Our 7th season of Eat It and Like It began in the heart of Savannah in the Starland District. While some of the area we showed you in the show isn’t exactly considered “Starland” (the purists might object), the area we generally discussed is the Bull Street corridor running from South of Forsyth Park all the way to Victory Drive.
There is a lot of great food on that-not even mile long-strip of the city. The neighborhoods are in transition, frankly, with some blocks farther along than others when you apply a standard definition of gentrification.
We couldn’t get to everyone in the area for the episode. There is more great food than we discussed with more on the horizon. All of that said, here is a short list of who we featured on our first show of 2017-18.
Starland Cafe is an old converted home on a residential side street. No sign out front. You either know where you are going or you do not. It’s a beautiful space for lunch. Their sandwiches, salads and soups are as good as any in the city. While they are planning to offer dinner service down the road, they are only open now 11am-3pm. Try the tomato soup. We absolutely love it.
Bull Street Taco is a self-proclaimed “Gringo Taco Joint” and that is very fair. If you are looking for the deep traditional flavors of the heart of Mexico, this is not your spot. If you are looking for some creative versions of street tacos straight off of the California coast, some tasty margaritas, in a great neighborhood atmosphere, then Bull Street Taco is your spot. The guacamole is a stand out with pistachios added for texture. The goat’s milk churros are so popular, the baker who makes them for Bull Street had to purchase additional machinery to keep up with demand. They are outstanding as well.
Owner Jason Restivo used an interesting term to describe his first restaurant when we spoke to him. “Affordable Luxury” is something that a lot of restaurants SAY they’d like to be, but not too many deliver on that promise. Atlantic absolutely does. Chef Lauren Teague got the job because her approach is simple. From a grilled cheese sandwich, to scallops to something like a braised lamb on bread pudding. She doesn’t make anything too dolled-up. Nothing here is over thought or presented. Solid food in about as good a ‘family neighborhood’ atmosphere as you will find in Savannah. No reservations accepted. Walk ins only, which especially on the weekends, can get tricky. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Enjoy. CLICK HERE to watch episode
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