Both of these wonderful southern towns have not only historic character, but a gold mine of good food.
Funny fact, my friend Lubna and I are both not very big southern food fans.. I know, I know.. how am I a North Carolinian? But you know what the positive side is to this? TONS of Mexican, Indian, and Mediterranean food. YUM.
As we were traveling into Georgia on the way to Jacksonville on Thanksgiving.. nothing was open EXCEPT Cracker Barrel. So… we stopped. It was quite an interesting meal. I’m pretty sure we put our waiter in a shocked state when we asked him, “Do any of these vegetables have meat in them?”. It was a good time.
After this stop, we made it to our AirBNB in Jacksonville.. the Airbnb was right in the heart of San Pedro (downtown Jacksonville). We searched Indian restaurants, in hopes to find something open during Thanksgiving and we ended up at Maa Kitchen. The yummy Pessarattu was something I had never tried before, but Lubna and I were very pleased with the taste and awesome conversations with our waiter(s). (I also started buying cream of wheat after our visit to this restaurant).
Onto the next day, we HAD to check out a local coffee shop before heading out to Savannah. The place of choice? Why, it was a magical place called Good Dough. This small shop offered unique varieties of doughnuts, and I’m not talking your everyday, average doughnut.. I’m talking GORMET DOUGHNUTS! We ordered the brown butter doughnut as well as the coffee toffee chocolate doughnut. Talk about dessert for breakfast. Also, take a look at Lubna’s mocha latte below. THAT, my friends, is a CHOCOLATE GANACHE latte. I tasted a sip of it.. pure gold. I, myself, just had some drip coffee. Drip is always the safest choice.
Brown butter on left, and the coffee toffee chocolate on the right.
NEXT STOP: SAVANNAH, GA
Lunch spot #1: Troy Mediterranean Cuisine. Fancy place. Upscale looks. Fabulous falafel and hummus! MMMMMMMM.
Dinner spot #1: Pakwan Indian Cuisine. Not impressed. We DID end up having very interesting and serious conversations with our waiter(s). Why we continue to have multiple waiters.. I do not know. It definitely brings variety to our meal.. and sometimes entertainment. 😉
Breakfast spot #1: Way Station Coffee Co. SAY YES TO THE CINNAMON ROLLS. That is all.
Lunch spot #2: Bull Street Taco. Ok, once I saw the menu for this place (recommended by our AirBNB hosts, I knew we HAD to stop). I had the special – 3 tacos and a side. The tacos were very reasonably portioned. My 3 options were Roasted Mushroom, Aleppo Tempura Cauliflower, and the White Bean Hummus. I loved them all, but my favorite for sure was the Roasted Mushroom. Lubna munched on the White Bean Hummus taco – and loved it so much, she ordered 2 more! Definitely recommend! Plus, you can see Historic Bull St. on top of that!
Dinner spot #2: CO. If you are familiar with the Boone area, this place reminded me of COBO. Very hip. I don’t think I saw anyone over the age of 50 in there. I ordered sushi that was to DIE FOR – Kung Fu Crunch & had some yummy Edamame dumplings. Guys, as I am typing this, I’m still drooling over what I had to eat that night.
Lunch spot #3: COLUMBIA, SC – We took a detour from the interstate to eat at a very delicious Ethiopian restaurant called Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant. I had the veggie platter sample with their infamous Ethiopian bread called injera…. can’t get enough people… can’t get enough.
Man, I don’t know about YOU, but I’m hungry now!!! 😉
I think I will leave this blog post as is.
Happy food adventuring folks,
P.S. Try some new food before the end of 2017. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.