If you follow the downtown restaurant scene, you probably already know about Hitch, the new restaurant from the team at Treylor Park.
In fact, if you follow the downtown scene, there’s a good chance you’ve already eaten at Hitch, which seems to be doing brisk business in its first few weeks.
Treylor Park opened at 115 E. Bay St. in 2014, and it has been a big hit for a variety of reasons, including the inventive, reasonably priced menu and the restaurant’s two intimate spaces – the relatively small dining room and the comfortable patio off the lane.
Hitch opened last month at 300 Drayton St., but the entrance is on Liberty Street, across from Drayton Tower. The large space was briefly occupied by another restaurant. Before that, it had been divided into a couple of different retail stores.
Why so much turnover in that spot? There are obviously many reasons why businesses close, but the lack of visibility hasn’t helped. If you’re flying north on Drayton Street, you might not even notice Hitch.
Hitch is also just beyond the key tourist corridors. Scads of visitors walk along Bull and Abercorn streets, but comparatively few wander on nearby blocks of Drayton and Liberty streets.
None of that should be an impediment for Hitch, however, which has a strong appeal to locals and will eventually draw plenty of tourists once they start hearing about the menu, which is broadly similar to the one at Treylor Park.
Hitch has seating for dozens in the dining room and at the tables near the bar, but on all three of my visits I’ve opted to sit at the bar itself.
The Hitch menu has an array of categories, including shareable appetizers, wings, tacos, pizza, sliders, biscuits, egg rolls, salads and desserts. Most of those categories have just a few options, with many items priced $7 to $15.
I generally find that one dish isn’t quite enough for me, but two dishes can be too much, so I’d advise a party of two to order three items. You can always take the rest home.
My Hitch favorites so far have been the smoked salmon biscuit ($12), which has just the right amount of mascarpone, the sloppy Joe slider ($7) with ground venison and banana peppers and the scrumptious duck pot pie egg roll ($8).
Despite having three meals at Hitch, I haven’t dug all that deep into the menu – I haven’t yet sampled any of the wings, salads, desserts or pizzas.
According to Hitch’s Facebook page, which already has about 1,200 followers, the restaurant is open from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
Despite what many Savannahians believe, you’ll generally find on-street parking within a few blocks of Hitch. Sure, you can try to park right in front of the restaurant, but you’ll likely be happier if you look for a spot to the south and east, somewhere near Lafayette, Troup or Calhoun squares.
Expect more collisions around Forsyth
Last week, in a 14-hour time span, I witnessed two car crashes on Drayton Street near the Mansion on Forsyth Park and the Café at Forsyth Park.
There did not appear to be any injuries, thank goodness, and the cars remained more or less in the roadway. One vehicle ended up facing south and very close to the heavily used path along Forsyth Park, but fortunately no pedestrians were close enough to be endangered.
One wreck seemed to be caused by a driver in the right lane who was easing into the left lane, apparently either unaware that higher-speed traffic was in the left lane or that Drayton is one-way.
We’re likely to see an increase in wrecks like these.
Forsyth Park seems to get busier all the time, and the new spray pool is luring lots of local kids. A hotel and a restaurant are slated for the underutilized stretch of Drayton Street between the Mansion and the Savannah Law School, so that means more drivers slowing down in the search for parking spaces and curb cuts.
In general, it’s a good development for urban environments when traffic slows down, but those slower cars will be increasingly in the way of drivers accustomed to using Drayton as a speedway.
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