Feedback: Weekend in Savannah
My husband and I were in Savannah from Saturday afternoon - Sunday afternoon and had a wonderful time, so I thought I'd share our food experiences:
Saturday Lunch at The Distillery: Because my husband and I are craft beer enthusiasts, we were looking forward to this visit. The beer selection certainly didn't disappoint. The Distillery keeps 21 rotating beers on tap and has a rather comprehensive bottle selection as well. The selection of bottled and draft beer was great. Service was quite abysmal. It was a good thing that we weren't in much of a rush, because we would've been among the large number of frustrated customers that day. The menu selection was an improvement to what you would expect at most pubs. We both had burgers. I had the Bootlegger (applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and goat cheese), he had the Bourbon Mushroom Burger. Both were tasty, if a bit overcooked (we weren't given an option of how we'd like it prepared). We finished with their specialty dessert - the fried moonpie. Though it was described as a s'mores meets a funnel cake, it tasted pretty much exactly how it sounds - like a moonpie covered in batter and deep fried. We left without any major complaints about the food (though the dessert disappointed), but felt rather ill a few hours later. Of the places we visited while in Savannah, this probably wouldn't warrant a return visit based on that (though I'd certainly recommend it anytime for just drinks).
Saturday Dinner at Local 11ten - This restaurant lived up to the Chowhound recommendations. The decor is lovely and the service was good. It was a bit loud, but that was almost entirely due to an especially vocal group seated next to us. My husband started with the Asian Pear Salad with Beet Vinaigrette, which was absolutely delicious. I started with the Mussels with House-Made Chorizo. Simply out of this world. I'd go back for that dish again and again (I still cannot believe it was only $15. I would've paid twice that amount for that dish). The chorizo was delicious and the mussels themselves were so fresh that every bite tasted just like the ocean. For the main course, my husband had the Day Boat Catch (which, in this instance, was Seared Ahi Tuna with a Lemon-Parsnip Puree and a Warm Lentil Salad). The tuna was great. It was seasoned beautifully and cooked perfectly. The parsnip puree was also delicious. The lentil salad was good, but there was far too much of it on the plate. It would've been nice to have more puree and significantly less lentil salad. For my main, I had the Rabbit Tagliatelle, which I enjoyed. The pasta and rabbit were cooked perfectly and the sauce was creamy and flavorful. The sunchokes added a nice texture, but the chunks were far too large. I found myself pushing them off to the side instead of enjoying them with the meal. Had the pasta been served with slivers of sunchoke instead of chunks, it would've been a near-perfect dish. Overall, an absolutely lovely meal at a lovely restaurant.
Sunday Brunch at B.Matthews: What a nice little bistro! I wish we had been in town longer, because I'd imagine that the atmosphere here for dinner is very warm and romantic. Word to the wise: call for reservations. This is a popular little spot and people without reservations waited a long time for a table. My husband and I grabbed a seat and the bar and enjoyed a very nice brunch. He had the Salmon BLT (seared salmon and bacon over a house-made biscuit topped with a poached egg and mornay sauce) and I had the Crab Benedict (crab cake over a house-made biscuit topped with a poached egg and garlic-herb hollandaise). We both enjoyed our respective dishes, though mine was rather lacking in seasoning (which, of course, was easy enough to fix). The biscuit was delicious (the edges had the most delicious buttery crunch to them) and the crab tasted so fresh. We'd definitely return.