Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Olde Pink House

While vacationing in South Carolina I took a slight detour to Savannah.  It was only about 45 minutes from where I was staying in S. Carolina and, after reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
, I knew I needed to explore the city.  If you haven't read the book I strongly suggest you do; if you truly dislike reading I suppose you can rent the movie but be warned that it doesn't hold a candle to the book.  There's a reason that the book was a bestseller!

Anyway, I started off the day with a tour by Savannah Dan after finding him through a quick Google Search.  I had a fantastic time with Dan as he walked the small tour group through some of the city's 22 squares.  Savannah is a beautiful city with very interesting history and, much to my liking, the historic core is supremely walkable.  After living in Los Angeles for three years I truly appreciate a city through which one can walk.  I will update this post with pictures once I can load them from my camera -- I know, I know, I'm so 20th century... that iPhone 4S can't come soon enough (three days)!

Forsyth Park
Once the tour was over I asked Savannah Dan for restaurant recommendations.  He recommended The Olde Pink House, a restaurant just a stone's throw from where the tour ended in Reynolds Square.  I sauntered over to the restaurant and was surprised by the decor inside.  It is immediately apparent that there is a lot of history in the restaurant and, once seated, I asked my waitress how old the restaurant is.  She told me that it is more than two-hundred years old, built before the Revolutionary War.  It was great to eat in such a historic place!

When I asked the waitress about a specific item I was interested in on the menu and its ability to be made gluten free, she said "Oh y'all should have told me!  We have a gluten free menu.  Let me go over and get it for y'all."  I love southern hospitality!  She brought me back the gluten free menu and my decision was quickly made in favor of the Fish Tacos.  I also ordered the pink lemonade, in the spirit of being in the South.  While a mint julep sounded nice, I wasn't ready for alcohol that early in the day.  The Fish Tacos were served in a deconstructed manner with three blue corn tortillas that appeared to have been baked; they weren't completely crispy but were definitely crispier than a normal soft taco.  Also on the plank on which the Tacos were served: guacamole, mahi mahi with cilantro sauce, chopped lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese and sour cream.  I really enjoyed the deconstructed manner in which the dish was served because I was able to decide how much guac, cheese, or pico de gallo I wanted on each taco.  The tortillas were delicious too!

I was so surprised that The Olde Pink House was so ready with a gluten free menu; I wish I had asked right when I walked in!  This is definitely a great spot, particularly if you have just taken a tour by Savannah Dan, which I definitely recommended.  Overall, a terrific trip to Savannah!

Do you love it or do you love it?
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The Olde Pink House (no official site available)
23 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401 (Map)

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