If you’re looking to impress, saunter over to Gryphon for a true Savannah, GA luncheon. Nestled in moss-draped Madison Square in the center of historic Savannah, Gryphon (once known as the Grypnon Tea Room) is a true southern treat. This beautifully renovated former apothocary run by SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) has a dark comfortable old library feel as you enter and though the white tableclothes might have you thinking high tea, the friendly staff immediately puts you at ease.
The menu evokes that old southern charm with new ideas and fresh and impeccable ingredients. The concise menu includes inventive salads such as the Fresh crab , avocado mousse, and tomato salad… or the Poached Salmon topped with avocado cream, mango, strawberries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese on Bibb lettuce with citrus vinaigrette. Sandwiches include a Croque-monsieur with warm applewood smoked ham and swiss on challah bread, or the southern classic Pimento Cheese grilled with onion confit and smoked bacon on cornbread. My personal favorite is the Wild Georgia Shrimp Orzo with feta and fresh tomatoes.
The Gryphon is a tea room as well, and the book-lined walls almost demand you try an exotic blend from their extensive tea wall. The service is exquisite and completely furnished by highly trained SCAD students. They are very knowledgeable about the menu and all of the teas. They are also eager to tell you about thier individual majors and where they are in their college careers!
Sophistication, class, gourmet lunch, and excellent tea are all perfect reasons to visit the Gryphon in Savannah, GA. and the Azalea Inn and Gardens is THE place to enjoy more of that same high-class style and service expected in the South’s premiere historic destination.
It really should come as no surprise to those who live and work here that Savannah, Georgia is recognized as a fashion influence by inclusion in Vogue Magazine’s Third Annual Fashion’s Night Out. We have SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) to thank for this honor, or at least in the humble opinion of the mother-in-law of a SCAD Fashion graduate, Kelley Landry Brock. Why thank SCAD? This college’s fashion program has gained such recognition that it rivals the top schools of New York CIty. Savannah has become the home of several boutique start-ups of SCAD Grads, and boasts the success of the likes of Project Runway’s April Johnston (Season 8). The official announcement of new cities will be made in New York on August 15, but who needs to wait that long? I want to tell you NOW!
This hot fashion event started three years ago during the economic downturn of 2009; the 2011 edition of the best one-night fashion party is slated for September 8, 2011 from 7pm to 11 pm. Bring cash, credit card or checks and arrive on Broughton Street in Historic Savannah GA prepared to mingle with celebrities, designers and stars. Who knows what incredible fashion design you may find, the one that just cries out to you, “I am made for you!” The right guy is not the only way to get that tingle from your toes to your nose – sometimes it’s just about the right fashion as it slithers, swishes, swoops and swoons over your body.
There are only 28 days, two hours and oh, so few minutes till the hottest fashion event of the year is launched in American’s favorite city, the most walkable city in America, ranked the number 2 art destination (beating out Charleston), most historic city, the best place to retire (again, personal opinion), best place to vacation, one of American’s prettiest towns… (need I go on), SAVANNAH!!
Play it smart and come in early on Thursday night, September 8 for Savannah’s Fashion’s Night Out and stay the extra day, Friday night, September 9, so you won’t miss the delightful, tasteful, delectable, incredible Taste of Savannah! We plan to be at both, of course.
Call Azalea Inn and Gardens to reserve your room – you won’t want to miss either event!