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Crab Shack Review – Tybee Island, Savannah, GA

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Crab Shack ReviewTybee Island is the easternmost point of the U.S. state of Georgia, and is one of the barrier islands off the east coast of the U.S.

The Crab Shack therefore is the easternmost restaurant in the state of Georgia, 18 miles from downtown Savannah, and worth the drive.

Built from the ground up by an enterprising returnee couple, from the remnants of a local marina and bait shop, the restaurant, bar, and gift shop features a menu that offers  fresh seafood, local and otherwise, as well as Georgia style barbecue.

This unique attraction is the perfect place to sit in the sun (or not) and have a great meal, mosey your way through an afternoon of tropical cocktails, or  ……. wait for it. ………….. show the kids the pond with SEVENTY EIGHT (yes, 78, count them!) live baby alligators!  No,  I’m not kidding!

I went for the “low country boil” – something you’ll see on a lot of area menus, which is concocted via  a massive pot of boiling seasoned water, into which is dumped sausage, corn cobbettes, smoked sausage and shrimp. A lot of peel and eat shrimp.  It’s a very generous serving, dumped out onto your plate and serve with condiments of your choice.

(BTW, if your kids get antsy waiting for the food – there’s a giant bin of saltines at each table, but the food comes quickly).

I dug the boil plate big time. Pretty much like a New Orleans crawfish boil, except substituting shrimp, of course.

Also on tap, local favorite Brunswick stew, a flavorful tomato based thick broth with pulled chicken, sausage, pork and vegetables. Simply marvelous.  Brunswick, Georgia, claims to have originated the dish in 1898. Earlier versions were made with rabbit and/or squirrel.  No such luck these days!  here’s a traditional recipe if you want to try it at home.

If you’re visiting Savannah, don’t confine yourself to the tourist areas downtown and along the river. Get out of town, feed the gators, then feed yourself at the Crab Shack.  Highly recommended.

Can’t get there?   They’ll ship you their seafood, stew, ‘cue and condiments.  No kidding!  Brochure below, or order here.  Ask your server about the local atomic bomb!

Crab Shack Review

Low Country Boil

 

Crab Shack Review

Baby gators! They’re alive!

Crab Shack Review

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Crab Shack Review

Crab Shack Review

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Fairfield Inn Midtown Review – Savannah, GA

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Fairfield Inn Midtown ReviewI’m not very brand loyal, but after a pretty good experience with Fairfield a few years back, I generally look for them first when I am on the road.

Not as likely to be individually franchisee owned, but rather held by a group management company, the quality of one’s stay is ultra-dependent on how hard the management company works at maintaining the hotel and staff.

TMI Hospitality out of Fargo, which holds a gaggle of Fairfields, does an excellent job.  They have the one in Roseville, MN that I first stayed at.  North Point Hospitality, out of Atlanta, owns and operates the Fairfield Midtown in Savannah.  They built this one from the ground up and it opened in 2016.

On many levels, there are no noticeable differences from one Fairfield to another. They are generally tastefully decorated, with functional rooms geared to the business traveler, adequate work space, free wifi, comfortable lobby, exercise room, pool (this one was outdoor, but heated) and a pretty comprehensive complimentary hot breakfast, where some items change on a daily basis.

Basically, you’re going to find fruit, juices, yogurt, waffles, eggs, breakfast meats, biscuits and gravy, breads and danish, muffins, coffee, tea, and milk. One morning there was scrambled eggs and turkey sausage, another cheese omelets and veggie sausage.  Pork sausages were available both days.   There are the usual accompaniments, condiments, cream cheese, peanut butter, fruit jellies.

Some observations, not criticisms, of this hotel. Staff wasn’t as welcoming, friendly or helpful as other Fairfields. Let’s call that level of service “perfunctory.”  I object to a parking fee when the ramp/lot is part of the hotel.  The parking ramp was poorly designed, and should be re-striped, at least, the slots are too small for most current model cars.

Don’t even think about taking a big pick-up or van in there.  As a testament to the design error, the hotel has taped up strips of foam on the concrete pillars to try and assist you in minimizing the potential damage putting your car in and out of the space.

Note if you’re making a reservation:  rooms with Kings have only a shower.  Rooms with two queens have a tub/shower.  Not sure why, but that’s the layout of this hotel.  Speaking of bathrooms, you can clearly hear bath “activities” from adjacent rooms.

Breakfast was fine, as described above, but one day was an hour late, without explanation.  That’s fine if you’re a leisure traveler, or one of a group of seniors off the tour bus, but business people and departing guests are apt to be put off by that kind of thing.

Pluses? Besides the things I’ve mentioned, a nice neighborhood, about 4-5 miles from downtown, shops (including two groceries) and restaurants within walking distance, city bus stops at the front door.  Appreciate the outdoor pool was heated to a very comfortable level.

I’d stay again.  FYI.  Shop hard online for rates. I discovered I was paying 30-40% less than many other guests.

Fairfield Inn Midtown Review

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Fairfield Inn Midtown Review

Fairfield Inn Midtown Review

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Richmond Hill, GA – Gianni’s Pizza

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This was close by a motel I was camping out in, online reviews were mixed, but I’m all for the mom and pops, and gave it a shot.  It was definitely “New York Style” as advertised, that means a thin crust, but not so crispy it can’t be “rolled” or “folded” by the slice for less messy consumption.

I ordered a medium, with sausage, pepperoni, and green olives, my standard ‘salt bomb’, the sausage was definitely  in the style of New York pizzerias, every time I’ve experienced that, it was like this, link Italian sausage sliced at a thin bias.   The toppings at Gianni’s were pretty unremarkable, otherwise, and kinda skimpy.   They were using an old two deck gas oven, which may have become slightly deficient in its aging (who hasn’t?), because the pie took a fairly long time to cook.

Table toppers and other posters advised that the shop only uses Grande Cheese, a special blend from a small processor in Wisconsin.  If you’re fascinated enough with that to want to learn more, here’s the poop on them.  Gianni’s has a fairly large dining room, if you’d like to eat in.

It’s located at the end of a strip mall on US Hwy 17, between Richmond Hill and Savannah, keep your eyes peeled or you’ll miss it.

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Savannah, GA – B & D Burgers

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Local anecdotes told me that Savannah isn’t really a foodie’s paradise, but could well be on it’s way with an increasing interest in farm to market initiatives and such. Fortunately, my tastes run simple, and give me some great fried chicken with a side of greens, and I’m a happy camper. Or a burger.

Since 2001, B & D has been serving their versions of gourmet burgers to the Savannah crowd, and now operates three locations. They offer you a choice of several specialty burgers or a build your own option, and ‘build your own’ really means it. You can start with a beef, veggie or turkey patty in your choice of weights, as well.

The restaurant says the beef is USDA Choice Angus, fresh, and blasted on a 650 degree open flame grill. Buns and rolls are baked in-house, as are many of the condiments.

I went with the Wormsloe, one of their signature burgers, and started with 1/3 pound beef patty, requested medium rare, and topped with pimento cheese spread and a fried green tomato.  (Wormsloe is the name of a local, historic, plantation).

Burgers and sandwiches are offered with a choice of sides, fries, beans, slaw, kraut, applesauce, with upgrades available for sweet potato fries, tots, and rings.

B & D Burgers SavannahMy server was affable, I sat outdoors, and was the only customer electing to do that on that particular day.

You won’t lack for condiments at B&D, as there is a tableful.

To the burger?   The buns are incredible.  Really.  A slight crisp outer, soft and chewy inner, substantial enough, I suspect, to hold any of their burgers.  The house-made pimento spread, and the fried green tomato?   Great.  I could have easily plowed through a side of the tomatoes, nearly as good as Mrs. Burgerdogboys at home.  Nice plating.

As to the burger patty itself?   It was OK.   No special seasoning, a flavorful meat patty, prepared a couple dozen degrees above my request, but that’s no big deal.

When I am reviewing, I like each ingredient to pop all on it’s own, as well as in combination, and this patty just didn’t.   But that’s perfect for a mass consumer base, isn’t it?

B & D serves  dogs, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, salads, and more.   With their three locations, you’re bound to be near one all of the time.

Recommended.

B & D parks a menu online, so you can think about what you want prior to your outing.

B&D Burger

Pimento cheese/fried green tomato topped burger

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