Lunching in Savannah
Is “lunching” a word? It sound pretentious in my head but it works for my title, so there.
Our first full day in Savannah was Mother’s Day. (Remember my bad fall? It happened on the morning of Mother’s Day. My dogs know how to make their mom feel special.) I realized it might be tough grabbing lunch someplace that wasn’t a chain since the lovely, local places were likely serving a brunch with reservations booked well in advance. We decided to set off on foot and decided to take our chances and stumbled into B&D Burgers. I had read about B&D on Serious Eats which had given it a lackluster review but it was open, mostly deserted except for a few single dads and I wanted to tuck into a burger and a beer. We had arrived around 11:30 and asked our waitress about the beers on tap. It wasn’t until she’d finished listing them before she told us they couldn’t serve beer until later (12:30 maybe?). Ugh. A burger with no beer it would have to be. They did have a really interesting burger menu, however, both of our delicious sounding burgers (can’t remember what we ordered exactly) were great. I ordered medium and it arrived well done. It was a pretty meh experience, but we weren’t expecting too much from any place for lunch with it being Mother’s Day.
On Monday we decided to zip over to the Starland Café which had amazing reviews online. We were going to walk but as soon as we stepped outside we saw lightning. Knowing that the dogs aren’t fans of thunder and they were in a different home, we decided to grab our food to go and get back to the house. I ordered the Thai tomato soup and I’d tell you what sandwich I ordered except they gave me something different which is alright since the whole menu looked good. But I had ordered something with goat cheese and roasted red peppers and my heart was a little broken when something with feta, onion and Greek tasting was in my bag. Don’t get me wrong, I love Greek food and that sort of food, it was just a different flavor profile than I was in the mood for that day. Our food was all fresh, delicious and the place was really cute. I could see myself being a regular if I lived in the area
On Tuesday we hit the jackpot with the Moon River Brewing Company. It was hot, we were melting and just wanted to get out of the sun. There were a few beery places we wanted to visit while in town, but this is the only one we got to which ended up being fine and dandy. We started with the beer sampler and then ordered more food than we knew what to do with.
I was running out of time to eat fried green tomatoes so I ordered those as an appetizer. Drew got the garlic and rosemary fries. Both were fabulous (especially those fries).
Even though we had eaten at B&D two days earlier I was craving a GOOD burger something fierce so I got a grass-fed burger for $7. Crazy, right? I ordered it medium and it arrived medium!! I had juice running down my chin. It was one of the best burgers I’ve had in my life, and that’s not just the beer talking, Marge. Between all the food and beer we were bloated and happy. My favorite of the sampler was the Wild Wacky Wit (described on the menu as “a party in your mouth” and it was). It really reminded me of Newes Light from the Newes from America Pub on Martha’s Vineyard – it is the ONLY light beer that has met with my approval. In fact, it’s usually my favorite beer on tap at the Newes. It’s madness and it was a fluke that I ever tried it in the first place. But enough about that, we weren’t on the Vineyard, we were in the old south and I was enjoying a Wild Wacky Wit and I wanted another…to go. The most lovely thing about Savannah is getting to stroll through the historic district with any drink in your hand so long as it’s in a plastic container. I didn’t care that it was a Tuesday afternoon at 2 and neither did anyone else.
Savannah would be a dangerous place to live as it supports all of my vices: low country cooking, overindulging, drinking and dogs. For a gal like myself with a blog called Good Food, Good Wine, Good Dog, a place like Savannah was made just for me.