Arrrr, Matey! Dinner at the Pirate’s House
The Pirate’s House, on the northeastern corner of Savannah, is thought to be Georgia’s oldest building, and is certainly one of its most famous. This is where Captain Flint, from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island, is said to have died from drinking too much rum.
So we went. We had to! Like Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Pirate’s House is a Savannah institution, and demands at least one visit. Our food was good… a little overpriced, but we expected that. At the Pirate House, you’re paying as much for the experience as the dinner. We started with fried pickle slices, and I had a kind of seafood lasagna bake. Arrr, delicious! Just as me matey Blackbeard might’a liked! (Halfway into the meal, Juergen no longer found me amusing, and asked me to stop Arrr-ing every 30 seconds. “Fine, you got a point. Arrr, that ye do!“)
Legends abound in the Pirate’s House. One of the more popular concerns the underground tunnels that lead from the basement of the house into the sea. Back in pirate days, they were used to shanghai drunken sailors — wait until they passed out, then steal them away through the tunnels onto ships bound for destinations unknown. That really happened, and the tunnels still exist. “Pirate’s House” isn’t a misnomer: it actually was. And normal, 18th-century Savannahians knew to stay well away from it.
After our meal, our waitress led us on a tour of the house. She explained a bit about its history, and showed us into the attached Herb House, the oldest structure in Savannah and (naturally) haunted. It’s also the coolest dining room in the restaurant, available for fancy parties.
We had a good time at the Pirate’s House … by simply being inside a building with so much history, you’ll enjoy yourself. And if you wear an eye-patch, and insist on talking in “Arrr-matey”-pirate-voice to your dinner companions, you’ll enjoy yourself more. But they might not.
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December 19, 2010 at 7:09 pm