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Three bites: Moon River, Lighthouse Pizza, Miyabi
The fabulous Moon Burger.

Moon River Brewing Co.

My craving for an excellent burger once a week continues. I fled my meeting on Bay Street and headed for the nearest juicy burger -- which just so happened to go great with a hand-crafted beer! The Moon Burger is big and cooked to order -- I chose mine with lettuce, tomato and a healthy squirt of mustard. It's a nicely flavored patty that does it best to fill a fresh,.over sized bun. There are a variety of sides to choose from -- I went old school with French fries, nothing revolutionary mind, but comforting. A crisp, giant quarter pickle sear accompanied. I selected the lower alcohol, session Moon River Brew dubbed Slow-vannah, a pale ale that registers a meager 4 percent ABV.

21 W .Bay St./447-0943

Lighthouse Pizza

Hmmm, Tybee Island and pizza -- I usually set any expectations aside. Which is why I was delighted to experience a nice doughy crust, plenty of toppings and attentive, cheerful service at this joint near the beach. Small green salads ordered by some in the group were so-so, but the pie delivered lots of flavor, plenty of satisfaction and showed attention to detail.
There is an awesome selection of craft beers, too. The barbecue is a favorite of some of my friends, but the pulled pork is a pre-cooked, packaged product. However, ribs are smoked fresh on site.

15 Tybrisia St., Tybee Island/ 786-9874

Miyabi Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

This teppanyaki, or hibachi, Japanese restaurant isn't Savannah's only version of the festive communal table -- but it's certainly the largest! That's pretty much where the difference ends. Very good attentive service, a fun table side show and ample portions rule -- but you've had the food before. All entrees are accompanied by Japanese Onion Soup, which is hot, savory and enjoyable. A crisp, fresh salad of lettuce and cucumbers also accompanies. The soy dressing is refreshing with a hint of citrus and much more interesting than the ginger dressing. The Hibachi Scallops, 8 medium sized scallops that are beautifully caramelized, are served piping hot from the big, steel cooktop. Frankly, I left a couple on the plate because the portions are so generous.

200 Eisenhower Dr./352-7300