As time rolls on, I get more and more tips on what is going on with the area's food scene. There is so much happening, so much information to pass along, that I find it impossible sometimes to share it here. Once a month I publish "Random Ruminations" on my website, and it's one of our most popular posts every month. This month, I decided to share it here as well. There's a ton going on and you all should know about it. My "Random Ruminations" for October. Enjoy.
We need to start with a late programming note for those of you who enjoy our TV show on Sunday mornings. We will be airing for one week only at 5:30 a.m. this Sunday. Clearly a DVR situation. If you don't have a DVR, don't set your alarm. No show this week. We are back to normal Oct. 16.
We spoke to the owner of the two new Dunkin' Donuts being built in the Savannah area, one on Derenne and one in Pooler. I'm told the Savannah store is expected to open Nov. 1. Pooler, meanwhile, will follow on Dec. 1.
Huge congratulations to our friends at Cotton & Rye. They entered the Atlanta Wing Fest competition and walked away with ... yup, first place, beating out 24 other restaurants from around the South.
Speaking of Cotton & Rye, they are hosting a Southern Provisions Dinner on Oct. 19. It's part of the Savannah Food & Wine Festival and it's being billed as a preview event. Two other dinners will be held at Pacci Savannah and Local 11Ten. Tickets at www.savannahfoodandwinefest.com.
Do you enjoy Cracker Barrel? A story out last week says they are going "trendy" in an attempt to attract millennials. Seriously? There are about 350 jokes we could insert here. PBR on tap might be a good start.
Starbucks is now open on Bay Street between Barnard and Whitaker (next to Five Guys Burgers).
Totally random, but worth a mention because, well, why not. Carnegie Deli, an institution in New York City, will be closing at the end of the year. Pastrami on rye will never be the same.
Unless you visit Smith Brothers Butcher Shop - their new lunch counter is fantastic. Featuring, yes, house-made pastrami, as well as roast beef, smoked chicken sandwiches and more.
Meanwhile, Ben & Jerry's is coming to Broughton Street. See the full story at www.eatitandlikeit.com.
Savannah's very popular Greek Festival is this week, Oct. 6-8. The ever-popular Jewish Food Festival, Shalom Y'all, is coming up at the end of the month.
A fundraiser Oct. 10 at The Florence benefits Savannah's Urban Garden Alliance. The dinner features a whole hog, pizzas, oysters and more. Tickets are $75 per person. More information at www.sugacentral.org.
There's a new restaurant in downtown Savannah you should take a look at. It's called Kitchen 320, inside the B Historic Hotel on Montgomery and Harris streets near the Savannah Civic Center. Small bar, small dining room, but good food. We'll be talking a little more about them in the near future.
Japalenos Mexican Grill on Broughton Street opened last week to tremendous fanfare.
BBQ, Brews & Bluegrass is a great event out at Isle of Hope on Oct. 16. Food, live music and more, all benefiting the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah.
Meanwhile, if I had a nickel for every red-hot rumor about the opening of a restaurant in Savannah, I'd be wealthy. Good news is on the horizon, though. Lots.
Italian spot at 606 Abercorn? Coming soon. I spoke to a gentleman working on the space, and he said, "Two weeks." Let's hope for the end of the month. Trick or treat. I will keep you posted.
Across the street at 607 Abercorn adjacent to the Savannah Law School? The Fox and The Fig. Their website says: "Plant food, PERC Coffee, brunch, boozy milkshakes and raw desserts." Coming this winter.
The black beans at Blowin' Smoke Southern Cantina are very good. And sometimes I can be a black bean snob.
Artillery, a new cocktail bar on Bull Street, is open and absolutely gorgeous. Very glad to see more spots in Savannah moving in an elegant direction.
Alley Cat Lounge will open soon underneath Broughton Street. It's going to be beautiful as well. Owner tells me they are shooting for the third week in October.
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