DINING ON DRAYTON

This blog is primarily about all things garden, but there are times I take a different route to get to the heart of the garden.  Our dining experience last evening is a case in point. We drove into the heart of Savannah.  Always a treat to drive past the great old homes,IMG_1200 but dear husband was hungry, so there was not enough time for good photography!  700 Drayton Restaurant is AMAZING!IMG_1227  Right across from Forsyth ParkIMG_1220IMG_1221 in a fabulous old mansion which has been restored to a hotel, this restaurant delivers on every score!  IMG_1207We began the evening with champagne cocktails.  IMG_1210Can you see that sugared hibiscus at the bottom of the glass?    A little something from the garden?   Would you sugar a hibiscus for your champagne cocktail?  Why not?

The menus arrived and it was hard to choose.  IMG_1209Are you always wondering when the waiter remarks that you’ve made a good choice, what he or she would say if you made a horrible choice?  “Sorry Madame, the chef really screwed that up tonight!   Care to make another choice?”  But truly, this chef is so inspired and on top of his game, I don’t think you could make a wrong choice!  And so, back to the garden…when my appetizer arrived, the scent of the arugula and herbs took me straight to a patch of fresh organic greens growing in rich Southern soil. IMG_1213 I could have left the table content after that fresh watermelon and feta delight.  But I would have missed this!  My favorite!  Scallops!  IMG_1214And beautifully prepared with a rich yet not overpowering curry flavor.  I love to prepare scallops in a simple way, but why not be inspired to bring more garden on the plate.  Well, that is the way I looked at it last night.   IMG_1208

I know we will return to this restaurant again and again!

Back to the garden tomorrow, and less of the culinary excursions.  I am trying to learn about crape myrtle. In fact, you will see white flowering crape myrtle in one of the photos above…you look through them to Forsyth Park.   Readers, do you remember a past post when I remarked on the crape myrtle growing outside the Irwin garden at NYBG?  I said I wanted one if I ever moved South, and today I found one to fit an empty spot on our new property.  Lagerstroemia ‘Tonto’.  There is great discussion here in the South on how to prune (or not to prune) your crape myrtle.  I hear they call the bad kind, crape murder!  Lest I make a mistake, I purchased a semi-dwarf variety that will not outgrow its spot, and so I will not get the crape myrtle police on my tail for crape murder.  I don’t plant to prune at all!

About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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7 Responses to DINING ON DRAYTON

  1. My family and I were in Savannah for a couple of days last year and loved it. Looks like you had a delicious and very elegant meal.

  2. Pauline says:

    What a fantastic meal you had and in such a lovely spot!

  3. Les says:

    Bravo for you in buying a crapemyrtle to fit its spot, so you will never be tempted to commit a crime. I am glad you are enjoying Savannah, it is one of this country’s more beautiful cities, and a great place for foodies. On my last trip to Savannah we hit Forsyth right at sunset and the golden light was streaming through the oaks and moss, while a wedding was taking place by the fountain. It was a beautiful sight.

  4. Sunil Patel says:

    Hi Jayne, that looks like a fantastic meal in a beautiful setting, of course, I’m working on making the garden look like that while the other half learns to cook like that so we can enjoy this everyday – somehow, I don’t think that’s going to happen though!

  5. It is the journey getting to those perfect places and perfect meals that counts, right? Enjoy your garden!

  6. Wonderful photos, really makes me want to see Nantucket again. The last time I was there was when I was 18 years old – that’s a long time!

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