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Oysters on the 1/2 shell next week? And Tybee Island rec

cowgirlinthesand Jun 21, 2012 07:33 PM

Hi, Massachusetts hound visiting HH and Savannah next week. Are there good raw oysters to be had? We'll be at Tybee one day, any chance of getting some then? And would you vote for dinner at Dockside or Sundae cafe if you were eating there?
Thanks!!

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  1. Sue in Mt P RE: cowgirlinthesand Jun 21, 2012 07:44 PM

    Hey,

    Oysters here are out of season. If you can find them, they'll likely be from the Gulf. And I can't help with your vote. HH is a serious tourist spot, and, in my limited experience ( I have to be dragged) the nice restaurants on HH cater to people who don't know what really fresh seafood tastes like.
    In Savannah, consider the Pink House. Wonderful food, helpful staff and a ghost.

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      birgator RE: Sue in Mt P Jun 21, 2012 08:23 PM

      Avoid Dockside. Touristy, and not very good (your typical riverfront joint).

      Do go to Sundae's Cafe -- about as good as it gets on Tybee.

      I'm with Sue on HH. Dreadful place with mediocre food. Lowest common denominator like Myrtle Beach I'm afraid.

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        danna RE: birgator Jun 22, 2012 05:44 AM

        Wow. Why don't you guys tell cowgirl what you really think ;-)

        Granted, i haven't been to HH in about 10 years, but unless there's been some major sea change, it's not THAT bad. You have to get on "island time" and relax the foodie a little bit. Be very calm when they want to charge you to drive on part of the island and just hand over the money and dont stress. Stay on the beach and drink boat drinks. Take a catamaran lesson. It used to always take me a couple of days to chill out and start liking HH.

        I won't give any recs cause it's been so long, but I would suggest the OP search this board to find all the various recs for HH, I always found that although you can't throw a quarter and hit a great restuarant like you can in Charleston, you'll find good stuff if you research it hard enough.

        Go to the Salty Dog Cafe and drink a Banana Cabana and buy a sweatshirt. It's that kind of place.

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          Buddha49 RE: birgator Jun 22, 2012 08:37 AM

          FWIW, this is the first time I've ever heard AJ's described as a "touristy" place with sub-par food. I've eaten there countless times over the years, and they have some of the best fried shrimp around. Their version of a buffalo shrimp app is worth the trip by itself. AJ's usually has several off-menu specials each day that involve fresh fish superbly prepared with excellent sides. As much as I love fried shrimp and oysters, I've gotten the specials instead numerous times and been well pleased. I've never had any reason to complain about AJ's food - I've never gotten anything that was overcooked or not fresh - which is a common problem with "touristy" places - and I've never heard anyone else complain about AJs, either, until now. In all fairness, I will say that I've have heard people state a preference for Sundae Cafe over AJs.

          But Sundae is very good, as well. You won't go wrong there, cowgirl.

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            birgator RE: Buddha49 Jun 22, 2012 10:05 AM

            Mea culpa. Really feel like an idiot!

            I always think of Dockside as the one in town ... and the one on Tybee as AJ's. Sorry about that -- AJ's of course is very good (although I haven't been for a year or two). Excuse my confusion please!

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              Buddha49 RE: birgator Jun 22, 2012 11:03 AM

              LOL!! Had no idea. I had to google the "other" Dockside. Had no idea. I see its on River Street. OK, River Street, touristy, I get that. Never been, prolly never will. I usually save my trips to River Street for one of Wet Willie's piƱa coladas, LOL!

              Seriously, I understand your confusion, birgator. I always refer to it as plain ol' AJs, too.

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          bayoucook RE: Sue in Mt P Jun 23, 2012 05:06 AM

          Second The Pink House - authentic southern food, beautiful place.

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          kengk RE: cowgirlinthesand Jun 22, 2012 05:55 AM

          Yeah, you can find some good raw oysters. Try a dozen at Bernie's on Tybee and see if they suit you.

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            cowgirlinthesand RE: kengk Jun 22, 2012 07:40 AM

            Thanks!! Lol at you all - mom's in Hilton Head, so the foodie won't been ragin, and I'm not looking for any recs there or Savannah (but thanks). If I can get some good briny oysters I'll be a happy girl. I know she's planning on a dinner on tybee, and Dad (passed in February) was a Dockside man, so she's memorialized that place for him I think....:(
            But sundae cafe looked good on paper, so i thought if it WAS worth it i would try to convince her to give it a try with me.
            Thanks again for the laughs!

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              kengk RE: cowgirlinthesand Jun 22, 2012 10:32 AM

              Since we are talking about oysters and Tybee Island; has anybody been to Uncle Bubba's in the last year or so? I know it's not on Tybee but it's on the way.

              We ate there not long after it opened and thought it was ok. Went back a year or so later and I had to send food back for the first time in my life. Put an oyster in my mouth and immediately spit it out into my napkin.

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                Buddha49 RE: kengk Jun 22, 2012 11:14 AM

                kengk, never been brave enough to darken Unka Bubba's door. I'm almost always disappointed with ersters on the half along the east coast, but then again my standard is Acme, there on the corner of Bourbon and Iberville in NOLA, LOL!

                I wonder whether I have the appropriate gag reflex to re-launch an oyster, even a bad one....

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                  kengk RE: Buddha49 Jun 22, 2012 11:43 AM

                  I also prefer LA oysters but Apalachicola oysters are usually pretty good as well.

                  I think we are going to Rose Hill in Columbus tomorrow night and eat some. I wish they had grilled or baked ones too though.

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                    cowgirlinthesand RE: kengk Jun 22, 2012 11:47 AM

                    Apalachicola oysters are my favs since I first had them in the keys 20 years ago. I can only get blue points and malpaques here from time to time so I am excited for S. Carolina!
                    (bubba's should be condemned...)

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                      danna RE: cowgirlinthesand Jun 23, 2012 03:02 PM

                      I doubt you'd find them this time of year, but I vote Caper's Blades for fave oyster...local to Charleston

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                        kengk RE: cowgirlinthesand Jun 23, 2012 07:54 PM

                        We had a couple dozen really good Apalachicola oysters tonight. It has been very dry and no rain in the forecast so you might get some good ones next week.

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              Littleman RE: cowgirlinthesand Jun 22, 2012 03:28 PM

              Check out MacElwees.

              MacElwees Seafood Restaurant @ 101 Lovell Ave., Tybee Island, GA 912 - 786 - 8888.
              http://www.macelweesontybee.com/

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                Buddha49 RE: Littleman Jun 23, 2012 04:39 AM

                Never heard anyone reco MacElwees before. I did a search on the Board and this is the only thread that came up. What's the deal with MacElwees, LM?

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                  kengk RE: Buddha49 Jun 23, 2012 04:57 AM

                  We ate there one time, probably ten years ago, and as I remember it was ok. Lots of other places better than ok so we have never felt the need to go back. We don't really go out there that often though. Haven't actually stayed on Tybee for years. Used to like the North Beach Grill for lunch.

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