The Olde Pink House

 

Is it the best food in Savannah’s historic district, or the best experience?

I love the menu here. The last time we ate here, my family and I were seated at the table waiting for our meal in the dark, candle lit room when the hostess came by to check on us. I had seen her many times before; a beautiful southern black lady with tons of charm. With a personality that lit up the dark room, she wore a long elegant dress and had her hair up just as one would expect from such a lady in a place like this. She slowly made her way around the corner, and we eventually heard her infectious laughter as she spoke to another large group in the adjacent dining room. Moments later we heard something that I would have never expected.

She began to sing Amazing Grace acapella. She was accompanied by a chorus of other singers at that table who harmonized beautifully as she performed it in the manner of an old negro spiritual. We later found out that they were a singing group on tour. It literally gave us chill bumps to listen to it. As I looked around, I noticed there were people who were wiping tears from their eyes… just like me. It was a moving experience to say the least.

After she finished, there was a request for “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” in which the group, including our hostess, cheerfully obliged. I recorded it on my cell phone, and when I listen to it today, it still gives me chill bumps. I don’t think we will ever forget that, or the delicious food. Only in a place like Savannah could something spontaneously happen like this.

 

– Geoff

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