Within my travels of close to fifty countries and almost all fifty states, one of my definite interests has been dining in historical haunts. Savannah, Georgia has its share of restaurants in historical buildings and homes, with The Olde Pink House being one of them. This lovely Southern Cuisine restaurant sits inside a stately Georgian mansion that dates back to the late 1700s, and is a National Historical Landmark in Savannah.
There is a lot of history to to the old Habersham House (original family) with a lot of interesting stories. One story being why the house is pink, as it was not originally painted or wanted to be pink. Although, I think it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye with the palms and ferns. It almost has a tropical or Southern Californian feel to it.
The house started off with painted white plaster over the native red brick, and as we know white and red make pink. That is what happened soon after the exterior was plastered and painted, the red brick bled through. Despite how many times the house was painted white, it always turned itself pink.
Each room inside the old mansion has been turned into a dining room with traditional furnishings, fabrics, and antiques. There are also ghosts who roam the house, as The Olde Pink House is noted as one of Savannah’s most haunted places. Not only do you get to dine within a National Landmark and eat creative Southern food, but you also get to roam the rooms with specters of the past. While lunching at The Olde Pink House, I did not see ghosts but my radar might have been turned off that day.
For more information: The Olde Pink House – History Revisited
—On the Table—
Prior to my arrival, I had checked out the menu online and was very excited at the Southern choices with a modern upscale twist. I decided on trying several of their most notable dishes such as the Blue Crab Beignets, Southern Sushi, and the Fried Green Tomatoes. All of these dishes were appetizers and not entrées. I figured that I would wait for my return to indulge on their entrées.
The Pink Lady
Fresh squeezed lemonade and Absolut Raspberry Vodka
Fresh long stem breadsticks served in a mason jar.
Blue Crab Beignets
The Blue Crab Beignets are one of The Olde Pink House’s specialties.
Served with Creamy Old Bay & Lemon Dipping Sauce.
Smoked Shrimp & Grits Rolled in Coconut Crusted Nori.
Fried Green Tomatoes
The fried green tomatoes at The Olde Pink House are one of their popular dishes.
Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sweet Corn Cream
The Olde Pink House was magnificent lunch experience. Not only for their delectable Southern comfort food but for the hospitality, atmosphere, and the mansion’s historical value. May this Old Pink House live for another three hundred years in whatever evolution it takes on, although I do enjoy it as a restaurant!
For restaurant information and reservations, please visit their official website – The Olde Pink House
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