Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I had just finished reading a fictionalized journalist’s history of Savannah, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, in preparation for this trip. Our first destination in Savannah today was Clary’s, a small restaurant where the Lady Chablis, the
transvestite character in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, often goes for breakfast. On TV the previous week, we had seen her meeting a chef that was reporting on Savannah cuisine, at Clary’s. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the privilege of meeting her – she didn’t show up at Clary’s the day we were there!
The restaurant does play up its role in the book and movie, which I had never seen (I finally did watch it on TV a few weeks later). There are black & white framed pictures of scenes from the movie, and a stained glass window portrays the statue in Bonaventure Cemetery depicted on the cover of the book.
It was after 11 am by the time we got there (we’d had to attend a showing of a new condo complex on Hilton Head Island in order to get free trolley tickets, which cost $28 each). For brunch I ordered fried eggs, corned beef hash, grits, and a biscuit. The grits were a lot like cream of wheat. In the South, grits are eaten with
salt, but my preference would be to eat them like I eat oatmeal at home: with milk and brown sugar! Dale had some kind of egg scramble with veggies and ham or sausage, with ranch-style potatoes and a biscuit. Anyway, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the grits – not these grits anyway. Still, it was fun to enjoy the ambiance and the connection with the book.