Posts Tagged small plates

New Wine Bar to Open Thurs., Feb. 28

Winston’s Wine Cellar, opens this Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5:00 pm on the lower level of Churchill’s Pub, 13 W. Bay St. 

“Winston’s Wine Cellar offers guests an intimate, relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a dynamic and sophisticated wine list with a focus on both domestic and international selections in an exclusive wine bar setting,” says Andy Holmes, owner of Churchill’s and Winston’s Wine Cellar. The new wine bar features a custom-made wine vault, strategically housed within the wine bar, which will showcase more than one hundred varieties of wine, expertly chosen from around the world. The bottle, with rotating selections by the glass, will offer wine selections. A selection of small plates will also be offered.

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Outdoor Dining in Savannah

I’ve lived in many cities where you could hardly walk a block without finding some small, charming outdoor cafe in which to sip and munch.  But here in Savannah, where the climate is so conducive to outdoor dining most of the year, these delightful spots are hard to find.  We need more of them!  Happily, with the new garden dining area at Blue Turtle Bistro, one more such pleasant spots has been added. Not only outdoor dining, but happy hour drink prices from 4 to 7 pm daily, please small plates during the same hours and live music on weekends!  What more could we want?


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Small Plates at Blue Turtle Bistro

Personally, I think the small plate  trend is the best thing to hit the restaurant scene in many a year! For those of us who love good eats, but don’t have huge appetites, these little mini meals are heaven sent!  Blue Turtle Bistro is now serving these delights every day starting at 4 pm.  Included in their repetoire are:  Tacos, each served in a corn tortilla with cabbage, cilantro lime cream and pico de gallo with your choice of : blackened fish, fried fish, smoked pork, chicken, or bean ;  Smoked Pork and Kimchi Spring Roll with sweet chili sauce;   Corn Dog Lollipops, house-made Andouille sausage dipped in cornmeal served with sweet chili mustard;  shrimp Quesadilla with cheddar and jack cheeses served with pico de gallo and sour cream Ceviche of th Day.  So after work, just head to the Bistro and have a great eatin’ experience. 
Happy hour drink specials too.!


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Maxwell’s: Shining Bright with Promise

Maxwell’s, at 109 Jefferson, opened just a few week’s ago, and looks like it just might be the newest and best of small-plate restaurants in downtown.  We already had dinner plans when we stopped in, so couldn’t sample much, but did try the Buffalo Mozzarella Bruschetta, which proved itself immediately with that always luscious buffalo Mozzarella, fresh tomato, fresh basil chiffonade on crostinis with olive tapenade and a sweet balsamic drizzle.  The day’s specials posted were for lamb chops or one of two kind of scallops, each around $17.  Among the enticing plates on the menu are a salad of roasted beets and braised fennel served over arugula with goat cheese and a honey champagne vinaigrette….. That will definitely be my next taste at his place!  A menu as delectable as this, a chef from Garibaldi’s, a good downtown location should add up to a Must Go new hot spot!   

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Sugar Daddy’s is sweetly promising

The recently opened Sugar Daddy’s Wine and Food Bar is the latest eatery to join the popular “small plate” trend in the downtown area.  On Jefferson, right off Broughton, the location couldn’t be better. With an extensive wine and beer list, plus a full bar and good food, this place should be a hit. Two of us have sampled on a couple of occasions. Naturally, we tried the ubiquitous Duck Confit Panini, moist, tender and aromatic with garlic and thyme, just as it should be. On another occasion, one of us tried to salmon salad–fresh greens, highlighted with red grapefruit segments and other delicacies. The Local Jumbo Shrimp was good, too, although I think the term Jumbo might be subject to conjecture. The shrimp rested atop a bed of fresh off the cob, nicely seasoned corn. The corn was lovely, but it was hard to see why the chef chose to be so stingy with its quantity when corn is among the least expensive of veggies. Desserts provide sweet decadence.

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After the Festival, Sip & Munch

After SCAD’s Sidewalk Arts Festival,  stroll down Bull St. to Local Eleven 10.  Opening early to accomodate festival goers,  from 4 to 7 pm,  Local will serve flatbreads and small plates at $5 to $9,  from their fine menu,  at the bar and in the patio.  Cocktail, wine and beer specials also  provided. So this Sat., April 25, indulge in art, then in fine eats and drinks. Cheers!

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New Restaurant to Open Soon!

Two of Savannah’s favorite chefs and caterers, John Baker III, and Alicia Cannon, are joining forces to open a new restaurant to be called Bar Food sometime in the next few weeks in Habersham Village, just south of Ardsley Park. Baker and Cannon were owner and manager, respectively, of the much lamented Queeny’s To Go Go Restaurant.  Bar Food will be a food, beer and wine bar offering small plates, tapas-style, of delicious eats to go with beer and wine.   Tastings are in the offing, too. We’ll keep you posted on the opening date.

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Wine Bar/Restaurant to open in Thomas Square neighborhood

EOS, opening for brunch this coming weekend (Apr. 26 & 27) promises to be the latest bloom in the blossoming wine and food experience in Thomas Square. No wine this weekend because their licensing isn’t yet finalized, but we’ll all get a chance to sample some wonderfully good eats, judging by the new menu.


Brian Torres, who currently oversees the lovely wine list at Sapphire Grill, and his girlfriend, Shelley Smith, who used to own Venus de Milo, have nearly completed an impressive rennovation of the old soul food place at 1801 Habersham. Eos, meaning the Goddess of the Dawn (Smith is sticking to her Greek goddess names)  will be serving a fine selection of wines and “small plates,” ranging from salads through mini-entrees, a lavish cheese board, and some yummy sounding desserts.


With a little bit of luck, the wine bar will be open by May 3rd, just in time to celebrate the Kentucky Derby!


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