On a sunny Saturday morning, we rode bikes to the Forsyth Farmers’ Market for some fresh, locally-grown produce and coffee beans. After purchasing our weekly dose of veggies from the farmers and coffee from Perc, we hopped on our bikes to head home. On the way, we noticed Sammy Green’s and decided to give it a try for lunch. Sammy Green’s is a quaint diner just south of downtown. Located in a space that appears to be a converted home, they host a vibrant and cozy dining area with welcoming yet artistic decor.
The “Sammy” in Sammy Green’s is, in fact, referring to the traditional New York hoagies called “Sammies.” If you have read any of Rachael Ray’s cookbooks or magazines, or if watch her show on the Food Network, you’ll notice her love of Sammies. The New York native knows her northeastern foods, and in the Empire State, the Sammie reigns.
At Sammy Green’s you can get their own unique take on it. There are ten Sammies on the menu, including the Po Boy Sammie, the Falafel, and the China Town with mayo, hoisin BBQ, sriracha, pickled cucumber and scallion with either fried or grilled chicken or fish. Along with their sandwich options, the diner also offers a burger, chicken nuggets and salads.
The Dishes: Pescado Sammie, BLT Sammie, Sparkling Lemonade
What’s Special About It?
Nathan: “I was immediately drawn to the Pescado Sammie because of the words ‘hot sauce,’ and the sandwich didn’t disappoint. The sandwich is (apparently) New York inspired and invites the customer to douse a bit more hot sauce on for some extra kick (to which I kindly obliged). It was a unique offering for historic Savannah.”
Kenda: “I’m so glad we stumbled upon this place! Sammy Green’s is a comfy neighborhood sandwich spot, and it’s so conveniently located on the trip home from downtown or to pick up food for a picnic in Forsyth Park.”
What Did It Taste Like?
Kenda: “The homemade sparkling lemonade was so fresh! It had a great effervescence and citrusy taste but wasn’t overly sweet or sour. For lunch, I ordered the BLT Sammie with a side of fries. The loaf bread was nice and soft on the inside, yet crispy on the outside. It held together the mound of ingredients – crispy bacon, fried chicken, tomatoes and lettuce. It wasn’t too filling but rather a rejuvenating afternoon lunch before our leisurely bike ride home.”
Nathan: “A pleasant dichotomy of flavors and textures, the warmth of the fish meets the tongue with a backbone of crisp vegetables as the fresh bread compliments the sandwich without dominating the flavor or filling the stomach. The addition of hot sauce added a nice kick and the salty balance needed for a mild fish batter. The vegetables on the sandwich were nice and fresh, as were the green beans served on the side. They were cold and crisped and had a home made blend of lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper that complimented the sandwich nicely.”
What Did We Say About It?
Kenda: “For a taste of New York right here in Savannah, go try Sammy Green’s!”
1710 Abercorn St.
Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.