Parmesan Crusted Sea Bass with SC Quail Hash at Elizabeth’s on 37th

First let me apologize for the quality of the image here, it really doesn’t do the dish justice. It didn’t help that I had already begun devouring it.

Elizabeth’s on 37th came highly recommended and all the reading I did about the restaurant only heightened my interest. So, on a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia we got reservations and headed down. The restaurant is located in a beautiful old southern mansion in downtown Savannah on one of many sleepy, tree lined streets. I was very excited.

The menu is right down my alley with fresh local sea food, locally sourced veg and herbs grown in house. I hate when I have looked at the menu online and made up my mind what to order, then come the specials and they sound amazing. I ordered a seasonal dish, Parmesan Crusted Sea Bass with South Carolina Quail Hash. It was amazing. My over all impression initially was it was under seasoned but the more I ate the more I got it. The fish was perfectly cooked and hash done this way was new and appreciated. Normally when I make a hash I cook the crap out of the potatoes to make them super crispy. In this dish the potato was super tender, probably not even fried. The jus was very earthy but not overly savory. This was a very delicate dish that let all the flavors of the ingredients stand together. Very nice!

Pecan Almond TartWhen indulging at a restaurant like this (on vacation no less), Jen and I will usually split a dessert. Our server suggested the Pecan Almond Tart by saying, “You won’t be disappointed”. We were not disappointed, WOW! If you go to this restaurant, get this dessert. It is basically a traditional pecan pie (sort of) with a buttery crust and topped with toasted almond slivers. The praline ice cream was perfect, PERIOD.

So if you can’t tell, I would highly recommend this restaurant. The price point is probably a little higher then most, with entrees from $30 and up. The atmosphere was very intimate and romantic and the staff were very attentive and helpful. On your next trip to Savannah check out Elizabeth’s on 37th, you won’t regret it.

Parmesan Crusted Sea Bass with SC Quail Hash at Elizabeth’s on 37th

Shrimp, Greens and Grits at Belford’s

On a recent trip, we had the pleasure to dine at Belford’s in the Landmark Historic District of Savannah, Georgia. Belford’s is located in an old brick building in the City Market area of downtown. Whenever I travel, being the foodie that I am, I do my research on local restaurants. I usually have reservations a week in advance and if they have an actual menu posted, I’ll know what I want (unless there is an amazing special). In my research Belford’s kept coming up, so we got reservations for the first night.

For some reason, when we walked in I immediately started bracing myself for a good not great meal. I don’t even know why, the atmosphere was great, the location was great and the staff was great. I had looked at their menu and already decided what I was going to get. It all looked great but I chose the "Shrimp, Greens and Grits", with a description like the following, how could I not.

Shrimp, Greens and Grits ($27)
Local shrimp sautéed with apple smoked bacon.
Served over buttery grit cakes, wilted collard greens and Chardonnay butter sauce.
Topped with diced tomatoes, green onions and Parmesan cheese

Jennifer chose the Cajun Lobster Ravioli ($30) which they describe as, lobster stuffed ravioli tossed with shrimp and scallops in a Cajun cream sauce, topped with diced tomatoes, green onions and feta cheese.

So let me say this meal was right up my alley. The shrimp were good (I’ve had better shrimp), the apple wood smoked bacon (an absolute favorite) added the smoky salty punch that shrimp need. I would compare the greens to the ones my Grandmother makes (THAT is high praise, believe me). The grits where triangle shaped fried cakes which definitely had some cream and butter in them. The cakes added that fried crunch that every meal should have some of. Believe it or not, the chardonnay butter sauce was very light but accented the rich meal very well. Finally the little bit of diced tomato and green onion added a some freshness and acidity, not too much, just enough. This meal was amazing.

Jennifer’s Cajun Lobster Ravioli, which you can see a little of in the upper right corner of the picture (sorry, this pic is bad, I know) above was amazing as well. I sampled a bit (Jen isn’t a big eater fortunately for me). The shrimp and scallops were on the small side but tasty. The ravioli and Cajun sauce where awesome (I would’ve liked a little more heat). The shocker to us both was the feta cheese. Neither of us would have ever thought that the feta would be so amazing in this dish, but it was.

If you’re in Savannah, I highly recommend this restaurant. The price point is on the higher side for most people but its worth it to splurge occasionally and you get a healthy portion.

Shrimp, Greens and Grits at Belford’s