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Don't expect stuffy French food or clichéd classics during a meal at Georgian Room. Instead, you'll be treated to chef Daniel Zeal's creative modern twists on traditional Southern cuisine. With an emphasis on locally grown produce and seasonality, Zeal creates a menu that turns traditional flavors upside down. You'll find artful plates full of airy foams, swipes of colorful sauces and perfectly placed dots of gels and cubes. And although the menu changes quite often, according to the ever-changing seasons and whims of chef Zeal, here are a few favorites to look for:
1. Fiscalini Cheddar Grits Soufflé. This Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant doesn't like to stick the signature tag line on any of its dishes, but this is the one item that has locals and Yankees alike coming back every summer. Served with blue prawns and a low country oyster gumbo, it's a perfect way to start your dinner.
2. Crimson Snapper. If you're anything like us, you'll feel the coastal Georgia breeze walking along the Sea Island Resorts' pathways and think one thing: Seafood. The crimson snapper, served with celery root purée, honeycrisp apples and a Meyer lemon sauce, is a light and fresh option when you get the craving for something briny.
3. Duck and Foie Gras. Of course, you can't turn down such a dish when you are in the mood for something rich and hearty. The entrée is served with a tart dried cherry mole, locally-grown turnips and Southern-style sesame Johnny cakes.
4. Corned Beef and Cabbage. We imagine you'll be as enticed as we were with chef Zeal's twist on the classic corned beef and cabbage: Seasoned Wagyu short ribs are served with a hominy relish, buttered cabbage and tender morel mushrooms.
5. Alaskan King Crab. For an island-inspired seafood course, the avocado oil poached king crab is the way to order. Served with mango, a curry spice, and black rice, chef Zeal puts a twist on the dish by adding his own chicharénes to the mix.