Hands down the most romantic dinner I have ever had was at The Olde Pink House. Apparently we tried to make reservations a few weeks before we arrived in Savannah but it was too far in advance to reserve our table.
My husband called a day in advance in hopes to get a table for two. He tried the website first on OpenTable, but the first available seating was 9pm. He talked to the hostess who confirmed they were unable to reserve a table prior to 9. He explained that we were on our honeymoon and hoping to get in around 7:30 to accommodate the rest of our plans. We were placed on a brief hold and upon her return, she said she was able to get us the table in a private room where they store the wine. How can you say no to that?
The private room, as it turns out, was originally a vault used to store gold bricks by the bank that purchased the house I believe in the late 1800’s. The room is now home to the wine and lit only by candlelight. Guests are encouraged to explore the house so we had a few visitors and admirers who asked how we were so lucky to get the table. We told them all you had to do was tell them you just got married!
In true Savannah tradition, the house is apparently haunted by the ghost of the original owner and his wife (the governor, I think). These ghosts have been captured on camera and can be found on YouTube. If you look closely at some of our pictures, you can see green orbs, which our waiter insisted was the ghost of the governor.
But enough about ghost stories, let’s talk about food.
The menu was full of decadent dishes, including a robust wine selection (to which we had a front row seat).
We first chose our wine: Educated Guess, a full bodied cabernet. I selected the pecan crusted chicken and the husband chose seafood fettuccine. We also decided to split the BLT salad.
This salad was featured on a TV show, but the show name escapes me. The salad featured fried green tomatoes, thick cut bacon, atop a bed of greens and a creamy mayo dressing sauce. I don’t usually like bacon (I know, I know), but this bacon was delicious. Our server brought us steak knives for our salad because the bacon is so thick it requires cutlery reinforcement. The dressing was a little heavy for my taste, but it held true to a BLT sandwich.
Pecan Crusted Chicken with Sweet Potato and Collards
You’re allowed to substitute any sides in your entree, but I did not and I recommend you don’t on this dish as they pair very well together. The chicken is bone-in and is perfectly crusted with an earthy flavor that is complimented by the salty and savory collards. The sweet potato was baked, skinned, and glazed with a pecan / brown sugar syrup. The flavors are rich and I was only able to finish half but it was worth the midnight snack as leftovers!
Seafood Shrimp and Scallop Fettuccine
The scallops are huge! The shrimp was just a smidge overdone, but the scallops were cooked to perfection and the pasta was perfectly al dente with a creamy Alfredo sauce he won the clean plate club award for this one!
We were too stuffed for desseet, but our server insisted we have a little treat on the house to help us celebrate. Homemade chocolate ganache with whipped cream and fresh berries. It was the perfect amount and a decadent and thoughtful dessert.
We explored the house after dinner to get the full experience of each room; we even discovered a romantic vintage bulb lit balcony.