Surfeit in Savannah
It ain’t easy eatin’ healthy in Savannah, that’s for sure! Come hungry to this Southern town, because the food is famous – and equally fattening. But that’s part of the fun. Besides, if you’re not out touring Savannah all day by bike, you’re doing it all wrong anyway! Make sure to hit Clary’s Cafe for a full breakfast. This greasy spoon has been serving up fried eggs and corned beef hash since 1903, and the staff is sweet and sassy like right out of a a sitcom.
Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room is essential. A line gathers each morning and at 11am the doors of Mrs. Wilkes’ famed boarding house swing open. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. The fixins’ are served family style among friends and strangers sharing tables of ten. The food is beyond delicious – just don’t forget to bus your plate before you go. ‘Dems the rules.
Sometimes you pull off the side of the road and order ribs. When in Savannah, you might as well try the local spots outside the Historic District, too. Randy’s Bar B Q is a little road side stand big on keeping it real.
Bourbon Bacon Brownies, I mean!!! These little Tex Mex heart attacks were homemade by my favorite coffee shop in Savannah, Foxy Loxy. I tried Gallery Espresso, The Sentient Bean, Goose Feathers, but no shop came close to the fresh brewed goodness at Foxy. The best.
Today’s dreamy lunch locale: Grand Cafe De La Poste. Casablanca meets The Jane Hotel in Marrakech vibes.
After the Parkinson’s Walk, we hit Johnny Mañana’s in East Falls. Their margs are strong, fish tacos tasty and tag line amusing: ‘The good, the bad, and the burrito.’ Cheers to that. Will definitely be back.
Chorizo, lobster and lime reveal their unexpectedly lascivious side in still life photographers Metz + Racine’s saucy homage to London’s newest hotspot, La Bodega Negra. I feel like lobsters are having a moment.
Thank you Von Deren Films for the most delicious homemade granola ever. The recipe is from Eleven Madison Park. Shhh…don’t tell!
Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria
Sneak peak at Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria, the restaurant’s lovely new offshoot on Great Jones Street. Cured meats, cheeses, oils, jams + more! Much of which can be found no where else in the States. PS They’re serving Panther Coffee, a legit Miami-based specialty coffee roaster established by former Stumptown Coffee peeps. Rawr, it’s good!
Strolling East Village on a Sunday
Instead of ‘escaping’ the city this weekend, I reconnected with it – primarily the East Village. I’ve had nine lives in that neighborhood for sure. But I don’t find myself there very often as most of my friends have decamped for Brooklyn or less crowded ‘hoods. So it was a delight to rediscover some hidden gems – and to see what’s new – as I mosied around with some good friends.
Brunching is so ’90s. But it is great to have a go-to when the time calls. And that place is Vandaag: hands down the best place in New York that you’re not going to. Get there.