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

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?

Jun 23, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

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

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....

Jun 22, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

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

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 piña coladas, LOL!

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

Jun 22, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

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

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.

Jun 22, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Dining Treasures in Savannah

Thanks for the write-ups, RoKelr.

Jun 12, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Dinner in Savannah

teesh, I'll tell you what I know about A.Lure. It was written up by a local food critic, Tim Rutherford, for Connect Savannah a couple of months ago or so. I hope it's considered okay to post a link like this:

http://www.connectsavannah.com/news/a...

As you can see, it looks promising. Maybe some of the other Savannah foodies have hit it already and can chime in?

Jun 08, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Dinner in Savannah

A.Lure is a brand new restaurant. I've heard good things but have not eaten there.

The Olde Pink House is very good, and you would have a nice meal.

Elizabeth's is one of the finest restaurants I've ever been to. I go several times a year. I highly recommend it.

Jun 08, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Dinner in Savannah

Ditto what kengk said. Just for S&Gs, See

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/852524

for comments on Vic's.

Jun 06, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Fresh Curry Leaves in Savannah?

cook262, FWIW, I stopped off at Shivam this morning to pick up some chutneys and asked about fresh curry leaves. They showed me a pack of them from their refrigerated section, and said they routinely carry them. Not sure what happened with your visit, but they most decidedly have them in stock now.

May 12, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

72 hour pass in Columbus, GA

Columbus, eh? The only thing that comes to mind foodie-wise around there is the Ranger Burger and its many variations at Four Winds Restaurant in Cusseta, just south of Fort Benning (464 Ga Hwy 26). It's not the best of anything, but its unique and an experience every everyone, especially Fort Benning soldiers, needs to have.

Second with extreme prejudice kengk's reco of the Museum of the Infantry; they've got some absolutely unbelievable stuff there.

May 12, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

maybe we can get more and less expensive foie gras in the rest of the country now. you'd think the sheeple in California would get tired of being ruled over by pussies.

May 11, 2012
Buddha49 in Features

Helen, Ga area

The Smith House in Dahlonega comes to mind as far as a place to go with a hungry baseball team. Family style meals with meat and vegetable dishes for passing around the large tables. The several times I've eaten there over the years, I've found the food to be pretty good. Not the best country cooking I've ever had but far, far from the worst.

Dahlonega was the site of America's first gold rush, and the U.S. put a mint there back in the days to punch out gold coins. Might be a fun stop for the baseball team if you wanted to work a little "edumaction" into the trip.

May 06, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Flying into Jacksonville-driving up to Savannah

Depending on what strikes your fancy, and FWIW, I like half-kilo's suggestion (BJ's in Darien), beteez's reco re: Southern Soul BBQ (get the fried okra side), and meljohn's reco re Skippers, which has the added advantage of a view. Have a great drive through some beautiful country.

You all set for Savannah? There's plenty of discussions - including many that are recent - that should pop up in a search.

May 06, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Just had a few meals in Savannah, May 1-2, 2012

Daniel Berman owns a.lure. A local food writer describes Berman's style as "farm–to–fork produce, natural meats and seafood that comes fresh from regional waters." Berman previously ran the well-regarded Kasey’s Gourmet Grille on Waters Ave. As you stated, a.lure is pretty new and I haven't had a chance to try it yet but it's on my list for sure. Glad to hear you had a good meal there.

Mrs Wilkes _is_ good. I remember Mrs Wilkes from back in the late 60s and early 70s when a local could get in the d@#$%^ place, LOL! I still go with out-of-town guests who want to eat there, but not many locals can afford an hour or two line just to get in the door.

Wiley's BBQ is a favorite of many on this board. I've never been to the mother ship, but I've had Wiley's cater different events I've attended and always enjoyed their Q and the rest of their food.

Thanks for the write-up and glad you found some good eats.

May 03, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Savannah -- 4 dinners and 3 lunches

Noble Fare followed by E's on 37th are a great one-two punch. It's a little hard to choose between OPH and Garibaldi's for night 3, but maybe Garibaldi's? If that leaves you needing to fill night 4, OPH. Assuming you can't get in any of the first three, alternates I'd reco would be Cha Bella on E. Broad Street at Broughton, or Local 11Ten, but you should also consider AJ's or Sundae Cafe at Tybee Island (Savannah's beach - but don;t dare call it Savannah Beach, LOL!).

Ken's reco of Crystal Beer Parlor is a good one. I'm partial to their shrimp salad sammiches, and they have pretty good onion rings, if you swing that way. Really, their whole menu is very decent. Another good lunch opportunity would be Vic's on the River. The Distillery is a place I tried recently that seemed to have very good lunch food (burgers, reubens, etc.) and an excellent selection of craft brews. Hilton Head, there's gotta be good places over there, but (some? many?? most???) Savannans tend to stay away as the traffic is usually horrid.

Apr 25, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Savannah chef's tasting menus

You and your wife had some great food at some of Savannah's best places. I had a Snapper special that sounds very similar to the one you describe when I was at Elizabeth's a couple of weeks ago during the Savannah Music Festival. The Duck, Duck, Goose at Noble Fare is wonderful, especially when they serve it with plenty of the foie gras, LOL!

I enjoyed (and empathized with) your comment about not really needing another expensive hobby. Ever tried cigars??

Apr 24, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Savannah chef's tasting menus

Tasting menu at Noble Fare one night and then at E's for the next eevening??!??? You da man, ken, LOL!

Apr 21, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Indian Grocers in Savannah?

Hi, cook262. For Indian pantry items, I shop at Shivam Indian Grocery at 54 W Montgomery Cross Road. That's on the north side of Monty X-Road between White Bluff Road and Abercorn Extension. It's located around to the back of a small strip shopping center laid out perpendicular to the road - it's a little squirrelly to find. I don't know whether they have fresh curry leaves or not, but their phone number is 912-925 6677.

Many fresh spices etc can be obtained locally at The Fresh Market off Abercorn Street south of DeRenne, although I don't know whether they carry fresh curry leaves.

Hope you enjoy your stay in Savannah.

Apr 16, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Savannah chef's tasting menus

I don't know the Flying Fish. Give us a report if you go.

Williams had its ups and sown over the years. I say this as someone who would go there with my family and out of town guests growing up in Savannah during the 50s and 60s. I later frequented the place when in town. The closest I can think of to it now might be AJ's on Tybee, but AJ's is on such a higher culinary plane that it's difficult to compare the two. However, if your looking for fried shrimp or oysters, AJs is the place I would go.

Mar 23, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Savannah chef's tasting menus

I don't recall the price on Elizabeth's tasting menu, kengk, but I'm thinking we might have paid around $90/per several years ago. It's the only tasting menu I've ever done, and I'm surprised I got away with it that one time - while my wife enjoyed the dinner, those things are really too much food for her.

Although I enjoy eating at quite a few Savannah restaurants, E's is far and away my favorite. I never ate there, to the best of my recollection, when anyone other than the Butch brothers were running he place. E's tasting menu was spectacular, BTW.

If Noble Fare pairs with wines, that's prol an excellent deal.

re: protocol on market price - I would simply ask Sapphire for a range of prices one might expect to be charged for the tasting menu before you make your reservations. You can always decide when you get there whether to pull the trigger based on what your waiter tells you what tonight's price is. If he mentions a price that's silly/crazy, order off the menu instead and mark it down to experience. or walk out and go over to E's or NF....

Mar 22, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Hole in the wall seafood joints in Charleston??

Sue, I had lunch at The Seewee last fall - great foodie joint. Good to see it get the SiMP stamp of approval.

Mar 20, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Savannah private dining for 40-50 people, wedding party in Historic district. Any ideas?

Nice pics. Cool critters - For several years, my brother-in-law kept a large South American male named Bubba here in Savannah . They sure love their tails, LOL!

Hope you and your guests enjoy your stay here.

Mar 15, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Savannah private dining for 40-50 people, wedding party in Historic district. Any ideas?

All have their fans, coatiben. We especially like Noble Fare. Sapphire Grill is probably the closest of the three to Davenport House, with Local 11 Ten being farthest; it's located on Bull Street south of Forsyth Park.

Cha Bella is a pretty good restaurant downtown that serves some vegetarian dishes. I've had a sauteed vegetables over linguini thing there that was one of the best dishes I've ever eaten. Might be worth a look.

BTW, what kind of coati do you have? Mexican or one of the bigger South American ones?

Mar 14, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Savannah private dining for 40-50 people, wedding party in Historic district. Any ideas?

I like meljohns reco re: the Davenport House, which is an absolutely beautiful house museum located downtown. I also like his reco re: upstairs at Garibaldi's. IMO, Garibaldi's has always been a very good Savannah restaurant serving very good food.

As another option to consider, I recently attended a reception for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra held in an upstairs banquet room at The Pink House. My wife's sister, who attended with us, was very impressed with the facility, and thinks this will probably be the location for her daughter's wedding reception next year. The reception featured tables piled high with Savannah/Low Country finger foods and waitroids circulating with trays of great apps. A couple of bars with liquor, beer, wines, and soft drinks. A table of excellent handmade chocolates. Should be able to handle 40-50 or more guests with ease. The Pink House and the Davenport are not quite as far apart as Davenport and Garibaldi's.

Mar 14, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Savannah seafood?

AJ's and Sundae Cafe are my two super fresh seafood go-to places, and both are excellent. They are located on Tybee Island, about a 15 mile drive from downtown and well worth the drive. They are both casual beach places.

For something fancier, they do seafood very well at Elizabeth on 37th, Garibaldi's in City Market, and the Pink House on Abercorn off the square between Broughton abd Bay. None of these three are, strictly speaking, seafood places, but they do speak the language.

Hope y'all enjoy your visit.

Feb 28, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Only 1 Day in Savannah - Where to Get the Best Lunch?

Be forewarned. FWIW, and IMHO, the location on Ogeechee Road was a perfectly miserable experience the one and only time I went there. I would have to get some five star recos about that place to even consider going again. You do not want to experience what I had to endure at the UHOP on Ogeechee. The folks were friendly enough, but the food was execrable. and for ten bucks?? 'nuf said.

Feb 24, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Only 1 Day in Savannah - Where to Get the Best Lunch?

Great photo, mikeh. Yep, that Jones Kitchen's food, all right! I recognize their fried okra.

Feb 23, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Looking for a great lunch spot in Charleston

Sue's recos are excellent, as always. If you prefer to stay downtown, I've always had a nice lunch at Slightly North of Broad. They have a nice charcuterie plate, assuming, like me, that you're a fool for that kind of thing. I've always liked SNOB's shrimp and grits presentation as well.

Feb 23, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Need Reco's for St Simmons

I can vouch for the two Darien recos. Skippers has a bit more atmosphere overlooking the water. IF they have them, their fried soft-shell crabs are exceptional.

BJ's is a locals favorite spot, right on U.S. Highway 17 on the north side of town. Good food and plenty of it.

Feb 23, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast

Need Reco's for St Simmons

kengk, that would be Southern Soul BBQ, and domenexx, its well worth stopping by for lunch or dinner, eat in or take out.

2020 Demere Rd, St Simons Island, GA
(912) 638-7685

southernsoulbbq.com

I reco their huge pulled pork sammiches and their great fried okra as a side dish. I don't get by St Simons all that much, but I'm thinkin' about it now, LOL!

Feb 18, 2012
Buddha49 in Southeast