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Temporary Suspension

Due to an illness in the family, I have to temporarily discontinue most of my postings on this blog. I’m afraid I will not have the time to go out scouting around for new restaurants or new dishes at old favorites. Of course, if something comes my way, Ill post it or if any of my readers have little tidbits of news about eateries or the world of foodies in general, I will be delighted to post it. Just sent them to me at Tidbits@savannahbest.com.
Hopefully, I will be back in stride soon!

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Blowin’ Smoke is blowing good stuff

Lots of us were happy when Blowin’ Smoke moved to the new Habersham location. And as an added bonus to not having to drive all the way to MLK, they added some delightful goodies to the menu. Since I love fish and love tacos, the blackened fish taco caught my eye right away….and proved to be every bit as good as I’d hoped. I’ve eaten so much Tilapia over the past fw years, I thought I’d grown tired of it…but not THIS tilapia! The beautifully seasoned blackening mix adds such good flavor, and the portion is large, to put it mildly! The addition of a mole sauce was perfect. My dining companion had the pulled pork enchilada with mole sauce. Seemed a bit more like a burrito than an enchilada, but purely delicious.

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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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A Summer’s Worth of Fine Wine and Food Pairings

Trust to FORM for all the delights a foodie might want. EVERY Friday evening from June 7th – September 27th
Receptions will start at 6:30pm
Dinner will start promptly by 7:15pm
$75++ per guest
($30 deposit per guest required upon reservation)

Each Menu will be custom designed to be paired with the wine selection from that evening
Please let FORM know of any dietary restrictions. They will adjust the menu for your guest

Special pricing for the wines presented available after the event

RSVP TODAY!!!
Call 912.236.7642

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An Ode to Soft Shelled Crab and to Chef Chris DeNello

Soft shelled crab has been one of my five most favorite foods ever since I first tasted it some 25 years ago. So of course, when I saw it was among the specials a few nights ago at Alligator Soul, I immediately ordered it. These wonderful little creatures are only available about once a year, so when they are, I grab them! These proved to be, unquestionably, the very best I have ever eaten, any time, anywhere. Chef Chris DiNello’s amazing artistry in the kitchen never fails to astound me. These marvelous morsels were sautéed w/Seasoned Georgia Peanut, Organic Local Ground Ginger and L cal Corn Meal Flour. House made Kim Chi, Lemon Dressed Local Organic Red Sorrell, Cajun Steamed and Grilled Crawfish, Spiced Bourbon Caramel rounded off the dish, which was served with Creamy Freeman Mills Stone Ground Grits.

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An evening for sipping and munching

Tues., April 9: Green Drinks holds their monthly get together for those who think green and sustainable. This time at Seed, on Montgomery, just north of Broughton. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Eat, drink and be sustainably merry as always!

Or head for Johnnie Ganem’s Wine Tasting,Savannah Young Lawyers “Boar Association” hosts benefit for American Diabetes Association, The Rebel Room upstairs, Habersham at Gaston ST, Savannah $40 RSVP: Johnnie Ganem or call Maria Center at mcenter@diabetes.org or (912) 353-8110, ext. 3091

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Skyler’s — A Not So Hidden Gem?

When first one, then two, friends both food lovers, told me they’d had a fabulous dinner at Sklar’s, I was at first surprised, then intrigued. I’d heard of the place, probably walked past it a hundred times on Bay St., but paid little attention. So now, I called around to other restaurant-going pals to see if anyone else had ben there. Not many had, but those who’d actually gone there had nothing but praise. I discovered that the place is owned by a couple–he a born and raised Southerner from Atlanta, she from Vietnam. And that they often meld their cuisines together . For instance, a petite filet mignon with an a sauce that hints of Asian flavors, friend shrimp with a light as air tempura batter…Every one I talked to mentioned the crab cakes, much lighter than the traditional ones, and someone mentioned a delicious lemongrass-flavored chicken.
Several people also mentioned that the service leaves much to be desired, but the food makes that almost irrelevant. I’ll be checking it out one day soon!

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