|The intimate dining room at Cafe 37|
|The larger and boisterous B. Matthews|
|ELE is huge but divided up into smaller rooms|
|Fantastic ice cream - can't believe I had them put their hot|
fudge sauce on top!
|Historic Clary's Diner on a unusually quiet morning|
|One of the delights of walking around|
Savannah is the signs explaining the
history - in this case the construction
|The Juliette Low tugboat chugs by the waterfront. The founder of the Girl |
Scouts was born and spent much of her life in Savannah/
|One of the many beautiful squares in Savannah, even on|
a cloudy day.
At our waitress's suggestion we had brunch the next morning at B. Matthews Eatery (325 E Bay St. 912-233-1319). The place was full so we sat at the bar. Unfortunately we weren't aware that alcohol isn't served until 12:30PM on Sunday and arrived too early. We were sorry as they had some great sounding special drinks. My Crab Cake Benedict and Scott's Smoked Salmon B.L.T. were very good and the ample fresh fruit served with it were perfectly ripe. That settled us until a late dinner after the Jazz Concert at ELE (7815 Highway 80E 912-898-2221), an Asian Fusion restaurant about 15 minutes out of the city. It's an unusual interior, very elegant and split into separate dining rooms, each with about 8 tables. There weren't many people eating and maybe because of that the service was attentive. The Tasting Appetizer for Two was the standout. Each of the four items were well seasoned and perfectly cooked. It would be a nice main course for one. Scott's Soft Shell Crabs were great, very crispy, but my Stuffed Haddock was rather bland. Still, it was a very nice evening. It's hard for me to believe that after all that we still stopped at Leopold's Ice Cream for dessert. There is a diet in our future!
The next morning we walked down to Clary's for breakfast. As it was early on a Monday morning it wasn't crowded - weekend mornings it often has a line. Our first trip to Savannah we stumbled into this place and immediately recognized it from "The Garden of Good and Evil" book and movie. It's where the John Cusack character has breakfast and meets the man with the flies tied to his head. It hasn't changed. The staff is very welcoming and the food is good. It still feels like the local diner every town has (or should have).
It sounds like we ate the whole weekend from this narrative. We walked as much as we ate, hopefully more. The interlacing trees overhead with Spanish moss dripping get me every time. There were flowers everywhere, even in January. Lots of pansies of course, but azaleas, Rose of Sharons, and lots of others I didn't recognize. Savannah is a city of parks, mostly squares, 22 of them at present. The architecture stars along with the greenery. We love both the historic district and the Victorian district equally. The grand building are of course awe inspiring but the smaller ones can be equally charming.
Shopping is a passion it seems in Savannah. There are huge numbers of eccentric arty shops throughout the city. Some of this must stem from the presence of the Savannah College of Art and Design which has more than 10,000 students in their four locations, most in Savannah. Their gift shop and gallery is an excellent place to pick up a present for someone. There are several theaters in town as well. We could have seen "Grease" or attended the Cary Grant Birthday Tribute. Well, we have to save something for next time. It's back to the boat for us.
|General Lafayette waved to his admirers|
from this balconey. We admired the solid
cast iron supports
|This sign tells part of the amazing story of the co-founder|
of Savannah, Tomochichi, a Mico of the Yamacraw tribe
who lived into his nineties and visited England.
|Another lovely square with one of the many fountains|
throughout the city
|You can get a custom spice mix concocted for you at the|
Spice and Tea Exchange
|The Paris Market not only has a fascinating collection|
of just about everything for sale, it also has a small
cafe where you can sip an expresso.
|And on the other end of the scale, you can get anything|
fixed at Bradley's, except a broken heart.
|Just one beautiful garden after another.|
|Handsome wrought iron gates, this with a|
beautiful emblem, and balconies grace
many of the homes.
|Early morning in the fog with the gas lamps still on|
|Another lovely wrought iron gate, this one|
|I can't get enough of the lush greenery and flowers in January!|