Friday, September 23, 2011

Road Trip: Savannah - Green Truck Pub

2430 Habersham St., Savannah, GA

On Saturday Kyle and I visited our friends Ben and Danielle in Savannah, and had lunch at Green Truck Pub. It's a square, smallish, stand-alone white building on Habersham. We waited for about 20 minutes for a table, and were seated at a slightly cramped booth. The restaurant is a little dark inside (which is indicative of pubs), and the decor is a little trendy without being intimidating.

That description goes for everything about the restaurant, from the waitstaff to the menu. You'll see some locally produced ingredients on the menu, including grassfed beef from Hunter Cattle Company in Brooklet, GA and Perc Coffee Roasters coffees from within Savannah. The beer list features a few Savannah brews, and there's a "Little truckers menu" for your kids. Not that this place was full of kids, or anything.

Adults have their choice of burgers, a chili, soup du jour, a few salads and sandwiches. So the menu isn't huge, but it contains humorous commentary. And while there may not be a ton of choices, what Green Truck Pub does it does right.

For example, my Trailer Park burger ($10.50). It was a 1/3 pd beef patty (I could also have opted for organic grilled chicken or a homemade veggie patty), topped with pimento cheese, bacon, tomato and onion. The bacon was delish. The pimento cheese was chunky and the cheese tasted much better than the typical Kraft shredded. It wasn't a super fancy burger like you'd find at Flip in Atlanta, but it wasn't trying to be. It was just an honest, sizzling burger with real beefy aroma, prepared with the toppings (probably intentionally) a little sloppy on beneath the fat bun. Flip wants its burgers to be works of art. Green Truck Pub just wants to make a good burger. Would you have expected something different from a place called Green Truck Pub? The very name eschews pretension.

My burger came with the house made French fries, which were a little too browned and greasy for my taste, and the homemade ketchup. Kyle wasn't fond of the ketchup, likening it to marinara sauce. Not that there's anything wrong with marinara sauce . . . it just tastes odd with fries.

Danielle ordered the El Jefe burger ($10), one of the more creative combos. It has cheddar, black bean and corn salsa, avocado and jalapenos. It was so big she could barely get her teeth around it. I gave up on grasping my own burger almost immediately and cut it up like a yuppie. Oh well.

Service was good, not too pushy, zany or inattentive.

Verdict: Not the best burger I've ever had in my life, but the best burger I've ever had in Savannah.

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