Jan 192012
 
Lovely historical Savannah, home of the Lady and Sons restaurant-that butter, cream, meat and fried food laden buffet owned by Paula Deen.  I’m sure you’ve all heard about her unfortunate but not surprising announcement that she has type II diabetes that can lead to heart disease, glaucoma, foot, skin, mental health problems…all kinds of nastiness. 
Paula, if you read this, now is the time to say no to that deal with the drug company devil that wants you to be the face of their new diabetes medication and show your fans how powerful diet can be.  Cut out cholesterol, processed foods, too much saturated fat; and add lots of plants, legumes and grains.  Take your fans along with you in the journey back to health through diet and exercise and NOT drugs! 
Her contribution to the SAD (standard American diet) is epic.  Who else would bring a macaroni and cheese dish that is wrapped in bacon, breaded and deep fried?  I love her sparkling personality but her cooking is so detrimental to our society that at my visit to Savannah last weekend I did not stand in line for the Lady and Sons buffet; instead I sought out unique, local restaurants that have health, local farming and sustainability in mind. 
This was no easy task.  Googling top 10 restaurants in Savannah will actually bring up Paula’s restaurant as her brand is so well known. It took a little digging around to find some restaurants with substance.  I visited the newly created Savannah Slow Food site and found Green Truck Pub.   It’s a burger joint that features grass fed beef, organic free range chicken, vegetarian and vegan options.  Any of their burger creations can be subbed for a bean burger which is wonderful.   The atmosphere is lively, being close to the art school, complete with a juke box and old time-y décor.  If you go be sure to get there early as there will surely be a long wait.

Hmm…these specials look interesting.

I’ll take a cold one bartender!

I tried the “Rustico” bean burger with basil, balsamic caramelized onions and a bit of goat cheese. Their bean burger was firm, moist and flavorful-completely home made-as are all their dressings.  I had the side salad with balsamic.  All the veggies on the salad were super fresh.   My dad commented on how good the onions were, of all things. 

Their little garden out back.
In a stand next to the door I found a booklet of other local restaurants, including Taco Abajo-Fighting the Tyranny of Bland Mexican Food.  We decided to head over there the following day.
We found the place in a trendy area, also near the art school.  The storefront is very inconspicuous, but when you walk down the stairs, the restaurant opens up in an expansive, brick floored room with a festive mix of contemporary music and Tex-Mex furnishings.

The salsa is home made and super fresh…we asked for a second bowl.  I got a grilled veggie taco and splurged on an authentic style fish taco with cabbage slaw, probably the best I’ve had. My daughter got a grilled fish taco on a corn tortilla with rice and black beans.  This was the first time she had ever actually picked up and eaten a fish taco (and loved it).
Proof of a 3-year old eating a fish taco!

Veggie taco, fish taco and black beans.
We will definitely visit both places again at our next visit.

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