|Marcia and son, Roan|
|How many courses?|
Wilkes House no longer boards guests, but it is still a family affair: Mrs. Wilkes' granddaughter, Marcia, and her son, Roan, keep it moving and Marcia's husband, Ronnie, keeps tabs on the till.
|Pistachio and chocolate, anyone?|
|Mary and Stratton Leopold|
|Tea Room owners Becky Wright and Elizabeth Ruby.|
Alligator Soul is hot. Every local I encountered, when hearing I planned to dine there, sighed and said it was their favorite. Now I know why.
Heaven on a plate for carnivores - they specialize in game, steaks and local seafood - it's also beloved by vegetarians, vegans and the gluten-free set. It was founded by Maureen Craig and her late chef husband, who had a rare but successful mixed marriage: he loved meat and she's a vegetarian. These Washington State restaurateurs relocated, bringing that Northwest sensitivity to freshness and flavor to what used to be an underground grain warehouse.
|You will want to linger at Alligator Soul.|
"I like to bring people around a table," she said. "I want to entice people to stay around longer like we used to."
Tell the waiter you're a vegetarian or have allergies and Chef Chris is likely to come out to confer; he loves adapting to challenging diets. This is where Savannah gourmets go for that special meal.
Tip: There are 17 steps from street level.
Vic's on the River is in a five-story, circa 1859, former cotton warehouse slap dab in the middle of the Bay and River Street party district.
|All that and entertainment, too.|
Tip: The entrance on River Street leads to a coffee shop, the second floor is a gift shop. The kitchen, restrooms and a private dining room are on the third floor. The main Bay Street entrance, bar and dining room are on the fourth floor. Fortunately for Levelers, there's an elevator that connects it all. A good thing: floors are 18 steps apart.
|Vic's Crab and Avocado Tower|
Leoci's Trattoria is a small, owner/chef restaurant near Forsyth Park that you aren't likely to stop at unless someone tells you about it. Consider yourself told.
After I checked into the Dresser Palmer House I asked if there were any good places for something light nearby. This was one. Wish I'd been hungrier. I ordered a grilled vegetable panini, planning to eat only the vegetables. So much for good intentions; not a morsel remained. Excellent veggies, delicious balsamic flavor, extraordinary bread. Just too good to leave.