Updated: Aug 2, 2019
The Grey, featured on the Netflix show Chef’s Table, is an award-winning restaurant located in a meticulously restored 1938 art deco Greyhound Bus terminal. It offers soulful, complex, but traditional dishes, including a few favorites from Chef Mashama Bailey’s childhood.
We shared a delicious beef tartar to start - we dug into it so fast we didn’t get a good picture! It had just enough of a tang of mustard to pair nicely with the scallion mayo on the plate and Viognier we ordered. Lovely textures, rich flavors.
We had two mains - the quail and a white fish special. Both were good but honestly, I couldn’t get over the potatoes that came with the fish. Think creamy risotto, except with tiny cubed potatoes instead of rice. It sounds humble, but oh my word it was a spiritual experience. It was a special and the menu rotates frequently, but I WILL ask for it again regardless. The quail and fish were cooked perfectly, and the fish had a yummy crunchy skin on top. But those potatoes…
Sent to every table at the end of the meal were mini “thrills” - little popsicles Chef Bailey ate as a kid on hot summer days. I’m usually not one for popsicles, but these had grown-up flavors (strawberry-lemon) and were delightful. We also had a cobbler with blackberry, honey, and lavender that also was ripped into before a photo could be taken. I adore cobbler, and this one was really good, though slightly heavy on the citrus notes.
Despite the amazing food, we were overcome by the juxtaposition of the past and present of this building. This former bus station was segregated and evidence of this painful past is everywhere as many original elements that have been left. It’s a somber reminder of what life was like in the not-so-distant past. How joyful that Chef Bailey, an African-American, is the talented creator of this successful restaurant! And that the restaurant sits on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd! It’s a beautiful thing and transforms an enjoyable dining experience into something truly special.
We look forward to The Grey’s bright future.
Insider tip: Keep your eyes peeled as you eat for a celebrity sighting… we saw Chef Bailey herself in the dining room!
The Grey, 109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401, 912-662-5999