and Pecan Hash. Absolutely incredible. I cannot recommend it enough.

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              1. re: sethacke

                Sadly, Bistro Savannah is closed. It's sister restaurant, Garibaldi's, is a few doors down.

              2. Many thanks to everyone for their help. We just got back from our trip, and were very pleased with our dining choices. In summary (and in order of appearance):
                Sol: We went here our first night in Savannah as we didn't know when we would arrive and didn't have reservations. The food and service were very good and the atmosphere was laid back. The true star though was the mixed drinks. Well worth going just for those.

                Vic's on the River: Went here for lunch. Food was good (not exceptional, but I think probably better than most places in a rather touristy area), nice setting, and we had great service.

                Local 11 ten: Our favorite on this trip. Perfect combination of beautiful and delicious food, atmosphere, service. This is a restaurant I would go to very frequently if I lived here.

                Zunzi's express: Great lunch. The people there were very friendly and let us sample a couple of things as we were trying to make up our minds about what to order. Food was very interesting and well seasoned. Portions were huge, and we probably should have shared. Another place where I would be a regular if I lived in Savannah.

                Banquet at the Mansion at Forsythe Park: This was a work event. I've been to a fair number of catered banquets, and this one was among the best. Sadly, we never made it to 700 Drayton, but if this food was any indication, the food their must be excellent.

                The Old Pink House: We didn't eat here, but stopped by in the middle of the afternoon to get a drink and escape the heat for a minute. The people there were very nice about giving us the house history and letting us wander around looking at the house with our drinks. Well worth stopping by.

                Dinner at Elizabeths on 37th: The food was excellent and very fresh (In particular we noted that the herb salad tasted like it had just been plucked, then later saw someone out in the garden picking more herbs). Some of the menu items looked like they have probably been there since the restaurant opened and could probably use a little updating. The restaurant had a special occasion vibe to it. Service was excellent.

                Several people at my meeting ate at Cha Bella and RAVED about it. Also I heard that the scones at Gryphon were great. Never made it to either place, so I guess that will need to be another trip.

                On Tybee:

                AJ's: We went here our first night on Tybee, and then again on our last. My favorite thing there was the boiled shrimp which tasted very fresh and sweet. The atmosphere, sitting out by the water, was very fun and just what we were looking for (a big part of the reason we went back)

                The Outback Cafe: The food we got here was good and undoubtedly the best bargain of the trip (particularly the taco ordered by my son on Taco Tuesday, which was enormous, well seasoned, and $2). They were out of a few things. The fish tacos were spicy and quite good. The down side was the atmosphere. The restaurant part didn't have a server, so had to go to the bar to order. It's very dark, smoky, with neon beer signs around. Not very beach feeling. Sadly, they did have an outdoor area that wasn't open because of no servers, which would have helped. Had I eaten the same fish taco sitting at AJ's i would probably be raving. So, I guess this is a qualified endorsement.

                The Sundae Cafe: The food here was delicious, probably the best we had on Tybee. The servings were huge ( I would rather have smaller servings at a lower price). Again, the downside is atmosphere (which was ok) and location (by the gas station and liquor store).

                The Crab Shack: Never intended to eat here, but planned to stop by to have a drink and let our son feed the alligators. I was completely unprepared for the size, crowds, and Disney-esque feel of this place. We marveled at the parking lot, jammed with cars from a good number of the 50 states. It's quite an operation. We fed the alligators and then left.

                We had a fantastic time both in Savannah and Tybee. We experienced great Southern hospitality in both places, enjoyed the history, and loved exploring a beautiful, beautiful area of the country. Many thanks to those of you who helped us make the most of our dining choices.

                Vic's on the River
                26 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401

                700 Drayton
                700 Drayton St., Savannah, GA 31401