Posts Tagged cuisine

A short vacation, then a cornucopia of delights from Papillote!

Ann Marie and Chef Herve (owners of Papillote) closed up shop to spend 10 days in Key West. Their return brought an abundance of wonderful new specials.  A Salade Nicoise (tuna, poached egg, lettuce, tomato, potatoes, anchovies, olives, haricot vert, and green peppers), authentic down to the last haricot vert!  Downright scrumptious! Soft shell crabs were n the menu too, as well as the piece de resistance, Baked Brie Vol-au-Vent (Brie in a puff pastry shell, topped with an arugula, fennel, and sliced orange salad, with a honey and raspberry vinaigrette) !  My fervent hope is that this sublime dish goes on the regular menu soon and forever.

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A food and wine evening too good to miss!

More than 200 wines, and great food dished up by Savannah chefs and restaurants. Silent and live auctions. Will benefit the Hunter Army Airfield 75th Ranger Regimen Assoc. to help wounded soldiers and their families.  $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Sunday, Feb. 27,  5 pm to 8 pm at Savannah Technical College. More info: 980-5050. Tickets avail. at:  Johnnie Ganem’s, Habersham Warehouse, Habersham Center, Jeff’s Beverage Depot, and others.

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Cuban Cuisine Shines on Whitaker

Despite our economic quagmire, a flock of ethnic or otherwise niche-filling new eateries blossomed in the downtown area in recent months. Most are moderately priced, serving moderately good food.

Carlito’s Cuban Cabana (Whitaker just North of Broughton) shines like the brightest star in a cloudy firmament. Their authentic Cuban cuisine is delicious and affordable, with lavish portions.

For instance, fried pork chunks (Masas de Cerdo Fritas) might sound, to the uninitiated, like a pretty prosaic dish.  Fasten your seatbelts!   This is one of the great pork dishes of Latin cuisine.

Long-simmered chunks of pork loin, aromatic with citrus, cumin, herbs, onions and more, are lightly fried in olive oil just till crunchy and crispy on the outside, yet tender on the inside.  This is good eats at its best!

Fried grouper is another outstanding Cuban specialty.  Here, a large filet is delicately fried with hardly a hint of breading. If you are a fish lover, and perhaps even if you’re not, this hefty portion of fresh from the sea fish will set your taste buds to smiling.

Nearly all of Carlitos’ entrées come with black beans, rice (white or yellow), and sweet fried plantains.

If you simply want a sandwich, you can’t do better than Carlito’s Cuban sandwich.

Buen Provecho!

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Carry-out your French Dinner!

If you love French food, the place to have it is Papillote. If you love good food and don’t want to pay restaurant prices, the place to get it is Papillote!  Check out our latest restaurant review at : http://www.savannahbest.com/dining/papillote.htm

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