It’s that time again, folks.

Yes, time for my new column. OK, yes, time for that last snap of freezing temperatures to rear their ugly head. But, what I really mean is it’s time for Savannah Restaurant Week!

And what a time of the year for it. The best way to hole up against the winter storm is to pop from one delicious winter cavern kitchen to the next for some restaurant respite despite the brutal chill in the air, by the river and beyond the sea. There’s plenty of time to visit them all, as the festivities run from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5. What a way to raise the bar on a normally low season of excitement in Savannah.

This year’s restaurant murderer’s row for Restaurant Week is an impressive one to say the least.

Here goes: 17 Hundred 90 Inn & Restaurant, 22 Square, 700 Drayton, 1540 Room, a.Lure, Alligator Soul, Aqua Star, Barracuda Bob’s, Castaways, Cohen’s Retreat, Corleone’s, Lizzy’s Tequila Bar & Grill, Prohibition, River House Seafood, Rocks On The River, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Howlin Hound, The Shrimp Factory, and Vic’s On The River

Whew, that’s a mouthful. And a stomachful!

 

Locals will recognize some familiar names from River Street, as well as the major thoroughfares in downtown, while a lot of us will be tourists to the menus of newer establishments. There are also some chain names that are super recognizable. Let’s whisk through some of the highlights that look to be key visits of Restaurant Week before we actually head out and sample them all.

I’m a sucker for Savannah style and the city’s antiquated beauty, and 700 Drayton represents that better than most. Georgia-native Chef Blake has conjured some culinary magic inside the mansion, dropping a three-course menu that includes a possible 24 new combinations for a paltry $30. They could charge a twenty-spot just to walk past the entrance of this place, so you’d better dive in on dishes like pepper-smoked bacon oysters, root vegetable gnocchi with caramelized Forysth Farmers Market mushrooms, and even a panna cotta with a grape and basil puree!

 

Those who have been to Alligator Soul know that sucker packs a mean bite, but what they’ve got cued up for Restaurant Week is just plain deadly. Actually, there’s nothing plain about it. Go for the crispy duck wings glazed with sweet chili and sambal, the gator and pork belly burger, or the bison short ribs, maybe? Sounds fine to me.

It just looks weird to start a sentence with the word “a.Lure,” so I’ll drop their name here in the middle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start at the beginning of the alphabet for your Restaurant Week jaunt. For just $20 they’ll pair you with the perfect wines for your three courses, which include a fresh mystery soup made daily, old school shrimp and grits, and a peanut butter and white chocolate torte. Yes, please!

Well, I’ve said a mouthful, and – everybody now – a stomachful this time. But, enough from me. Put on that fuzzy parka, tie up those boots and get ready to loosen those belts as you head out into Restaurant Week.

 

Nick Margiasso IV represents his lineage by writing about food, but he’s also a professional tennis coach and musician eating up all life has to offer.