lunching / restaurant review / savannah

lunching in the 912 part 1

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briefly mentioned in my brunch bunch post, soho has not received the recognition it deserves. an old mechanic’s garage turned chic wedding venue and one of my favorite lunch spots, soho is arguably the hottest downtown lunch/brunch spot. randomly assorted chairs and tables are scattered throughout a huge, open dining area. while floor to ceiling windows and contemporary furniture create a lavish space in the newly-renovated bar area. it is truly a travesty this place only offers brunch and lunch.
the entire menu is under $13, offering sandwich and soup classics with the most divine twists. a three-cheese melt & pimento aioli on grilled white bread,  the monte cristo, and a salmon croquette over grit cakes are only a few of the mouth-watering options. “get it while it’s hot,” has a whole new meaning at soho, considering they’re only open for 4 hours monday-friday (11 am – 3 pm). they give you an extra hour on weekends (10 am – 3 pm).
on my latest trip to soho, i “researched” the salmon BLT, asparagus soup (a special) and the soho signature salad. i was hungry.

Asparagus Soup – chicken stock, heavy cream, roasted asparagus puree, roasted garlic, and chunks of roasted asparagus (SO much yummier than it sounds!)
SOHO Signature Salad- mixed greens with apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, boursin croutons & balsamic herb vinaigrette
Grilled Salmon BLT – grilled bun with herb mayo, juicy salmon, bacon, spinach & tomato
i’ve researched a few other items on their menu including the “Original Tomato Basil Bisque,” a carafe or two of mimosas, and of course the “Low Country Shrimp & Grits.” soho is the ideal spot for lunching with coworkers or a fancier brunch spot downtown with the girls.

definitely make soho a must on your lunch list.


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relatively new to the savannah scene, collins quarter made it’s away across the pacific in august of 2014. named for a famous street in Melbourne, it symbolizes all that i think australia would be; charming, airy, fresh and unique in all the best ways. facing all of the triumphs of a new restaurant and working with a mere SIX burners, our food was delivered relatively quickly. we were a bit disappointed to find out they did not serve bloody marys, but found solace in the mimosas 🙂
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Beaufort Artisan Bakery Toast, feta, cherry tomatoes, lemon, radish, topped with sesame seeds

since my visit, CQ has begun a dinner service and become infamous for their australian-inspired “breakkie” and espresso bar; i will report back on my findings! i have also heard they do in fact sell liquor now! as for lunch, collins quarter delivers an innovative approach to the humdrum of your typical lunch break.

this is probably one of the greatest spots in the city for people-watching.

surrounded by windows and outdoor seating on the corner of bull and york streets – you are guaranteed to see someone driving the wrong way and/or watch a tourist walk directly into traffic.

logo700 drayton sits pretty on the corner of drayton and hall streets directly across from forsyth park, attached to the Mansion on Forsyth Park boutique hotel. the name implies it’s exuberance at every level. the Mansion offers an art gallery, gorgeous event spaces, a luxurious spa and six private dining rooms. formerly the Keyton Mansion, this one-of-a-kind spot shows the diversity of savannah’s dining scene. spectacular high ceilings, eclectic art work paired with leopard print furniture has you ‘ooo-ing’ and ‘aah-ing’ the moment you enter.

while waiting for the rest of our party, we wandered through the hotel, stumbling upon a stunning hat display, antique jewelry, hundreds of thousands of dollars of artwork, and this fountain… just your average lunch break.

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time to eat.

12 ice waters later, it was time for a cocktail. we ordered the “Savannah In Bloom,” otherwise known as “too pretty to drink.”
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Sparkling wine, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, hibiscus syrup and edible hibiscus flower.
they offer a pretty small menu, but everything sounded delicious and is reasonably priced. i chose the Crispy Shrimp Po Boy Banh Mi with a side salad ($13).
bahn mi sandwich
Flash-fried shrimp, cucumber, fresh jalapeno, aromatic herbs, & sriracha remoulade on a french baguette.
my girlfriend got the Baja Street Fish Tacos ($13). all lunch items come with your choice of fries, sweet potato fries or a side salad with a yummy house vinaigrette.
shrimp tacos
Achote grilled grouper, crispy cabbage, salsa verde, onions, & cilantro.
i recommend 700 drayton as a great lunch spot for out of town guests; it’s perfect forsyth park location is unmatched and unique atmosphere create the memorable savannah experience your guests are looking for. 700 drayton is also a perfect place for a fun lunch with girlfriends. since my visit, i’ve heard 700 drayton hosts cooking classes and is one of the best spots in savannah for a romantic date night. looks like i’ll be back for more “research.” stay tuned! 🙂

cheers, hannah

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