Fresh Seafood, Savannah Style: Boar’s Head still serving up scrumptious victuals on River Street.

A lack of groceries in the kitchen and a desire to wander downtown led Mr. Layne and I to River Street on a recent weekday night. We had originally planned to visit The Cotton Exchange, only to find it closed for renovations. The threat of rain and a decent parking spot made our decision for us to stay on River Street, so we decided to hoof it on down to Boar’s Head Grill & Tavern.

A plaque inside the door proclaims Boar’s Head to be the oldest restaurant on River Street. Because it was a weekday night, there was no wait and we were seated at a window table, overlooking River Street and the lightening flashing over the Savannah River. Our waitress brought out two glasses of water for us while we perused the menu.

The menu proclaimed that the seafood was local, which sometimes seems to be a hard to find even in Savannah. The lure of sweet Georgia shrimp led to us ordering an appetizer of Barbecue Shrimp ($8.95). The plump, fresh fantail shrimp were wrapped in bacon and grilled with a sweet, tangy peach barbecue sauce and served with Jicama coleslaw. The barbecue sauce was so good that it had Mr. Layne trying to figure out how to replicate it at home. I’m not too big on coleslaw, but Mr. Layne stated that the Jicama coleslaw was spicy and fresh, and quite different than most coleslaws served locally.

For our entrees, the sweet Georgia shrimp proved irresistible, so I ordered the Stuffed Shrimp ($21.95) while Mr. Layne decided upon the Ribeye ($20.95). The Stuffed Shrimp consisted of local river shrimp stuffed with crabmeat, baked and served over angel hair pasta with lemon butter sauce and asparagus. The entrée was absolutely to die for. The sauce was very light and was perfect for the dish. The shrimp was quite large and stuffed with fresh crabmeat, making them a local seafood lover’s dream come true. I ordered a side of garlic mashed potatoes ($2.00), which were homemade and delightfully creamy. The 12 oz. medium-rare Ribeye was cooked to perfection and served alongside the creamy garlic mashed potatoes.

We ended our meals with the Profiterole ($6.00) for Mr. Layne and the Savannah Trifle ($6.00) for me. The Profiterole, which Mr. Layne and I are still unable to correctly pronounce, featured a puff pastry shell topped with French vanilla ice cream and hot fudge syrup and topped with another puff pastry shell and finished with homemade whipped cream topping. As he worked his way through the dessert, the only sounds he made besides the clanking of his spoon was an occasional “Mmmm.” The Savannah Trifle consisted of sponge cake soaked in Grand Marnier and topped with vanilla custard. While the dessert was quite tasty, I found myself wishing I had instead ordered the pecan pie. I’ll just be sure to remember to order it next time Mr. Layne and I visit Boar’s Head.

-Renee Layne