Well, it’s June already! The hot weather is here and so starts a bit of a slow down in our world. SO, I decided it was time to venture out for dinner. Sorry Charlie’s is near City Market and with huge picture windows on 3 sides, it is a people watcher’s dream location to pick up a few drinks, maybe some oysters, and take it all in. We did just that…
Sorry Charlie’s in downtown Savannah was long vacant and was a staple in Savannah’s history. It was finally painstakingly renovated and restored and opened shortly after St. Pat’s weekend. I typically like to give restaurants a few months of open time to work out menu and service wrinkles before I try them. We were welcomed into the space, with a “rustic refined” coastal feel, by a friendly host that promptly seated us at a large bar-height table. The menu is simple, a one page clear and concise offering of fresh and fried seafood, raw oysters, unique starters, no frills salads, lovely looking blue crab stew, and some great looking inventive cocktails that all sounded fully leaded.
My party chose a dozen oysters on the half shell to start. For entrees we all decided (as unadventurous as it seems) to go with fried oyster Po’ Boys as a few had just passed by the table and caught our glares and salivating mouths with that cartoony quality like the steam from them had wandered over and turned our heads to attention.
We talked and peered out the giant walls of glass into Ellis Square’s crowds of families, lovers, and kids playing in the fountains under the setting sun and sipped on a few of the cocktails we had ordered. They were definitely potent and had our brains a little swimmy before our food arrived. The sandwiches arrived fairly quick like and were impressive portions. The bread was that perfect chewy, soft, and crispy roll just perfect for holding the plump fried fresh oysters, a few pickled okra, some spicy remoulade, and slaw. It was definitely one of the best Po’ boys I’d ever had, it was the perfect ratio of oyster to bread, and just saucy enough to coat them all in delicious heat. The fries were labeled as “crispy fries” and lived up to that name and included a drizzle of truffle oil and sea salt which made them an all but impossible to resist side.
What about our fresh oysters!?
That’s what we were thinking when the server abruptly came and apologized, explained that the tape in the order printer messed up and the kitchen had only received our entrée order. He stated that for the mess up they were taking care of our cocktails and dessert.
Dessert? HOW!? Well, my eyes trudged on to the menu once again and like a true glutton, I chose the bananas foster which was also divine and served atop a thick Belgian waffle.
In all, the great customer service, fun and relaxed atmosphere, and simple menu is a hit in my books. I’ll be sending guests there to do follow up missions very soon. I’m glad to have this building alive again especially with its perfect location and fresh offerings. Go check it out for yourself!