Did I say incognito? I meant incommunicado, but I said incognito. Deliberately.
I suppose I could spend the rest of my life just eating at those two restaurants, but people would talk, and besides, Savannah is so much more than just Paula Deen.
By the way, I've been home about 2 hours, it's Sunday, and I'm not cooking. This is making me feel all weirded out. I can't help but feel I should be frying a green tomato or making some mac and cheese. I also have peach bread on the brain, and I have an idea but none of the ingredients.
We have eaten at other restaurants in the past, notably Vic's on the River and The Pirate's House. Both were terrific. We tried the buffet at The Pirate's House, and I have to say that the food was a little bit better than the same food on the buffet at The Lady, and The Pirate takes reservations, by phone and through Open Table. This time we decided to try b. matthew's eatery which was recommended by the same friends who recommended The Pirate's House. This was somewhat different than the other restaurants we usually ate in, but it was excellent as well. Rob ordered the braised lamb shank with white truffle risotto, and I ordered the shrimp and scallop burger with a side of bacon blue cheese pasta salad. Rob loved his, especially the risotto, and I very much liked what I tasted of mine, which was the usual bite of this, smidge of that. We ordered cocktails, as it was our anniversary, and Rob pronounced his martini as perfect, the way it is supposed to be made. I decided to pass on my usual cosmopolitan, and instead ordered an espresso martini which tasted like a Black Russian, only better:
b. matthew's also serves a baguette-like bread with honey almond butter. I could have made my whole meal out of that bread and butter and my espresso martini. Come to think of it, I almost did. And it was (Tony the Tiger voice here) GRRRREAT!
The restaurant is in one of the older buildings in town, very funky inside and out, in a good way. It is located on Bay Street, across from the riverfront, and we were able to enjoy a very pleasant postprandial stroll. Perfect weather. Perfect anniversary.
That was Saturday evening, after the tournament and after Rob won two awards in sparring and combat weapons. Not too shabby! Very proud of my boy. Looks like this will be the last tournament until Worlds in Little Rock and then Atlanta has theirs in July. Keep kickin' butt, honey!
Friday night we stayed close to the hotel, which meant we were in southside Savannah. We've stayed in this area three or four times in the past, and twice at the same hotel, which is one of the Marriott brands. It's a good location, with places to eat, to shop, to get one's iPhone fixed in a hurry, and to get Starbucks. So for Friday night dinner, we decided to try Sticky Fingers Smokehouse on Abercorn Street. It's a chain, but it's a great chain. I ordered the small combo with pulled pork, ribs, mashed potatoes and collard greens. Rob ordered the larger combo with ribs, pulled pork, smoked sausage, fried corn, and barbecue beans. We've eaten a lot of barbecue over the years, and this was awesome, especially the ribs. You can get the ribs cooked with or without sauce, and we went without, so we could check out the sauces on the table. Never mind the habanero ... neither one of us was in the mood to scorch our tastebuds ... but we tried the other four, and decided the Carolina Sweet and the Carolina Classic (a mustard based sauce) were our favorites. They use a lot of their signature dry rub, and I'm guessing they renew the application after the ribs are almost done, and the taste is terrific. It looks like they have two locations in Jacksonville, Florida (who knew?) as well as Savannah, Augusta, Macon, and all over South Carolina. We will be going back.
If you have never eaten in an Original Pancake House, you've missed a real treat. I am wearing down, but I will leave you with just two words: Apple Pancake.
Cook like there's nobody watching, and eat like it's heaven on earth.