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Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp
1115 US-80
Tybee Island, GA 31328
Phone: (912) 786-4227
Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp

October 7, 2017

Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp is a funky little place located on the outskirts of Tybee Island. All outdoor seating next to a stationary food truck Gerald’s serves up a almost odd combination of Southern BBQ and fresh Atlantic seafood. Wash that all down with an ice cold brew and you have the makings for a relaxing, al fresco lunch just outside of the ordinary.

Be forwarned right up front that service is a bit helter skelter at Gerald’s. When we arrived and every person after us arrived all had a look of being lost upon arrival. Should I just sit down? Is that one lady running around like a chicken with her head cut off the waitress, hostess or both? Once you get over the initial lost feeling eventually that lady gets you seated and takes good care of you from that point forward. Don’t be intimidated. Stay for the food & atmosphere. It is worth it.

I ordered the special of the day, BBQ Brisket Burnt Ends ($9.75). You can order them as a plate or a sandwich. I chose the sandwich wanting a vessel for soaking up the yummy but bad for you fat and hot sauce. The burnt ends were good to really good, reminiscent of what you’d receive at any Kansas City BBQ restaurant worth it’s weight in rub. This dish is recommended.

As already mentioned service is a little helter skelter at times but they do get the job done and kitchen service is fast for a quick bite to eat. Major credit cards are accepted. Casual attire is the dress of the day here; feel free to pop in straight from the beach presuming you bothered to rinse off first. Parking is available in dirt lots, nooks and crannies surrounding the patio and food truck.

Conclusion: Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp is a fun, funky stop for an inexpensive bite of lunch.

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Pie Society City Market
19 Jefferson St
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: (912) 238-1144
Pie Society City Market

Pie Society Pastie

Pie Society Pastie

October 7, 2017

Pie Society City Market is a neat little bakery focused on British Pies. Located in a tiny footprint on Jefferson St in Old Town Savannah the focus here is on Savory Pies, pasties, sausage rolls, quiche and other filling selections for breakfast and lunch. Desserts are also available for those with a sweet tooth to satisfy.

We popped in for a quick and inexpensive breakfast before heading off to near by Tybee Island for day at the beach. I had the Pastie filled with Sausage, Egg & Cheese ($7.00). This Hand Meat Pie is normally associated with Cornwall, England where it was originally developed. I found the pastry to be the star here, light, flaky and full of flavor. The Sausage, Egg & Cheese were filling but make no mistake, the pastries are the centerpiece here. This dish is recommended. My dining patron ordered the Spinach, Feta & Tomato Quiche ($7.50). It was also quite good, once again the flaky and flavorful crust being the highlight. This dish is recommended.

Major credit cards are accepted. Attire is casual; shorts and a t-shirt will get you in the door. There is a surface lot next door for parking if it isn’t full which it likely is full.

Conclusion: Pie Society is a neat little place to pop in for for breakfast, lunch or a sweet bite.

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Six Pence Pub
245 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone (912) 233-3151
Six Pence Pub

October 6, 2017

Six Pence Pub is a cozy little British pub located in the Old Town section of Savannah, GA. With two additional locations in Fort Mill, SC and Blowing Rock, NC this now smallish chain dotting the Southeastern Seaboard is serving up filling and satisfying pub food in an interesting, welcoming environment.

We were on the Old Savannah Tours bus and jumped off at the Chippewa Square stop, just across the square from the Six Pence Pub. We popped in for a quick bite of lunch before proceeding with the walking portion of our tour. Seating was readily available and within moments we were surveying the large menu over a glass of refreshing ice tea.

I ordered the Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich ($15.95) which consists of a healthy portion of tender, flavorful roast beef piled on top of a thick slice of bread topped with a generous portion of really good, tasty brown gravy. Mashed potatoes and a daily vegetable come on the side. The daily side this day was the collard greens which were excellent and highly recommended. Overall this dish was very good and recommended. My dining patron got the daily special Rib Eye Sandwich which was also quite good. I give my dish the slight edge.

Major credit cards are accepted. Attire is casual; nice shorts and a polo are perfect. Parking is non-existent in this area so the trolley, uber, taxi or simply walking are best.

Conclusion: Six Pence Pub is recommended for a filling meal at a reasonable price.

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Goose Feathers An Express Cafe & Bakery
39 Barnard St
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone (866) 221-1948
Goose Feathers An Express Cafe & Bakery

Goose Feathers Pecan Roll

Goose Feathers Pecan Roll

October 6, 2017

Looking for a causal, inexpensive quick bite of breakfast or lunch in Old Town Savannah? Goose Feathers just might fill the bill. Convieniently located on Barnard between just north of Ellis Square between Congress Ln & St Goose Feathers offers up a tasty array of sweet treats along with a small selection of hot breakfasts and sandwiches for lunch. We popped in for a quick breakfast before catching the Old Savannah Tour bus which convieniently picks up on the other side of Ellis Square from Goose Feathers.

Goose Feathers has a strict policy of nobody taking a seat until you stand in line to place your food order. Use the time to make your food selections from the menus offered in a stand by the front door. I ordered the Bird’s Nest ($6.95) which is a “nest” or “bowl” of grits topped with homemade salsa, two poached eggs, cilantro and shredded cheddar cheese. This tasty and filling dish was quite good and is recommended. My dining patron had the Sticky Bun which was a little hard on one side from overcooking slightly, much better on the other side which was perfectly cooked. It was good but a bit inconsistent. The one service (kitchen) problem we had was our order came out late because they overcooked my eggs and had to redo the dish. So others after us got their food before us as a result. Disappointing but the properly prepared dish helped make up for that tiny mistake.

Goose Feathers Birds Nest

Goose Feathers Birds Nest

Service was good but obviously limited since you wait in line to place and pay for your order. Attire is casual; t-shirt and shorts get you in the door although most dress a little better than the minimum. Major credit cards are accepted. Parking is basically non-existant other than in downtown parking garages and walking thereafter.

Conclusion: Goose Feathers is a nice, quick bite in Old Town Savannah.

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The Lady & Sons
102 W. Congress St.
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 233-2600
The Lady and Sons

October 5, 2017

It was a disappointment. They really push their buffet on you instead of ordering off the menu. The menu is fried, fried, fried and all sorts of uninteresting whether fried or not. So after my dining companion ordered the buffet the server said “so that’s two buffets” making my decision for me. I gave in. That was probably my critical mistake other than booking a reservation here in the first place.

It wasn’t that good. Chicken was mushy near the bone. Sides were OK, nothing more. My dining companion said the smothered pork chop was cold so I didn’t even bother trying it. Dessert was average at best. They forgot our drinks. Finally got them and they were wrong. Total cluster. I felt it was like going to the Golden Corral with a little extra salt added for twice the price. Seems to me Paula Deen & Sons are phoning it in and cashing checks. Three floors of buffet tables worth. Average rating because it was better than the Golden Corral. Otherwise I would’ve dinged it with a two star rating for Poor.

Reservations are accepted. Major credit cards accepted. Parking in the area is non existent other than parking garages with a short walk to the restaurant. Dress is casual. Shorts and a clean shirt get you in the door. Ambiance is loud on all three floors. You’ve been warned.

Conclusion: The Lady & Sons isn’t worth it unless you’re simply a die hard Paula Deen fan with no chance of seeing her.

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Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
1067 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 927-4693
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

March 3, 2017

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is a small sized chain of fried chicken restaurants dotting the United States. Gus’s traces it’s origins to over 60 years ago in Mason, TN. The modern version of Gus’s that reopened in 1984 is now comprised at the time of this writing to 17 locations spread across mostly the South and Midwest with a few outliers such as Los Angeles, CA. The Fort Worth location opened in Fall of 2016 bringing the craving for Gus’s hot and spicy chicken to Cowtown.

The focus here is on fried chicken. Gus’s “Nashville Hot” as I call it is a spicy version of chicken setting back even the most brave of those among us. This fiery version would make just about anybody pause between bites to savor it and hopefully briefly tame the smoking hot chicken as it challenges the palate. Besides various selections of chicken in 2, 3 or half chicken combinations of white versus dark versus mixed Gus’s also offers a other items such as fried chicken tenders bearing their trademark spicy profile. Snacks are chicken only with a piece of white bread, meals are snacks with standard sides of cole slaw and baked beans. There is a good selection of sides that can be ordered individually or substituted for standard sides for a nominal charge per side.

We started our meal with an appetizer of Fried Pickle Spears ($6.50). These made from scratch pickle spears are coated and deep fried to a firm crispness on the outside, warm and tangy pickle inside. It is accompanied by a side of ranch dressing for dipping. Be sure and bite straight down and through these pickles. The spear inside is still firm and will literally pull away from the crunchy crust outside if you pull instead of biting. This appetizer is recommended. There are other southern staples to start such as Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Okra.

My entree for the evening was the Three Piece Dark Chicken Dinner ($8.95) consisting of one leg and two thighs. The chicken coating is spicy and crisply fried to a perfect crunch on the outside with juicy, flavorful meat on the inside. Each dinner is accompanied by two sides of Cole Slaw and Baked Beans. I substituted for a .50 cent charge the Mac and Cheese and Fried Okra. Both of these made from scratch sides were well prepared with good seasoning. The fried Okra was crispy fried as expected and the Mac and Cheese was a savory bowl of homemade comfort food. This entree and sides are recommended.

We each ordered a slice of pie and shared each around the table to get a good sampling of Gus’s desserts. I had the Chess Pie ($2.95) which was one of the best slices of chess pie I’ve had in recent memory. It was easily the best pie of the evening. Still good and right on it’s heels is the Chocolate Chess Pie ($2.95) full of chocolate goodness melded together with a chess pie. Rounding out our desserts was the Sweet Potato Pie ($2.95), another good rendition of a southern staple in pies. All of these desserts are recommended. Our only regrets were we didn’t have enough room for the Pecan and Coconut pies.

Gus’s is a casual restaurant so jeans or shorts are perfectly fine here. Major credit cards are accepted. Parking can be a bit of search in the always popular medical district. You’ll likely have to park on a side street and walk a block or walk a few blocks from the parking garage.

Conclusion: Gus’s is good southern cooking. I’ll be back but I’ll definitely bring my fire extinguisher. Man that chicken is hot!

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Mariachi Loco Restaurant
719 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4747
No website

Mariachi Loco Pollo y Mas

Mariachi Loco Pollo y Mas

February 23, 2017

Mariachi Loco Restaurant is a quirky little Mexican food restaurant billed as a Latin American Restaurant located in downtown Roseburg, Oregon. The interior appears to be a bit dated and could use some sprucing up consisting of slightly worn floors, wooden railings and matching wooden tables and chairs dotting the smallish restaurant. Off the shelf posters and framed mass produced art line the walls. Cutouts of Mariachis and Cowboys are situated here and there throughout the restaurant providing opportunities for you to snap a photo of your loved one pimping for Cerveza Corona.

The menu offers basic Mexican food choices for lunch. Combinations are your selection of an item from a list of options paired with sides of rice and beans for $7.50. There are plenty of burrito plates as well as some grilled items such as Carne Asada. There are also a few specials available that change occasionally. The dinner menu is a bit more extensive on selections or repeats of the lunch entrees with slightly larger portions (i.e. billed as a 7″ tortilla at lunch; 10″ at dinner). The items appear to be Tex Mex oriented but the flavor profile appears to be more true Mexican in orientation. Read less spice, more bland here.

For my entree I ordered one of the specials. The Pollo y Mas ($11.50) consists of a pounded and spice rubbed Grilled Chicken filet paired with a battered dipped and pan fried Cheese Chile Relleno. The chicken was flavorful and moist, particularly when wrapped in complimentary corn or flour tortillas topped with excellent fresh sour cream and a little of their homemade guacamole. The Chile Relleno that is topped with a ranchero sauce and crema leans towards a bland presentation. The dish comes with black beans and Spanish rice. The rice was very tasty but the beans were bland tasting and al dente in firmness. This dish was OK but I much preferred the Chile Relleno I had on a previous visit. I’m not sure why that aspect of my dish has declined over the past 4 months.

Attire is casual, jeans do the job like all places in Roseburg. Parking is free on the street in the roughly 3 x 5 block free parking zone of downtown businesses. Major credit cards are accepted.

Conclusion: Mariachi Loco is OK but I wouldn’t go out of my way to dine here again.

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