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Savannah Food

Posted by eemilla on December 20, 2012

Savannah’s food left us underwhelmed.  Everything was expensive even by tourist standards.  I concede that I didn’t expect much to begin with considering I don’t eat seafood or “Southern” food.  We never thought of the eating at the mayonnaise queen’s place, and if you are ever in Savannah and think you might, try Mrs Wilkes’ Dining Room instead (the people we rented the condo from strongly encourage it).

For our first night, we ended up hungry without a clue where we wanted to eat, and we ended up at a corporate restaurant, Rocks on the River, where we parted with a disgusting sum of money for some quite mediocre fare.  My honey had the shrimp pappardelle for $20, and I had a margherita thin crust pizza along with a $9 kir royale where the creme de cassis did precious little to cover up the cheap sparkling wine.  Our server was nice and attentive, and we enjoyed the people watching as well as the access to the riverwalk for LB to burn some energy.


A recurring theme of our trip was poor timing, and our trip to PJ Thai was one of those missed stops.  912food2go saved the day by delivering Pakwan.  While I cannot recall what I ordered, I do know I enjoyed it, and we’ll definitely eat there again.  LB’s bread sampler was huge, and we ate it again the next day.  The rice was perfectly cooked and delicious, and my honey loved his saag paneer (again enough for two meals).

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If we hadn’t decided to have an appetizer and drinks at Vic’s on the River, we probably could have eaten at PJ Thai.  We didn’t sit anywhere with a view of the river or much of anything, but our server was quick to get LB’s fries out as well as good to remove our finished plates.  She also entertained LB with her crumb clearing skills.  The food was expensive without being wonderful.  I went for the fried green tomatoes; they were great with the goat cheese once I freed them from the super heavy and less than delicious breading.  My honey had the oysters rockafeller, which he really enjoyed.  Two cocktails, two apps, and a plate of fries set us back $42 before tip.  Don’t let the white tablecloths and live piano player fool you, the tables are much too crowded for a romantic dinner.

Vic's On The River on Urbanspoon

Our final dining experience was a Huey’s on the River.  We enjoyed a nice riverwalk view, and our service was fine.  My pesto pasta dish reminded me of the frozen raviloi we buy when we want some cheap stuff to throw together, and my husband’s crab cake suffered from too much filling not enough crab.

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Tybee Island

Posted by eemilla on December 18, 2012

In order to mix it up, we had planned on taking our second day in Savannah to hit the beach at Tybee Island.  We were blessed with warm and clear weather for late September, and LB got to build sand castles and play in the ocean.  The ocean wasn’t a hit, but building sand castles rocked.  Parking is fairly pricey, and the beach infrastructure is spartan (we didn’t even see the rinse station on our first day).  Compared to Sullivans’s Island, the beach had a large amount of candy bar wrappers and bottle caps and dead fish.

I also wanted to check out the Tybee Island Marine and Science Center; the $4 admission is pretty steep considering the space is so small; however, everyone enjoyed their time.  When LB is older, it might be nice to come and do a beach trek as well as take a visit to the lighthouse.

turtles turtle gator starfish unknown footprint Tybee Island beach

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Posted by eemilla on December 16, 2012

In order to introduce LB to some family members we haven’t seen since the baby shower, we drove down the road and decided to continue south to Savannah to enjoy their food scene and parks.  The squares and walking were lovely, and we enjoyed Tybee Island enough to return for a second day.  My husband and I would like to return for another visit to check out a few of the sites we missed, and I’m sure LB would like to return to the beach for more sand castle construction.

Savannah originally had 24 squares, and we set out to see those remaining.  New Orleans Square was my favorite with the its pretty green and white fountain although Washington Square’s green and burgundy plantings were quite pretty as well.  The Columbia Square fountain is pretty too, and Troup Square has my favorite sculpture followed closely by Wright Square.  Ellis and Crawford Squares have been paved with one being a market and the latter being a basketball court, and Elbert Square was erased from the map long ago.  Reynolds’ bricks reminded me of NC State.  Lafayette Square has a taller fountain than Columbia, but The Cathedral of St John the Baptist steals the spotlight.

The Telfair Academy has a steep admission of $12 per person for its small collection (especially considering the third floor space was closed), and they don’t allow any photography in the building (we had a guard follow us throughout our visit); we upgraded to the $20 per person pass so we could also see the Owen-Thomas house and gardens and the Jepson Museum as well.  Unfortunately between running out of time (the Owen-Thomas house closes at 4:30), being too tired after the sun and sand at the beach, and forgetting the passes at the condo we never got around to the other museums.

We rented a condo a few blocks south of the historic district and a few blocks west of Forsyth Park, and it was a great location with a full kitchen and a washer and dryer.  Although there was a patio, after walking around all day I had no desire to leave the sanctuary of the air conditioning.  We were skeptical about the on street parking, but as we only moved the car for our Tybee Island visits and the street cleaning, parking wasn’t an issue.

Forsyth Park trees

Forsyth Park trees

Forsyth Park Fountain

Forsyth Park FountainOrleans Square fountain

Washington Square
Washington Square

Columbia Square fountain

Columbia Square

Troupe Square

Troupe Square

Wright Square

Wright Square

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