Savannah's Culinary Jazz House
In the culinary scene of Savannah there are so many choices, but there is one place that is unique to the scene. Rancho Alegre stands alone as Savannah’s only Cuban eatery. Cuban fare results from Native American, Spanish, African, French, Arabic, Chinese, and Caribbean roots and influences and relies heavily upon basic spices, root vegetables, and citrus juices.
Smooth jazz and succulent dishes await the friends that meet at Rancho Alegre. Lunch is bustling and dinner is electric. The vibe is definitely Cuban cool. Imagine, if you will, stepping through the doorway and experiencing gracious hospitality, and a festival of tantalizing tastes.
We have taken many opportunities to indulge in a foodie’s trip to the Caribbean. All of the influences of spice and flavor in the contemporary dishes that keep winning awards and receiving national attention. This time I craved the Paella Valenciana, a beautiful rice and seafood dish that takes forty minutes to prepare, just long enough for us to enjoy the extensive wine list and sangrias, while sampling Croquelas de Jamon (ham croquettes), or the Papa Rellena (a potato ball stuffed full with ground beef), but eventually happily ordering the Cuban Sampler that features an array of appetizer specialties, almost a meal in itself, only if other dishes were not demanding to be tasted. My companion could not wait for the exotic whole scored Red Snapper called Pargo Frito. Being from Venezuela, she declares it’s a taste of home. For those who prefer their meal from the turf I recommend a Cuban-style sirloin served grilled with mojo or breaded to a golden brown – Bistec Palomilla. For those in pursuit of great Cuban food, Rancho Alegre has offerings for all. And that’s just the beginning of a wonderful experience. Desserts are just the thing to top off our evening meal and enjoy the music (live performances every Thursday-Saturday). The Empanadas and Flans are house made and pair nicely with any number of Spanish wines. A trip to Rancho Alegre would not be complete without it.
Since 1999, owner Juan, along with daughter, Melody Rodriguez, have been supporting the jazz movement in Savannah. Juan is a current board member of the Coastal Jazz Association and sponsor of the hugely popular Savannah Jazz festival. The festival will be held this year September 17 – 23, 2017. Along with the Jody Espina Trio to entertain their guests, many world-renowned jazz celebrities "drop by" to spontaneously hold jam sessions, during this time and throughout the year.
It’s no wonder why Rancho Alegre has been hailed as “Savannah’s Culinary Jazz House.”
Visit Rancho Alegre at 402 Martin Luther King Blvd. Call 912-292-1656 or visit ranchoalegrecuban.com. Open Mon-Thurs 11 am -9:30 pm, Fri 11 am-10:30 pm and Sun 12 pm – 9 pm. Tell them TRAVELHOST sent you!