Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

June 29, 2012 11:51 AM

Restaurant: 17hundred90 Inn & Restaurant

17hundred90 Inn & Restaurant

307 East President Street
Savannah, GA 31401
We took a day trip to Savannah with a guide. Our choice for lunch as recommended by the guide was 17hundred90.

This is an old Inn and Restaurant, with tables and chairs that, while quite solid, look as if they could be from the start of the restaurant in the late 1800s.

Debbie ordered a Fried Green Tomato BLT with Fried Onion Rings. I ordered a Smoked Turkey Sandwich on White Bread with Lettuce and Tomato.

Robert, our driver/guide, had a Caesar Salad.

The restaurant is known as the place where Jimmy Williams had dinner after his third trial for the same murder ended in a hung jury. Williams was tried one more time, this time in Augusta, GA, and was found not guilty. (If you are interested in the whole story look up Jimmy Arthur Williams of Savannah on Wikipedia.)

There is some evidence that the 14-room Inn in which the restaurant is located is haunted, although the haunting is thought to be by a friendly female ghost. The ghost is of a woman who chose to throw herself from the third floor window to the courtyard below. We did not experience any ghostly presences in the restaurant.

Here too the men's room was adequate.

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