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Savannah Upscale "Bistro" Fare for Solo Diner

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Will be driving through and staying one weeknight downtown. Not sure where yet, but probably near Congress or Broughton. Looking for somewhere within easy walking distance for a solo diner. Bar dining is preferable. Haven't been to Savannah in almost 10 years, but do remember some places along Broughton that fit the bill. Just can't remember their names, or know if they're still around!

Not looking for more traditional southern fare a la Mrs Wilkes or (heaven forbid) Lady and Sons.

Have seen some decent feedback on Noble Fare -- is it within walking distance of say Congress and Abercom? Thanks.

PS Have also dined at Elizabeth on 37th, but that's too far of a hike for me.

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  1. Try Garibaldi's Cafe. Its on W. Congress Street. Great food, has a bar where you can eat. Very friendly bartender. Try the shrimp risotto cakes if they're on the menu.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      It's hard to go wrong at Garibaldi's. The crispy scored flounder is excellent also.

      1. re: savdoug

        Thanks Dawg and Doug -- I'll investigate!

      2. re: carolinadawg

        I'm going to venture a guess that the Garibaldi's in Savannah is the same as the one in Charleston. The crispy scored flounder and shrimp risotto seem to be on the menu at both places.

        If this is true, the shrimp risotto is a must have! In the Charleston location, this is one of the two best apps. we've ever had anywhere. Really good stuff.

        1. re: JayL

          Wow! We actually agree on something! Next thing you know, it will snow in Tuscaloosa...wait, that already happened! LOL Friends now?

          1. re: JayL

            I checked out their menu online, and like their variety of small plates. My ideal scenario is to sit at the bar with a glass (or two) of decent wine, savoring two or three of those plates. And a shrimp risotto cake will surely be one of them! That's my M.O. when I'm in New Orleans at Herbsaint, so I'm looking for someplace that is similar.

            I'll be staying at the AVIA, which looks like it's fairly close. And I'm traveling down from snow-locked Maryland, so just being somewhere springlike will be a joy!

          2. re: carolinadawg

            I agree. Garibaldi's is good and the bar area is really comfortable. Take a look at the upstairs area also (not to eat alone, just to look around). It's a great space. And the AVia is extremely close- great hotel.

          3. Very good food and great location. It's at Bull and Broughton, I believe. Safe place in the evenings--lots of people out and about.

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            Il Pasticcio
            2 E. Broughton, Savannah, GA 31401