Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it’s officially almost fall in Savannah. Fall means a new school year for kids, a new try at drafting good players in your fantasy football league, and for us at Fried Green Savannah, fall means gaining a new co-blogger. Since Eleanor Rooke Siemens moved to Nebraska with her husband, Scott, (Savannah misses y’all!) we’re bringing a newbie foodie on board the Fried Green Savannah team: Nathan Williams. (Find out more about Nathan here…) To say “goodbye” to summer and “hello” to our new co-blogger, Nathan, we decided to do a night out at Bonna Bella Yacht Club.
Conveniently located on the outskirts of midtown near the islands, you probably wouldn’t just happen upon the place unless you were looking for it, but it’s worth the hunt. A family-friendly establishment with plenty of outdoor seating, the club is open to the public for dining and drinking. If you have a boat and would like to grab dinner after a long day on the water, you can park it at the docks outside the club and dine there before heading home.
The menu at Bonna Bella complements its breath-taking, laid-back outdoor surroundings. The food is a pleasant mix of coastal, Lowcountry and casual dining, with offerings like crab fritters or quesadillas for appetizers and a collection of salads, tacos and sandwiches. The entrees include shrimp and grits with locally-sourced shrimp and hand-cut ribeye. Whatever you order, it’s made fresh for you. While you’re waiting for your food, you can take in the beauty of the marshland surrounding the restaurant and sip a cold drink.
The Dishes: Nachos, Barbecue Fish Tacos, Cabo Fish Sandwich
What’s Special About It?
Kenda: “There are a handful of places in Savannah where you can enjoy waterfront, outdoor dining at its best. Bonna Bella is one such place. The weather behaved itself and the food was delicious, making it a memorable overall experience. It was the perfect locale for my first official post with my hubby and new co-blogger, Nathan!”
Nathan: “The atmosphere here is second to none. We picked a great night to go, with temperatures in the low 80’s and a lack of Lowcountry bugs. The food was pleasantly priced and the wait staff was very pleasant despite the large crowd. This was a great way to start my food blogging with Kenda!”
What Did It Taste Like?
Nathan: “The tacos had a great texture, with the crunch of fresh vegetables providing a pleasant contrast to the melt-in-your-mouth tender fish. The barbeque flavoring provided a nice zing to the tacos and the presentation was very visually appealing. Though the beans and rice wouldn’t have been my first choice, you couldn’t walk away hungry from the full plate of food (even if you’re a big guy like me!). The IPA I chose paired nicely with the food, with the sharpness of the hops and the maltiness melding nicely with the contrasts in flavors of the barbeque, grilled fish, and fresh vegetables.”
Kenda: “The nachos were enormous! The layers of flavors and spices were nicely mixed together. I ordered the Cabo Fish Sandwich for dinner. The white fish was fried and had a nice crispy crust. I love coleslaw on the side of my fish, but I never would have considered topping it on the sandwich. It was such a good idea! The sweetness from the slaw and remoulade really made the fish that much more flavorful.”
What Did We Say About It?
Nathan: “This was a great dining experience with a classic Lowcountry feel!”
Bonna Bella Yacht Club
2740 Livingston Ave
Tues-Fri 3-7 p.m.
Sat & Sun 11 a.m.-1 p.m.