A Short visit to Savannah, GA

Jul 23rd, 2011, 04:43 AM
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ira
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A Short visit to Savannah, GA

Hi all,

My 17-yr old grandson from Tucson is visiting this part of the world, and we took him to see the Atlantic Ocean.

His first site of a really large body of water.

He thought that it was "really big - cool".

We stayed at the Best Western Plus on Bay Street. Recently renovated. Conveniently located. Good staff. Nice bkfst. Ask for a room facing the back if you are a light sleeper. Truck traffic on Bay St starts up about 07:00. AARP rate of $90 per night for 2 w/bkfst and parking fee.

There is a Quality Inn next door that isn't quite as nice, but acceptable, for a few dollars more.

Dinner at the Sapphire Grill - Excellent.

I had the Chef's Vegetable Tasting Table for $29.
Course 1 - two bundles of asparagus accompanied by carrots and other seasonal vegetables wrapped together in a zucchini slice.

Course 2 - Grilled vegetables accompanied by a melange of potato, tomato and peppers in a Mediterranean sauce.

Course 3 - a cocotte of forest mushrooms in a cream sauce topped with a puff pastry.

In place of dessert, I had the cheese/fruit offering at $14.
A generous serving of Chevre and another of warm Manchego topped with walnuts. The fruits were bite-size rectangles of Jicama, Grapes and Blueberries. A basket of two kinds of bread - slices of grilled white and walnut came with the plate.

My Lady Wife had the crab appetizer - a generous serving - for the main course and a vanilla ice cream with a glass of white Creme de Menthe.

With a bottle of a 2010 Aligote (very nice) and coffee - $125 + tip.

Churchill's Pub
For Angophiles who aren't too, too fussy about authenticity.

This is a very nice place. Dining is in three rooms separated from the bar area, which can get to be quite noisy.

Dinners were,
2 fixed price at $19.99
Artichoke and spinach dip/ Onion soup
Grilled Salmon in a white sauce with veggies/ Shepherd's pie.
Vanilla ice cream (very generous scoops)/Bread pudding

1 Portobello Panino (They call it panini, but you get only one) with French Fries (chips).

The dip came with some sort of corn chip, which if it is authentically British makes one sad for our cousins across the water. Otherwise, everything was very nice.

The best part of the meal, however, was the beer.

Sea Jay's crab shack on Jekyll island.

The oysters were OK.

The crab cakes were not.

This visit was not up to the level that we were used to from past visits.

Serendipitous find (recommended by the lady who books tours at the Best Western)

Mathew's Seafood
123 Kicklighter Way
Garden City, GA
(912) 966 5530

Roberta said that this was the cleanest fish store she had ever been in.
I just sniffed in the aroma of the briny sea.

We brought back wahoo (beautifully fresh and mildly salty), fresh wild shrimp, which were larger and less expensive than the frozen ones that we get at home, crab which we will have for dinner tonight, and an octopus (currently marinating in a tomato/olive oil sauce).

Other items available were - Main Lobster, Cobia, Swordfish, Salmon, Tilapia, PEI mussels, local clams, scallops.

Bring your cooler. Mrs Mathews will supply the ice.

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Jul 23rd, 2011, 05:01 AM
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Just like a box of chocolates!
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Jul 24th, 2011, 06:29 PM
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Sounds like a wonderful trip!

I haven't had a good meal at SeaJay's ever. I wish it were a good place all the time.

Another "find" on my last trip was City Market in Brunswick. We stopped at Wal-Mart to buy a stock pot and had a shrimp boil right then and there. Couldn't wait to bring it home.

But I will check out Matthews. Thanks for the tip!
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Jul 24th, 2011, 09:08 PM
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Thanks, ira. I'm going to plan a trip to Savannah just for the food!

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Jul 25th, 2011, 12:45 AM
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Thanks Ira! It is on our want list to visit!
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Jul 25th, 2011, 04:34 AM
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Matthews supplies many local restaurants. Not only do they have the best prices, the product is fresh. If you have a preferred fish, they will call you when it's in. The triggerfish and tile fish are two locally caught fish that are two of my favorites. Wahoo makes a great fish salad. Capers, lemon juice, a little mayo, celery, Vidalia onions and flaked wahoo. I usually grill it and make salad. It's easy to overcook wahoo. Be sure to trim out the dark meat after cooking.
Next time in Savannah, try a little hole in the wall restaurant that is very good--Cafe on 37th. The Sapphire Grill is a great place; wonderful food and atmosphere. Chris, the owner/chef, knows his seafood and is one of the best chefs in the south.
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