Traveling through Georgia within the last few years, was similar to my visits to New Jersey. In the sense that once I stepped foot in that state, I found myself curious and coming back for more. On my most recent visit to Georgia, I was attending a wedding on Tybee Island. It was for my dear friend’s daughter, who just happened to be my daughter’s best friend when we lived in Missouri. I then extended the trip by staying in Savannah longer and then visited my aunt who lives in the area. What an incredible trip that was filled with love, family, friends, exploring and of course FOOD! 🍛
And so on to the food! This food journal is Part One to my “What I ate in Georgia” posts and focuses on the Savannah area. I polished off several incredible meals but as in every balancing act, I had some miserable ones. They are all listed- good and bad because life can be like that. Just keeping it real!
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room in Savannah
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room was another food experience on my ‘Eat List’ for Savannah. Although what originally drew me in was the pre-covid community table with pass-around sides. Since we are still in the days of social distancing, I was debating on going. I was not sure how good my first experience at Mrs. Wilkes would be. Well, it was fantastic! The delightful people who worked at Mrs. Wilkes, the historic neighborhood location and the phenomenal food made me forget about that communal table!
I decided on the “Linner” with the four pieces of fried chicken, greens, mac & cheese, and rice with gravy. I had already secured an outside table and my plan was to eat what I could and bring the rest back to my apartment. When my name was called, I walked into the store/ restaurant and was given a flat box filled with food! I was confused. The gentleman inside told me he gave me “Extra” and the only deal was not to give any food back. I was elated, there was so much food!
It somewhat gave the feeling of being able to try all the pass-around side dishes but during covid-era. I also was given a large bag of fried chicken that had about 10 pieces of crunchy fried goodness! On top of that, I was given containers of black eyed peas, green beans, boiled peanuts, banana pudding, cake and different breads. WOW, just wow!
Elizabeth on 37th
Elizabeth on 37th in Savannah, Georgia is one of many lovely Victorian mansions located in the city’s historic district. It is also one of several that has turned her interior spaces into a restaurant. The bones of the home are true to it’s former glory while the interior design remains timeless and traditional. When you arrive, walk up the brick pathway, up the stairs and enter through the glass double doors; you are greeted by the hostess within the home’s foyer. From the moment you walk into that Victorian mansion, the southern hospitality and friendliness of Elizabeth’s is immeasurable.
I decided on the Tasting Menu and a couple glasses of their French Chardonnay. Every dish I tried was marvelous and showcased classic Southern cuisine in delectable ways. From the Prince Edward mussels, to the Gullah crab rice and up to the Montrachet Cheese Tart, everything was tasteful and presented beautifully.
For details on my complete dining experience, please visit my blog: 👩🏻💻 ➡ Elizabeth on 37th – Notable Mansion Dining in Savannah
The Olde Pink House
The historic Habersham Mansion, which sits across Reynolds Square in Savannah is adoringly called ‘The Olde Pink House’. For almost three decades this Georgian Mansion with all its specters has been serving modern Southern cuisine to those patrons who walk through her doors.
I came in for lunch and decided on ordering several appetizers, as I wanted to just taste the specialties. I started off day drinking with the Pink Lady cocktail, which was freshly squeezed lemonade and Absolut Raspberry Vodka. On the table was the Southern Sushi, Fried Green Tomatoes and the Blue Crab Beignets. Every dish was delicious, very southern and all were my favorites. I could not decide which I enjoyed the best, each bite was truly incredible.
For my complete dining experience, please visit my BlOG 👩🏻💻➡ The Olde Pink House – Modern Southern Cuisine within a Savannah National Landmark
Wedding on Tybee Island
I have been to Georgia a handful of times and a couple of those times were for weddings. For me, Georgia has been a state for weddings, family and amazing food. Visiting the ‘Peach State’ was much better that I could combine all three of those wonderful things. I had flown in and met up with my daughter and her boyfriend. We were attending a wedding for friends that are like family. Then we ate our way through the week including a plate of Southern classic BBQ at the wedding on Tybee Island.
We started off with individual martini glasses filled with delicious Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Then for dinner was a crisp green salad followed by a plate of tender and flavorful Southern BBQ. On this trip, I had not eaten any BBQ so it was great to polish off a plate of tender brisket, ribs, mashed potatoes and creamy macaroni and cheese.
Accompanying the splendid wedding cake were these adorable Bride & Groom dipped strawberries and cake pops. Such a sweet way to celebrate my friend’s daughter’s wedding day.
The Crab Shack
I came into The Crab Shack on Tybee Islands to meet up with friends for a birthday and what a birthday. I had not seen my long time friends in several years, so it was nice to celebrate at the kitchy Crab Shack on Tybee!
On the table was the Half & Half, which was seasoned shrimp, snow crab, corn and melted butter. Also, I ordered one of their famed rum drinks with the monkey coconut head, which I took home. Well, of course I would order the monkey head to go with my plate of seafood. It was the perfect pairing!
Savannah Candy Kitchen
I was like a kid in a candy store… literally! There was so much candy inside the multi-room Savannah Candy Kitchen on River Street. The choices of sweets ranged from the pre-packaged candy, to freshly made chocolates, pralines, fudge, candy apples, rice krispy treats and taffy. It was a difficult decision to make of which sweets I wanted to nosh on for the next few days.
I decided on a couple of pralines, both regular and the chocolate. If you like sweet confection, the pralines are the way to go. They are made fresh and you can taste the free samples to see which you prefer. I also bought a giant milk chocolate peanut butter cup. These have been a favorite of mine since I was a teenager. I used to buy freshly made PB cups from a candy store in the mall that I used to work in. The cups at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen were delicious and so much better than the manufactured ones.
Short for “Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken”- This place was so good. I love biscuits, I love fried chicken and I love pimento cheese. Rise put all those favorites in a biscuit sandwich and it was delicious! There are other sandwiches but this one called my name. I am a sucker for pimento cheese whenever I am in the South.
My daughter ordered the Fried Green Tomato Biscuit which I took a bite of, it was also good. The fried green tomato was crispy and it also had a shmear of pimento cheese. Plus the biscuits here are great, very fluffy and flaky.
#Truth – Everything taste better with pimento cheese. 😋
PGA Tour Grill
It was better than going hungry! Since this was the only sit down restaurant open at the airport, I really had no choice. Well, I did have the choice of eating packaged snacks or something from Starbucks. This was going to be my only meal until I got back to Vegas, so I chanced it.
Considering there were only three main entrees on the menu, I chose the cheeseburger with fries, along with a gin and tonic. I should have known things would go awry when my server said they ran out of tonic. I quickly said that I would take soda and you know it really was not the same. Plus the cheeseburger was not good at all. The quality of the meat was what my cousin calls a Sysco burger, it tasted very manufactured. The fries were the only saving grace to this meal. Yeah, not a great experience but I ate everything and it was better than going hungry!
Cilantro’s Grill & Cantina – Savannah
Growing up on the west coast, in the heart and stomach of Los Angeles, Mexican food was part of the Angeleno culture. I hate to say this but it is true, the East Coast has no idea what they are doing with Mexican food. In all fairness, the West Coast does not dominate Cuban food like Florida does. I should have kept with my Mexican restaurant rule and eaten something from the grocery store next door.
I decided on the Poblanos, one chicken and one beef. I was not impressed at all. The ground beef was quite bland although the chicken Poblano was a bit more flavorful. The cheese used was awful and tasted very processed. The batter was very soggy and I had to use a lot of Cholula hot sauce to add flavor- No bueno!
Collins Quarter at Forsyth – Savannah
Not going to lie, the bright blue umbrellas and the lovely outdoor seating drew me to The Collins Quarter. I had no intention to have a drink and a light bite while in Forsyth Park. I honestly can say they that I was not hungry as I had just polished off a meal at The Olde Pink House. I think I just wanted to sit under the pretty blue umbrellas and people watch at Forsyth Park.
I ordered a cocktail to start, the G & T which was Empress Gin and Fever Tree Tonic. Then I decided on the Acai and Chia smoothie bowl, which was light and refreshing. I enjoyed the smoothie bowl with the added granola, sunflower seeds and coconut which gave it a nice texture- delicious! For me noshing on the acai bowl made sense after a full meal. I like to think that all the acai and chia pudding just filled in the gaps within my stomach, after eating full Southern lunch.
My visit to Savannah and the surrounding coastal islands had me yearning for more time along the coast of Georgia. The history, the Southern charm and the down home comfort cuisine of the area was what this free spirit needed during these crazy Covid days. I will be back Savannah- I will be back!
The whole day through
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind”
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