Archive for April, 2008

Party at the New South Cafe!

Winner of the 2008 Small Business Chamber’s (SBC)  best New & Emerging Small Business of the Year, Chef Matt Cohen and his New South Cafe are throwing a Tent Party tonight, April 30, with free wine and gourmet appetizers at the Cafe. Don’t miss this lively event 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  

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EOS definitely to open this weekend

According to owner Shelley Smith, this weekend, May 3 and 4, Eos will definitely have its “soft opening,” with brunch served from 10:30 am to 4 pm. This charming new eatery is at 1801 Habersham. Don’t miss it!


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Cafe 37 open on 37th St.

About a month ago, Chef Blake Elsinghorst and Andrea Mongelli quietly opened their little cafe at the corner of 37th & Abercorn. Although it’s not quite the full French Restaurant of SavannahBest.Com’s dreams, it comes very close (except for lack of wine) to many little French cafes at which I’ve idled away time in France. So far, I’ve only tried the Escargot (huge portion!) and the Caesar Salad with that wondrous rarity, White Anchovies, and both have been delicious, although I prefer the traditional, stronger garlic flavor on the escargot to the shallot. The sourdough bread, homemade from an 8-year starter, is wonderful and although I haven’t tasted it yet, the Pork Confit sandwich is beckoning. A work of patience is that confit, since it takes at least two weeks to prepare! More on this little Thomas Square gem soon.

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A Simple and Delicious Mother’s Day Dinner

During the years I lived in Italy, Mother’s Day was a big feast day, and probably the only time that Mama (whoever was the eldest mama) didn’t cook for the whole family on Sunday. On Mother’s Day, someone else took over. Italian cooking was always good, easy and simple, especially in Rome, where I lived during most of those years. And Saltimbocca alla Romana was a favorite dish of mine and of most Romans.  For a delightful repast of this delicate veal dish, just click

And give the mother in your life a very happy day! 



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EOS Opening Postponed

Just got a call from Brian Torres, co-owner of Eos, the new (soon-to-be) Wine Bar and Small Plate Restaurant on Habersham. The original Sat. and Sun. brunch opening scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday, has had to be postponed…. no doubt due to the usual labor-pains of opening any restaurant. We’ll keep you posted!


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Black Tie Gala on May 1

The Coastal Catering Alliance with The New South Cafe will be participating in the seventh annual Red Cross Gourmet Soiree Black Tie Gala at the DeSoto Hilton May 1, starting at 7:30. Chef Matt Cohen, founder of the Alliance, is launching his second annual Cooking for Charity series in 2008. For more info, call 233-7568.

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Bikini Delight at Debi’s Restaurant

No, the servers at Debi’s Restaurant aren’t trotting around in bikinis. Not right now, anyway. The Bikini Delight is a new lunch special–the kind of thing you might want to eat at the beach. Baked Fish with Coleslaw, plus unsweetened tea, for $5.50. Delicious!                                                                                                                                               An old favorite of SavannahBest, served on Wednesdays, is their voluptuous Taco Salad.  So big it’s tough to finish it all! 


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Wine Bar/Restaurant to open in Thomas Square neighborhood

EOS, opening for brunch this coming weekend (Apr. 26 & 27) promises to be the latest bloom in the blossoming wine and food experience in Thomas Square. No wine this weekend because their licensing isn’t yet finalized, but we’ll all get a chance to sample some wonderfully good eats, judging by the new menu.


Brian Torres, who currently oversees the lovely wine list at Sapphire Grill, and his girlfriend, Shelley Smith, who used to own Venus de Milo, have nearly completed an impressive rennovation of the old soul food place at 1801 Habersham. Eos, meaning the Goddess of the Dawn (Smith is sticking to her Greek goddess names)  will be serving a fine selection of wines and “small plates,” ranging from salads through mini-entrees, a lavish cheese board, and some yummy sounding desserts.


With a little bit of luck, the wine bar will be open by May 3rd, just in time to celebrate the Kentucky Derby!


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Mother’s Day Brunch

Give the mother in your life a glorious brunch with no work on your part!  Just give her a cruise, a dance floor, a lovely buffet lunch, flowers and a trip along the Savannah River. Just calll the River Street Riverboat Company (912-232-6404) and make a reservation.


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Wine Pairing at Alligator Soul

We’ve been hearing raves about the recent wine pairing event at Alligator Soul!  Keep in mind, though, that you needn’t attend a wine pairing event to get Chef Chris Dinello’s expert advice on what wine is best with which of his superb dishes. Chef Chris and his knowledgeable and always helpful servers will give you a nice choice of wines best suited to the dish and to your taste.  

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