This week in Savannah is known as Oglethorpe’s Feast, more commonly called Restaurant Week.
From January 28th through February 6th (I know, that’s 10 days, but we’re not known for our math skills), 11 upscale restaurants are offering a 3-course meal for only $30!
While we try to stay away from chain restaurants, Kolin and I decided to try the Chart House during this Feast. This place was so fancy, they even put our name on the menu (I apologize for the quality of the pictures; I only had my cell phone)!
We started with bread and butter along with some tasty appetizers:
I am a HUGE fan of fried green tomatoes and hadn’t had a bad one in Savannah…but these fried green tomatoes had way too much going on to be enjoyable; the taste of cilantro overpowered the tomato.
The ceasar salad was smothered in homemade dressing and tasted delicious.
The clam chowder went down smooth with its creamy texture and light flavors.
Then it was time for the entrees:
Kolin ordered the spare ribs with mashed potatoes. The ribs were cooked perfectly with a tasty Cabernet demi. The potatoes, however, were dry and lacked flavor.
I chose the parmesan-crusted Hemingway snapper, topped with jumbo lump crab meat and drizzled in lemon shallot butter. Seem like a mouthful? It was. The flavors were to rich to enjoy, but the rice that came on the side was fantastic.
Dessert finished off the meal:
Kol enjoyed the Southern classic pecan pie while I chose the rich mud pie:
The meal had its ups-and-downs and taught us to stick to our guns when it came to only eating at local restaurants.
My sister, Sharon, surprised me with a mid-week visit to celebrate Mother’s Day. We don’t see each other often enough though she only lives a few hours away, so she and her partner, Dana, drove up from Jacksonville on Wednesday morning to share the day with me, in the absence of my own children, all living in California. They arrived about noon, and as I was still working, I sent them off to see Savannah by trolley with the promise to join up as soon as possible. I finally caught up with them close to 5 p.m. down on River Street at a local bar, sipping a brew. After helping Sharon finish hers off, our next venture of the evening was in search of a great bottle of wine and bit of food to go with. I chose a local wine bar, Bacchus, which was just round the corner from where we were.
Though 5:30 is a bit early for a crowd, but I did notice two of my favorite wine-guys as we entered, both of whom work for competing distributors in the Savannah area. Casey steered us toward a B.R. Cohen Cab and entertained us all with the story of Bruce Cohen, manager of the Doobie Brothers, and his successful venture into wine. It is easy to see that Casey has a passion for wine and sharing his knowledge and this choice was a great way to begin a sisters evening together.
Alligator Soul has always been one of my favorites for pairing of food and wine; I love both and am at my happiest when I don’t have to ponder the perfect accompaniment to my dish. Mo, the owner, and her Chef, Chris, offer a Chef’s Tasting Menu of either three or six course, with or without paired wines. We each chose the three-course tasting, with wine, but first the amuse bouche (to amuse the mouth) that starts every meal at Alligator Soul and changes with the day. I cannot now remember what it was, but it doesn’t matter – I was delighted to begin the tasting.
First Course was Poached Halibut and shrimp in a jalapeno miso broth with oyster mushrooms, carrots and green onions, paired with Writer’s Block Roussanne 2006, Lake County California. Second course was a BBQ trio: Guava glazed BBQ ribs with a bourbon smoked ribeye spring roll and a crawfish collard green spring roll paired with Mauritson 2005 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. The third course was a smoked duck breast (hot-dog style) wrapped in spinach and fried potato with roasted lamb chop, zinfandel reduction with red onion relish – oh my! The wine? ONYX, a 2006 Shiraz West Coast South Africa. Our young server inquired whether we might like dessert – which we politely declined.
We are not that temperate – we already had plans to go to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar just a short walk away and indulge in dessert and martinis. I had my favorite Espresso Martini, and then chose the trio of Creme Brulee and stopped just short of licking the little ramekins. My sister had a glass of wine and chocolate peanut butter cake, while Dana realized that the driving was best left to her and she ordered coffee and and a strawberry cake, I think?
As near as I can recall the ride home was uneventful – we did, after all, arrive! The next morning we went to Mom and Nikki’s for breakfast before they headed home.
It was the nicest mother’s day treat my sister could have given me – her company, great food and wine, and love. Sharon told our other sister, Pat, everything we did that night. Pat was shocked – her comment “We couldn’t get her to stay out past 9:30 this past New Year’s Eve, I can’t believe it!” To which Sharon replied, “We were home and in bed by 8:30.”