Archive for May, 2009

Leoci’s Trattoria to Open Soon!

“It’s going to be a casual,  affordable neighborhood cafe,”  says owner,  Chef Roberto Leoci, who with his wife,  is currently hard at work renovating the little restaurant at 606 Abercorn.   There will be a spacious outdoor deck along one side and around the back, plus they hope eventually to have a bocce court.  The menu will be Italian,  primarily pizza, pasta and panini. However, when we mentioned our passion for veal, the chef said he might add a nice veal scaloppini to the mix.  Leoci already has his beer and wine license approved, so that obstacle course is over. He hopes to be open in just a few weeks, though we suspect the extensive renovations may take a bit longer than that.  Buon appetito!

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Taste of Thunderbolt Seafood Festival

This Saturday,  May 30,  from 10 am to 6 pm, get your fill of seafood and other delicious delicacies from Thunderbolt’s many terrific restaurants and eateries. Plus, enjoy Arts and Crafts all day and a Cooking Contest at 1:00 pm.  Location:  Mechanics Ave.  from   Victory Drive to Rowland Ave.

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cSpot’s Monthly Cocktail Shenanigans

This Wednesday, May 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. At Sol, 1611 Habersham.

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Chef Matt Cohen joins the board for the Savannah Chapter of the Red Cross

Chef Matt Cohen, owner of the New South Pub & Catering at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum has just joined the board for the Savannah Chapter of the Red Cross.  Chef Matt is a big supporter of local charities, and his eats don’t disappoint.  We’ve yet to make it to the new pub, but we sure miss the old New South Cafe.   Do leave us a comment if you’ve tried the new Pub.  We’d love to hear your feedback!

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Grand Opening Weekend at Sol !

Shelley Smith invotes all to  “Join us Friday,  May 22nd, for tons of drinks specials starting at 3pm to 6:30pm…entertainment to be announced…
We will feature mojitos,  sangria,  Buckets of Sol beer,  the “Sol Punch” samples….and since it’s my birthday, and I’m a Mississippi girl, we will be running specials on our Lowcountry Sweet Tea Vodka drink!

Saturday, May 23rd…the party starts at 3pm again…more entertainment to be announced, but bring your Salsa Shoes! We will be open till 11pm.

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Taste of Downtown

This Thursday, May 21,  5:30 to 7:30 pm in Reynolds Square, the 8th annual Taste of Downtown. Chamber of Commerce Members $10, others $25.  Samples of  specialties from a wide assortment of downtown restaurants and caterers.

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Sol…. another winner!

Dropped into Sol,  still in their “soft opening, limited menu”  phase, but no matter, the food was wonderful, the atmosphere delightful.  Being a Southern California native, I’ve long loved fish tacos and I do believe I’ve ordered them at every restaurant I’ve ever visited that had them on the menu.  Hands down,  Sol’s are the best.  This night,  and I’m sure it changes with what’s the freshest at the seafood market,  the fish was Mahi Mahi, grilled to pefection and served in a hand-rolled tortilla (no artificially colored, machine fashioned taco shells here!)  shaped like a boat. with a spicy aioli,  marinated cabbage and pickled red onions, then topped with pico de gallo and served with Cuban black beans.  The whole thing,  bursting with summer-time fresh,  sweet, tart and spicy flavors,  was a tribute to the Southwest with a tip of the hat to the Caribbean.  The best black beans I’ve ever had outside of Miami’s  Little Havana!  The restaurant is Southwestern and Caribbean, a perfect marriage of flavors.  We tried several other dishes, all excellent,  including a ceviche (a tricky dish for most chefs to get right) with Georgia Wild Shrimp and crab with  avocado, fried plantain, and endive. The ceviche was perfect,  with just the right amount of lime juice to render it absolutely tender, and not a drop too much or left for too long to leave it soggy.  Everything else was A+ as well.  Will give a full review in Savannahbest after the full menu is out Right now, all I can say is if you like good food,  get on over there.

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