“All my life/ I never knew/ What I could be/ What I could do/ Then we were new.”
Those are the words of Paul McCartney. Macca, as he’s called — not by me, I’m not that famous to call Paul McCartney anything — was always my favorite Beatle for a lot of reasons. Mostly, it’s because he was never afraid to step out into the unknown. He was never scared to try something fresh, something new.
With a new year beginning, and a new restaurant week about to be behind us, 2019 has a lot of newness to it still. And that’s where this week takes us, as we peek at some new dishes and places on the block that are stirring the pot in very good, very new ways.
In the basement of The Alida Hotel is a place classier and much more delicious than most basements. The Rhett is a new eatery in a fabulous location off the beaten path, yet right near the beating heart of River Street — just the place where you can still get in on what’s good before it gets too popular, because it’s about to.
Looking like a leftover set from the filming of a dining scene in the show “Mad Men,” The Rhett offers a fine menu for every meal, but it’s the breakfast/brunch that is really doing some different things.
From the fully-loaded, locally-sourced coffee list to favorite brunch libations, you certainly won’t go thirsty. The breakfast staples have been turned on their head, too, but in the very best way.
The Rhett has upped the brunch game in Savannah with dishes like the Italian zeppole dessert masquerading as a whole French toast — think funnel cake if you’ve never been so lucky to eat the little ethnic doughnut at an Italian fair — and the poached-style floating egg on a bed of crispy ham and creamed greens.
Moving on to a place all Savannahians know and love — and all tourists drool over whether they stay there or not — 700 Drayton has been the gem of The Mansion off of the west side of Forsyth Park for years. But, the inspirations behind some of their new features straight off the Restaurant Week menu are freshening things up.
Their Mansion Salad is an absolute next level way to start a meal. Honestly, it’ll probably be better than anything you’ll eat all week, generally, with its Ritz cracker crouton coating, fried egg, peppered bacon and homemade dressing on an iceberg wedge. When followed by the no less than stunning seared coastal grouper atop a homemade squid ink pasta in a white wine reduction sauce, well what else can you say except Chef Blake nailed it.
And before the dying embers of the night have burned out, you know you are looking for the GPS to get you to World of Beers. Well, now you don’t have to bring in your own food anymore. The menu is no slouch, serving up pub-style classics with a savvy twist. Their giant beer cheese pretzel is known around the town by now, as well as their classic wings. But, it’s things like the steak flatbread drenched in balsamic bliss, as well as the street tacos, ranging from fish to chicken to barbacoa, that really raise their game to another level.
Don’t forget to check in on their rotating tap of local beers, which include honey-infused hops from Savannah Bee Company.
Well, that’s some of the best newness around, folks. So, get out there and go wild in the name of explorative eating.
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.