Exploring Savannah/GA type cooking
Will be staying for a week in late January for
my first, and probably only visit. Coming from the
San Francisco Bay Area and looking for whatever
local specialties there are, including Southern
cooking, seafood, barbeque, etc. Breakfast,
lunch and dinner. More interested in places
Savannah natives go rather than tourbook-type
places fancy for the sake of fancy.
We already have plenty of those.
Really looking forward to your recommendations.
my notes from may '06
...focused this trip on indegenous cuisine--in contrast to prior trips extending back fifteen years when we hit the old Teeples, Elizabeth on 37th back when it was epynomonous and likewise, Mrs. Wilkes and Lady and Sons.
1. Best food of the trip: lunch at United House Of Prayer aka Madison Cafeteria. Perfect buttermilk marinated fried chicken, collards comme il faut, and red rice to absolutely die for. Forgettable coconut cake.
2. Breakfast at Mom and Nikki's. Extraordinary biscuits, good scrambled eggs, choice of hard or soft bacon (both good) and smoked beef sausage. Those biscuits--buttery, reason in and of themselves to get by here.
3. Queenies Soul Food To GoGo. Not the best food of the trip--but damn good. And a totally magical place, the place I want to take others to. Very well prepared not overcooked and very fresh blackened grouper, exc !! fresh local crab mayonnaise bound crab cakes, good collards and okra and tomatoes, red rice a shadow of United House Of Prayer. vg lemon cake.
4. BBQ ribs from a couple of serious smokers, out front of the Emerald City (garage/detail shop) on Bull, southeast corner off of Victory Drive. They are out there at least Fri/Sat afternoons I know. Good mustard based sauce. No side dishes. Just ribs, 'steak' and white bread.
5. Breakfast Club. Tybee Island. Nice place, good pecan waffle, dense, not eggy and light. This was pretty much a grab and go to feed my wife's pancake jones prior to the wedding, following b'fast for me at Mom and Nikki's.