My Food Adventures In Savannah!

August 5, 2011 · 30 comments

I am back!!!! First I had a big catering event last weekend.  Then I went and visited my best friend in Savannah GA!  Time to get back to the normal routine….but really what is normal?

I will share my catering adventure in the next post.

Savannah, Georgia is gorgeous!  You can enjoy a warm friendly atmosphere, sandy beaches, and food that will make you want to go back for seconds…or thirds….

In downtown Savannah the roads are laid out a bit differently than you may be used to.  Instead of driving around, take a stroll and enjoy the scenery.

You feel like you are back in the early 1900’s, with the cobble stone streets.  You will walk by shops, restaurants, and a variety of homemade candy stores.

The candy stores are unique, with old style candy machines making each treat right before your eyes.  {I was in heaven…seriously!}

1. Taffy being stretched.

2. Banana taffy being rolled out into individual candy pieces.  They were throwing pieces out for us to try, warm, freshly made candy, YUM!

3. Warm, delicious, milk chocolate ready to be on drizzled on homemade happy, happy turtles.

4. Caramel rolled out, and ready to dress each turtle with some caramel love!

Now you may be really hungry right about now….you ready for the best part?  I have a new addiction too!  Do I really need to have another candy addiction? No, but here goes!

My new addiction!

Homemade Pecan Pralines = HEAVEN!!!

Now I didn’t just eat candy the whole trip….well maybe I didn’t…..

My friend loves food just like me, she is more of a savory dish girl.  So candy was not the only staple, she would have starved for sure!

When we first arrived, we decided to go little restaurant by the waterfront called Boar’s Head.  The restaurant is older, has a fun relaxed atmosphere, with an elegant motif.  We decided on the blue crab cake sandwich, with a side of fries, and of course a local beer.

The blue crab cake was probably the best I have had since living in the South!  Just melt in your mouth delicious!

We just enjoyed each others company, and she even brought her puppies along on the fun adventure.

Precious babies!!!!

We decided we needed to try some new foods, my friend had never had shrimp and grits before!  Yes, that was to be taken care of immediately!

We headed back to the historic area of Savannah, by the river.  When walking by some shops, there was a sign for specials at a local restaurant.  There was one appetizer that caught our eye, so we had to head in and check the food out.  The restaurant was Vic’s On The River restaurant and bar.  This was a more expensive restaurant, but so worth the adventure.

There are ways around spending a lot of money on food, and still enjoying every last bite.  Share a few dishes, this way you can try more, and sometimes spend less.  I say sometimes, because if you get too many entrees to try, well that defeats the purpose….but it’s still fun!

We shared two appetizers, and one main entree.  If you are going to share an entree, be sure they are not going to charge you extra to divide onto two different plates.  When we shared the crab cake sandwich, they were going to charge two dollars extra, which is just silly!

At Vic’s On The River, they were happy to divide the main entree, and at no extra charge.

When walking by the restaurant, what caught our eye was the Fried Green Tomatoes!

Fried Green Tomatoes with goat cheese & tomato chutney. We decided each element alone was delicious, but together the flavors did not come together perfectly.

We of course had to try the Award Winning Crawfish Beignets…..seriously these were fluffy little pieces of heaven, just gorgeous!

AND guess what?  My friend tried shrimp and grits, YAY!!!!

My friend actually has never even had grits, a staple here in the South.  She is from the West coast, so this was definitely a fun adventure for her.  This dish was beyond AMAZING!  Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits with rosemary, BBQ and smoked bacon.  Love the bacon love in this dish!

Now we couldn’t very well end this adventure without a trip to the beach, right?

Have you ever been to Savannah?

What is your favorite restaurant in Savannah?

Have you ever had grits or a pecan praline?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

 

 

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  • http://twitter.com/thedailypalette The Daily Palette

    Thanks for the Savannah intro, Terra!  My nephew is stationed there and I am missing his wife and kids already!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      I believe a visit to see your nephew is in order now!  There is so much I didn’t do in Savannah, it is a fun city, and full of good food! Hugs, Terra

  • http://www.nibblesnbites.com Scraps

    Savannah is on my list of places to visit–it’s not really that far a drive for us (no worse than to New Orleans), we just haven’t made the time, yet!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      I love Savannah, there is always something to do!  And only like 45 minutes from Hilton Head Island, which is pretty amazing too:-)  Definitely you must go soon! Hugs, Terra

  • http://fromapples2zucchini.com Pam

    Savannah is my favorite place in the WORLD! 
    There are so many amazing places to eat where would I even begin? 
    First off, River Street is not the best choice when dining – most of the food is overpriced and targets tourists, but if you must eat there, Huey’s has an amazing breakfast, and The Shrimp Factory has a dish called Pine Bark Stew that is to die for. 
    One street up, Bay Street, offers some more modest dining, like Moon River Brewery, which has great lunches for a quiet family meal, or from what I hear, great house brewed beer and dinners. B.Matthews Eatery makes great breakfasts, too, evident by how many locals frequent the place. Our newest favorite breakfast place is Goose Feathers Cafe, over closer to City Market. 
    I’ll stop here before I totally hijack your post! Sorry, we have been to Savannah 17 times since we got married 5 1/2 years ago, and hope to move there, the sooner the better. Glad you had fun there, too!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      We almost ate at Huey’s, but a bit steep for my budget:-)  Thank you so much for sharing all the lovely places to eat!  It sounds like you should move there for sure, or get a second home, LOL!  Hugs, Terra

  • http://mediaemerging.com Scott Hepburn

    I love Savannah! Looks like you had a great trip!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      We did have a wonderful trip to Savannah!  I love visiting there, but next time I believe Brian will need to join me:-)  Take care, Terra

  • http://www.yummychunklet.wordpress.com Yummychunklet

    The only restaurant I’ve been to in Savannah was The Lady and Sons, and it proved to be a problem because the friends that were with me had peanut allergies. The Lady and Sons cooks just about everything on their menu in peanut oil!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Before my friend and I even went to Savannah, she made it clear we would not be eating at Lady and Sons.  I guess she had heard bad reviews.  Personally I like eating at places that are not talked about much, you can make so many new discoveries, yummy discoveries too!! Hugs, Terra

  • EA-The Spicy RD

    I’ve never been to Savannah, but would love to visit one day. Grits-yes! Pralines-Love Pralines!!! The first ones I ever had were in Texas, and I’ve love them since then! Glad you had such a fun trip!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      You must take a fun trip to the South someday soon!  Any place you choose to visit will be a winner for sure:-)  I know pralines are way to AMAZING!!! Hugs, Terra

  • http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    Shrimp and grit…I am thoroughly tempted with the combination. And pecan pralines…that would make every gal smile.

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Shrimp and grits alone is just heaven, then you add bacon love….AND well AMAZING!!! Hugs, Terra

  • http://wayfaringchocolate.com Hannah

    Oh, I’m so happy that your comment brought me to your blog in time for this post! I visited Savannah on a spur-of-the-moment whim when I traveled last year, and had a wonderful time! Did you go to The Peanut Shop? That’s where I found PB Loco’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Peanut Butter, which I still dream about… And yes, pralines = awesome!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      No I did not go to PB Loco’s, but wish I did, that sounds heavenly!!!  I am glad you stopped by too!  Hugs, Terra

  • http://juniakk.blogspot.com Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    pecan pralines sound delicious! i haven’t been to georgia before, but everything looks pretty comfortin :). so glad you got to spend some quality time with your friend! yay for mini vacays.

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      You must come down to the South sometime, you will have soooo much fun!!! And have an unlimited supply of pecan pralines, BONUS!!! Hugs, Terra

  • http://comowater.com Tiffany

    I found myself saying, “mmmmm” all through your post! My dad’s side of the family is from a small town right outside of Savannah and our family reunion is in Savannah every two years. Can you believe I’ve never been there???? Soon, this post has enticed me!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Say Whaaaaaaat??? You have never been to Savannah, and you lived in NC?  Oh you must go to a family reunion next time now!  I love Savannah for so many reasons:-) Hugs, Terra

  • Kate@Diethood.com

    Oh how fun!! Homemade pecan pralines are awesome! You didn’t visit Paula Deen’s place?? That’s the only restaurant I want to eat at if I’m ever in Savannah. :)

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      I didn’t end up eating at Lady and Son’s, because my friend had heard bad reviews.  So I may go someday, I definitely want to try it, we passed it when walking around.  Honestly, I love eating at places that you never hear talked about, you can find some fun new discoveries in every city! Hugs, Terra

  • Lorita O’Leary

    Looks like a great time. I like how you covered it all. I lived in GA for a year and Savannah was a favorite.

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      I know, I have visited several places in GA, and continue to love Savannah the most!  Thank you so much for stopping by:-) Hugs, Terra

  • Karen Bechman

    I am sooooo jealous, I have always wanted to tour Savannah.  When I was younger I read so many books that took place in the early 1900 in Savannah and in my minds eye I pictured it every time.  I have tried grits..not really a fan and Pecan Pralines absolutely!!!!  Thanks for sharing Savannah with me…until I get there at least I got to live it through your eyes! Love from Bestfoodies

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Awww, you must come visit Savannah soon, you will sooooo love it!!! Now I have to ask, how did you try grits, that is very important?  They are amazing, but it is all about how they are prepared:-)  Hugs, Terra

  • http://www.asianinamericamag.com Elizabeth fr Asianinamericamag

    What a fun trip, Terra! I’ve not yet been to Savannah. But when I do, will make sure to check these sites. Thanks for sharing !

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      Thank you Elizabeth!! Savannah is so gorgeous:-)  Food, spirits, sites, and the beach, LOVE IT!  Hugs, Terra

  • http://twitter.com/SBayRantsnRaves SouthBay RantsnRaves

    I love the old charm of Savannah. It really is like going back in time. I also liked all the ghost stories too! We went around Christmas so it was nice to see the older houses all decked out. So pretty. This was before my foodie days so no restaurants for me so thanks for pointing some out!

    • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

      I need to take the fun tours about some ghost stories, I hear that Savannah has some great stories:-)  AND wow, I bet Christmas time is AMAZING!!! Maybe that is when I will take my hubby with me:-) Hugs, Terra

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