Kainan Restaurant

I was in the mood for curry, and that’s what I ordered. But the best reason to try this Whitemarsh Island restaurant is to sample the authentic Filipino dishes on the menu.

You’ll find a smattering of Thai, a nice range of Vietnamese dishes and, to my knowledge, the only selection of Filipino food in Savannah.

The Filipino food honors the owner’s roots.

My “street team” tells me that among the Filipino favorites are Pancit Kanton – chicken and shrimp sauteed with egg noodles, carrot, cabbage, bamboo, and Shiitake mushrooms that is garnished with hard–boiled egg, scallion and lime.
I’m anxious to return in order to sample Kaldereta, a spicy hearty stew with braised beef and liverwurst in tomato sauce, potato, green peas and bell pepper. Globe-trotting foodies who have a taste for indigenous Filipino chow will certainly want to order Pork Dinuguan, an extremely authentic pork blood stew with meat simmered in thick gravy and seasoned with chile peppers, garlic and vinegar.

Kinda make my red curry with chicken seem mild. And it was.

There was plenty of spicy heat – not too hot – and the dish was rich with flavors and textures. Tender chicken was joined by julienne of red and green bell pepper, bamboo shoots, sliced carrots and onion to create a very satisfying and savory luncheon dish.

The food was delivered quickly – and was excellent. Service was attentive and informative. The d cor belies the humble strip center facade. There is a small, functional wine list that blends nicely with a fairly wide range of cuisines.

4700 Highway 80 E, Suite F/897–1559

Seasons of Japan open in Pooler

This popular regional restaurant group has opened a new location in Pooler, in the new Publix Shopping Center on Pooler Parkway. If you’re a Seasons ’ fan, you know the menu: Hibachi–style dishes, as well as sushi.

456 Pooler Parkway

Bar is open at Wright Square Cafe

You can now buy a round for the house, or simply a nice bottle of wine with dinner at Wright Square Cafe’s Sandfly location. The folks have been rockin’ the house since they opened the doors, and the past Valentine’s Day weekend was darned near standing room only most nights.



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Tim Rutherford grew up in rural Kentucky – then left home to pursue more than three decades as a photojournalist and newsman. A ground-breaking meal in New Orleans in 1979 set him on a path exploring food and wine. Six years ago he changed career paths – now spending his time writing about the people and places... more

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