For our first entry we decided to visit one of our favorite beer bars and restaurants in Savannah, The Distillery, and feature two of their signature dishes: fried alligator tail and fried moon pie. The Distillery is known for their large assortment of craft brews, with 21 rotating beers on tap. The establishment is decorated in prohibition style with exposed brick walls, silent black and white films playing on the flat screen tvs, a large dining room and friendly staff.
One more reason we love The Distillery is the family behind it. Michael, Lori, Ben, Julia, and Hanna Volen make this a family business that’s eager to serve and a fun place with a unique menu. Father of the Volen clan, Michael, helped brainstorm the menu offerings like the fried alligator tail and the fried moon pie with Chef Matthew Kubiak.
The Dish: Fried Alligator Tail
What’s Special About It? -Chef Kubiak: “Mike had the concept from the very beginning. We wanted to bring something different and unique to our menu … Not many people are used to seeing it on a restaurant menu.” -Michael Volen: “You always want to bring people into your place, and you want them to have a unique food experience.”
How Does It Taste? -Chef Kubiak: “I find it to be crispy and tender, but with a little bite to it; but not in a bad way if you cook it right. You get a sweetness and spice in the sauce to accompany it.”
What Do People Say About? -Chef Kubiak: “People saw it as a novelty because it’s new and unique, but now they love it. We’ve had a great response to it.” -Michael Volen: “Best piece of tail in Savannah.”
The Dish: Fried Moon Pie
What’s Special About It? -Chef Kubiak: “The cooks and I were being creative one day and talking about frying Snickers bars and other desserts, so we decided to fry the Moon Pie. We mixed up a batter and fried it. We worked on the batter to make it nice and cake-like.” -Michael Volen: “I had an idea that I wanted to serve Moon Pies with ice cream. Moon Pies are all about the South.”
How Does It Taste? -Chef Kubiak: “A Moon Pie is almost like a s’more but turned into a Little Debbie snack. It’s warm, sweet, gooey goodness.”
What Do People Say About? -Chef Kubiak: “Once people saw it on the menu, they went nuts. We can easily go through fifty Moon Pies on a busy weekend.” -Ben Volen: “People come in to The Distillery and order a fried Moon Pie with a beer. Now it’s by far our best-selling dessert.”
416 W Liberty St.