Archive for February, 2011

New French Restaurant: pluses and minuses

I was excited, thrilled even, the moment I heard that a French restaurant (or French-inspired restaurant, as they call it) would be opening soon. Soon took months, but a few weeks after the opening of Brasserie 529, (529 E. Liberty St., tel: 238-0045). I sat down with the menu in hand, all smiles. Immediately a warning bell clanged. The first item on the entree menu is a Lyndy Burger. The FIRST!    I sighed. Regrouped. Pondered, and ordered.  I chose the Lobster Pot Pie. Not very French, to be sure, as lobsters as we know them simply don’t exist in France, but I adore lobster, the Sauce Americaine with truffles in which, according to the menu, the lobster was “drowning” sounded promising and the server said the pie contained a whole, delicious lobster tail!    My husband chose the Duxelles Stuffed Pork Loin. A friend had Grilled Salmon Croque Monsieur.         The servers are efficient, pleasant, friendly. The restaurant is attractive but the noise level high, apparently due to a lack of acoustical tiles. Outside is a pretty patio for outdoor dining.      Our food arrived.  The piece of lobster inside my pie was small, perhaps half of the tail of a very small lobster.  It was also overcooked. Badly overcooked. Downright rubbery. The pastry shell was flaky and tasty. The sauce and the veggies within it were delicious, although the truffles remained imperceptible.    The duxelles stuffed pork was excellent, the loin young and tender, the duxelles stuffing just right with the emphasis on the mushrooms. Vegetables were fresh and piquant, and the honey maple cream sauce truly lovely.    The Salmon Croquet Monsieur was another matter. The salmon was overcooked but my friend didn’t mind, as she like all her fish, even salmon, very, very well cooked. The béchamel sauce was excellent, as was the ham and the squash. The bread, however, was so hard it was difficult to chew.     I’ll return a few more times before I venture a review.  In the  meantime, if any of you go there, let me know your thoughts.

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A Bargain for the Big Appetite Crowd!

Monday through Thursday, 5 to 7 pm,  The Melting Pot offers “All You Can Eat”  Cheese and Chocolate Fondues for $20 per person.  This special is served in the bar area only.  Reservations recommended. 232 E. Broughton St. 912-349-5676. 

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Unique Wine Pairing Dinner at Broughton & Bull

Paolo Demarie, owner and wine maker and Adam Richard, owner of Uva Imports, present a lovely 5 course one-of-a-kind wine and food pairing dinner this monday, feb. 28, at 6:30pm at Broughton & Bull, named for the corner upon which it rests.  Total price per dinner is $65, plus tax and tip.  For more info or reservations, call 912-231-8888.

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Wine tasting dinner Thursday at Form

Michael Hirsch, owner of Avant-Partir will offer a selection of wines for tasting from 6 to 7:15 pm at Form, 1801 Habersham this Thursday, Feb. 24.  Then comes the main event, a delicious and unique 5-course dinner, each course perfectly paired with more fine wines. For menu details, call 236-7642.  The wine tasting only is $10 and the dinner and wine tasting is $60.00. Best to make your reservations now, as there are only a few places left.

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Bar Food Celebrates their 2nd birthday

Tues. night drink special  “The Yellow Bird,”  rum, orange juice, pineapple…. and Wednesday night, free oyster roast–tons and tons of oysters, plus a tent and giveaways for their BIG birthday celebration.

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cSpot February 23rd

Stop by Abe’s on Lincoln, 17 Lincoln Street, from 5:30-7:30pm for cocktails and networking with some of Savannah’s most creative thinkers!  It’s free to get out and meet other creatives in our area, and they’ll be offering some mighty nice drink specials too!

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Be a Part of the 2011 Tybee Wine Festival!

The Tybee Wine Festival is a huge event that benefits the non profit Tybee Post Theater.  This year’s event will take place on April 15th and 16th on the grounds of the Tybee Lighthouse. 

They are currently looking for volunteers to help out at the event.  Volunteers get 1/2 off tickets to the event, and you can help out for a few hours or for the whole weekend!  If your a business owner that would like to reach hundreds of wine and craft beer lovers, you might consider sponsoring this event for as little as $250!  They are also looking for donations to the Silent Auction, and musicians to perform at the event.  To find out more check out or .

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