We spent a long weekend in Savannah, most of which was planning our next meal and searching for the best shrimp and grits. We stayed in the Bohemian (owned subtly by the Marriott family of hotels), which was right on the river and well suited for a short girls’ trip. On our next stay we will consider the Bohemian’s sister property, the Mansion on Forsyth Park, simply because it was more centrally located to the restaurants, historic sights, and boutiques that we frequented. We didn’t eat at the more obvious restaurants like Paula Dean’s Lady and Sons, Clary’s Cafe, or Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room mostly because we wanted to avoid the lines of tourists that gather there.
Instead we put our heads together and chose Vic’s on the River, 700 Drayton, Local 11ten, and the Olde Pink House.
Vic’s on the River was so good we ate here twice for lunch. It served our favorite shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes, not to mention very tasty bloody maries that set us on the right track each afternoon. Don’t skip the biscuits and honey butter, you can walk those off later. Ask for a window seat since Vic’s has good views from both ends of the restaurant, either of the city or the River.
700 Drayton is attached to the Mansion on Forsyth Park in its own renovated mansion with gorgeous high ceilings and cavernous sitting rooms. Relaxing over dinner, you can imagine the parties that were thrown here years ago. Go a little early and venture up the stately staircase for a martini at Casimir’s Lounge. After dinner, it’s worth another look upstairs just to see the locals groovin on the dance floor. Stand outs from our dinner were the fried green tomatoes, also good here, and the blue cheese filet mignon which came with blue cheese grits, vidalia onions and asparagus.
We all had our favorite restaurant and Local 11ten was Amanda’s. It was the most modern place we ate, set up in an old bank building. It has a fun bar upstairs called Perch, with a bartender that’s easy on the eyes, even if he was slower than molassas; but definitely worth a cocktail or glass of bubbly before dinner. Ask for the day boat catch for your dinner. Local 11ten only serves fresh seafood, meats and organic and local veggies.
We spent our last dinner at the Olde Pink House which sits on one of Savannah’s stately squares. Locals recommend you order the crab stuffed grouper. Abby did and it was very good. I finally ordered scallops which were on every menu in Savannah. I was impressed but was hoping for the chicken pot pie that they were out of that night. We didn’t find the basement bar with its piano man until late; but hope to spend some time there on our next trip. The Olde Pink House is known as one of Savannah’s most haunted houses, though we can’t confirm any sightings during our binge there.
From our experience, it would be hard to find bad food in Savannah. Thankfully, there’s plenty to see in the historic district where we spent hours walking and shopping in little boutiques that offset some of our indulgences. The only problem we had was coming back to reality and a reasonable caloric intake when we got home.
Do you have a favorite restaurant in Savannah that we missed? Please share!