Thursday, January 5, 2012

To Tybee and Back: a Georgia Food Road Trip

With some time before the next semester Lilly and I decided to utilize our free time and go on a good ol' fashioned road trip. We took a few days stopping in Macon, Madison, Jonesboro and Tybee Island. We slept in Savannah and spent a full day sight seeing. Lilly had the camera so there are a lot of pics of me and almost none of Lilly...
 Downtown Savannah...
 Tybee Island Lighthouse...
Ocmulgee National Park Macon...

But who really wants this  when we one could see pics of fine southern food we found. 

While there are a some standard eateries in Savannah like Paula Deans "Lady and Sons" and "The Olde Pink House". We went to these places but our comments would just be redundant on what Frommers and Zagat already said. But we found some real gems outside of the tourist path as well. Both of these places have received almost no web attention. The first is Neighborhood Soul Food. An unpretentious and tasty meat and three with regularly changing daily specials. 

A memorable plate of smothered shrimp (with mac n' cheese and black eyed peas)

Best piece of sweet potato pie we've had in GA. 

Second, is the awkwardly named "Seafoodlicious". Luckily their food rolled off the tongue and into ones stomach far better than the name. 

We got deviled crab.

Spicy conch...
Low Country Boil with Shrimp/Blue Crab/Potatoes/Corn

When we hit the coast we made sure to stop by at the Breakfast Club on Tybee Island. For those who make it to the Atlantic Islands this place is an institution. But beyond the islands it is less well known. I first came across it on a PBS travel program, but it has had only limited web attention. Lilly and I agree that is serves  Platonic form of American breakfast. 

Waffle with Pecan and a side of Bacon.
Omlette, grits, toasst, and home fries...

Finally on our way back to Atlanta we pulled off the highway in Hampton GA. There we found a rare mom and pop donut shop. We chatted with the friendly owner Henry for a while. Got his whole story about growing up with parents in the donut business and finally deciding to open his own shop. Donuts are in this guys blood. Too bad he's so far outside of Atlanta. The donuts were tasty, without any gimmicks, and well worth the stop.



All and all a wonderful and delicious get away.


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