Happy Weekend to you! I hope you are at some place fun today.Usually at this time of the year I am thinking about the beach…the beach the beach the beach, but this year I seem to be thinking about… the lake.
I think it all started a couple of weeks ago…
It was the last day of school, and my husband asked me where would I like to go for dinner that night. I thought for awhile and then remembered a restaurant near Lake Blackshear (Georgia) that we had not been to since the days we had dated (almost 30 years ago!) I said How about Daphne’s? His reply was Is that place still open? So we checked. Yes it was, and after plugging it into the gps, we were on our way and there in under an hour.
Daphne Lodge (its real name) started its long history back in 1952 as a dance hall, but it is now an awarding winning restaurant that has been featured in many publications including Southern Living, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Washington Post, and even the New York Times. Now don’t think this is some fancy place…far from it! The parking lot is gravel and sand, and this is near the front steps…
It is like being in someone’s old home. In fact, our daughter said it reminded her of her grandmother’s home.
(And I did see the similarities.)
The food was what made me a fan of Daphne Lodge though. Here is the front of the menu with a little history of the place…
and now the real deal menu.
Our waitress (who was excellent by the way) recommended the baked blue cheese chips. Oh my gosh these were heavenly! Homemade potato chips topped with their house made blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, chopped tomatoes, and green onions…I think I could live on this dish alone forever!
It was all the house made items that really showed their attention to detail in each dish. After our appetizer, they brought out our salads and a tray with 4 different house made dressings….blue cheese, thousand island, ranch, and a lemon vinaigrette…all very good.
After that, they served us a tray of crackers with homemade garlic butter. Then our entrees arrived. My husband had smothered quail. Our daughter had the smothered quail with country ham, and I had the filet mignon. (Remember I was celebrating the end of school.) Their plates came with a basket of light as air biscuits served with peach preserves. Now don’t shoot me. I don’t have any photos of the entrees. You see, I did not have my camera with me that night, and the photos of them with the phone were too dark. So how did I get the photos above? They weren’t from that night. Huh? Well, we loved Daphne’s soooo much that night, we took our son and went back again last weekend! This time I had the grilled grouper; our daughter had the baked grouper (best dish of the night which I might get next time!); our son had fried oysters, and my husband had the shrimp and grits.
For dessert the week before, I had a slice of their yummy peanut butter pie with chocolate crumb crust, and our daughter had their key lime pie. She repeated it again on our last trip, and our son enjoyed a slice as well.
The restaurant is right down the road from Lake Blackshear. The sun had not set when we finished our meal there last weekend, so we drove around looking at the lake and waterfront homes for sale in the area afterwards.
We did not find a home to buy, but here is a cute one to rent on the far end of the lake.
Daphne Lodge is famous for its catfish. We have not had it yet (maybe tonight!), but click here for the recipe if you would like to try it at home.
Being around the lake and all this fish has made me want to do an old fashioned fish fry. I thought this one was cute and full of good ideas.
It was featured in Palate magazine at the end of last summer.
And wouldn’t these towels be perfect for a fish fry?!
(I am keeping them in mind!)
When I was researching ideas for a fish fry, I came across this relatively new restaurant (opened last summer) on Tybee Island.
You can see that it is named Tybee Island Fish Camp. It was opened by the owners of Tybee Island Social Club and is located in a restored 1950’s cabin with its original wood paneling still on the interior. It is supposed to have some of the freshest fish dishes on the island. Sounds great to me…but… I suppose it is too far to drive for dinner tonight, right?
Well maybe we will make it back to Daphne Lodge instead.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and don’t forget the big summer tours start Monday morning!
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Until next time…