Archive for January, 2011

Margarita night at Bar-Food

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) Margaritas  for a buck at Bar-Food in Habersham Village. Can’t beat that!

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Tour d’Epicure on Feb. 27 – Don’t miss!

This trolley tour to benefit Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia was a marvel of gourmet delights and great fun last year, and promises to be even better this year!  With stops and hors d’oeuvres from Savannah’s best restaurants, wine pairings and silent auction of fine original art works, this is a “Don’t Miss” event. For tickets, call 236-6750, ext. 2010 or go  to www.helpendhunger.org.  Have fun!

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Thomas Square neighborhood erupts with good eats!

Johnny Baker deserves a lot of credit, since the opening a decade ago  of his popular café, Queeny’s, launched the transformation of the entire area. Then Café 37 opened at 37th and Abercorn, offering a unique menu with a slightly Francophile flavor.   Queeny’s closed. A few years ago, Sol opened in the same spot to be voted, “best new restaurant” in Savannah within the year.  Over the past few months, the Thomas Square neighborhood has sprouted The Green Truck at Habersham and Maupas, The Butterhead Greens Café at 1813 Bull St., Sammy Greens at 1710 Abercorn, and Form at 1801 Habersham.  All of these places tend to specialize in fresh, sustainable foods, affordable prices, and a friendly, neighborhood feel. If you’re hungry, head on over and you’ll find something to just hit the spot!

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The cSpot at the Melting Pot

Here’s a great opportunity to network with other creative thinkers in Savannah and enjoy a taste of fondue!  Stop by The Melting Pot, 232 E. Broughton St., January 26th from 5:30-7:30pm for the cSpot’s first meeting of the year.  Enjoy complimentary cheese fondue along with some great drink specials, oh and good company of course!

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The NEW Sol….a fusion of delights

When new owner, Andrea Johnson, took over Sol a few months ago, she did so with little fanfare and few changes. She watched; listened to her clientele, tweak the menu a bit and added a special here and there.  But this past Tuesday, she brought out a new menu, plus a new name for the newly morphed Sol, which is now Sol Fusion.  And a fusion it is! From the original Southwest-Caribbean fare to today’s international tastes. In hands less skillful than chef Aaron Doyle’s, this combination could result in a global hash. But Doyle knows his herbs, his spices and his flavors, elevating them into a culinary symphony.  And Johnson clearly knows her business. She’s shrunk portions a bit, and lowered prices. Perfect for the many of us small eaters. On Tuesday night, my dining companion and I tucked into the new menu with an appetizer of jalapeno poppers, an order of pulled pork, and one of the short ribs. It was one of the few times I’ve by-passed Sol’s always-fabulous fish choices. But they’ve added lots of meat dishes and these proved amazingly delicious. The pulled pork over a Gouda and jalapeno polenta was tender, spicy and with an unidentifiable sweetness in the sauce.  This is something I could eat very, very often. The short ribs, also butter-tender, nearly sent me swooning over the aromatic blend of ribs, roasted, curried fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and baby greens, among other ingredients.  I’ve eaten short ribs all over this country and throughout Europe, and I’ve never had any better than this! The menu is extensive, so it’ll take me awhile, but I’ll no doubt work my way through every new dish.

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Mushroom lovers alert!

If you love mushrooms and you enjoy mushroom soup, you need to try the Mushroom soup at Il Papillote is is by far the best mushroom soup I’ve ever had in decades of eating the dish.  Chef Herve has created a soup  like no other.  The texture and the flavor are intensely mushroom and only mushroom. No milk, cream or chicken broth. Purely pureed mushrooms, of several varieties I’d guess, including-shiitake, one of the portobello varieties, etc. Perhaps a hint of thyme and cumin. The result is the most intensely meaty, woodsy mushroom brew you’ll ever experience.

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Drink a toast to the sun at Sol !

And not just the sun, but the wind and the earth as well.  The next Solar Social will be held from 5:30 to 7 pm, Tuesday Jan. 18 at SOL restaurant, 1611 Habersham. Happy hour prices prevail! While you’re toasting and munching, you can learn how much the Solar Champions have accomplished in the few months since their formation. Meantime, you might take a look at founder Jack Star’s op-ed piece at: http://savannahnow.com/column/2011-01-04/star-renewables-better-investment

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