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Mar 17, 2009 12:12 PM

Kensington question

Savannah, at the Connecticut-University split, has been around for ages, yet I've never seen any commentary on Chowhound. Do any of you eat there, and if so, please elaborate.

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  1. MisterBig,
    I wouldn't say that Savannah's has been there for "ages". I've lived in Kensington for about 9 years and I remember when the place was built. It's not bad, but nothing overwhelming. It's just nice, basic sportsbar food. Not a bad place to hang out if you like that sort of thing.

    1. Must agree with Sean D, except I have never been inside. Looks like your average sports bar from the outside, always mean to go in just because it's in my hood, but never get around to it.

      1. This place is not typical pub food. It is just bad. Years ago ordered the soup special, turns out it was canned soup with cut up Jimmy Dean type breakfast sausage. It is so bad that no one that I know ( and I live and work in Kensington) goes there.

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        1. re: cappie

          Ewwwwww!!! Cappie, you're making me cringe. That sounds awful!! I've had Buffalo wings and salads there. They were OK, but nothing great. Frankly, I believe that the beer and the big screens are the attraction here. (With enough of both, even the worst food seems palatable.)

        2. never been there but it has not been there was a Roy Rogers before

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          1. re: dining with doc

            I think it Arby's before it was Roy Rodgers.

            In the 60's & early 70's there was a convienance store / deli / cafeteria across Connecticut Ave that had milkshakes from a machine. This was long before the common fast food milkshakes became the norm. Man, I used to love that place as a kid.

            Any locals remember what its was called?

            edit I rememered. MarkEat

            1. re: mdfoodlover

              Getting Arby's back would be a huge improvement. Even the bread was stale.

              1. re: mdfoodlover

                If it was from that era, it is quite possible that it was a Hot Shoppes Jr., which was owned by Marriott. Hot Shoppes became a pretty big regional chain of cafeteria-style restaurants. Once of the busier ones was in the old Wheation Plaza (now Westfields Shoppingtown) that is about 3 minutes north on University Blvd West.

                This might jibe with the idea that it was a Roy Rogers - since that restaurant was eventually acquired by Marriott in the 70s.

                1. re: Sean D

                  Actually Savannah's is in what used to be a Gino's(not Arbys') and possibly a Roy Rogers for awhile however it was never a Jr Hot Shoppes.....because I live down by Connecticut and Veirs Mill(grew up here) and tried getting a job during high school at Ginos but was rejected(possibly because I couldn't work enough hours but I really think because I went to the wrong high school)......In addition I also remember the place across the street that eventually turned into a Pizza Hut for awhile and now I believe there's a bank there.

                  1. re: lvanleer

                    WOW! Now, that's a blast from the past! Gino's! (For those of you who don't know, a mid-sized chain of fast food restaurants started by ex-Baltimore Colt Gino Marchetti.) I remember going to those when I was little!

                    Actually the Pizza Hut that was across the street only closed about 2 years ago. It's a Chevy Chase bank now.

                    1. re: Sean D

                      Actually, before it was Gino's, it was Tops, a very local chain, "Home of the SirLoiner" a double burger with special sauce that preceded the more famous Hot Shoppes' Mighty Mo. Tops was the first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in the area. Gino bought out the chain and eventually it all dissolved in a cloud of urban redevelopment.

                      1. re: MikeR

                        Actually I'm not sure that location was ever a Tops because living where I do now and while I was growing up....the Tops that my family and I went to was where the McDonalds is in Twinbrook on Veirs Mill Road now and it was a drive-in like the original Hot addition there was a Tops in Bethesda

                        1. re: lvanleer

                          When we moved to Silver Spring in January, 1962, there was a Tops in Four Corners that became a Gino's shortly thereafter. There was also a wonderful restaurant, The Stone House Inn between the two lanes of University Blvd.

                    2. re: lvanleer

                      Was that wrong high school Einstein? Did you also attend KJH?

                      Now that you named it, I can now recall when it was Ginos. That had to have been late 60's or very early 70's.

                      1. re: mdfoodlover

                        Roy Rogers bought out Gino's in at least the very late 70s, but more probably the early 80s. Can't remember exactly when, but I know that the current 4 Corners McDonald's was a Gino's before it was a Roy Roger's and that the change took place some time after we moved there in 1975 and after my oldest child started in public school in 1979.

                        1. re: skipper

                          And before Gino's, Tops, home of the Sir-Loiner. Many Tops became Gino's, c. 1963.

                          1. re: Mister Big

                            They couldn't all have become Gino's that early because I was born in 1960 and remember as a young(at least 4 or 5 yrs old and probably into elementary school) going to the Tops on Veirs Mill Road in Twinbrook.....with my fact that location went from Top's to Sizzler to McDonalds.

                        2. re: mdfoodlover

                          No actually the wrong high school was Wheaton....they liked hiring Einstein students.....I went to Holiday Park, Randolph and then Wheaton....but know a lot of Einstein students.

                2. OK I must admit I've been there, eaten, and lived.
                  Basic bar food.
                  One step above airport quality, and at full flight of steps below Clyde's.
                  Yeungling on tap. Keno (or some sort of gambling) on TV.
                  The only place in the area for a beer, however, so it's our occasional after-work hang-out.
                  Everyone seems to know everyone else there but you, like you walked into the wrong HS reunion.
                  On a weeknight, it's more people than teeth.

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                  1. re: dagmar

                    Since I've never seen Savannah mentioned on Chowhound, I was guessing it was pretty bad. And when I suggested it had been around forever, 7-8 years is forever in the restaurant biz. Of course, I work near the old Fairmont Bar & Dining/? Mex joint/Bistro Asiatique/Yin Yankee and now Relic. I wonder how many weeks Relic will stick around?

                    1. re: Mister Big

                      I wouldn't characterize it as bad, Mister B. Just unremarkable. (Like the 7-Eleven hotdog, or Dunkin Donuts.) Personally, I never go to places like this for the food. It's the place to go with friends to have a beer, eat some bar food, and watch a game. It's rare to find venues like this that provide a real gourmet experience.

                      1. re: Mister Big

                        A cursed location? No worse than others in Beth! Will try anyplace once. Type of food? Speaking of bars with food a secondary attraction, the Barking Dog got a call in last weeks' WP Weekend section. Hope it doesn't call attention to one of last vestiges of real bars in Bethesda. For those who remember Gino's, you will recall Barking Dog was Flaps and Nantucket Landing, home of the underage drinkers.