I am by no means a food expert, and you will never catch me referring to myself as a foodie. I’m usually just as happy to dive into a basket of tots and a gyro wrap at the Flatiron here in East Atlanta as I am to dine at a “nice” restaurant.
But there are exceptions to every rule. Our favorite Brazilian restaurant (which got a new name recently, and for the life of me I can’t remember what it is), Capitol Grill, and Mario Batali’s restaurant CarneVino in Las Vegas are a few that stand out in my mind.
On Friday, Ed and I drove down to Savannah to celebrate an early Christmas with Mom. She knows the head chef at 17Hundred90, so she suggested that we go there for dinner. I’ve stayed at that historic inn a few times over the years, and I’ve visited their bar, but somehow I’d never managed to eat in their little restaurant. Ed and I quickly agreed to the suggestion: 17Hundred90 is a historic building and home of the ghost story about a maid named Anna. I’ve heard half a dozen variations about Anna, but it has to be one of the most popular ghost stories about Savannah…and if you’ve ever been to Savannah, you know that’s saying a lot.
In short, dinner was an excellent experience from start to finish. John, the chef, came out to chat with us, and he surprised us by sending out goat cheese salads and carpaccio for all of us to get things started. When I eat raw beef of my own free will, you know it must be good. I had a filet mignon with veggies for my entree, and loved every bite.
The service was great, as well. Our server mentioned to us that Savannah Paranormal Investigators were there that evening, preparing to do a bit of ghost hunting in room 204, which is said to have been Anna’s room. Of course the subject of my book came up, and before long our server was leading me into the bar to introduce me to the investigation team. It was a neat opportunity for me, and a cool coincidence that we were there at the same time as them. If you get a chance to go to Savannah, definitely check out 17Hundred90 for a meal. If you’re a fan of ghost stories, that’s even more reason to eat there.