The Olde Pink House
Another Savannah culinary institution, The Olde Pink House, is the most Savannah-esque restaurant in town. It occupies a classic 18th-century Georgian mansion right on beautiful Reynolds Square in the heart of the city. You can't miss it from the street. It's a handsome pink, naturally.
We found the service slow and inattentive, but there were several items on the menu to recommend. The Caesar salad comes with crispy cornbread fried oysters. The shrimp-and-country ham appetizer with grits cake is a nice start, and among entrées we tried were the grilled lamb loin and jumbo sea scallops. The Chocolate Oblivion torte was a fine ending.
While not the best dining experience Savannah has to offer, The Olde Pink House definitely offers its patrons a true sense of the character of this unique city. 23 Abercorn Street; (912) 232-4286. Entrées: $14.95-$24.95.
Georges' of Tybee
No. That's not a typo. The apostrophe in Georges' is in the right place. That's because co-owners George Jackson and George Spriggs have capitalized on their common first names and added Georges' to their repertoire of successful Tybee Island restaurants.
Unlike its sister, the casual North Beach Grill, Georges' offers a more uptown atmosphere in this coastal setting. Graced by elegant art on the walls and picture windows, this is just the kind of place a discerning vacationer might seek out for a relaxed, intriguing dinner.
Our friendly and attentive server started things off with warm fennel-sourdough-rye bread that is made fresh here daily. And the Georges' signature soup of crab, sweet corn, leeks, artichokes, and thyme was a nice prelude.
Among the appetizer options offered by head chef Robert Wood, we savored a terrific blue crab-and-Granny Smith apple salad dressed with crème fraîche and horseradish on a bed of lettuce. The buttermilk-drenched shrimp rested atop an amazing relish of sweet corn, ham, and cherry tomatoes and were accompanied by a goat cheese-topped potato croquette.
Georges' had no trouble accommodating the vegetarian in our group with a medley of fresh vegetables accented with an imaginative puree of sweet corn and Vidalia onions.
Other entrées included seared yellowfin tuna, sautéed black grouper, and an especially delicious tomato-basil linguini with shrimp, crab, lobster, spinach, artichokes, and garlic tossed together in a light bourbon cream sauce.
With a little room left for dessert, we shared an almost flourless chocolate torte with chocolate whipped cream and strawberry puree and a remarkable roasted banana cheesecake with palmier (caramelized pastry).
Although it's a 30-minute drive from Savannah out to Tybee Island, a memorable evening and meal await you there. 1105 East U.S. 80, Tybee Island; (912) 786-9730. Entrées: $18-$28.