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Papillote As We Have Known It…

It was a week ago yesterday. Jack came home with dinner for us. He looked distraught, sad, quite unlike himself. I asked what was the matter. He looked at me. “Papillote as we have known it will soon be gone,” he said. I stared at him. That’s impossible, I said. They just celebrated their fourth anniversary in Savannah. They’re doing a fabulous business. How could they be closing?
They have sold the business. They are leaving Savannah. But you must promise to say not a word, don’t even think of publishing anything about it, until after they are gone. I promised Herve, he said, that I would keep it a secret.
And so I did….until today, when I discovered that it’s all over Twitter. All I can say now is that I’m as heartbroken as Jack.
I take comfort, however, in the certainty that Chef Herve would not sell his small creation to anyone unless he believed that they would maintain the standards that he set for excellence. According to Chef Herve, the new owners intend to keep the same menu, perhaps adding a few new dishes of their own. Tomorrow will be the last day for Papillote under the auspices of Chef Herve and his partner Ann-Marie. Sunday, they will be closed for the transition. The new owners will re-open next week, probably Tues. or Wed. I wish them well.

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Low Country Boil to go at Murphy’s

You really can’t beat the Low Country Boil at Murphy’s. It’s fresh — prepared the moment you order it — and heaping with shrimp, plus the usual sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob. It’s a big portion, too, so for the average appetite, two can probably share the dish. At least, my husband and I do just that. And at $7.50 you really can’t go wrong. Murphy;s at 1201 Habersham St., Tel: 335-7325. Enjoy!

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A Message to One and All

Remember everyone, this blog isn’t just for my foodie thoughts, it’s open to one and all. Just send in your favorite eating spot, or a favorite dish anywhere at all, or your favorite server. If you spot a new eatery just opened, or about to open, let us know. If you have a butcher who will prepare your rack of lamb for you, tell us about him (or her). Same goes for fishmongers who will prepared your finned or shelled creatures for you. If you have a delicious recipe from your home repertoire, let us have it! In short, if it pertains to food or beverages, we’re all interested. Send it along to: tidbits@savannahbest.com.

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Fish Lovers Rejoice!

Jack, my husband, walked in the door with a smile. “How about fish for dinner?” he said to my delight.

In the big bag he carried were freshly fried flounder, corn on the cob and hush pupies. Although I’m not a big fan of fried fish, Jack is, and I can live with it if the batter isn’t too heavy and the fish not overcooked. I adore corn on the cob! And who doesn’t like a good hush puppy? So we set the oven on Warm, put the food in, and a half hour later sat down to eat.

The flounder tasted fresh as could be and was perfectly cooked. The batter itself was tasty and not too heavy. So I ate some of it, then simply peeled the rest off of my fish and savored the flounder. The corn was perfectly cooked, too. That is, just barely cooked, so it tasted fresh off the field. And the hush puppies were the lightest, fluffiest, most delightful I’ve had in many a year!

This pleasant surprise came from Murphy’s Seafood Bargain, recently opened at 1201 Habersham St. just north of Henry.

Essentially a seller of sea food and fresh fish, Murphy will also cook to order.
In addition to the flounder, there were several other fish choices, among them Sea Bass, Tilapia, Mullet and Whiting. The fish menu will change, the owner says, depending on what’s caught that day. They also have a variety of shell fish — shrimp, several kinds of crab, oysters, conch, scallops, mussels, crawfish and more.

We also got a shrimp salad that night. A really wonderful shrimp salad, with small, sweet shrimp with a very light dressing that seems to include tiny bits of celery. Very possibly the best shrimp salad I’ve had in Savannah.

To order in advance call 912-335-7325. Hours are 10 to 6 Mon-Thur and 10-9 Fri & Sat

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Captured! The Elusive Quiche

I imagine most of you saw my wailing post of last week about my many attempts to land another of Chef Herve’s wonderful Quiche of smoked salmon and asparagus. Well, finally, I got one. And, yes, it was just as good as I’d remembered from that first time….light, delicate and overflowing with wondrous flavor. That smoky salmon and springtime fresh asparagus simply seem to marry into something for the angels to sing about. Plus, to top it all off, the light as air puff pastry crust is marvelous. Persistence pays!

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Papillote celebrates its fourth birthday

February 24 was the day that Papillote first opened its doors to provide us all with their  wonderful array of fine French take-out dishes. Congratulations, Chef Herve and Ann-Marie from all of us at Savannahbest!

 

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In Search of Gluten-free Goodies? Head for FORM!

  
Whether dietary necessity (Celiacs/Chrons/other) or just trying to cut back for your own personal health goals; there is no doubt that Gluten-free has gone mainstream as a way to live.  With this in mind FORM  has been offering Fra-Li gluten-free Ziti for sometime now. 
“We know have one of the European leaders in gluten-free/organic foods.  We will bring in a small taste of items for your everyday needs; some Pastas and a Bread/Pizza dough mix that requires only water and your herbs/spices and organic EVOO to create delectable breads and/or pizzas,” say the folks at FORM.
  
  
  Click here to see our Gluten-Free offerings and others that are available
   
Please call CLAUDE with any questions
236-7642

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