On my most recent business trip, I visited Savannah, GA for 5 days. Via the celiac twitter community, Alligator Soul was recommended to me (Thanks, S Czarnecki, for that!!).
Alligator Soul is an upscale, farm-to-table restaurant in the historic area of Savannah. If you are taking the ferry from the Westin/Convention Center, get off at the City Hall stop. It is a short 10-15 minute walk from there. The restaurant is located in the basement of a building so it is sort of easy it miss BUT the ambience is wonderful and the restaurant has an elegant vibe. This restaurant requests smart casual attire (meaning don’t show up in shorts and a tank top!) and highly recommends reservations. I was in Savannah for 5 days and only one night (a Monday night!!) I was able to get a reservation over a week in advance. Book in advance!
Upon arriving, we were immediately greeted by the very friendly and knowledgable staff members. They already knew I was gluten free because I noted it on my reservation, but I was surprised to hear them greet me with it and automatically walk me through the options—loved how they remembered and knew it was important to discuss. We were presented with a menu, wine list, and amuse-bouche (which was gluten free! I don’t eat fish really so I skipped it, but I appreciated the option). The menu was large and items were clearly marked whether they were gluten free with a “GF.” There were gluten free appetizers, entrees, and desserts. It would have been very easy to make a gluten free 3 course meal here. I was informed that other menu items could easily be made gluten free as well. For those who do not like seafood, Alligator Soul offers pheasant, lamb, beef, and more. Although there aren’t any vegetarian options on the menu for entrees, Alligator Soul notes that they are happy to accommodate vegetarian using farm fresh ingredients so all can enjoy. I love the inclusivity.
While deciding on what to order, I was given a gluten free banana walnut bread. I was shocked. Gluten free bread? YES!!! The staff was happy to go over all the gluten free precautions they took to prevent cross contact (separate utensils, clean prep areas, etc) as I munched away at my bread.
I finally settled on the Shrimp & Grits in the half size. I had a late lunch so I wasn’t starving plus I wanted to try their dessert menu! Even as a half size I was impressed with the size. I was served 6 perfectly cooked and seasoned shrimp with a generous portion of grits. I had never tried grits before so I was really excited and instantly hooked on them. The dish also featured red onion marmalade. Although I wasn’t super hungry, I regret not ordering a larger size just because it was SO SO SO good. I am not a seafood person, but I would order this a million times if I could.
I did save room for dessert and settled on the gluten free flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of ice cream, candied sugar tulie, fresh whipped cream, and strawberry gelee. It was delicious, but definitely on the smaller size. It was very light and I wish there had been more, but I did enjoy eating it.
I highly recommend Alligator Soul for a business dinner, romantic date, or any special occasion. They took celiac disease seriously here and I was treated so well. I love their options, quality, knowledge, and precautions. If I am ever back in Savannah, this will be my very first stop.
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor given a complimentary meal for my visit here. Also, kitchen protocols and menus can change at any time. Make sure to speak to the staff at any restaurant before eating to make sure that they can accommodate your dietary restriction.**