Take your tour of Savannah to the next level

No one wants to tour Savannah hungry.  It so happens that a few of my friends own three of the most acclaimed and historic restaurants in the city.  Be sure to pay them a visit.  And tell them Sonny sent you.

Constructed prior to 1790 and built of bricks and the wood of a sunken ship pulled out of the Savannah harbor, the building at 325 East Bay St. has quite a history.  The tavern here is one of the oldest still in existence in America today.  It has sold alcohol continuously since it’s opening, even throughout the Prohibition era.  It’s basement has played host to Savannah’s illegal slave trade.  And during segregation the bar had both a white and African American bartender working in unison to serve whites on one side of the bar, and African Americans on the opposite side.  My how times have changed.

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Today, located in one of the oldest buildings within the state of Georgia, B. Matthews bistro style eatery offers Savannah’s best traditional and New American dishes.  From Blue Crab Cakes and Shrimp & Grits to Biscuits and Gravy, take your palate on a journey of Low Country cuisine through the ages.  Opens at 8:00 am, making it the perfect spot to grab a bite before the tour.  And feel free to grab a drink for the road!  Here in Savannah we call that a “traveler.”

Visit my friends online
https://bmatthewseatery.com/

Or give them a shout
912-233-1319

The home at 119 East 37th Street was built in 1898 for a Mr. C. Owens, maritime attorney and the nephew of George Owens of the Owens Thomas House.  The property itself regales maritime themes throughout the home, such as portal windows, aft cabin archways and rope spindles. Mr. Owens lived here until his untimely death via street car on 37th St. in 1923.  His wife put the house up for sale and it was purchased by the archdiocese for the nuns order of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and thus became a convent. In the early 1970’s the convent became Savannah’s favorite Peacock Florist until Roger Peacock passed away in 2017. The home was then purchased by the current owners, and 2 years and over $2 million in renovations later the breathtakingly beautiful La Scala Ristorante was born-a 19th century Italian Palazzo themed restaurant located right in the heart of Savannah’s Victorian District.

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Today, this charming setting is a spacious property that boasts a third floor chapel containing one-of-a-kind murals and ornate artisan stained glass, a wine cellar, and three al fresco dining spaces. Paired with the most discerning table service, nightly dining features include in-house prepared artisan breads, sauces and cured meats paired with the finest hand selected wines from our climate controlled wine tasting gallery.  With stunning ambiance and traditional Italian fare that changes with the seasons, this restaurant is like home to our local community and out of town visitors alike.

Visit my friends online
www.lascalasavannah.com

Or give them a shout
912-238-3100

Savannah is one of the few planned cities around a series of town squares. Today there are more than twenty, but back in 1733 the plan started with just four. Telfair Square was in that elite original group and today it is still one of the city’s finest.  Telfair Square was renamed from its original name of St. James Square in the late 1800s, and it is around this time that a rice warehouse was built on the square’s Northeast corner.  Over the next century and a half the warehouse space would also play host to a grocery store, utility service center, and even a private residence.

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Today this space is the home of Alligator Soul.  Founded in 2003 by owners Chef Hilary and Maureen Craig, it quickly became known as one of the most romantic dining getaways in the city.  Low lighting and arched doorways welcome you to an experience of Cajun and Creole dishes at their finest, as well as a daily selection of exotic meats from around the world.  The signature dish features a sixty-day aged ribeye rubbed with creole spice.  It would be wise to save room for dessert, fresh hot banana beignets with butter pecan ice cream.  

Visit my friends online

www.alligatorsoul.com

Or give them a shout

912-232-7899

 

(912) 200 8400

325 East Bay Street Savannah GA United States 31401

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