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Before you dine at Colt & Alison, there are some things you should know about the steakhouse inside The Lodge at Sea Island, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:
1. Try the dishes with tableside preparations. Of course, the prime USDA beef is the star on the menu at the Sea Island restaurant. But take your dining experience up a notch by ordering one of the dishes that comes with a tableside preparation. Watch your server wheel out a cart and create your Caesar salad from scratch. For more dazzle, order the filet mignon au poivre for the entrée and the bananas foster dessert; both dishes are doused with liquor and then ignited before your eyes.
2. Only hotel guests can dine here. Colt & Alison is only open to those staying at The Lodge; its sister property, The Cloister; or Sea Island club members. If you are staying the night at one of the hotels, be sure to book your table ahead of time; reservations are required.
3. Follow the dress code. At this steakhouse, men are expected to wear coats, collared shirts and nice pants — so leave the jeans in your room. Ladies also should ditch the denim for slacks, skirts or dresses. During our visit, we saw women wearing more formal maxi dresses, patterned cocktail dresses and dressy tops with black pants. At breakfast, the dress code is more lax, with resort-casual wear being the norm.
4. Order some lemonade. You can get your dinner paired with wine, but we’d opt for a refreshing spiked lemonade instead. The signature Front Porch Lemonade is made with Woodford bourbon — a blend made specially for Sea Island — egg white, fresh lemon, simple syrup and a lemon slice garnish. The Back Porch Lemonade subs in Ketel One Vodka for the bourbon.
5. Go outside for an aperitif and music. Before dinner at Colt & Alison, have that liquored-up lemonade or a glass of wine at The Lodge’s beautiful old-fashioned back porch. Time it right so that you can sit in one of the Adirondack chairs at sundown and hear the nightly bagpiper play on the golf course fronting the porch.