Saturday, June 2, 2012

let's review: tybee island social club

     During our recent Ladyfriends Getaway, we dined at Tybee Island Social Club, known to the locals as simply, Social.
     I know this bit of insider info thanks to a couple of friends who corrected me on my mainlander faux-pas of using the entire name... heaven forbid!
     A few weeks later, I returned with my husband and a couple of friends... this place is too good not to share! When you catch a glimpse of the porch area, the choice of sitting inside vs. outside becomes a big decision.
     The Ladyfriends chose in. Next time, we chose out, enjoying the gentle breeze and twinkling lights overhead. On my first visit, Bingo and Margaritas were the theme of the night. The second time, live music punctuated the late afternoon air.
     The decor is right up my alley... clean, chic and eclectic. White beadboard walls, bamboo clad ceiling and well-worn hardwood floors are kicked up a notch with a lush upholstered couch and a couple of easy chairs positioned just inside the front door. Stuffed animal heads lend an exotic feel to the otherwise un-patterned interior.
    The first time I ate at Social, I chose two orders of ceviche as my dinner and never looked back! Fresh fish, red, yellow and green bell peppers and red onion in fruit juices, served with homemade chips.
     The second time we went, the portion seemed to be smaller and have more liquid than chunks of fish. The taste was still great, but since I had to share with the hubs... I wanted more;)
     One dish that stands out from the crowd is the Orange-Pork Taco. Boston butt rubbed with orange rind and spices is roasted until falling-apart-tender, then shredded...
oh. my. goodness.
     The taco is served topped with carmelized onion, raisins, banana pepper, garlic aioli, toasted chopped almonds and cilantro. A friend suggested substituting the garlic aioli with the chipotle aioli... even better!
     The $6 price just screams, "Order two!" Most of the tacos are around six dollars with the top price of $8.25 for the shrimp tacos. With prices like these and thoughtfully prepared food it's no wonder they were recently voted the Best New Restaurant on Tybee.
     Every taco on the menu is available as a taco salad... genius! The Lime-Tequila marinated skirt steak salad was tender, juicy and divine. The duck taco was delish. One friend ordered the fish chowder and was surprised at how filling it was.
     The blood orange sangria may be my new favorite thing... I'm not a fan of super-sweet drinks. It was cool and fruity... Just perfect for a warm, late-spring night at the beach. Hey, if you haven't made it out to Social, what are you waiting for?
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2 comments:

  1. The overall mood and interior of this restaurant/club is just so enticing and appealing. It's as if anyone will enjoy dining here. Especially the starry night-inspired light ceiling they've got here. I love it.

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    1. I agree. Judy! It's one of my faves.

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