Archive for January, 2009

Charley’s Grilled Subs Now Open

Took awhile for the rennovations, but Charley’s Grilled Subs has finally opened in Victory Square.  Specialty is South Philly Cheesesteak of various kinds, but they also have a pretty good selection of other kinds of subs.  We had a go at the Gourmet Fries…. darned good!

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Brew and BBQ at Blowin’Smoke

Friday,  Jan. 23, starting at 6:30 pm, Blowin’Smoke owner, Brian Huskey, and Savannah Distributors,  will feature Beer and BBQ!  A plate of Pulled Pork BBQ, Beef Ribs,  plus two sides, and you get to sample five different craft beers, al for $25.

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La Xalapena is a Winner!

The first time I tried the food at La Xalapena, I was so surprised I could hardly believe it.  Here was the best,  genuinely Mexican  food I’d ever eaten in Savannah (and I’ve tried many of the Mexican eateries around town), and I could hardly believe it would not soon sink into the usual Mexican-American gooey dreary tastlessness. I waited about a month and a half to try again. And once again, I was amazed. One of my all-time favorite dishes is Enchiladas Verde. Here, they are near perfect. Filled with genuine Mexican cheese instead of the usual Velveeta-like goo. Topped with more cheese, the buttery, creamy Asadero beloved by Mexicans,  and green enchilada sauce.  Sprinkled with a light layer of shredded lettuce. The beef, chicken and bean enchiladas each have their individual flavors,  not too spicy, but well seasoned and  far from bland. The empanadas proved to be another delight. Big, fat,  and packed with filling–the beef ones especially skillfully seasoned with just the right amounts of garlic, onion, cumin and oregano. The only drawback to this delightful place is that they have no beer license, and to me, a Mexican dinner without beer is like an Italian dinner without wine….like a day without sunshine! So thus far, I’ve picked up their food and taken it home where I’m well stocked with Dos Equis!

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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail

St. Pat’s Day is only a couple of months away.  So…herewith, a nifty little cocktail to put you in the mood for the green.                                                           Here goes:   The  Shamrock:   2 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur;  1/2 oz. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey; 1/2 oz. Irish Cream Liqueur                          Just shake it up over ice, then strain into a 3 oz. shot glass.                                     This sounds worth practing frequently from now till The Big Day….just to perfect our shaking skills, of course!  Slainte!

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“Southern Comfort” at Eos

Second Saturday at Eos this month, on January 10 will feature “Southern Comfort,”  a laid back wine tasting featuring wines from Southern regions around the world, including our own South. The wines, five of them, will be paired with four courses. This time, there will be no set hours. But do make reservations. 238-2400.    Cheers!

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Green Drinks at Blowin’ Smoke

As the Green Drinks crowd says, Sustainability is good; ocktails are good; Susainability + Cocktails are Better! Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  At Blowin’Smoke, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd.

“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.” –Humphrey Bogart

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Prix-Fixe Dining at Alligator Soul

Always sensitive to the needs of her customers, Maureen Craig, owner of Alligator Soul, is now offering fixed price dinners Sunday through Thursday for those folks feeling pinched by the economic downturn. For only $35 per person, you get your choice of at least three appetizers, entrees, and desserts, plus a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. This sounds to us like a deal not to be missed at one of Savannah’s finest eateries!

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