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The Olde Pink House
23 Abercorn St.
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: (912) 232-4286
The Olde Pink House

The Olde Pink House Praline Basket

The Olde Pink House Praline Basket

October 7, 2017

The Olde Pink House is one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants, particularly for a special evening out. Located in Old Town Savannah next to the Planters Inn across from Reynolds Square The Old Pink House serves up Low Country Cuisine in a sophisticated, yet casual setting.

We arrived right on time for our 7 PM reservation and were quickly escorted past the throngs at the front door waiting for any available table on a busy, Saturday evening. We were taken up the elevator in the rear of the restaurant (ask if you have trouble navigating old stairs) to the upper level dining room where we were seated at a table for two in the center of the restaurant. Cocktail orders were quickly taken as well as water served. Bread came a bit later after ordering creating a short where’s the bread moment.

The focus at The Olde Pink House is on Low Country Cuisine and New Southern Cooking. Pink House Platters are available for larger groups looking to share several selections of southern staples such as fried green tomatoes, shrimp, fritters, grits, etc… Appetizer selections are plentiful from Fried Green Tomatoes to Sliders, Oysters and beyond. Several soup & salad offerings are also available and a plethora of entrees including typically one daily special.

We started our evening with the Fried Green Tomatoes ($9.50). This perfect for two to share starter consisted of two fresh, green tomatoes lightly battered in stone ground cornmeal and fried to perfect tenderness and crispiness. Topped with Applewood Smoked Bacon over a Sweet Corn Cream this tasty appetizer just hits the spot getting the appetite satiated in preparation for the entrees to come.  This appetizer is recommended.

The Olde Pink House Crisp Lobster Tails

The Olde Pink House Crisp Lobster Tails

My entree for the evening was the Crispy Fried Lobster Tails ($36.50). This entree consists of not one but two fried lobster tails offering up a filling, substantial meal for the hungriest of diners. Served with a perfect accompaniment of Sweet Chili Dijon sauce for dipping this delicious entree comes with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Butter Beans on the side. The Mashed Potatoes were good but the Speckled Butter Beans were simply outstanding. Probably the best I’ve ever eaten. This entree is recommended to highly recommended.

My dining companion had the Crispy Scored Flounder ($32.95) which she absolutely loved. Never a fan of bone in, whole fish her opinion flipped a full 180 with this eye opening dish. The Flounder is scored in a cross pattern on both sides and panned fried skin on to a perfect crispiness. Served on top of an Apricot Shallot Sauce this mouth watering entree comes with Geechie Boy Grits and Collard Greens on the side. Both were good to very good. This entree is highly recommended.

The Olde Pink House Mousse Bombe

The Olde Pink House Mousse Bombe

For dessert we shared the Peanut Butter & Praline Mousse Bombe ($10.95) and the Praline Basket ($8.00). The Mousse Bombe consists of peanut butter mousse, chocolate ganache and praline crisps. Thick, unctuous and sweet this rich dessert is recommended. The Praline Basket consists of almonds and pecans, vanilla bean ice cream, mango-citrus puree all topped with fresh, seasonal fruit. Full of flavorful, crispy nuts contrasted with the light, fresh fruit and palate cleansing ice cream this balanced dessert cuts through it’s richness offering up a tasty, satisfying finish to a perfect meal.  This dessert is recommended.

The Old Pink House has a nice, serviceable wine list. Prices seem to be in the area of two times retail, some cases a bit more.  Stemware is acceptable. We opted for a Franciacorte that paired easily with each of our seafood selections.

The Olde Pink House was easily the best meal we had while in Savannah. Although it is a bit on the pricey side it is still highly recommended.

Reservation are accepted and highly recommended. Major credit cards are accepted. Attire is business casual; slacks and a nice button down dress shirt are recommended. Some gentlemen wear a sport coat. A few stand out in shorts and golf shirts. Parking is any Old Town garage and walking a few blocks to the restaurant.

Conclusion: The Olde Pink House is highly recommended for a special evening out on the town in Old Town Savannah.

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Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar
2929 North Henderson Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 827-9900
http://sissyssouthernkitchen.com/

Sissys Fried Chicken

Sissys Fried Chicken

September 8, 2012

Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar is one of the newer and more notable restaurant openings in Dallas in 2012. Billed as a Southern Kitchen the focus here seems to be on Deep South and Low Country offerings such as Shrimp & Grits, Red Rice, Low Country Gumbo, Fried Bass and the ever present Southern Fried Chicken. All of the standard southern café offerings are present including Chicken Fried Steak, Short Ribs and Rib eye steaks. Daily specials are typically offered as well.

We arrived about 15 minutes early for our 6:30PM reservation and were asked to wait in the lobby until the remainder of our party arrived to be seated. We chose instead to have a cocktail while we waited at the only two seats available at the bar. The rest of our party showed up within a few minutes and they were immediately seated at our preset table that was already waiting on us while I was left to square the bill at the bar.

Sissys Squash Puppies

Sissys Squash Puppies

We started our meal with a couple of orders of the Squash Puppies ($7.00). This take on Hush Puppies consists of a fried cornmeal and squash hush puppy served with whipped Texas Honey Guild butter & jalapeño jelly. This appetizer was my favorite dish of the evening. It was moist and flavorful in the middle, crispy and flavorful on the outside. The butter was very good and the jalapeno jelly was a great twist. Beware: the jalapeno jelly is quite hot. I could still feel the burn on the tip of my tongue 15 minutes after sampling it. This appetizer is recommended.

My entrée for the evening was the Gulf Shrimp N’ Grits ($18.00). This classic Deep South dish consists of roughly a half dozen of boiled Gulf pink shrimp served on top of Homestead Grist Mill grits. This dish is topped with a sauce of tomatoes, piquillo peppers, Tasso ham & onions. Although the serving size of this dish was ample I found the seasoning lacking. Absolutely nothing in this dish stood out from anything else. It was a “meld of mild flavors” to coin a phrase. At the price point on the menu I’d recommend passing on this dish in favor of some of the other offerings on the menu.

Sissys Shrimp N Grits

Sissys Shrimp N Grits

Early buzz suggests Sissy’s is known for their Southern Fried Chicken. You can order an entrée of two pieces of chicken for $11.00 or a bucket of eight pieces of chicken for a mere up charge price of $20.00. I assume Sissy’s does this to encourage tables to order buckets of chicken to share. On the opposite end of the spectrum you can order a single piece as an add-on to an existing entrée; something I chose to do. I ordered a single chicken breast ($5.00) to sample this signature entrée. I found the chicken crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Seasoning was OK; not particularly outstanding or worthy of special note. Of the three entrees I sampled I would definitely recommend the fried chicken out of the three.

I did manage to taste a small sample of the Pan Fried Striped Bass ($24.00) courtesy of one of my dining partners. It was definitely bass; as in it was “fishy” tasting bass. I wouldn’t risk ordering this for myself in the future, especially at the high price point. This is too much of a risk in my book.

Sissys Mac N Cheese

Sissys Mac N Cheese

I did manage to sample one side with my dinner; the Sissy’s Mac & Cheese ($8.00). Although this side is creamy it is fairly bland in flavor. The bread crumbs on top added an odd texture to the dish. If you’re fond of cheesy macaroni (i.e. plenty of cheddar) this is not your style of macaroni and cheese. This is more along the lines of Velveeta macaroni and cheese with some bread crumbs tossed on top. I might order this again in the future but next time I would seek out other sides to try first.

Sissy’s does not allow BYOB. They have a mixed beverage permit which does not allow BYOB under state law. The wine list is fairly short but with some decent variety. Selections are mostly uninspiring and overpriced at close to three times retail; even more in some cases. Stemware is OK; nothing special.

Sissy’s is open for dinner Monday through Friday from 5PM until midnight. Attire is trendy casual. Complimentary valet parking is provided.

If you are sensitive to loud noises please note that the noise level can go from a dull roar to ear piercing loud in a matter of 15 minutes. On the surface it looks like Sissy’s practices “flip that table” targeting roughly three seating’s per table per evening. I only mention this because our reservation seemed to be at the end of the first seating window (6:30PM, we had a table of 8) and the sound level was bearable at that time. However, by the time the second seating began to flow in (closer to the 7:30-7:45PM mark) the bearable noise level went to unbearable in a matter of minutes. I literally could not hear anybody sitting directly across the table from me by that point in time.

Sissy’s: Decent food but fairly expensive for what you receive. Proceed with caution is my recommendation.

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