Sunday, October 13, 2013

Savannah 2013 {Eats & Drinks}

I can officially attest to the fact that we ate and drank our way through the historical town of Savannah. Though J & I are familiar with the lay of the land, Michael and Joey were able to show us some of the newer bars and restaurants.
bloody marys
The Public Kitchen & Bar
the public
The Public is located on Bull Street. We stopped here for lunch on our very first day. I devoured my crabby patty.
Located in the heart of Savannah's Historic District, the Public is the perfect place for lunch, dinner or both! The Public's "Contemporary Fresh American" fare coupled with a sophisticated, mid-century modern decor puts a unique spin on Savannah's casual dining scene.
public meal
the public2
Rocks on the River
Located on the rooftop of the Bohemian Hotel, Rocks on the River boasts fabulous views of the Savannah River.
river view
Set on vibrant River Street, Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront presents an exciting dining destination to experience delicious food and dynamic entertainment in the comfortable, casual atmosphere of Rocks on the River and Rocks on the Roof.
Surrounded by custom, river-inspired design elements of driftwood, brick and rough wood, Rocks on the River offers a menu of delicious American comfort food with a Southern contemporary approach that includes hamburgers, steak, fish and mussels. Enjoy the authentic wood-grilled flavor produced by the restaurant’s large pizza oven and a large wine and beer menu to complement your meal.
Featuring a cozy fire pit, live entertainment, and an engaging tapas-style menu with extensive drink and martini choices, Rocks on the Roof is Savannah’s newest hotspot. Relax and unwind while enjoying fantastic views of Savannah River and the historic district from this rooftop lounge.
We stopped here for a couple cocktails before getting changed for dinner.
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rocks on the roof
700 Drayton
Tried and true, 700 Drayton has been a favorite of ours for a long time. Located in The Mansion on Forsyth Park, we love the ambience created by the chandeliers and warm decor.
Creativity isn’t limited to the Grand Bohemian Gallery. The ambience and menus of 700 Drayton Restaurant are works of art all their own. Open seven days a week, you’ll find a wide range of culinary delights that include the freshest seafood and regionally inspired dishes.
  • 700 Drayton Restaurant
    • Extensive wine list
    • 6 Private dining rooms for corporate & social events
  • Carriage Wine Cellar
  • In-Room Dining
  • Viennese Ballroom
Website: 700 Drayton
Casimir Lounge
This bar, located on the second floor of 700 Drayton, is our very favorite “watering hole” in the city. The decor and jazz band help to make the bar experience so much more exciting. The jester artwork gives the place a whimsical touch (not too stuffy).
Website: Casimir Lounge
After a quick ascent up a leopard-patterned stairway, live entertainment and a rooftop terrace overlooking the park awaits guests. The romantic, sultry mood of the lounge personified by the Bösendorfer Piano, creates a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Guests enjoy signature cocktails at lounge, such as the 700 Drayton Martini, Savannah-Grita and Old Fashion, handmade by the Casimir mixologists, while being entertained by the best jazz and blues musicians in the south.
The Cottage {Bluffton, SC}
We traveled to Bluffton about 30 minutes from Savannah to shop and eat along one of their more interesting streets, Calhoun Street. Michael and Joe suggested The Cottage, an old home turned restaurant. We sat on the old front porch and drank and ate a great Southern meal.
Website: The Cottage
The Cottage Café is located in the historic district of Old Town Bluffton, South Carolina, on Calhoun Street. It exemplifies both old world charm and the warm hospitality of the South.
cottage bluffton
OMG!!!! What can I say? Byrd’s at Drayton Towers has become one of my most favorite places. From little bites to craft cocktails, Byrd’s is a hit!!!
We downed the craftastic cocktails and noshed on the delicious scotch oatmeal cookies and key lime coolers. The bartender was one of the best around. My favorite cocktail was the lavender lemonade, cool and refreshing. I also had a mexicali mule with tequila. Yum!!!
BT Byrd’s in Drayton Tower is the perfect place to perch for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner. Try a Southern Hot Dog with pimento cheese, bacon, and saffron slaw or the Bourbon & Tarragon Cured Trout Salad. Stop by to check out daily Chef’s choice specials and the fresh baked varieties of muffins & scones. Enjoy a glass of wine, or one of the full bar’s craft beers and cocktails with your cookie plate. Don’t miss Supersized Hot Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with a multitude of sweet and savory fixings. Open 7 days a week. 9am-9pm.
Jen’s & Friends
Really? Who would pass up a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup martini? Not I. Kinda a hole in the wall bar, I was most impressed with the dozens and dozens of selections of martinis, over 200 I think. The service too was impeccable.
Facebook: Jen & Friends 
jen and friends
I had the Peanut Butter Cup Martini and J had the Peppermint Pattie choice.
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Jenn’s & Friends is a cozy little bar located at 34 Bull St Downtown Savannah,Georgia. They are open Mon-Sat from 3pm-til and closed on Sundays.. Home to more than 300 MARTINIS and 200 BEERS, Jen's martinis are truly a unique drink experience. Locally owned and operated with an award winning HAPPY HOUR, BEER LIST&MARTINIS.
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jen and friends3
I love their slogan, “Enter as strangers, and leaves as friends.”
We stopped in to the historic 17Hundred90 bar to view a little Georgia football. Regulars filled the brick-walled destination. This bar is a fine example of the type of bar that is welcoming and where everyone knows your name (a la Cheers).
Website: 17Hundred90
1790 Inn
A great neighborhood pub in the finest tradition, the Lounge at 17Hundred90 is a favorite haunt for locals and our guests. With our unique wine selection and experienced bartenders, all tastes are satisfied and all thirsts are quenched. Georgia Trend magazine singled out our restaurant and lounge as a favorite spot for “financiers, business people, and professionals.” The Lounge at 17Hundred90 has been an oasis from the hustle and bustle of this ancient port town for friends new and old for decades. An old southern saying goes, “In Atlanta, people ask what you do for a living; in Macon, they ask where you go to church; in Charleston, they ask you from what family do you belong; in Savannah, they ask you, What can I get you to drink?”
Located at the top of Local 11ten, Perch is the type of bar to see and be seen. Cool. Swanky. Modern. I love how the majestic oaks provide the perfect canopy over this fabulous bar. The views are amazing.
Website: Perch
Nestled amongst the treetops over the restaurant, Perch is undoubtedly the best place to enjoy a specialty cocktail and admire the live oaks. Its design is as much functional as it is relevant to the original concept and features seating groups that persuade guests to 'perch' for a while, whether before or after dinner or if you are just joining us for  a drink, and get comfortable while enjoying their friends or perhaps making new ones. The use of raw materials such as metal, steel, and natural bamboo create an environment that is in harmony with its natural surroundings and serves as the perfect backdrop for any social gathering.
Local 11ten
J & I have been wanting to try this restaurant since our last trip to Savannah. It is one of Michael and Joe’s faves. The farm-to-table concept of the restaurant ensures that all food is fresh and tasty. The restaurant is located just a block from Forsyth Park in a restored 1950s-era bank. Our meal was absolutely delicious, and the atmosphere was perfect.
Website: Local 11ten
Joe was “overserved”. Kinda resembles Miley. LOL!
Local 11ten creates a nightly dining experience complete with intelligent cuisine, a welcoming personality and modern design. The restored 1950's-era downtown bank houses a casual, elegant restaurant devoted to popular southern flavors using local and seasonal ingredients such as fresh seafood caught from Georgia's coast and fresh vegetables and herbs from Savannah's own local farmers. With a contemporary atmosphere, foodies, tourists, and locals alike gather to enjoy a unique expression on familiar southern flavors.​
Local 11ten is nestled in the restored Old Savannah Bank building at the intersection of Duffy and Bull Streets. The contemporary design of Local 11ten's renovated space complements the creative elements of the seasonal menu and polished service, offering guests a chic ambiance to enjoy southern-influenced cuisine.
Intimate, candle-lit tables align the street-front windows and generate an interactive dining experience with Savannah's downtown activity. The restaurant's custom-wood community table situated in the center of the dining room comfortably seats eight and is a representation of the restaurant's neighborly character. A semi-private table seats seven in the vault room, complete with cork walls, chocolate brown velvet curtains and an antique brass chandelier in front of the original, historic Mosler co. bank vault.
The sleek bar spans the horizontal dining room featuring custom pendant light fixtures creating a vibrant social atmosphere throughout the restaurant. The in-house gallery coordinator revolves monthly art exhibitions throughout the restaurant, adding to the stylistic elements that pull together the contemporary design.
Local ingredients, simple elegance, and local patrons share in Savannah's uniqueness with one another - the importance of community and outreach is to make a difference - locally. Local 11ten is a regular sponsor of an array of Savannah events and we strive to partner with organizations that further develop the community socially and economically.
Lulu’s Chocolate Bar
Nightcap! Another Peanut Butter Martini for me, of course! But I was not as impressed as Jen’s and Friends. Off night, perhaps? Or I might have been “overserved” or exhausted from a full day. The libations poured, music flowed, and a quirky crowd filled the bar and streets.
  • Lulutini
    Van Gogh™ Chocolate Vodka, Meletti Ciocolatto Liqueur, Crème de Cacao, and Real Chocolate
  • Espresso Martini
  • Chocolate Covered Orange
  • Raspberry Truffle Martini
  • Chocolate Cake Martini
  • Caramel Martini
  • Pomegranate Martini
  • White Chocolate Pomegranate Martini
  • Raspberry Espresso Martini
  • Very Berry Martini
  • Dreamsicle Martini
  • Pineapple Upside Down Martini
  • Key Lime Pie Martini
  • White Chocolate Martini
  • Chocolate Mint Martini
  • Cappuccino Martini
  • Milky Way Martini
  • Peanutbutter Cup Martini
  • The Jacki-O
  • The Mona Lisa
J & I certainly put our mouths to the test. The food and beverages were absolutely delicious.
I can definitely say that we ate and drank our ways through Savannah.
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Savannah Eats & Drinks, y’all!


  1. Wow! I'm drooling on the keyboard ~ What a wonderful, enticing trip! Glad you had such a wonderful time.


  2. Wow Ron thanks for all the recommendations for Savannah. I definitely want to try local 11 ten.

  3. I have to say we loved the food when visiting Savannah! Best shrimp and grits I have ever had, and the fried grouper, yum (too bad it is no longer on my list of things to eat since I am gluten free now).

  4. Oh my. The food and drinks look so good. I have to visit Savannah before I die. Mary, Beaumont, TX

  5. You have just reaffirmed that Savannah needs to move to the top of my "Must Visit City"!

  6. So glad you enjoyed our fair city, Ron. I know that you have visited many times but there is always something new to see and enjoy. I can say that it seems you were able to hit most all of the hot spots.
    Again, so glad you enjoyed yourself, xo Ginger


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