Thursday, February 19, 2009

Exploring the Georgia Coast

Tybee Island
Day two of our road trip takes us to the marsh land along the Georgia coast. We leave Savannah in search of seafood and interesting landscapes. Our first stop is the Sunbury Crab Company. With the aid of our GPS, we were there with no problem, traveling down a myriad of country roads, until we hit water. Unfortunately, the Crab Company is only open for dinner during the week. No problem, we just searched the GPS for other restaurants in the area. Jeff's Crab House was the pick. This time we were not as successful. Along the way, the GPS took us down a private road that ended in at a locked gate with no trespassing signs. Twenty minutes, 10 miles and a lot of country roads, we gave up and decided to try Holton's Seafood. The parking lot was full of local cars, a good sign when looking for food. Inside the dining room the lunch crowd was lively, eating and visiting with neighbors and coworkers. Kenny and I decided to split the fried shrimp. Everything, including the french fries, were coated in a light, cripsy batter and fried to perfection. The shrimp were crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, just like I like them!

Now to one of my favorite places, Tybee Island. My first trip to Tybee was in 1979 as a county Extension agent, our 4-H camp assignment for the summer. During the day, we supervised the 4-Hers in the ocean, the marsh and at various classes. At night, the adults took turns leaving the camp for a dinner at Williams Seafood and a quick tour of Savannah. It was during my first visit that I became a fan of the area. Tybee is a wonderful old beach town with no high rise condos and lots of views of the ocean. In the winter, the water is a beautiful blue color and the winds are strong and cool.

After Tybee, we head back to Savannah to shop at Kitchens on the Square. Our treasures include 8 ramekins, 10 napkin rings, salad tongs and a knife sleeve. The ramekins will be used for my Taste and Create entry for February. The napkin rings will be a great addition to my February table setting.

Dinner tonight is at the Savannah Chart House, located in a 1790 warehouse overlooking the river. Even though the Chart House is a chain, local fare is served from a special menu. Tonight's choices include Fried Green Tomatoes and Caramelized Catfish. Both dishes were delicious. The fried green tomatoes were crisp and surprisingly full of flavor, considering this is February. The catfish was coated with brown sugar and cajun seasonings, lightly sauteed, served on a bed of grits seasoned with ham, topped with collard greens, lump crabmeat and a roasted red pepper sauce. Kenny had the prime rib and it was cooked perfectly. What a meal! With full stomachs and happy hearts we say "goodnight!"

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