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You’re going to eat well — very well — during your stay at The Cloister, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel with four onsite restaurants, including the Five-Star Georgian Room. Here are our picks for the five best things to eat and drink at the hotel:
1. Fried green tomatoes. A Southern staple served with smoked bacon and Tabasco mayo, the fried green tomatoes at River Bar are light and fresh. It’s listed as a shared plate on the menu, but you’ll have no trouble polishing this off yourself.
2. Mint julep. There’s something about sipping a classic cocktail like the mint julep on its home Southern turf. River Bar’s version mixes Woodford reserve bourbon with fresh mint and crushed ice.
3. Fiscalini cheddar grits soufflé. Served with blue prawns and a low-country oyster gumbo, this seafood-rich dish provides for a satisfying start to a Five-Star feast at Georgian Room.
4. Crimson snapper. Georgian Room executive chef Daniel Zeal’s crimson snapper — served with celery root pureé, honeycrisp apples and a Meyer lemon sauce — is a refreshing, highly recommended main dish.
5. Gnudi. Go to Tavola, the Tuscan restaurant off of the lobby at the Sea Island hotel for this light-as-air pasta. Similar to gnocchi, these thin-shelled pasta pockets are stuffed with ricotta and sit on a pool of chunky tomato sauce. The dish is topped with a mountain of pecorino shards.
You don’t need to worry about going hungry while staying at The Cloister. Be sure to try pizza from the wood-fire oven at Tavola; sample seasonal menus at the Georgian Room; snack on cornbread at Southern Tide; enjoy complimentary cooking in the Solarium; and chow down on tacos at the Flip Flop Bistro on the beach.