Savannah is named #7 among TripAdvisor.com’s 2011 Travelers Choice, “Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in the United States“. The poll’s “Don’t miss” places are some of our favorites — Wiley’s Championship BBQ, Olde Pink House, and 700 Kitchens Cooking School. The new Byrd’s Cookie Bar & Grill was not around in 2011, and we decided to check it out recently.
SAVANNAH Georgia — The nostalgia of Byrd’s Cookies gives one the sense of a southern Once Upon A Summertime comfort food, regardless of the season! Green Palm Inn’s bed and breakfast innkeeper Diane McCray is happy to recommend (1) the fresh and tasty food, (2) the lunch-time escape at the new Cookie Byrd Bar & Grill, and the (3) take home foodie gifts for friends and family who seek out the best food and wine in Savannah, Georgia USA.
The old-timey heavy-as-lead glass cookie jars, and the vintage photos of the happy gentleman “Cookie Byrd” and his legendary cookies are so familiar!
Tidbit: Byrd’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies are especially a favorite to native Savannahians who sold little white bags of them during elementary school fund-raisers.
Those retro images were missing from the chic gourmet market for years, but now they are back! In 2012 we find more new surprises, too, off the beaten path away from the Landmark Historic district in the chic Cookie Bar & Grill. Cookie Byrd’s posterity has added a dine-in cafe, set amid the decor of what is familiar in the gourmet market.
The new restaurant is already a hot lunch spot for foodies. Vegetarians will love the selections!
WHAT’S ON THE COOKIE BAR MENU?
The Commanderie de Payrassol Rose and Adriano Adami Prosecco looked tempting. Our visit was a business day lunch so we passed up the new beer, red, white and sparkling wines. Yes, of course we were tempted more than usual. Our waitress aid it was the first day the Cookie Bar & Grill had their approved alcohol license.
Instead we splurged on sparkling water, Diet Coke, Porchetta Salad ($14), Italian Sandwich ($11), Chocolate Pot de Creme ($7), and Eton Mess ($6). If you think these sound amazing, you will be utterly surprised how wonderful they really are when you taste them for yourself!
Yet, the old ways are behind the scenes of the chic decor, and tasty food presented in the casual, fine dining place. Breads are made from scratch in the on-site bakery. They brine their own pickles, carrots, and onions. The ricotta cheese is made in-house. They source their meat locally from Savannah River Farms. Herbs and greens are from Vince Baker’s farm. And sauces, dressings and marmalades are from scratch.
Of course we are going back, and soon! Let Green Palm Inn‘s foodie innkeeper help you to enjoy what’s new in food and wine in Savannah for your next Georgia inn vacation!
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