Peas and Carrots: A restaurant review.

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“The one and only! ”

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Oct 20, 2012
 

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Well, this morning, I had to run over to Integrity Animal Hospital to pick up a prescription refill for C.J.
On the way home, I noticed that the new restaurant, Peas and Carrots, was open. They are on Hwy 40 E across the street from Kingsland’s refurbished railroad station. They are where The Cheese Steak Factory used to be. They opened about 9 weeks ago.
It was 11:45. Close enough. I stopped in. Glad I did.
They serve lunch from 111:00 to 2:00, Monday thru Saturday. Not sure about Sunday. They serve “All you can eat, served at your table.” In other words,“family style.” If you’re not from the South, that means that when they are busy, you and your party may be seated at a large table with one or more total strangers. The food will be brought to the table continuously on platters and in bowls. If you are bashful and/or would be bugged by being asked to “pass the chicken,” please stay home (your loss.)
For just $8.95, they serve up two meats, three vegetables (you get all three), corn bread and drink of choice. Dessert, if desired, is extra but cheap. The menu varies daily. That is to say that they do not serve the same thing on every Monday, etc. The menu on any given day is based upon what struck the co-owner/cook’s fancy and is largely influenced by what looks good on daily shopping trips to local markets.
Today’s menu included fried chicken, beef stew, macaroni-and- cheese, large, dried lima beans,
fried okra, and corn bread. I opted for iced tea. I also had the dessert, peach mousse.
The chicken was obviously fresh, freshly breaded, perfectly seasoned, and perfectly fried – no doubt in a deep, cast iron skillet. Took me back to my childhood in Savannah. This chicken could have been enshrined in the Smithsonian as the quintessential exemplar of true, Southern-fried chicken.
Regrettably, I was so full from the one plate that I forgot to sample the beef stew but I have the faith that it too was delicious.
The macaroni- and- cheese was not quite as cheesy as Aunt B’s but excellent nonetheless.
The big, honking limas were seasoned perfectly with hickory-smoked bacon and some kind of chopped herb I could not quite identify. They were cooked down to where they made their own gravy, but not over cooked. Perfectly done and delicious.
OMG, the fried okra! Sorry, Joe Loomis, but your’s at Sonny’s, delicious as it is, just dropped to a very distant second place behind the fried okra I had today. It was, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the ABSOLUTE BEST xfried okra I have EVER eaten ANYWHERE in my 64 years on this Earth. I’m guessing the okra had not been off the bush 36 hours and definitely never frozen or pre-breaded. I’m sure they were washed, cut and breaded right there in the kitchen. The breading was extraordinary. It was like a thin, impossibly light, tempura batter. The oil it was delicately fried in was so fresh and clean that the breading came out looking white and raw but it was actually fried to perfection. It was served fresh from the pan, so hot you could not eat it right away. Served with a ramekin of a good ranch dressing for dipping.
The corn bread was authentic. It was not like cake and not too sweet. It was made from just barely mixed, still grainy batter, the way it should be. Perfect with the generous portion of whipped butter it was served with.
The peach mousse was delicious.
The iced tea was tasty but a bit weak for my taste. The easy solution it to double up on the the tea bags. Apparently, we native Savannahians were all brought up on stronger iced tea than folks down this way. I wonder if it is because tea has been imported through the Port of Savannah since the 1700s? Tetley still is. Maybe it was more plentiful and cheaper in early Savannah. If I can see through it well enough to read the menu on the other side, it’s too weak.

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Oct 20, 2012
 
The owners are a retired Navy Seabee (Iraq vet) and his wife. His wife, A SOUTHERN GAL, is the cook – and it shows. They both came out front, introduced themselves, and welcomed me to their establishment. The waitress was prompt, courteous, and pleasant.

If you have an hour or more for lunch, you definitely want to have lunch with these folks very soon. You could zip in and out in 30 minutes, but this is definitely, sit back, loosen your belt, kick off your shoes, savoring food. They have my enthusiastic, unqualified, whole-hearted endorsement. You can call to see what’s for lunch, but please call between 10:00 and 11:00 when they open. That’s my request – not theirs. They will be some kind of busy soon from 11:00 to 2:00.

Note to my friends at Aunt B’s: with the right business skills and financing, these folks could be the nightmare I’ve warned y’all about. Y’all better step up your game.

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Oct 20, 2012
 
Not quite sure how I ended up with two threads.

The first one did not pop up for a long time but then appearred from whereever AFTER the second one posted?

Let's put all comments on this one, okay?

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Oct 20, 2012
 
Damn! I got it backwards! Change of plans.

Let's put all comments on the OTHER one and let this one sink on down out of sight, okay?
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Pass. Not too keen on patron's kicking off their shoes next to me while I'm eating.

Jay - Did you ever in your wildest dreams think you might be hurting people by opening your mouth such as you've done here? Just because you believe you know everything about everything and should opine on it all does not make it so. The world and this couple would clearly be better off by hearing and reading your silence. And take old asshat LonePalm with you.
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Oct 21, 2012
 

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The chance of being seated next to Moreno at a "family style" restaurant.
on the take

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Oct 21, 2012
 
jay, I ate there last week and that was the closest to
grandma's table in a long time. but i never seen their hours opened or if opened on weekends. and if they get the space aunt b's has. they will close aunt b's in 3 months. the beef stew is great also.
as for a NEVER HAPPEN's comment if they try it they will see its that good also.

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Oct 21, 2012
 
I just called them. No answer. I'm pretty sure they are closed on Sundays, However, I'm sure that they are but open for lunch Monday thru Saturday, from 11:00 to 2:00 PM.

"Grandma's table" is exactly right, with a nod to both of mine as well as my mom and her sisters and sisters in law - good Southern cooks all.
Aunt Bs Sux

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Oct 21, 2012
 
The sooner the hog trough known as Aunt Bs closes the better we will be IMHO

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Oct 21, 2012
 
No, the sooner they feel the breath of a viable competitor on their necks, the sooner they will do what needs to be done and we will then have two great places for home homestyle, Southern cooking by REAL Southerners.
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Oct 21, 2012
 
Were the dried Lima beans good?
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Oct 21, 2012
 
Moreno Jay wrote:
No, the sooner they feel the breath of a viable competitor on their necks, the sooner they will do what needs to be done and we will then have two great places for home homestyle, Southern cooking by REAL Southerners.
You mean like Miss Linda's food at Steffens?
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Oct 22, 2012
 
Linda at Steffens wouldn't know good food if someone slapped her upside her head with it. Hell she can't even stay open long enough. She needs to sell that business to someone who knows how to run one.
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Oct 22, 2012
 
Linda Caigle, owner of Steffens, past owner of St.Marys seafood, is either from New York or Boston, what the hell does she know about Southern cooking or southern hospatility. She has lived here about 3 years and still doesn't know anything, just because she is loaded with money doesn't make her an expert. She fired one of her waitress's for applying at hot skillet. She must be scared her secret receipes will go out, ha ha.

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Oct 22, 2012
 
Hmmmm wrote:
Were the dried Lima beans good?
As I wrote previously, "The big, honking Limas were seasoned perfectly with hickory-smoked bacon and some kind of chopped herb I could not quite identify. They were cooked down to where they made their own gravy, but not over cooked. Perfectly done and delicious."

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Oct 22, 2012
 
Get ready to go. Peas and Carrots will be open for lunch in 54 minutes!
Anon

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Oct 22, 2012
 
Moreno is counting down like a shuttle launch.
pass the chicken

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Oct 22, 2012
 
T minus 29 minutes and counting.
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Oct 22, 2012
 
Hmmm....I. am from Camden originally and ate there twice with much disappointment.
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Oct 22, 2012
 
liz you either dont care for other people eating with you or dont care for true southern cooking

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