The Ordinary Pub

Since, we had never been to Savannah, Georgia, I was trying to find a restaurant that we could walk to, since all of my research showed that parking in the Historic District was hard to find and quite dear.  Truthfully, I would rather spend the money on wine, then on parking, I am kind of a pain like that.  I did some research and discovered The Ordinary Pub and it is the entrance to the old basement of the original Sears & Roebuck and the address is 217 ½ and shades of Harry Potter for my Bride.  A gastropub with the necessary brick walls, leaded glass windows and an old staircase from the sidewalk down and very retro to me, as it reminded me of the English television show The Prisoner back in 1967 with their logo of the old-fashion bicycle.  Two unique experiences at The Ordinary Pub, was that we were seated in the dining room, and every couple or group that came in after us, moved from the dining room to the pub room (we had to question as to whether we had used deodorant in the morning).  The second was when we asked for a dessert menu and we were told quite adamantly, that they do not do dessert, but they sent us to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, a couple of blocks away that have been voted best desserts in Savannah for fifteen years in a row.  Truly, worthy of the walk.

My Bride actually surprised me, by not having salmon for dinner, she went with their “Fish & Greens” which was Lemon Rosemary Mahi, on Balsamic Lemon Kale Salad with Smoked Rainbow Carrots, Roasted Beets, and Pickled Red and Turmeric Onions.  They had a couple of interesting meat dishes, but I opted for their Lobster/Shrimp Roll Tacos, a group of three Lobster and Mimosa Shrimp Salad Tacos, with Pineapple Pico, Sriracha syrup and Dang Dang Slaw.  The Mahi was perfectly prepared, but my Bride thought that I ended up having the better of the two meals.

We started with our wine at the bar, until they officially seated us at five, and we had Barone Montalto Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGT 2021, but curiously on the wine carte it was listed as being from the Russian River.  The winery began in Santa Ninfa, in the province of Trapani, Sicily in 2000.  The vineyard for this wine is from the Valle del Belice, with deep alluvial soils of limestone and sand and clay.  The wine is pure Pinot Grigio that is treated oxidatively to achieve the color that they want.  The fermentation is done in Stainless Steel for fifteen days, followed by an additional two months of maturation in Stainless Steel.  The wine was a straw color to yellow wine that offered notes of citrus fruits and herbs.  On the palate tones of grapefruit, medium acidity and a finish of terroir, a quick way to describe this wine would be green and flinty and it worked well with the Mahi and was perky with the Seafood Tacos. We would go back there, and maybe dine in the pub area.   

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