Monday, May 29, 2006

Savannah: Garibaldi's Cafe

Garibaldi's Cafe
315 West Congress Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401

Garibaldi's Cafe is located on the outskirts of the City Market not too far from Paula Dean's restaurant, The Lady & Sons. If you can fight your way past the flocks of people waiting two and a half hours on the sidewalk to eat her fried chicken, you will find the two story Garibaldi's Cafe. We had 7pm reservations and were promptly seated at a table for two overlooking Congress Street. I liked the atmosphere of the restaurant - it was elegant, but unpretentious and comfortable at the same time (does that even make sense?)

While we looked over the menu we ordered a bottle of wine and snacked on their homemade bread... both were very good.

The bread was crusty with a topping of salt that reminded me of the kind they put on soft pretzels.


Grilled Tomato Stack ~ tomato slices layered with asiago cheese and spinach.

(This dish was drizzled with a thin creamy-garlic dressing that was outstanding. Craig was sure to help me soak up as much as possible not to have it go to waste.)

Denver Lamb Ribs ~ sweet ginger soy sauce with a pear cabbage relish.

(almost as good as Mom's, but not quite)


Linguini primavera with a steamed lobster tail and a pat of goat cheese.
(I wasn't wow'd by this dish. Don't get me wrong, it was fine, but besides the giant lobster tail it was just average.)

Crispy Duck with mushroom risotto and green beans.
(Although the risotto was tasty, this was probably the most disappointing dish of the night ~ the duck was very dry.)


Kentucky Derby Cake
(All Craig needed to know was this dessert was soaked with bourbon and he was sold.)

Flourless Chocolate Cake with unsweetened whipped cream (Before)

Flourless Chocolate Cake (After)

- nice atmosphere.
- decent food ~ not genuine Italian, but hey this is Georgia.
- staff was attentive and seemed genuinely nice.
- somewhat expensive.
- if I was a local I would probably go back, but I won't be putting it on our list for our next road trip to Savannah.

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