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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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Alligator Soul Inspires A Rarity

Last week I received something quite amazing. It was a letter. Not an email, but a letter, handwritten on high quality onogrammed stationery, sent through the USPS, otherwise known as snail mail. This lovely missive came from a cousin in San Francisco who had visited Savannah several weeks earlier.  On her last night here, she had told me she wanted to take my husband and me out to dinner and she wanted to go to our favorite restaurant.  So we went to Alligator Soul. I don’t recall exactly what any of us had. Probably I had my favorite Shrimp and Grits, and I’m sure we all would have had their really spectacular House Salad with the luscious parmesan croutons. Whatever the case, apparently Alligator Soul really made an impression on my cousin, inspiring the letter. What’s more, she said she thought it was the best restaurant she had ever been to in her life in the United States. And this woman has lived for the last 30 some years in San Francisco, a city noted for its fine restaurants.

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Savannah Restaurant Week

You’ll only get a chance to sample the finest restaurants in Savannah at these great fixed prices during Savannah Restaurant Week.  The last day is this Sunday, so get moving!  Just go to  http://dining.savannahnow.com and pick your choice.  Nearly all of Savannah’s top restaurants are available with enticing menus, $30 per person for a three course dinner of fine food.  Our top picks for the most interesting menus are those at Alligator Soul, Leoci’s Trattoria and the Driftaway Cafe, although all of them sound pretty enticing.

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Roasted Quail: a dish not to be missed!

Leave it to Alligator Soul’s Chef Chris DiNello to come up with  one of the most spectacular dishes we’ve eaten in quite a while.  With a venison stuffing, this herb roasted quail sports an organic fig preserve glaze.  Served with rabbit and pancetta dirty wild rice and butter braised seasonal vegetables, this unbelievably delicious dish is topped off with a garnish of an organic peach balsamic reduction.  Altogether an incredible version of the always delightful delicate quail!

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A new Bourbon Lovers’ Delight

Next time you’re anywhere near Alligator Soul, head straight there if you love bourbon cocktails.  Order the  Elderfashion.  Made from some mighty good bourbon and Elderflower liqueur , this drink is pure ambrosia.  And I suspect that no one on earth makes it as well as the bartenders at Alligator Soul.  Everything they touch is magic! Same for their food, for that matter!

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Exotic excitement at Alligator Soul

If you’re tired of the same old dishes–beef, pork, lamb, veal, poultry, fish or seafood–just head for Alligator Soul.  Chef Chris does all of those to perfection, but now he’s got a new repertoire up his sleeve.  It’s time for adventure!  On tap are Yak, Elk, Bison, Antelope, Ostrich, Quail, Pheasant, Rabbit, Beaver.  So go for it!  Chef will prepare these to your liking.  Yum!

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An Incredible Autumn Dinner on Oct. 9

This promises to be a meal you will never forget.  Executive Chef and co-owner of  Alligator Soul, Chris DiNello teams up with Brittany Blackshear, chef-owner of Crepe A Diem to prepare a 7-course Autumn Dinner at Form, 1801 Habersham.  From first bite to last, each paired with its own perfect wine, this evening begins at 5 pm with the Reception, and dinner starting at 5:30 pm. 
Dinner is $75 per person, plus tax & gratuity.  To see the menu go to Alligator Soul’s Facebook page….. Then make your reservations quickly because this is sure to sell out fast.  Tel:  236-7642.

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Time to Vote in the DineSouth poll at South Magazine

Their categories are pretty strange….in the “American” category, lumping together the likes of Alligator Soul and Aqua Star with Clary’s Cafe, Crystal Beer Parlor and the zillion more in between seems downright ridiculous. Nevertheless, we think we ought to vote….for Alligator Soul as Best American. The only one with a consistent combination of superb food, atmosphere and service each and every time!

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Alligator Soul Always Gets It Right!

What do you do  at the end of a miserably stressed out week?  Eat, of course.  But last night,  I didn’t feel like setting foot outside the house, but still….wanted something a little unique, something I couldn’t throw together myself.  So I sent my husband off to Alligator Soul in quest of their Sauteed Squash Blossoms!  Turned out that the prior week’s storms had damaged or destroyed most of the blossoms, but Chef Chris came to the rescue replacing them with julienned squash. We shared a giant plate of these….. bliss!

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An Epicure’s Delight: Savannah Restaurant Week

Friday, July 29 to Sunday, August 7,  Savannah Restaurant Week  offers a marvelous opportunity to sample Savannah’s  finest eating emporiums for a $30.00 fixed price, tax and tip not included.  From Alligator Soul’s finest of fine dining to the more casual Wright Square Cafe,  ten restaurants are now included.  Others are the Chart House, 17Hundred 90, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Aqua Star, Vic’s on the River, Belford’s, Rocks on the River, and Sugar Daddy’s Wine & Food Bar.  Reservations are highly recommended.  Call the individual restaurant for the menu selections being offered.

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