Weekly Wrap Up: Vinnie Van Go-Go's and the Owens-Thomas House

July 14, 2014
On Friday night, Everett and I headed to downtown Savannah just to walk around and have dinner. We picked Kayak Kafe, which is a casual place that serves a bunch of salads, tacos, and paninis.  Kayak Kafe is locally owned and the prices are reasonable for Savannah, which can have some pricey places because of all of the tourists.  I chose the BBQ pulled pork and pineapple salsa tacos, which were pretty good. 


After our meal, we just strolled around town and came up with a list of other restaurants or bars we wanted to try.  We have about 8 places, and naturally I want to blog about them in an individual post! I hope to finish my list this week or next.  :)  As a side note, I'm thinking of creating a "Savannah" section for my blog where I can condense all my Savannah related posts. 

A picture from our walk...looks a bit creepy, doesn't it?
We stopped at Savannah's Candy Kitchen at City Market as well.  Everett bought two slabs of chocolate and let me try a bite of each.  What I really wanted to buy were pralines, but I didn't give into temptation.  (Too bad I wasn't so good the rest of the weekend!)  Many years ago in New Orleans, I went to Leah's Praline shop on a food tour.  Our guide told us that a very obese Richard Simmons used to work there.  That worked as a scare tactic on me, so I'll hardly ever eat a full praline, but will take the small sample they give out. 



On Saturday, Everett, Jared, and I went to Vinnie Van Go Go's Pizzeria for lunch.  Everett and Jared had both been raving about the sheer deliciousness of the pizza, and every time we walked by City Market we were tempted by the smell of the food.  Unfortunately, when we went we had a frustrating experience getting seated.  We were told 15 minutes and ended up waiting over an hour.  The worst part was that the hostess would clear the tables and not seat people at them right away.  During this time, random people would just start sitting down at tables that belonged to the restaurant because they thought they were for public use.  The three of us were annoyed that some drunk gals who weren't customers were just sitting at the tables.  Jared asked the hostess why she didn't ask those people to move so that we could get a table faster and she just kept saying, "They're waiting."  I just looked up Trip Advisor reviews, and a woman who went on July 5th wrote "Hostesses Are Complete Idiots," which made me laugh out loud a lot because I could completely relate to what she said.  Is that bad?   Once we finally got seated, everything was great.  A large pizza was $12.50 and then every topping we added was an extra $2.00.  The pizza was so big that all three of us couldn't finish it, so next time we'll be getting a medium.  Even after the fiasco with the hostess, I would still go back just because the pizza is that darn good.  The pizza has a Neapolitan style crust and they didn't skimp on any of the toppings, all of which were fresh.  If you're ever in Savannah, I would recommend it, but keep on checking in with the hostess.  Also, don't go starving and expect to get seated right away because there is almost always a wait.  Finally, bring cash because that's all that is accepted there.  



Afterwards, we went to the Owens-Thomas House and went on a guided tour.  It's $15 per person, but just $5 for students with a valid student I.D.  The house started getting built in 1816 and was finished in 1819.  Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures of the interior, but could take pictures in the garden outside.  One interesting fact we learned was that in the slave quarters the ceiling was painted a light blue color called "haint blue."  We  were told that the slaves believed this would keep out evil spirits.  The ceiling we saw has not been retouched and, according to our tour guide, is the largest example of this type of paint in America.  Our guide joked that perhaps that's why the Owens-Thomas House isn't haunted, and almost every other historic building in downtown Savannah is.  We also learned that the house was ahead of its time because it was built with indoor plumbing, which even the White House did not have at the in 1819.  Another neat feature was that the house had two, separate staircases leading to the 2nd floor.  The two sides of the house were connected by an indoor bridge, which is something I hadn't ever seen before.




Our next stop was to go to World Market, and I picked up a few of my favorite items that I can't find in normal grocery stores.  Everett wanted to go to Fresh Market, to get some of their desserts.  I indulged in a cannolo, which is one of my favorite treats. 



On Sunday, Jared, Everett, and I headed to the beach.  They bought a new beach umbrella, which I took advantage of since my skin is still recovering from the last time we went to the beach.  I finally started reading The Fault in Our Stars, which I think is going to be a great read based on the first few chapters.  



I loved that we were on the go, but also had our downtime.  What does a perfect weekend look like for you?  Would you have waited an hour to eat at a restaurant if you were told 15 minutes?  

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26 comments on "Weekly Wrap Up: Vinnie Van Go-Go's and the Owens-Thomas House"
  1. That pizza looks good, but I would stay away from the pralines if Richard Simmons really did get overweight there. haha! A bridge inside a house?! Wow. That cannoli looks so good. Looks like a great time.

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    1. I wish I could have taken a picture of the little bridge! I just looked it up and one praline has about 10-15 grams of fat in it, so when I do have a praline, it'll be for a special occasion!

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  2. That pizza looks delicious! I'm so glad you're having a great time in Savannah!
    The Fault in Out Stars is so good. It's easily one of my new favorites!

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    1. It was delicious! If you move to Georgia I see a blate at Vinnie's in our future!

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  3. Really interesting about the ceiling paint.

    The pizza looks amazing.

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    1. I know, I kept staring at the paint instead of looking at the tour guide. The pizza was fabulous...I would not have given the place a second chance after our mishap if I found the pizza to be mediocre.

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  4. oh yes to the Savannah section of your blog, that would be perfect! and ohh i hope you enjoy the fault in our stars, i loved it sooo much.

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    1. I thought that it would be boring to me since I already watched the movie and know more or less what happens, but I'm still very much into the book! I love Hazel's personality and witty remarks.

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  5. I lived in Savannah for awhile... Love Vinnie's but I just get it to go inside and then sit on a bench in the Market and eat it...also, so I can people watch :)

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    1. Yes! Next time I'll be getting pizza by the slice to go and that way I can still have the pizza and not deal with the hostesses.

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  6. Sounds like a delicious week! I would probably still eat a whole praline though. It's not my fault Richard Simmons loved his pralines too much!

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    1. Hahaha...I love food so much. I have to cut back somewhere, but I can see myself enjoying a praline sometime in my future!

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  7. Oh my gosh sooooo much delicious-looking food!! Bummer about having to wait a long time at the pizza place- that is frustrating, especially when you're hungry!!!

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    1. There are just so many great places to eat at in Savannah! Every weekend my friends and I hope to check out a new place.

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    1. I looooove trying new food places on the weekends!! Yum is right. :)

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  9. What a great weekend! I love pralines! I probably wouldn't have been as good as you lol.

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    1. Haha, I'll have one someday! The Richard Simmons story really scared me...too bad all junk food doesn't come with a story like that or I'd be angelic. ;)

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  10. OMG how fun! I would have been sooo mad if someone told me it was a 15 minute wait and it was an hour! what the heck! lol

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    1. It was fun!! I wish that you could have stayed longer in Savannah! After 25 minutes she came up to us and said, "Ummm, what was y'all's name again?" I don't think she ever wrote it on the list!

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  11. I saw some of this food on your Instagram and commented, looks good! I love me some Italian food!! This weekend I am jetting off on a little vacation to Jamaica so I am looking forward to trying some food I may not be too familiar with, its always great to try new things.

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    1. Trust me, it was!! I swear that all I've been doing every weekend is going out and trying new food...which I am kind of okay with. :D Have fun in Jamaica!!! I'll be following your Instagram to see what you try!

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  12. TFIOS is so good, I hope you enjoy it! Also, mad jealous of all that food, it looks delicious!

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    1. I heard it's a little different from the movie, so I can't wait! :) I hope to try out some fun, new places this weekend, too.

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  13. This post was awesome!!! Can I come visit soon? :)

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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