To cap off day two in Savannah we made dinner reservations at Local 11ten. The restaurant is located one block south of Forsyth Park in a restored bank building at the corner of Duffy and Bull Streets. Instead of driving we secured the services of a pedal cab and took in the scenery while he busted his ass churning the crank on his single speed hipster bicycle.
After tipping the cabbie we entered Local 11ten. The space was open and modern with exposed duct work,stained cement floors, and large windows looking out onto a tree lined street dripping with Spanish Moss. A bar ran the length of the back of the restaurant. Small tables lined the windows and we were led to one near a painting of a woman’s legs done in shades of green.
We were immediately greeted by a smiling waiter who gave us a drink menu. After weighing my choices I decided to order a Scofflaw. It was billed as a Prohibition Era rye based cocktail with a splash of lemon juice and a dash of grenadine. It looked intriguing, and it arrived in a delicate looking glass. The reddish brown liquid was anything but dainty and packed a good punch of whiskey. The first was quickly followed by a second.
Becky and I snacked on some fresh bread and butter while reading over our dinner options. Local 11ten specializes in southern flavors using local and seasonal ingredients. The waiter raved about a thick cut pork chop raised just north of Savannah in a South Carolina farm. It was served with a side of asparagus and I told him to bring one to our table. Becky was not very hungry and ordered the seared sea scallops al a carte. While waiting for our meals we took in the atmosphere from our candle lit table and chatted.
The thick center cut pork chop arrived on a simple white plate perfectly grilled and flanked by a sizable stack of bright green asparagus. The meat was tender, juicy, and very flavorful. Becky’s scallops were nicely seared and dressed in a delicate sauce. By the end of the meal we were both full and passed on dessert.
Service throughout our meal was impeccable without being overbearing and the restaurant was spotless. Our meal was amazing, and I wish we lived closer to Savannah so we could watch the menu transform with the change of seasons and locally available ingredients.
Local 11ten is open seven days a week from 6:00 p.m. until 10:p.m. They can be found online at www.local11ten.com. Reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting Local 11ten at (912) 790-9000.
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