Chris and I have passed by Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar dozens of times on our way to their next-door neighbor, Silvertron Café. Every time we walk by, we tell each other, “We have GOT to go there sometime!”
As always, Birmingham Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to try new places, so we decided to enjoy our date night there.
And it was fabulous.
Savannah is committed to local sourcing of their foods, some even
coming from the Propreitress Maureen’s garden out back. Their menu
changes daily to ensure that they can offer the freshest local produce
They have a small, cozy, café/bar feel, offering quiet spots for chatting and catching up.
ordered the restaurant week menu, and Chris ordered a couple of small
plates. I quickly realized that I was totally unqualified and unworthy
to review their food – it was far too phenomenal for my minimal
My first course was Roasted Corn Chowder with Basil Pistou.
that I’m not a true foodie but simple someone who really, really likes
good food, I have to admit: I had no idea what Pistou was. In case you
don’t either, it’s a cold sauce made with garlic cloves, basil, and
olive oil. And, when stirred into an extremely beautifully made corn
chowder, adds a perfect touch of seasoning.
I finished my Corn Chowder and scraped the bottom with my spoon, determined to get every last bit.
his first course, Chris ordered the Slow-Roasted Pork Belly. His
description can be translated as delightfully rich, ever-so-slightly
crunchy on top, and meltingly tender underneath. In practice, his
description was a series of primordial moans, facial expressions of
surprise, and random words of exclamation.
My next course was the Fried Alabama Catfish, Stewed Tomato and Okra, and McEwen and Sons Grits.
catfish is fried southern-style – It is a crispy, cornmeal batter that
lends an awesome salty flavor to the fish. The stewed okra had a kick
to it that was sharp enough for my husband to appreciate and mild enough
for me to still enjoy.
followed up with the wild caught Gulf Shrimp and Grits. He did not
share this dish with me. He did not even offer, although he cleaned the
plate completely. Per him, the grits were wonderfully thick and creamy,
the shrimp perfectly firm, and he even ate the mushrooms – and he hates
mushrooms. And of course, he wasn’t opposed to the fact that half of the
lovely little pieces were not mushrooms, but thick chunks of bacon.
ended with the Southern-Banana Pudding, which was fabulous. It was
creamy and rich without being too sweet, and was a perfect way to end
the evening. Please note that this pudding is apparently prepared
separately from and served over fresh, crunchy vanilla wafers. This
innovation, according to my husband, is on a scale of societal change
somewhere between the invention of the wheel and the Internet.
Savannah is a wonderful example of high cuisine paired with local
sourcing, together creating a fabulous setting for casual southern
Disclosure: I was compensated my entrée in exchange
for participating as a Birmingham Restaurant Week blogger. We paid full
price for the rest of our meal, and my opinions are always my own.
Rachel is a Birmingham-Based Blogger who writes at Grasping for Objectivity and runs this networking site for all Alabama Bloggers.
She and her family love eating out, especially at local establishments
where the food is divine and kids are welcomed with open arms.