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Savoring Savannah

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A January 2005 trip to Savannah by zabelle

Pirates House Photo, Savannah, Georgia More Photos
Quote: Whether it is down-home Southern cooking that you are craving or something as exotic as Moroccan food, Savannah can please any palate.

Savoring Savannah

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Pirates House Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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After watching Rachael Ray on the Food Network, I was looking forward to visiting a Savannah institution, "Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House. Much to our dismay, we discovered that it was closed for the whole month of January. We would have to make a return visit if we wanted to sit down to a family-style meal. For a dose of history while you enjoy your lunch or dinner, the Pirates' House has the perfect combination of atmosphere and good food. Located adjacent to the original Trustees Garden, the Pirate House was a strong inspiration to Robert Louis Stevenson when he was writing Treasure Island. ...Read More

Six Pence Pub

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Six Pence Pub Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Craving some good English pub grub? Yes, I know, there was a day when "good" and "English grub" were not words that you would put in the same sentence. That day is gone, and in Savannah, the pub is thriving. Being featured in the Julia Roberts flick Something to Talk About certainly hasn’t hurt business, either. They were voted Savannah’s Best in 2003-2004. If you're interested, the pub has a resident ghost who has been nicknamed "Larry". Evidently, he can be quite active at times, especially in the restroom. I can't comment on that since I didn't use it, but Al did, and he didn't see anything unusual. Too bad--it would have made for some interesting copy. Located on the corner of Bull S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Six Pence Pub
245 Bull Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
912 233 3156

Churchill's Pub & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Churchill Pub"

Churchill's Pub & Restaurant Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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When a devastating fire destroyed Churchill’s Pub in June 2003, many people feared that the landmark was gone forever. It was with much relief that they reopened on December 26, 2004 to a very warm reception. When I asked a local where I should go for a good lunch, she assured me that the hottest spot was the recently reopened Churchill’s Pub. Since we had eaten dinner twice at the Six Pence Pub, we had reservations about eating at a British pub one more time. I am so glad that we overcame those reservations.They have a beautiful new location on Bay Street, almost across the street from the Hyatt. The first thing you notice as you walk in the door is the gorgeous 34-foot mahogany bar ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Churchill's Pub & Restaurant
13-17 W Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 232-8501

Whistle Stop Café

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Restaurant | "Whistle Stop Cafe"

Whistle Stop Café Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Attached to the Savannah Visitor Center, this café offers dining either outdoors at wrought-iron tables or in the railroad car. With the temperature hovering at a balmy 78 degrees, it was very tempting to thaw our cold northern bones outdoors, but the urge to ride the rail won. The interior of the rail car doesn’t looking like a dining car; it is definitely a restaurant, though there are elements of travel in the decor. The menu offers some Southern favorites, including fried green tomatoes as an appetizer. There are good old-fashioned dinner food choices, like Hobo stew, and an all-day breakfas...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Whistle Stop Café
303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31401
+1 912 238 1779

Clary's Cafe

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Clary's Cafe Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Clary’s is somewhat of a Savannah institution; it has been around since 1903. It was a local favorite long before it was featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The only thing that keeps Clary’s from being a diner is the lack of a shiny silver exterior. It is casual, warm, and loads of fun. The walls are brick and green wood and no two table sets are exactly alike. The waitresses call you honey and don’t take any nonsense. Ours was quite young, but she had the routine down pat. We found the whole thing a hoot. Like at any good diner, you can order breakfast all day, and the menu was interesting, including blintzes, crab cakes Benedict, and hoppel poppel. We ordered their...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Clary's Cafe
404 Abercorn St
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 233-0402

Gryphon Tea Room

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Gryphon Tea Room Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Having a good English tea is always one of our aims, and the Gryphon satisfied it nicely. I really wanted one of the tables located in the window enclosure, but that section was closed when we wandered in. That was disappointing, but it really was the only disappointment we suffered at this warm and friendly place. I didn’t realize when we first stopped here that they had an English tea menu. I thought I would just order a cup of tea and a sweet and that would be it. However, when I saw that they had real tea, there was no contest. It came with the usual three tiers to temp your taste buds. I began with the most delicious amaretto scone; it was light and flaky...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Gryphon Tea Room
337 Bull St
Savannah, Georgia 31401
+1 912 525 5880

Vinnie Van Go Go's

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Restaurant | "Vinny Van GoGo"

Vinnie Van Go Go's Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Looking for pizza in Savannah? Look no farther than the City Market. I wish I could say that I discovered Vinny's, but just trying to get a seat there on a Saturday night assured me that I wasn’t the only one who had heard about them. Originally, I heard about them because I read that they delivered. That would be pretty cool, I thought, having pizza delivered to the bed-and-breakfast inn. It would have been, since their deliveryman rides a bike, but we decided to try to eat at the restaurant after church on Saturday evening. Yeah right, by the time we had paid our $7 to park and walk to the restaurant, there was an hour and a half wait for a seat. And this was at 6pm. Okay, we thought, there have to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Vinnie Van Go Go's
317 West Bryan St
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 233-6394

Pirates' House Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Pirates House"

Pirates' House Restaurant Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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Located one block from the Savannah River on the site of the original Trustees Garden, The Pirates’ House offers the opportunity to dine in a truly historic location. The Herb House inside the Pirates House is thought to be the oldest house in Georgia. It was the home of the gardener of the Trustees Garden. The garden failed, but the peaches that were grown there were spread throughout the state, and the rest is indeed history. The Old Pirates House opened as a seamen’s inn in 1753. Here you could meet both honest sailors and bloodthirsty pirates. More than one hapless local found himself shanghaied and on a ship for the Orient. As you can imagine, this has led to rumors of hauntings and stran...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Pirates' House Restaurant
20 E Broad St.
Savannah, Georgia 31401
(912) 233-5757