Random ruminations from the food scene


Jesse Blanco
Burger at Ardsley Station

A couple of weeks ago we briefly set the table for some of the eats we can expect along the Savannah landscape in 2022. At the time we told you about the 4 biggies we knew about and promised there would be others. A week later, one of those biggies we’d known about but weren’t at liberty to share made national news. Vogue Magazine to be exact. What is it, you ask?

Lucía is an Italian concept Pizzeria Vittoria owner Kyle Jacovino has been wanting to bring to Savannah for years. To his credit, he executed his pizza vision somewhat perfectly first, now he’s planning to build on that. Lucía is coming to the Starland District in Savannah featuring grinders during the day and pastas at night. That project is still roughly 12-14 months away. But it is coming.

Sticking in that part of town for now, now open on Whitaker Street is The Garage at Victory North. It is in the space previously occupied by Troupial coffee shop. The Garage has a good looking menu of small plates and a full liquor bar. I’m very much looking forward to a visit there. 

Meanwhile, Troupial is moving directly across Whitaker into a newly refurbished older home. They will re-open soon. In the meantime, you can find Majo and her magic at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market.

Speaking of the Farmer’s Market, they made the big announcement last week that they were retiring the food truck they’d been using for a number of years and beginning a fundraiser to purchase another. You will undoubtedly be hearing more about this going forward, but if you can see the full story right now at eatitandlikeit.com

From the “Call it like I see it”  Department... the burger at Ardsley Station is fantastic and the pizza at Hop Atomica is dramatically improved from my last two visits there.

Similarly, if you have not tried the grilled cheese at Finches Sandwiches and Sundries, shame on you. 

We’ve gotten several inquiries about Winter Restaurant Week in Savannah. There will not be one. Knowing what we know about staffing shortages across the board, it would not have been the smartest move to approach restaurants with this idea right now. That said, we are planning one later this year.

For those of you who aren’t allergic to the Talmadge Bridge, Bluffton/Hilton Head Restaurant Week begins on January 29 and will run through February 5.

If you enjoy road trips, join us just over an hour away on Jekyll Island for Whiskey Wine and Wildlife. The most beautiful food festival on the Georgia Coast. 100 yards off of the beach. If you use the promo code EALI10 you will save $10 on General Admission tickets. Don’t say we’ve never given you anything.

Oak 36 at the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center will be closed for the better part of this week after a small kitchen fire last weekend. Work to clean it up has been ongoing. Check with them before you make plans to head over there.

About The Author

Jesse Blanco

One of the most recognizable personalities in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island television market, Jesse Blanco is sometimes called "Savannah's Anthony Bourdain." His 'Eat It and Like It' show has become a major regional brand in the foodie world.
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