Savannah for Thanksgiving--3 Great Meals (and recommendations for Tybee or San Simons Island?)
My adult family and I will be traveling to Savannah for a long Thanksgiving weekend. I love Savannah and am looking forward to showing them around there, but would love some restaurant suggestions beyond Savannah Cafe, Old Pink House, Paula Dean's Restaurant and Mrs. Wilkes (who am I kidding, I'm still dragging them to Mrs. Wilkes...I can't go to Savannah and not go there!) Any suggestions as to the 3 best meals we could have in Savannah are greatly appreciated and if anyone has any good lunch suggestions on Tybee, San Simon or Brunswick Island for the way up, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help!
Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions. We went to the Olde Pink House for Thanksgiving and sat in the bar (couldn't get reservations.) We had the best salad I've ever had--Fried Green tomato with applewood smoked bacon, microgreens and black pepper/thyme buttermilk dressing. I'm not saying we liked it, but we had to go back the next day again for lunch to have it again. (Is it wrong or so so right to have 4 orders of the same salad in less than 24 hours?:-) The she crab bisque was phenominal as always, and the cheese straws in the bar are ridiculously addictive--fortunetly they give out the recipe. For dinner last night we went to Alligator Soul for some of the best Southern cooking I've had in a while--outstanding grilled octopus salad on rice cakes, swordfish with escore, fingerling potatoes and sundried tomato coulis and the best shrimp, andouille sausage and tasso ham I've ever had. Thank you for the Coastal Kitchen recommendation....we stopped there for lunch today after a long walk on the beach and had wonderful brunswick stew/clam chowder (mixed--odd sounding but uniquely delicious), local crab stew and shrimp and grills with andouille sausage with red and green peppers. I would absolutely go back to all 3 places--the Olde Pink House has such charm and great food, Alligator Soul impeccible service and outstanding imaginative cuisine and having never been to St. Simons Island before, the Coastal Kitchen was a lovely surprise...I'd be a regular if we lived closer! Thank you all for your great suggestions and hope you had a very Happy Holiday.
The Olde Pink House
Savannah, GA, Savannah, GA
114 Barnard St Ste Lowr, Savannah, GA 31401
102 Marina Drive, Saint Simons, GA 31522
For Brunswick St Simons it sepends on what you are looking for & how far you are willing to wanderr.For a quick lunch or dinner off of 95 In the Winn Dixie shopping center north of the interstate on 341 are Allens Baebecue which is good barbecue, or Tum Tim which is very good Thai. If you want to go into Brunswick argo is great for Dinner or Indigo Coastal Shanty is a great Lunch, For honest to goodness country cooking Jones Kitchen is in Jesup, a buffet that offers 5-6 meats, and various vegetables, out of the way but a hidden gem for around 1/3 of what Paula chrges, St Simons Southern Soul is best cue in area has gotten a lot of natl. pub on tv & print. Owners are good guys great food limited seating.
526 W Cherry St, Jesup, GA 31545
Ooooh, I'm looking forward to trying Mrs. Wilkes for the first time Thanksgiving week myself, on the way down from Atlanta to Saint Simons for the holiday.
There's some pretty good food on Saint Simons. For seafood, I like The Crab Trap and Mullet Bay, although I seem to be in a minority on that front. Southern Soul Barbecue is very good and there will probably be a crowd, as it was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives a few weeks ago. You can get a nice, casual Southern lunch at The 4th of May. The best burger that I've found down there is at Brogen's.
Much as I enjoy the casual faux-mex of the Barberito's chain, I'd avoid the one on the island. The ones in Athens, where it is based, are terrific, but the one on the island is staffed by cheese-burning dimwits.
The best restaurant on the island is probably Bennie's Red Barn. It's very nice and upscale, and they do great steaks and seafood. I like this place a lot, but it's pricy enough to keep it off the regular calendar of visits.
I've also heard nice things about Coastal Kitchen, which is off the causeway, but have not visited yet.
I don't know much about Brunswick, but my wife really likes a Thai place called TupThim, and I've been wanting to stop into Mack's for ages but we never seem to have the time.
Have a great trip!
Mullet Bay Restaurant
512 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
504 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Bennie's Red Barn
5514 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
1209 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
102 Marina Drive, Saint Simons, GA 31522
Cargo Portside Grill in Brunswick is outstanding and the chef is very good. It's owned by a husband and wife team. The old brick building and fine dining is quite nice. Stop by. Drive safe.
Cargo Portside Grill @ 1423 Newcastle St., Brunswick, GA 912 - 267 - 7330.
Elizabeth on 37th is one of the finest restaurants in the SE. Elizabeth's, Local 11 Ten, Noble Fare and Sapphire Grill are among the finest restaurants in Savannah for fine dining. Firefly Grill is also very nice for casual breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Elizabeth on 37th @ 105 East 37th St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 236 - 5547.
Local 11 Ten @ 1110 Bull St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 790 - 9000.
Noble Fare @ 321 Jefferson St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 443 - 3210.
Sapphire Grill @ 110 West Congress St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 443 - 9962.
Firefly Cafe @ 321 Habersham St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 234 - 1971.
Get ready to stand in line an hour or longer at Mrs. Wilke's. When you go to Tybee have lunch at Sundae or Sugar Shack. I like AJ's and Crab Shack but CS is a little out of the way. AJ's is on the water and would be the most fun probably. They have outdoor dining.
Sundae Cafe @ 304 1st St., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 7694.
Sugar Shack @ 201 U.S. 80, Tybee Island, GA 912 - 786 - 4482.
AJ's Dockside Restaurant @ 1315 Chatham Ave., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 9533.
Crab Shack @ 40 Estill Hammock Rd., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 9857.
Tybee Island is NE of Savannah and not on your way up. Do you want lunch suggestions at Saint Simon's Island. It's about 20 miles from I 95 in Brunswick, GA to St. Simons Island. Cargo Portside Grill would be a nice place for lunch in Brunswick. Get off I 95 at Exit 29 and go SE on Highway 25 for 9 miles to Glouchester. Turn left on Glouchester and go 1 mile to Newcastle. Take a left and Cargo Portside Grill is on your right.
If you want good BBQ go about 12 blocks on Glouchester Street and take a right on Norwich Street and go about 12 blocks to Twin Oaks for outstanding comfort food for lunch.
Twin Oaks BBQ @ 2618 Norwich St., Brunswick, GA. 912 - 265 - 3131
For good seafood for lunch get off I 95 at Exit 49 and go E about one mile on Highway 251 to Highway 25 at Darien, GA which is a few miles N of Brunswick, GA. Take a right and go S about one mile to B & J's for outstanding fresh seafood for lunch. It's nothing fancy but the food is great.
B & J's Steaks and Seafood @ 901 North Way, Darien, GA 912 - 437 - 2122.
If you prefer driving to St. Simons Island go to Crabdaddy's or Crab Trap for fresh seafood. Head over the causeway and continue on King's Way to Ocean Boulevard. After about one mile CD's and CT will be on the left. They are right next to each other and both have the best fresh seafood. Crab Trap is fried with hush puppies and large platters. Crabdaddy's has grilled and blackened plates and the best fish. It's also that less casual. They are both great seafood places with different personalities.
I like Barbara Jean's. If you want fine dining for lunch go to Delaney's.
Crabdaddy's @ 1217 Ocean Blvd., Saint Simons Island, GA 912 - 634 - 1120.
Crab Trap @ 1209 Ocean Blvd., Saint Simons Island, GA 912 - 638 - 3552.
Barbara Jean's @ 214 Mallory St., Saint Simons Island, GA 912 - 634 - 6500.
Delaney's Bistro @ 3415 Frederica Square, Saint Simons Island, GA 912 - 638 -1330.