Fresh, local food in Savannah just got taken to a whole new level with Azalea Inn & Garden’s NEW chef, a NEW private dining menu and a NEW signature cocktail for the summer months.
Folks, you won’t want to choose ANY other B&B in Savannah once you’ve given yourself the chance to explore our fresh, local food options.
The rooms are SO beautiful that the decision becomes easy. You just absolutely have to come visit us!
New Chef in the House
Please join us in welcoming Megan Jacobs to the experience of Azalea Inn & Gardens. Megan trained at Johnson and Wales Culinary School. Prior to joining our team, she worked as the Sous Chef at Vic’s on the River and as the Head Chef at Churchill’s Pub – two amazing Savannah restaurants.
Megan says, “My style of cooking is southern, local, and as fresh as the ingredients that I can get my hands on. This is especially easy at our Inn with the huge garden that the owner, Teresa and her husband, Jake, have created.”
Private Dining at the Inn featuring Fresh, Local Food in Savannah
Now with Megan as part of our team, we are so proud to bring our guests the best in FRESH and LOCAL food. No longer is your culinary delight confined to breakfast and hors d’oeuvres at our B&B. The new private dining menu we created for our guests is right up there with some of the best restaurants in town!
Our amazing innkeeper, Teresa, makes sure that our guests have a discerning selection of wines to pair with their private dining experience.
Featuring menu items like Grouper Au Poivre, Crispy Half Duck- with a Grand Marnier Ginger glaze along with Fried Green Tomato Napoleon – private dining at Azalea is the best WE’VE had in town. We think you should try it!
NEW Signature Summer Cocktail at Azalea Getting Attention
Well folks, we have SO much basil growing in our local urban garden next door in our innkeeper’s backyard. Thus, we decided to craft a signature cocktail. We like Vixen Vodka, and they liked US so much that they’re planning a visit to our B&B soon to taste the wonders. Isn’t that cool? Wouldn’t you like to do the same? Now’s your chance!
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”
Where would you go for the Best Pizza in Savannah? You know, I’ve never been a huge fan of pizza. As a kid, when everyone else claimed their favorite food to be pizza, I talked of my love for…broccoli. I know. I’m a weirdo.
But Vinnie Van Go Go’s has made me a believer. Located conveniently in the heart of City Market, Vinnie’s is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Savannah. Whenever Kolin and I have visitors, we make it a point to let them experience the best pizza in town. If you couple this with some great beers on tap and the best people watching vantage points from the sidewalk tables… well you have a Saturday night made for socializing.
I always order the white pizza with pepperoni and banana peppers. Kol prefers the pesto pizza. Teresa (the “boss”) prefers lots of fresh veggies (spinach, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes) and can do without the meat, while Jake (Mr. Boss) likes his loaded with spicy Italian sausage garlic and extra cheese. But you honestly can’t go wrong, whatever you decide. Oh, before I forget, they also make delish Calzone stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, garlic, and herbs, served with a side of marinara sauce.
While the food is great, one of my favorite things about Vinnie’s is getting to see them prepare the pies. I sit in awe as they spin the dough; I could watch it for hours! Of course, there is a small side of me that wants to see the pie fall, flat, on the spinner’s upturn face.
Whether you order a whole pie or snag a single slice (which is so big you can share it with a friend), head to City Market, or have it delivered; just make sure to add Vinnie Van Go Go’s to your itinerary!
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.”