Boar's Head Grill and Tavern
Locally family-owned, the Boar’s Head Grill and Tavern offers a perfect combination of rich history, great atmosphere, and amazing food. The oldest restaurant on River Street, since 1959 diners have enjoyed the rustic ambiance in this 18th century refurbished cotton warehouse, located at 1 North Lincoln Ramp.
Phillip and Charlene Branan own and professionally manage the Boar’s Head. Both have extensive experience in the culinary/restaurant field. Phillip, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, has developed the entire menu grounded in the generous spirit of Southern cuisine. Charlene manages the front of the restaurant and greets their guests as warmly as she would welcome friends into their home. Always the star here is the food. The menu is taste-tempting, with so much attention to detail, made from scratch and in-house, offering something for each of us. The menu includes plenty of fresh seafood, and the culinary touch is delicate, featuring the exquisitely subtle sauces at which Chef Phillip excels.
We began our dinner by choosing the BBQ shrimp (glazed with Chef’s own peach BBQ sauce), Chef Phillip’s crab cake (Cajun tarter sauce), and Oysters Rockefeller (oysters topped with creamy hollandaise, spinach, and parmesan cheese). Each of us reluctantly shared before moving on to our main course: Low country Bouillabaisse (a classic seafood stew) was served richly with rice pilaf, lamb chops grilled to perfection featuring a pommeray mustard sauce served atop garlic mashed potatoes with roasted asparagus, and stuffed shrimp (skillfully stuffed with lump, deviled crab) and served over angel hair pasta with a lemon butter sauce were just some of the entrees we were tempted to try. None upstaged the others, pure pleasure for the palate.
We enjoyed the engaging staff while we were served our desserts, everything delicious. Warm chocolate bread pudding, Savannah trifle, and the Jack Daniels Chocolate Pecan Pie simply ended the meal in full bliss. The only thing missing was the mysterious gentleman in the top hat said to “visit” tables to ensure everyone is well taken care of. Of course when we learned of this ghostly presence, we were completely intrigued. We asked for more of the story and Charlene just smiled and said she doesn’t have any stories to share, but Phillip is often kept company in his prep kitchen by the spirit of a 19-year old girl.
Seems there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Boar’s Head Grill and Tavern, great food, spirited libations, and perhaps spirits of another kind.
The restaurant is located on East River Street at the Lincoln Street Ramp. Hours of operation are Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The tavern menu is served from 3 to 5 p.m., with dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations are accepted and encouraged. Call 912-651-9660 or visit www.boarsheadgrill.com.