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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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The Shad are Running!

All you fellow shad lovers, rejoice.  There is shad and roe aplenty right now at Russo’s!  And should you want to share with your shad-less friends elsewhere,  Russo’s will even overnight shad to them on ice! For more on Shad and some great recipes check out our cooking page.

 

 

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Calling All Fishermen-Cooks…

Or perhaps we should say, calling all Chef-Fishermen.  Either way, join the tournament and fish to win!  Sat. and Sunday, April 9 and 10, at Coffee Bluff Marina,  you’ll be able to show your talents! Get together some friends and go fishing from 6 am to 5 pm, then on Sunday,  at 2 pm,  cook your catch.  A panel of judges will determine the winners.  Entry fee is $25 per team.  Anyone can sign up and anyone can come down to sample the results.  For more info, call 912-925-7474 or go to www.coffeebluffmarina.net

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Rancho Alegre offers Cuban Food with Pizzazz!

From time to time, we get calls and notes from folks who say Cuban food is  boringly bland.  The perfect antidote to Cuban blandness is Rancho Alegre. Here, they’ve injected hints of Spain and Creole, plus a bit of Basque, to create Cuban Cuisine with Attitude.  For instance, the Mero en Salsa Verde (Grouper in Green Sauce), although not especially spicy, definitely has spunk. The fish is poached, Basque-style in the bright, sprightly, parsley-garlic-wine-oil sauce, and surrounded with rice, delectable black beans, and plump sweet plantains. Or, with at least two hours notice, you can get the traditional dish of Spain, Paella Valenciana.

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Shad a Spring Treat

Once upon a long time ago (that is to say, up until 1995 when I moved to Savannah), I was convinced that Turbot was the finest eating fish in the world, especially the Turbot from North Atlantic waters. Then, a new friend of mine invited me to dinner one night to dine on Shad. This exquisite fillet, as bright and white as Turbot, but even more flavorful, won the fish wars, hands down. These days, it’s Shad and the plump bright red roe that so often accompanies it, which fuels my foodie’s dreams during the last dreary days of winter and brightens my evenings during the early spring season. So head on over to Russo’s fish market, buy yourself some Shad and Roe, follow the simple recipes and dine like you’re royalty.

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Best Fish Dish in Town

Fish just doesn’t get any better than tilapia or flounder or the other freshest catch of the day as served in Papillote’s “en papillote.”  Served with one kind of Pasta or another, such as Greek orzo, plus straight from the garden-tasting veggies (recently tomato, fennel, and orange segments) this luxurious-flavored  wonder is not steamed in parchment per tradition, but in foil, safer and easier and every bit as luscious! “en papillote” is probably the deepest and richest flavored of all fish dishes, and for the health conscious, very low in fat and calories; super high in nutrients!  These Friday Specialties are available for about $11.99.

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The Shad are here!

As far as us fish-loving foodies at SavannahBest.com are concerned, Shad are the best fish in the world,  from salt water or fresh! And here in Savannah, we are soooo lucky to have them, and to have that rare commodity,  Russo’s Seafood Store, where they know how to perfectly filet these tricky guys with a zillion tiny bones!   For more on  Shad and an easy recipe for an elegant Valentine’s Day Breakfast or brunch or one for  an equally easy dinner entree, just go to SavannahBest’s Cooking Page.

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Russo’s Loss is Everyone’s Loss

Charlie Russo, owner of Russo’s Seafood and Russo’s Seafood Restaurant, lost his battle for the re-zoning which would have allowed his little restaurant to offer sit down dining. Although most residents of his Thomas Square neighborhood were enthused about the restaurant, a small but highly vocal group of nay-sayers, headed by Virginia Mobley, fought the issue long, loud and hard. We never have figured out why Mobley dislikes people sitting down to eat! It’s a well established fact that mixed-use neighborhoods of residential (single and multi-family) homes, retail venues, commercial space and office space, result in convivial, livable neighborhoods where residents and business owners know each other, cooperate, and ultimately build a better community. Crime decreases, too. Well, at least the little restaurant is still providing (take out only) delicious seafood and fish fare for all to enjoy.

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Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s?

Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day? Couldn’t hurt. Asparagus and oysters, two of the most popular, are certainly good eats and make for good conversation. And conversation, as

a friend of ours says, “may not be an aphrodisiac, but it’s sure great foreplay!”

Serve asparagus with any fish or meat dish, especially broiled Shad or lamb. And the sensuous Oysters Bienville served by Chef Chris DiNello at Alligator Soul would surely, if only because of the sheer delight in eating them, put anyone in the mood for love.

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What’s your PERFECT Valentine’s Day dinner?

Recently, in the midst of pondering our own choices for Valentine’s Dinner, we decided to poll our regular SavannahBest readers. So we sent a question, “What is your choice for a perfect, romantic Valentine’s Dinner?”  to a good sampling of them. 
We anticipated a preponderance of beef or seafood or fish, or perhaps poultry, lamb, veal or wild game. We’re keeping the poll open till Feb. 1st, so the responses are not all in yet, but so far, it seems, SavannahBest readers are as diverse and eclectic in their tastes as the eateries (not including Southern soul food, of which there is an abundance) that dot Savannah’s culinary landscape. Of dozens of replies, no two had exactly the same main course or appetizer. For dessert, however, chocolate seems to be a potential winner.
 
Herewith, a small sample of responses.
 
“My favorite would be Sushi, which I find to be a rare art,” says Rebecca. The chef puts so much love and energy into the preparation and presentation, I find it a precious treat!
I would pair it with an exquisite white wine. And of course, dessert. Something light, but chocolate!  Perhaps some green tea ice cream and warm chocoate sauce drizzled on top. 
 
“Fondue would be my choice for first course, main course and of course, for dessert.    Fondue is much more interactive than your usual dinner,” was Heather’s succinct choice.
 
Chef about town, Alicia Cannon, suggests a dinner she recently made for a couple in their new home (thus far without much in the way of cooking appliances or equipment). I brought along my own barbeque unit and made due from there. The menu, which they loved, was as follows:
 
Grilled asparagus with a balsamic reduction
Caesar salad
Grilled steak filet  with a mushroom Pinot sauce and lobster tails
Rosemary whipped potatoes and fresh grilled green beans
Chocolate decadent torte with a raspberry sauce and chocolate dipped strawberries.
 
The more we read, the hungrier we got.
Another delectable menu came from Jenn:
Appetizer:  Warm and soft rosemary focaccia served with sweet herb and sun dried tomato olive oil for dipping
A small cup of lobster bisque (this is probably cheating, but I’m going to say Sapphire Grill-esque!)
Entre: Seared tuna mignon rubbed with black pepper and brushed with a ginger-soy vinaigrette (hint of citrus) served with Melted tomatoes and Grilled asparagus brushed with melted garlic butter
Wine: A Clos Du Val chardonnay
Dessert: Two dark chocolate truffles (total of four; two for each person).  The first has a dark chocolate ganache inside and the outer shell is topped with powdered cocoa; the second has a mint chocolate ganache inside and the other shell is topped with culinary gold dust .
 
For the moment, anyway, we’ll end our responses with one from an exceedingly practical, “cut to the chase” kind of gal.
 
“I choose sex for dinner with chocolate and wine.” – Emily
Feel free to comment with YOUR perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.

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