Friday, November 19, 2010

Eating on the Inter Coastal Waterway Part II

We love Savannah! We've now been here four times. The first time we stayed at a Marina in Thunderbolt and took a cab in and out. Next we sailed up the Savannah River and tied up at the city docks for three days over Halloween. That was the best! This month we spent one night in Hogan's Marina in nearby Turner creek and rented a car with Sea Angel for a visit into the city. The other two times we drove a rented car from Brunswick Landing Marina. The second of those visits was last weekend when we treated ourselves to a night at the Park Avenue Manor B and B. Hosts Maurice and Glen made us truly welcome. Our room, the Savannah Room, was beautiful and comfortable and the parlor, a nice place to sit and read while enjoying the free sherry and brownies. It's fun sitting with the other guests in the morning for the good breakfast.
We've enjoyed some memorable meals in this city! In previous visits we had two wonderful evenings at the Bistro 45, once at it's old location and then it's very elegant (and more expensive) reincarnation at the hotel. Of course we went to Lady and Sons, Paula Dean's Savannah institution and had a good time. But it is a bit touristy. Mrs. Wilkes has better food but you can't have a drink with your meal and it's only open for lunch, Monday thru Friday. It's a must do!
This time we had a fantastic meal at the lovely Alligator Soul. It's great food and expensive but we felt it was really worth it. We had no reservations but they were very friendly and sat the four of us in the living room like lounge in front of a fireplace and served us drinks and appetisers or salads. We had one of each and they were wonderful. Then the owner came over to say they had found us a table, but we were too full to eat more. She noticed we hadn't had any biscuits and brought some over. Oh my goodness, I could have eaten a lot more of them. We will come back to eat here again.
We made reservations at the Pink House only a day before. I think it would be worth while to make them further in advance and ask for a downstairs room, preferably the one with the working fireplace. The food was very good, especially the fried green tomatoes, but not quite as good as Alligator Soul.
We went to Clary's for breakfast a second time. It's a fun busy place, a diner really, but atmospheric since it was featured in the book and movie, A Garden of Good and Evil. We were sorry not to have time to try the casual cute cafe at the Polks' Market - the daily specials looked very good.
Park Avenue Manor, 107 West Park Ave.  Savannah
Great Bed & Breakfast!

If you crave sweets, these candied apples are amazing.
All the candy shops give out free samples of the various
flavors of pralines

Alligator Soul is a beautiful restaurant with great food and service. Expensive though we thought
it was really worth it!

After you've eaten at all the fabulous restaurants in
Savannah you'll need to use these stairs often!

We had dinner here and loved it. Historic lovely home with
excellent food. Try and get a reservation near the glowing

Interior of Polk's Market - home cooking in the cafe in the
rear of the store.

The fresh produce here looked great and so did the casual
lunch menu.

The line at Mrs. Wilkes is long but moves right
along. Everyone chats with each other and
patrons coming out of the restaurant grown
with full happy stomachs. 

Every dish is good, but my favorites were
the fried chicken, green beans, greens, squash
and the creamed corn (Scott loved the pulled pork)
Mrs. Wilkes serves the food family style at
big tables which you share with the people
you've just met in line.

This was our second time at Clary's and rather than stand
in line we sat at the counter, remembering the scene from
The Garden of Good and Evil which took place and was filmed

There is always a line here in the morning we've heard. We've
had the crab cake, corn beef hash, and shrimp omelettes, all
very good.

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