For me, the best restaurants are located somewhat off the beaten path if you know what I mean, or at least that has been the case for quite some time now. By ‘beaten path’ in this situation, I am referring toRiver Street. Yes, it is beautiful, historic, but I think we can all agree it does not get more ‘touristy’ than this. The restaurants on River Street are just that – touristy. I have never ‘recommended’ someone to a restaurant on River Street for the food – maybe for the atmosphere, view and location, but for the food…no. Until Now….
I went to Vic’s on the River for lunch the other day and I was pleasantly surprised with all aspects of this restaurant. Not only is the restaurant located in a beautifully decorated and renovated old cotton warehouse that overlooks the Savannah River and River Street easily accessed by River Street or Bay Street, but Vic’s offers some wonderful dishes that reflect the charm and beauty of Savannah with a culinary twist.
For my appetizer I had to try the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with remoulade and three pepper relish. As we all know in Savannah, a crab cake is sometimes a measurement tool for restaurant owners as well as diners – everywhere you go they claim they have the best in town yet they are all quite different from one another. I would have to say, in this case, it was a very, very, very good crab cake. I was honestly shocked at how good it really was. There was little, if any, filler. The crab cake was kind of small, but what lacked in size was replaced with plenty of fresh crab meat. Although, I will say, as I am writing this review I noticed the word “Jumbo” in the name of this appetizer – I did not see any “Jumbo” lump crab in my cake – Lump crab yes, Jumbo no – unless it was mixed too much during prep and the lumps were destroyed – regardless, it was very good.
My lunch consisted of the Fried Green Tomato BLT with goat cheese and sun dried tomato pesto on toasted sourdough with a side of fresh collard greens. Let me start by saying that I love goat cheese so much if you were to spread it on cardboard I would eat it!! Anyway, back on the subject… This sandwich had so much going on with it I could not resist ordering. The combination of flavors and textures that were offered in this sandwich was right up my alley. The portion size was more than enough and the flavors blended together so nicely it was refreshing to get such a gourmet sandwich with a southern flair – and on River Street– Wow!! Obviously, I have only sampled a very small portion of their offerings, their dinner menu looks wonderful as well with items such as Pan seared Jumbo Scallops with goat cheese grit cakes, wilted arugula and lemon herb truffle butter and Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon with sautéed collard greens, goat cheese grit cakes and blackberry coulis – my stomach is growling now! I will be back for dinner!
So, as you can tell by my review, I was very impressed with Vic’s on the River. I think that Vic’s fills a needed void on River Street– Upscale dining, beautiful atmosphere and wonderful Southern food with a culinary twist. As long as they keep their integrity and continue the good work – I will recommend Vic’s on the River with confidence! Vic’s on the River15 East River Street/26 East Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401 – 912-721-1000 www.vicsontheriver.com