When hubby was on vacation last week and we went to Virginia we actually had the whole week off even though we only stayed a few days. Our youngest daughter had gone with us and we didn’t want her to have to drive separately so and she had to be back at work on Tuesday so we headed back home on Monday. We decided that we’d use the rest of the week to take a few days to ourselves with NO PLANS! It’s not often we do anything with no plans so this was kind of new territory for us. We decided to go, of course, to….. wait for it….. Savannah! Where else?
I called the Inn (our favorite, The Dresser Palmer House) to make sure they had an open room (and one that hubby will actually stay in!) and left Tuesday morning. We had an uneventful trip down. Took our time and stopped near Statesboro to eat at Longhorns. Hubby had wanted to go to Churchills since he is in love with their bread pudding but by the time we got done with the wine and cheese social it was almost 7 and it was the finals of American Idol and since we’d be in Savannah both nights we decided we really would just go somewhere quick and get back to the inn by 8 so we could watch Scotty and Lauren go head to head.
We left walking with all intentions of walking to Churchills but since it had been over 100 degrees it was quite warm and to be honest, draining. We enjoyed a nice leisurely stroll down Drayton and found ourselves in front of Parker’s Urban Gourmet because hubby wanted to pick up some stuff for his guys at work so I said “Wanna just grab something here and go back to the inn and eat in our room?” He said “Are you sure you don’t
mind?” Heck! I didn’t want to walk another 6 or 7 blocks to the restaurant and then all the way back in that heat so I just smiled sweetly and said “Whatever you want to do honey!” (You gotta let them think they are in charge… right ladies?) So, we grabbed something and went back. Whew!
The next morning at breakfast (Sausage and asparagus quiche which was wonderful by the way) we met a nice couple from California (San Diego, I think) who had been there for a few days and told us they had been to this neat little barbeque restaurant out where they had filmed Forrest Gump. He told us it was the little town of Sandfly and that they had a Forrest Gump museum and to be sure and drive along the marina at The Isle of Hope.
We got Nicole (who had cooked us that nummy breakfast to print us out directions and we headed towards Sandfly. We hadn’t made it but a few blocks from the inn when WHAM! The car directly in front of us got hit full on by SUV that ran the red light. You know serendipity? I have her to thank for us not being in that accident. My friend Penni had called me right before we left the inn and it put us a few minutes later leaving so
seriously… a few seconds earlier and WE would have been that car that got hit.
It all happened so fast! I was actually looking down at the directions so I didn’t SEE the impact but I heard and felt it. I actually thought that the car in front of us had hit the other car at first. Apparently a young SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) student was driving with her mom and her light turned yellow and she thought she could make the turn and kept going and the poor woman in front of us got hit in the drivers side, slammed into a pole and then turned sideways and hit a brick wall. The SUV that hit her spun 360 degrees and hit her car, a huge electrical
box (thank God or else it would have gone straight through the wall of this diner) and ended up heading back towards us. Hubby pulled over and we both jumped out to try to help.
People came from everywhere! We couldn’t get the ladies door open and she’s screaming and crying to get her out and the girl and her mom in the other car are screaming (both their airbags deployed). From out of nowhere this serviceman comes running up (he actually left car blocking the intersection) and took charge. The kid was still wet behind the ears but he went into action and knew exactly what to do! I was SO impressed with him. We couldn’t get the woman’s doors open an dher windows were either down or shattered. I’m not sure which but he dove through the back window and sat there and held her head steady from behind while we waited for the ambulance to get there. She was complaining that her neck and head hurt and he didn’t want her to injure it further so he sat there the entire time in that sweltering hot car while the emergency workers worked to get her out of the car. I mean even the EMT’s when they got there walked over to the car and seemed to take their time. He had literally hit the ground running and without a moment’s hesitation did what he needed to do. I wish I had gotten his name. I am thoroughly impressed with the training he obviously received in the military.
The mom in the other car was bleeding on her cheek and the impact of the air bag deploying had literally ripped her earring to where it was no longer the metal oval with the stone like the one in her right ear but an elongated drop. Weirdest thing I have ever seen. The girl said she saw the light was red and hit her brakes but nothing happened. There were no skid marks so the policeman said he thought in a panic she must have hit the gas instead of the brake. Whichever, I’m glad no one was hurt worse than they were. Both the mom and the lady in the other car were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Definitely got our adrenaline pumping!
We eventually made it to Sandfly and found the bbq place and it is called (originally, I might add) Sandfly Barbeque! It’s in a little shopping center kind of out in the middle of nowhere. It’s a tiny little place. It only seats 34 inside and then they have a few outdoor tables. We talked to the owner (I think her name was Laura) and she said she and her husband had started it 4 years ago and were debating whether or not to expand. She said they previously owned a fine dining restaurant in downtown Savannah and prior to that they had both worked at the Ritz Carlton and that her husband had gone to culinary school.
The food was very reasonably priced (less than $15 for both of us to eat and have leftovers) and delicious. We weren’t that hungry because it hadn’t been THAT long since we’d had breakfast so we got a basket of 6 bones (ribs) to share. We only ate 4 between the 2 of us and still had two to take back. We also had green beans and mac and cheese and bread and great sweet tea!
I would DEFINITELY recommend Sandfly Barbeque if you are ever in the Savannah area. I will do a separate post on Isle of Hope because I have lots of pics I want to post for that! Happy eating!