Twenty-three upscale restaurants are participating in "Restaurant Week" and celebrating Savannah's unique culinary heritage by offering a prix fixe dinner menu.
As reported by Savannah Morning News, "This 10-Day celebration of Savannah’s restaurant scene pays homage to the culinary heritage that makes our city unique — and is held in tribute to the restaurants that are becoming such a vital part of Savannah’s tradition of hospitality!"
The celebration began on January 25th and continues through February 3rd, 2013. Participating restaurants are offering a 3-course, prix fixe dinner menu for only $30 per person. Among the restaurants participating in "Restaurant Week" are The Olde Pink House and Alligator Soul. The full list of participating restaurants can be found here.
The Olde Pink House Restaurant & Tavern. Savannah, Ga.
When deciding which among Savannah's finest restaurants to try, I took the recommendation of Jesse Blanco, a local news anchor at WTGS and host of the Emmy-nominated “Eat It and Like It,” who wrote, "Three courses for $30 is pretty tough to beat at any of the places taking part. At Alligator Soul and a couple of others, it is an absolute steal — and a must try."
I made my way to 114 Barnard Street in the Historic District and walked down the stairway to the entrance to Alligator Soul. I arrived early in the evening and found the professional, efficient and friendly staff at Alligator Soul preparing for a busy night. The waiter reminded me that it is "Restaurant Week" and showed me the placard outlining their 3-course offering options.
Alligator Soul's "Welcome to Restaurant Week" placard. Savannah, Ga.
It was not an easy task deciding which appetizer, entree, and dessert to order. Finally, I selected the Alligator Soul House Salad, Duck and Tasso Ham Jambalaya, and Chocolate Torte. Realizing, though, that alligator, which was mandatory in my mind, was not among the offerings, I ordered a "Cajun Gator" appetizer from the regular menu, which consisted of "Grilled Okefenokee Gator Tail and Smoked Andouille Sausage ~ Skewered with Pickled Pepper ~ Organic Vidalia Onion Marmalade."
To say that everything was superb does not due it justice. But it is the Chocolate Torte that truly won over my taste buds, and my heart. The Flourless Chocolate Torte consists of "Vahlrona Dark Chocolate Torte ~ White Chocolate Mousse ~ Chambord Reduction," according to Alligator Soul's Facebook page, and it was delicious!
According to Blanco, Restaurant Week is "the twice-a-year celebration of Savannah’s best. It’s a celebration because it gives you the opportunity to try them at a very reasonable cost."
I certainly had one of the best meals of my life at Alligator Soul and look forward to tasting more of the best cuisine Savannah has to offer in the future. The near future.