Pimento Cheese is definitely a Southern staple – it is, after all, the Caviar of the South. But would you eat it in your breakfast sandwich? With your eggs? Between two slices of Sourdough bread? Loaded with Bacon? We would!!! Seriously, until I moved to the South (Mississippi to be exact) many (many) years ago, I don’t recall ever having pimento cheese anywhere near my taste buds. I was introduced to it while attending college and though I found it interesting, my 17-year-old Yankee palate didn’t take a serious liking to it.
Eat Pimento Locally:
Enter Savannah, a city teaming with exceptional restaurants, and in particular my favorite casual beer and burger place, Green Truck Pub where I learned to get my Pimento on. Green Truck Pub makes their own pimento cheese and offer it three ways: as an appetizer with house-made pickles and crostini, in a sandwich with mustard, lettuce and tomato, and my favorite way, on a burger. Order the Trailer Park, a tasty grass-fed all natural, hormone free, beef burger from Hunter Cattle Company, topped with said pimento cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato – and get ready to fall in love with pimento. Oh, before I forget, they have a phenomenal beer selection. They pride themselves on serving beer made in the USA in small American-owned craft breweries. I usually task my husband with our choice of beer as his palate is much broader than mine, and he has never failed me. Iron Lion Pale Ale is an easy to drink every day beer brewed right here in Savannah at the Southbound Brewing Company (ask us about tours), but my palate runs to darker more robust beers. I usually choose the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout of Farmville, NC or Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro out of Longmont, CO which are delicious enough to be dessert. Here’s a neat little factoid about Green Truck Pub that will make you smile: “We do simple food the hard way – by handmaking everything from ketchup and pimento cheese to salad dressing and veggie patties.”
Pimento Cheese Inspired Us:
But let’s get to the real reason for this post: Last week I stopped into Back in the Day Bakery (while CNN was filming) and ordered the Pig and Pimento sandwich and therein the inspiration for a pimento cheese breakfast sandwich was born. I devoured their grilled pimento and bacon sandwich, totally oblivious to the crew who filmed my obvious enjoyment for posterity and an upcoming story on eclectic Southern coastal towns covering where you should eat and what you should see. As I licked my fingers I thought “So Southern, so delicious, and so comforting. I should be sharing this with my Northern friends.” But we do breakfast at the inn, not lunch, my other self said. Ah yes, so we do. Now what? I appeased her “Proper” side by adding soft scrambled eggs and calling it a breakfast sandwich. We dressed up the plate with some roasted potatoes, a bit of kiwi, a sunny slice of orange and a burst of red with juicy just-in-season strawberries and moaned “Yes, yes, yes!”
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I’ve never been a fan of waiting…for anything. But in order to get a seat at Savannah’s ever-popular Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room on West Jones, I had to. However, once I reached the table overflowing with Southern delights, I forgot all about my wait and dug in eagerly.
Kolin (you know, Azalea Inn’s chef…and my man-candy AKA husband) and I had been to Mrs. Wilkes’ for my birthday last year and couldn’t wait to share the experience with some of our family and friends. So, when his mom and sister came for an extended weekend, we made sure to make time for it. A line forms early every weekday (they are closed on Saturdays and Sundays as well as the ENTIRE month of January) until the doors open at 11 am. Folks are shuffled in and seated as tables become available. Strangers share a HUGE Southern meal family-style and are friends by dessert, a tradition begun when the restaurant was a boarding house.
President Obama dined at Mrs. Wilkes’ this past year and the lucky patrons on-hand had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. While we can’t guarantee that you will dine with THE President, you just never know who might be sharing a table with you; after all, Savannah is a premiere filming destination. You could be eating with the likes of Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Julia Roberts (Something to Talk About), Will Smith (The Legend of Bagger Vance), and let’s not forget Robert Redford sightings during the recent filming of The Conspirator.
Mrs. Wilkes’ is definitely one of my favorite places to eat in the low-country (and may very well top my list). Come with a hearty appetite and schedule time for a nap after!