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Little Savannah

3811 Clairmont Ave., Southside/Forest Park
Progressive Southern cuisine in cozy dining room with artsy decor in historic Forest Park. Typical dinner selections include appetizers of Gulf shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, fried oysters and black bean soup, and entrees such as grilled pork tenderloin with Hoppin' John, Grilled Atlantic salmon with gingered corn relish, and Bananas Foster for dessert. Cooking classes offered.
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Posted on Friday, June 1, 2007 at 10:57AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments6 Comments

Reader Comments (6)

Little Savannah's menu is small, but offers a good variety. I ordered Pan Seared Monkfish ($23) and my husband had a 14 oz. Angus New York Strip ($24). The Monkfish was quite good -- light and tender with a mild flavor. The bed of veggie couscous was very flavorful; even my husband, who usually finds couscous boring, agreed. I was disappointed to find that the "artichoke hearts" mentioned on the menu were in fact one artichoke heart, quartered and arranged artfully on the plate. My husband ordered his steak medium rare, and though it was more on the medium side, it was juicy and melt-in-your-mouth. He also enjoyed his horseradish mashed potatoes, which had the definite flavor of horseradish but not an overwhelming heat. For dessert we shared the Chocolate Bread Pudding with chocolate ice cream ($6.50). It was warm and tasty, but not outstanding, and I (as a chocolate lover) was disappointed by the substitution of vanilla ice cream when the dish arrived. Overall, we enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere. The prices aren't unreasonable, but they are $3-$5 more than we expect for this type of restaurant, and the money was a bit high for food that was very good, but not outstanding. The service was fine, but not especially attentive. We weren't sorry we went, but we probably won't return. For the same amount of money, we can enjoy a better meal and better service at other favorite restaurants. (February 2004)

June 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTamzen Benfield

The best restaurant to get a stunning fish dinner in Birmingham (the lunch grouper poboys are great, too!). Wonderful wonderful desserts, and the pre-meal homemade cornbread muffins are so tasty. Nice touch. Would've rated 5 stars, but the atmosphere is a little cramped/unromanitc for such a pricey dinner. They do well with the space they have, though. (February 2004)

June 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Olivieri

Enjoyed dinner Friday and Saturday evenings while my wife and I were visiting. OUTSTANDING!! We fell in love with the interior of the restaurant, kind of a European meets Savannah, GA. I enjoyed the Barramundi, a fish I had never heard of, and my wife loved the Bison Ribeye Steak. Their wine selection was huge for such a small place, but well-balanced to match the menu. The owners, Cliff and Mo chatted with us and made the entire evening all the more better. It is nice to know that the owners/chef will engage their clientelle in such a manner. Our Grandchildren and Little Savannah are our two best reasons to return to Birmingham more often.

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMartin R. Vines

We visited Little Savannah recently and found the food to be hugely disappointing. The service was quite good, however it could not make up for the failure of the entrees to live up to their past reviews. While the monkfish was tasty and the accompanying mussels and calamari flavorful, the overall dish left my dining partner wanting something other than protein. Continuing downhill, the lamb chops were bland and fingerling potatoes teamed with them were dry and flavorless. I was also bewildered by their offering of a second-hand steak knife culled from Outback (incidentally, the size of a boat paddle) with which to deal with the dainty chops. We hoped for a better finish at dessert, however the offerings left much to be desired resulting in our decision to skip it altogether.

Secondarily, we were somewhat put off with the poster-sized Birmingham Magazine cover with the owners prominently displayed near the bar. The self-aggrandizement after such a poor showing of a meal was beyond the pale.

Thirdly, the music choice attempting to create atmosphere (an abrupt techo-trance mix) was just plain goofy for a white table cloth establishment.

April 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

We had a very nice experience at little savannah. The service was good. My entree (rainbow trout)was good, My wife's entree, the pork tenderloin, was fantastic and ranks up in the best I have had. The white rock shrimp appetizer was really quite good as well. It was a little on the pricey side in terms of the value. The atmosphere was nice but other patrons were dressed VERY casually for what we perceived as an upscale resaurant. We would go back.

July 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbg

My husband and I decided to take his parents for coffee after dinner. We all had frangelico and bailey's with our coffee. We were shocked when the bill came and had to pay $3.50 per cup of coffee and 8.50 to 9.50 bailey's and frangelico. Total bill of $54.00 for coffee!!!! I will never visit this place again, I think it's a discrace in this economy to charge $3.50 per cup of coffee.

November 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAmy from Forest Park

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