For Valentine’s Day I booked Becky and I a mini-break at the Jekyll Island Club. The hotel and surrounding area was once a private club where some of the wealthiest families in America, including the Morgans, Rockerfellers and Vanderbilts relaxed. Today the club is open to the public and occupies a beautiful spot on one of Georgia’s Golden Isles.
After spending the afternoon exploring the island and enjoying drinks on the veranda we headed downstairs for dinner at the Grand Dining Room. It was a little after 7 o’clock and after giving our name to the maître d’ we were seated. The atmosphere in the Grand Dining Room was outstanding. A piano and violinist played and the room was richly furnished. The table was initially set with nice flat wear and a large charge with the Jekyll Island Club insignia.
Our server came by after we were seated and offered us a wine menu. It was extensive and ranged from a moderately priced Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass to bottles of champagne. We ordered drinks and also an appetizer of avocado and crab. It arrived beautifully plated and we ate every morsel.
Following the appetizer our salads arrived. The warm seafood salad was dotted with bay scallops, shrimp and lump crab meat. It was a very good salad and I enjoyed every bite.
For the main course I had locally caught red fish with long grain rice and seasonal vegetables while Becky had seared sea scallops. The red fish was perfectly cooked, moist and had very nice flavor. By this point Becky was stuffed and only ate 1 of her scallops. I helped eat the other 3 and they were amazing. Scallops are one of my favorite seafood items and these were about 3″ across, nicely seared and succulent inside. They were sweet and tasted like the ocean.
By the time our server offered us coffee and dessert we were stuffed. Despite this I ordered a slice of key lime pie. Becky was initially not thrilled with my selection but after trying a forkful she changed her opinion. It was sweet and not overly tart. The crust was also crisp while being moist. Best. Key. Lime. Pie. Ever.
Overall our experience at the Grand Dining Room was exceptional. The staff was attentive, the food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect. We both enjoyed our dinner and I look forward to returning for another outstanding meal.
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