Weekend Getaway: Savannah, GA

Weekend Getaway: Savannah, GA

Savannah is just far enough to feel like a vacation, but close enough to not require serious travel. With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, we beat the heat and left the city for some sea breezes. 

We got there just in time for brunch and stopped at B. Matthew's.

 I got the eggs benedict because I wanted to try something new. It wasn't that great and I regret not getting the pancakes, as is my tendency.

I got the eggs benedict because I wanted to try something new. It wasn't that great and I regret not getting the pancakes, as is my tendency.

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I love Savannah because it's so walkable. With the right shoes, you can get around the city without having to take a cab or bus. I've had the pleasure of going to Savannah several times, but my favorite was definitely in the 8th grade. It was one of my first long(ish) trips away from home, super hot and muggy (May in Georgia can be brutal), and my feet hurt constantly from the many hours spent touring the historic sites, but I still had the time of my life. 

Still could've done without all of the homework, though.

 This was one of my favorite restaurants when I went to Savannah in 8th grade. Sadly, I couldn't get my parents to come with me, even with the promise of actual pirates and possible treasure.

This was one of my favorite restaurants when I went to Savannah in 8th grade. Sadly, I couldn't get my parents to come with me, even with the promise of actual pirates and possible treasure.

From there we went to Tybee Island, which has a really cool pavilion and a nice beach vibe, but not very nice water. I wore a white one piece that day and it was gray by the time we got back to our hotel.

We didn't come back out until the sun came down. While I would've loved to go to a certain candy shop and have fudge for dinner, I was outnumbered and the hunt for real food began. My parents remembered a restaurant near City Market that they'd gone to once with live music. The streets were so bright, and with a bit of imagination we could've easily been in New Orleans.

Jazz'd is actually underground, which isn't uncommon for restaurants in Savannah. I think Paula Deen's place is the same way. Despite my not being 21 yet (a few more days but I'm certainly not counting), they were nice enough to accommodate us for dinner. What followed was my first experience in tapas-style dining, but with more of an American flair.

 Creole tomato dip with goat cheese.  So  good. I kept getting bread refills for this one.

Creole tomato dip with goat cheese. So good. I kept getting bread refills for this one.

 Lamb chops with mashed potatoes. I could've eaten this all night, too.

Lamb chops with mashed potatoes. I could've eaten this all night, too.

 Salmon croquettes

Salmon croquettes

 My buffalo chicken naan flatbread. Just the right balance of creamy and spicy.

My buffalo chicken naan flatbread. Just the right balance of creamy and spicy.

 More salmon with greens

More salmon with greens

 Tenderloin tips in an olive and bleu cheese brûlée

Tenderloin tips in an olive and bleu cheese brûlée

The lamb and the tomato dip were the clear winners of the night, and if we were hungrier I would gone for the truffle frites, chorizo sliders, beef tacos, and more lamb. 

All that savory goodness had to be balanced out with something sweet, and after careful consideration, I decided on the flourless chocolate torte.

 Why didn't y'all tell me about flourless chocolate tortes? Why did you let me go twenty years without experiencing this brand of bliss knowing GOOD AND WELL that I am a level eighty-leven chocoholic? Anyways...

Why didn't y'all tell me about flourless chocolate tortes? Why did you let me go twenty years without experiencing this brand of bliss knowing GOOD AND WELL that I am a level eighty-leven chocoholic? Anyways...

Needless to say, I slept like a rock.

The next morning's brunch at The Funky Brunch Cafe was close to perfect. They give people the option to make their pancakes right at the table, but those tables had an incredibly long wait and we were far too hungry for all of that. Maybe one day, when it's not so hot outside and we're not in a hurry to get to the beach.

 You can't tell, but these are strawberry-chocolate chip pancakes.  *swoon*

You can't tell, but these are strawberry-chocolate chip pancakes. *swoon*

 My mom's french toast. I may have had a little food envy....it's possible.

My mom's french toast. I may have had a little food envy....it's possible.

We spent a few hours at Hilton Head. Much better water and I got to go shell hunting, which was great. That evening I went out and spent a few hours on River Street on my own, where I finally got that fudge I wanted.

 Make no mistake, I am #TeamCandyKitchen all the way. But River Street Sweets is pretty good too. And their placement (on the opposite end of the street) is fairly smart for both companies, for obvious reasons. 

Make no mistake, I am #TeamCandyKitchen all the way. But River Street Sweets is pretty good too. And their placement (on the opposite end of the street) is fairly smart for both companies, for obvious reasons. 

The next morning we didn't do much except eat and walk around some more. The creole omelettes at Huey's were very good, but the beignets really stole the show.

 I wanted to shrink down to the size of an ant, snuggle in the sugary pillows, and sleep forever.

I wanted to shrink down to the size of an ant, snuggle in the sugary pillows, and sleep forever.

All in all, it was a restful and delicious trip :)

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