Monday, September 12, 2011

Gallery Espresso, Savannah, GA

I am always on the lookout for great coffeehouses, and Savannah has a fantastic one, Gallery Espresso.  Actually, there are a handful of good ones in Savannah, but Gallery Espresso is the one that I latched on to.

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Gallery Espresso is located in Savannah’s beautiful historic district, right across the street from Chippewa Square.

They have an extensive coffee menu and make fantastic coffee.  While in Savannah I quickly settled into a ritual of starting the day with a cup of Turkish coffee while catching up on email and the Twitters on their complimentary WiFi.  Their selection of sandwiches, pastries and other snacks is good, and I enjoyed everything I tried.

The interior is large and somewhat funky- with plenty of seating, small tables, large tables, chairs, and couches are mixed throughout.  The clientele is a mix of businessfolk, lots of college students (SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design is nearby), locals, and the occasional tourist.  The staff is eager (and/or appropriately caffeinated) and very pleasant.

They feature live entertainment on occasion, but I wasn’t lucky enough to catch any on my trip.

Savannah is an odd city, it has a feeling which someone described as "genteel decay”.  Savannah isn’t for everyone, but if you find yourself downtown, stop by Gallery Espresso.

 

Jack

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Los Antojos

Another venture off the Strip in Las Vegas, Los Antojos is a small, unassuming little restaurant with authentic Mexican food. 

This is no “Amigo McChachi’s” faux-TexMex margaritas-in-cactus-glasses place.  No burritos here folks.  Just good, authentic food.

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The name means “cravings” and they boast of el autentico sabor de la Ciudad de Mexico (the authentic taste of Mexico City).  They have won awards for most authentic Mexican in Las Vegas, and I know why. I’ve only eaten there once, but it was great.  They make a mole sauce that is simply amazing.  Next time I’m in Vegas I have been told that their soup is outstanding.

The restaurant is pretty small, and the d├ęcor (for lack of a better term) is basic at best.  If this bothers you, please seek out an overpriced restaurant on the Strip, or an Amigo McChachi’s.  If you want a real taste of Mexico City, overlook the furnishings and eat up.

Los Antojos is easy to find, they’re at 2520 South Eastern Ave, near Sahara Ave.  Prices are inexpensive (downright cheap if you’ve been eating at the nicer hotel/casino restaurants).

 

Jack

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Jerry’s and Gerardo’s

This one is a bit odd, no bars or restaurants- and a limited appeal, but if you need this info, you need it.  I was in Las Vegas earlier this year and unexpectedly needed to look presentable.  I needed to rent a tuxedo and get a haircut for a formal awards dinner.

Step one, the tux.  I don’t remember where I first found out about Jerry’s Tux Shop, but I’m glad I found them.  No where near the strip, but easy to deal with, and they can arrange delivery and pick up of your tux to your hotel.  Nice people, very helpful, and reasonable prices for very fast service.

Step two, a haircut.  I want a barber, not a stylist.  Someone at Jerry’s sends me to Gerardo’s Classic Barber Shop.  Good call, it is also off the strip, but easy to find at 3869 Spring Mountain (they have three shops in Las Vegas, but I’ve only been to this one).  As the name says, it is a classic barber shop, but they do some serious work for some of those fortunate to have enough hair to get creative with.  It is a working man’s shop, a lot of sports memorabilia and good old fashioned barbers.  I think I’ve been to Gerardo’s more than I’ve been to my barber at home this year.

Next post will be from Las Vegas, too- but I’ll be back to food for that one.

 

Jack