Savannah: Top 5 Restaurants

1  Although we can’t guarantee a ghost sighting as rumoured, at the Olde Pink House does deliver great food (try the Shrimp and Grits appetizer) and a charming atmosphere. Dine in beautifully appointed rooms and then take dessert in the  basement pub where the live music infuses the party.

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Sautéed Local Shrimp w/Country Ham Gravy & Cheddar Cheese Grits Cake

 

2   Experience southern food, boarding house style at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Come early and be prepared to wait in line for at least an hour (yup, it’s worth it!). Once inside you’ll sit family style at a table that’s set for 10 but ready to feed 20.  It’s all for sharing, so try a bit of everything, but save room for banana pudding. And mind your manners – return your dishes to the kitchen just as President Obama does when he visits.

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Home Southern cooking at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

3  A long day of exploring Savannah’s  squares earns you a treat from Leopold’s Ice Cream. Try  the Tutti Frutti and you’ll understand why Johnny Mercer wrote the famous song of the same name.

4  Looking for a taste of Manhattan in the south? Then Local 11 Ten hits the spot. Start the evening with a Gin, Lime Juice and Basil cocktail  on the upstairs patio.

5   For a great view and good food, Vic’s on the River rewards. Try southern classics like Fried Green Tomatoes and Crab Cakes . 

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Crab cakes at Vic’s on the River

 

App for That Escabeche

App for That - Shrimp Escabeche

The App: Shrimp Escabeche with peppers and onions.

Jameson’s Pick: Domaine André Neveu Sancerre “Le Grand Fricambault Silex” 2010, Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc 2010.

As we finally enter the summer months and the weather gets warmer, I think about having the oven on less and eating outdoors more. What could be better than a cooling dish of escabeche (marinated seafood) with shrimp? Zesty with citrus, complemented by the crunch of sweet peppers and onions, and brightened with fresh herbs…all that’s left to do is decide what wine to add to the ice bucket.

Hopefully, you already have a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc in the fridge. Not only is it a seafood-loving wine, but its citrous notes and slightly herbaceous, grassy flavours are particularly charming with escabeche and other light, fish dishes. Feeling fancy? Then look for a Sancerrewhich is produced in a region of France’s Loire Valley that—in my thirsty opinion—produces the finest Sauvignon Blanc in the world.

If you’re throwing a patio party and need larger quantities and great value, choose a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. I am mightily impressed with these refreshing, and refreshingly priced, white wines. Consider too, a country like Chile, with over 6,400 kilometres of coastline, knows a little something about seafood and making wines to match.
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