H suggested we take my parents out for a nice dinner when we were in Birmingham, specifically requesting something southern. So I searched Opentable.com for higher end Southern restaurants and found Little Savannah. I called to see if they could do a vegan dish and I checked its health score to make sure my dad could eat there. Both came back positive, so I made reservations at 7:00 pm.
We got caught in a terrible rain storm on our way to the restaurant. Everyone was going about 20 mph on the highway, because there was terrible visibility. In typical southern fashion, it passed and we arrived at the restaurant just a tad late.
The restaurant is super cute. We were seated immediately in the front dining room. I told the server that I had called about a vegan meal and she assured me that it had been handled. They had prepared something without meat or meat broth. I was glad they understand that being vegan means you don’t eat vegetables cooked in meat. The maître d’ also came out to talk to us and we chatted a bit about veganism. Customer service is top notch here.
The drink menu is fantastic! You must try one of their cocktails. I started with the Hummingbird Martini and H had the Fat Boy Cherry Limeade. The limeade was good, but very sweet, not the kind of thing you’d want to have with a meal, but a good pre-dinner drink. The Hummingbird martini (pear vodka, elderflower syrup and fresh grapefruit) was delicious!
My mystery meal arrives and the bad news is that it was a vegetable plate (*yawn*). The good news is that it was the best vegetable plate I’ve ever had. First of all, they prepared the vegetables different ways, so they did put some thought into this rather than throw a bunch of wilted vegetables into the oven with salt and pepper like many restaurants. The green beans were cooked with shallots. The eggplant has some kind of herb topping. The asparagus must have been marinated in some kind of nectar of the gods; it was the best asparagus I’ve ever had. Seriously, if they just gave me a plate of that asparagus, I would have been happy. There were also grilled peaches, which is unique and surprisingly delicious. The cold quinoa and cucumber salad with red pepper sauce was also nice (quinoa in Birmingham, y’all!!). The vegetables were extremely fresh, like picked-from-the-ground-that-morning fresh.
For dessert, they gave me a bowl of fresh fruit sprinkled with sugar (blueberries, peaches and grapes), which I ate while watching my family enjoy the most amazing-looking chocolate mousse, cobbler and creme brulee. But at least I was eating something and not just watching them eat. The fruit was also fresh and you can never have too many peaches.
I also had a French 75, which is Brandy, fresh-squeezed lemon and champagne. H tried the Sound & the Fury, which reminded me of a dark & stormy, but stronger.
My dad, the Southerner, approved. Everyone was happy with their meals and we are definitely going back the next time we’re in Birmingham (and this time we’re grabbing the check before my mom does). I hope next time they will expand beyond a plate of vegetables. I would love a vegan version of the succotash my dad had or some ham-free black-eyed peas (*hint hint*).