Musings of a New England Transplant
Fried Green Tomatoes and Sweet Tea
I have to admit, as a young teenage girl, Southern literature, the likes of Gone with the Wind, opened my heart and mind to the mysteries of the Lowcountry. Scarlett and I persevered diligently through all 700 pages of Margaret Mitchell’s epic, weaving the beauty of Southern living and ultimately Savannah in the recesses of my mind. As a young adult Forrestt Gump, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Fried Green Tomatoes continued creating a wondrous antebellum world, so very different from New England. Where else on earth would they eat fried green tomatoes and drink sweet tea all day? Shouldn’t tomatoes be eaten red in a salad and plain tea sipped at bedtime?
Savannah is the Lowcountry’s jewel. Nowhere in my travels have I found a city so beautiful with so much character. History abounds in twenty-two Oglethorpe planned squares, hauntings in almost every building with stories that set your mind spinning. Oh, did I mention Fried Green Tomatoes and Sweet Tea?
Recently we were visited by my husband’s brother Frank and his wife Debi, who much to our surprise had never been to Savannah. What a better way to give them a true taste of the Lowcountry in the brief afternoon we had, but to immerse them in the magic of River Street. Ah, River Street; a wonderful conglomeration of Savannah’s hustle and bustle. The container ships floating by on the river – yes, Savannah is on a river and not the ocean – who knew! Tourists making their way in and out of shops; green, orange or white trolleys; tour guides sharing their stories with riders, while Savannah, the city carries on business as usual.
Tubby’s Tank House
2909 River Drive
Savannah GA 31404
We decided to dine at Tubby’s Tank House, a favorite of ours. It’s located above Huey’s on the east end of River Street. We like sitting outside on the veranda overlooking the river and walkway where we can take in the commotion and smells of Savannah. Cozy and rustic inside seating is available. The food is delicious. In the years we’ve been going to Tubby’s, starting way back in the golf trip days, I’ve never known anyone to have a bad meal.
Most importantly, they serve Fried Green Tomatoes, both as an appetizer or salad. My first time ordering them, I had the appetizer version; today the salad. The slightly spicy, perfect consistency tomatoes are to “die for.” Do southerners say that? Of course, I accompanied them with sweet tea. I have died and gone to heaven.
My dining companions had shrimp po’boys, fish tacos and crab cakes, which they claimed were wonderful. I heard rumblings about the Margaritas being excellent. I was too busy savoring my delectable salad and sweet tea while musing, “New Englanders do not know what they are missing!” Sweet tea and a warm lazy day go hand in hand. More importantly, why on earth would you ever wait for the tomatoes to turn red when you can eat them green? Ok, so they are fried, but I’m sure the spices found in the batter negates the calories. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.