I love to introduce authentic Savannah to my bed and breakfast guests. Recently, it was a treat for me to learn that an old favorite — 17Hundred90 Restaurant — was newly in the hands of one of Savannah’s own, Nathan Godby. Nathan is a graduate of Savannah High School, 1966.
My pals Michael, Sandy and I arrived for an early 11:30 a.m. lunch last Friday. Our lunch was a white tablecloth, delicious surprise. But more than that, it was a world away from any hustle and bustle outside.
The first clues that a new captain (Nathan’s son, Patrick Godby) was at the helm were the happy engaging employees, including at least one chef mingling with guests. Martha, a favorite face in the neighborhood-style bar (closes at 10 PM), remembered us from stopping in last Saturday for a chili dog and smoked bacon burger. Our lunch waiter, Andrew was refreshing and attended to us for lunch so politely!
The lunch buffet ($10.95) looked like and was a mid-day feast — Savannah red rice, giant meat loaf patties, fried chicken, sauteed zucchini and squash, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, okra and tomato gumbo, salad makings, and peach cobbler. There was more, including an a la cart menu! We were told the menu changes daily.
The ambiance offered delightful reminders that we were still in Georgia’s oldest city. Old Savannah gray brick walls surrounded. The glow of a fireside provided a cozy, warming reminder that Fall is in the air! A flavor-rich southern meal was delicious. And, friendly hospitality offered not only a welcome, but invitations to return.
I discovered for myself that the owner’s new determination and quick actions have kicked up the restaurant fare and bar food. Two chefs, formerly at The Landings, are behind the scenes.
Happily, we recommend 17Hundred90 Restaurant, and extend our own welcome to the Godby family and their charming small business to our historic district neighborhood. We love the village-vibe this darling restaurant and early closing neighborhood bar add!
Note: If you’re planning a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner there, we recommend quick reservations! We hear they are booking up fast.