For 40 years, River House Seafood has been dishing out one fantastic meal after the next from its location in a restored 18th-century cotton warehouse along River Street. I scored one of the handful of tables in front of the restaurant, facing the Savannah River and cherishing even the most timid breeze coming off the water on a spectacularly humid evening. My waiter, a transplant from Ohio who was weary of Midwest winters, provided me with the daily specials and pleasant conversation. As I perused the tempting menu, I listened to the sounds of the occasional car trundling by on the street paved with cobblestones, with its pair of train rails, and the 1960s soundtrack (the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Zombies) in the restaurant’s background. On the water, the tremendous Georgia Queen riverboat was paddling by. Everything combined for an exceptionally pleasant backdrop for a fantastic dinner.
Try This: Start to lower your internal thermometer with a palliative lemonade. Then keep it cool with a watermelon salad with sliced cucumbers, red onion, goat cheese, and arugula, drizzled with a delectable strawberry and mint vinaigrette. Seafood comprises the bulk of the entrée options, so stick to their specialty. I chose the grilled pecan bourbon salmon served with sweet potato mash and the best collard greens I’ve ever had. End on a sweet note with Georgia pecan pie.
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