The Lutons Take Savannah

Scott and I had a long-awaited trip to Savannah BY OURSELVES this past weekend.  We don’t get date nights very often, and get away by ourselves even less often, so when we have the opportunity to get away, we take it!  Scott had a work event on Saturday, so after my mom arrived Thursday night to watch the kids, and we dropped Brantley off at school Friday morning, we hit the road!

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Scott took phone calls and worked the whole way down, and I drank coffee, took naps and read magazines!  We got down to Savannah early afternoon and had to do some set-up for Scott’s work event, then we checked into the Marriott right on the river.  We were able to watch the huge container ships pulling through the Savannah harbor right out our window!

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So, we watched the ships for a bit, rested, and got ready to go enjoy the amazing food that Savannah has to offer.  By the way, our trip pretty much revolved around food, so if you’re dieting or don’t want to see a ton of photos of delicious appetizers, entrees, and desserts, then stop reading now!

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We headed down to Vic’s on the River for some appetizers before we went to dinner with Scott’s partner and his wife, and it was delicious, as usual.  Vic’s is one of the top 10 restaurants in Savannah, and one of our favorite places to go!  We always hit it for appetizers or lunch, though, and decided that next time we’re in Savannah, we’ll make it our dinner spot!

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We ordered a bottle of white wine and three appetizers to share.  Their appetizer special: a charcuterie board with prosciutto de parma, cappacola, brie, blue cheese, romano cheese, baby gherkins and candied tomatoes with crostini.  We like to make cheese plates for snacks in the evenings on a pretty regular basis, and so this was right up our alley, and really good.  But, the Baked Oysters and the Crab Cake were amazing.  I have never tasted oysters so creamy and so delicious.  And the crab cake was so fresh and full of lump crab meat, not starchy binders. It was the perfect start to the evening!

Since we usually eat dinner between 5 and 6 so we can get the kids fed to bed early (or we try), our 8:00 dinner reservations were much later than what we are used to.  Good thing we did go to Vic’s, because we were hungry again by 8:00!  We decided to venture outside of the historical district and go to a newer restaurant, The Florence.  The Florence is one of Chef Hugh Acheson’s restaurants, of whom you may know from Top Chef (he’s a judge), or from some of his popular Athens restaurants (The National and Five & Ten, which is one of our favorites), or his Atlanta restaurant, Empire State South.  The Florence, though is different from his typical new Southern style fare, and offers a delicious Italian menu.  We shared pork belly and spring pea bruschetta, and I had the Black Bucatini pasta with spicy sausage, shrimp and clams.  I haven’t had pasta in quite some time, and this dish was definitely worth the wait!  It was amazing, and I nearly licked the bowl clean.

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We decided to share the Italian Doughnuts for dessert, and even though my pasta was terrific, the doughnuts were the highlight of the meal!  They were served with a caramel sauce, a chocolate ganache, and a chantilly cream, which I literally did scoop out of the little bowl and ate by itself.  I gave our meal two thumbs up.

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Since Scott had a very early morning, we decided to call it a night and went back to the hotel, and just crashed.  So, Scott left for his event at about 6am Saturday morning, and so I spoiled myself and slept in until 8, and stayed in the bed until 10!  `

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I finally got up and leisurely got showered and dressed, and headed out to lunch with Scott’s partner’s wife, Peggy!

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We had a gorgeous day on our hands, so we walked down the riverwalk back to Vic’s for lunch! I made the most of it and had a few Bloody Marys!  Peggy and I split an order of Fried Green Tomatoes with a tomato jam (amazing), and I had a wedge salad and good ole Fried Shrimp for lunch.  It was so delicious and so fresh and totally hit the spot.  And after both she and I ate enough to feed a family of 6, we hit the pavement again, to burn off some calories, enjoy the beautiful weather, and do a little shopping!

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The only shop I wanted to make sure I visited was The Paris Market.  So we headed to Broughton Street, and browsed through all the pretties and even picked up a few fun things for myself!  And of course, we had to sample from the case of delicate and beautiful pastries, so we had a n iced latte and a few macarons before we left!  And might I add, that I have tried french macarons a few times and have never been impressed.  But these were delicious!

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So we finished our shopping (and eating), and went to meet Scott and Peter at their event.  Peter and Peggy had to head back to Atlanta, so we went back to the hotel changed clothes, rested a minute, and got ready for the highlight of our trip, dinner at The Olde Pink House (I know it seems like all we did was eat, right?!).

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We ate at The Olde Pink House the last time we were in Savannah, and had an incredible experience.  The food was amazing, the service was on point, and it was really a great night.  So we were hoping to recreate that evening, and except for a few snafus with our service (we were served our entrees with no forks, and couldn’t get the attention of any of the waitstaff for a few minutes to bring them to us!), it was wonderful.  We got there early so we could enjoy a few cocktails (dirty martinis) and just unwind for a while.  We were seated and dove right into the menu!  We got a bottle of white wine, and started with a dozen oysters, shrimp cocktail and a crab cake.  ALL was delicious!  For our next course, I had She-Crab Soup and Scott had Fried Green Tomato BLT Salad, which was probably the best thing we had all night!  It was just the most perfect dish with brown sugar candied bacon, cornmeal fried tomatoes, and a creamy dressing that pulled everything together.  It was so, so good.  For our entrees, Scott had the special, which was a crab stuffed mahi-mahi with mashed potatoes and green beans.  I had the seared scallops with mashed potatoes and asparagus, which I could hardly finish because I was so full!  But of course, we made some room for dessert, and got the special, which was a salted caramel cheesecake, and was the perfect end to an amazing meal.

We got back to the hotel and Scott had ordered a bottle of champagne for us for when we got back, so sweet!  I had less than a glass before I fell asleep!!  What a fun day we had and all the incredible food we enjoyed together!

We took it easy on Sunday morning, took our time getting up and getting dressed, and had room service for breakfast before we left for home.  In 4 hours, we were back home to reality, to our babies, and my amazing mom who had braved the three of them all weekend with my Dad!  We were happy to be home and back to the kids, and we had also had such a great getaway that enabled us to reconnect a bit and tune into each other without the distraction of everyday life.

Thanks to my parents for watching the kids and letting us get away, and thanks to Scott, my wonderful husband for a wonderful trip to one of our very favorite places.  Can’t wait to head back down to Savannah again soon!

 

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