Thursday, June 9, 2011

Guilty Pleasures: Fried Green Tomatoes with Smoked Bacon & Tabasco Mayonnaise!

The Cloister Cocktail
On a drive up to North Carolina last week, Steve and I decided to stay the night somewhere we had never been before, The Cloister Sea Island Resort located in coastal, southern Georgia. I had heard wonderful things about the resort recently and it just so happened to be the perfect halfway point between us and our destination.

After checking in and getting settled, we schlepped our road weary bodies downstairs to the beautifully quaint and cozy River Bar adjacent to the hotel's beautiful lobby. We ordered two Cloister Cocktails, a mix of Champagne, Lillet and Grand Marnier and enjoyed them while watching the gorgeous Georgia sunset. Afterwards, we assumed our seats at the bar and sampled a delicious assortment of southern-inspired dishes. One of my favorites was the Fried Green Tomatoes with Smoked Bacon and Tabasco Mayonnaise. It arrived at the table still warm from the fryer and what's not to love about smoky bacon, spicy mayo and juicy tomatoes? So simple, yet sooo very delicious! 

Steve's last bite of the Fried Green Tomatoes!
In addition to a delicious menu, The River Bar's wine list had many interesting selections to choose from: an Assyrtiko from Greece, an Arneis/Chardonnay blend from Italy and, the one we ordered, a 2007 Hans Wirshing Silvaner from Germany. This delightfully light and refreshing white wine had just a hint of sweetness and was a fabulous complement to the tomatoes. The sweetness of the wine balanced the heat from the Tabasco mayo and the crisp acidity cut the richness of the fried tomatoes making for a delicious example of food and wine synergy - YUM!

Gorgeous Georgia Sunset!
I am already looking forward to our next visit to The Cloister and exploring it's other culinary offerings (not to mention the spa). In addition to the River Bar, the resort is home to The Georgian Room, a Forbes Five Star restaurant that features "Refined Southern" cuisine and the restaurant itself is just beautiful. Chef Daniel Zeal was nice enough to chat with me following a tour of their kitchens and remarkable wine cellar - I'll be sharing those details in a later post. What's your favorite food and wine pairing you've enjoyed lately? Also, what are your feelings about a road trip - are you a fan or not?



  1. That sounds just wonderful...I really want to go up there and visit now...and have that last bite of fried green tomatoes with smoked bacon and spicy mayo! YUM!

  2. Sounds great! I just Love love love Fried Green Tomatoes! I live in Chicago so most people look at me like I am insane every time I make them.

  3. One can get addicted to these tomatoes.

  4. I've always wanted to go there, and love Fried Tomatoes. One of my girlfriends has her own vegetable gardens (right here in the city) and she produces some of the most amazing tomatoes ever.
    Sending love, S....

  5. Sounds like a great find. I personally love road trips and exploring new places. What is Lillet? I never heard of that before. The color of your Cloister Cocktail looks like a glass of white wine. I bet it was delish!

  6. Wow! What a wonderful, perfect day! I love day trips...they're like mini vacations!

    I want to try and make that fried green tomato dish - SOUNDS AMAZING!

  7. I actually just fell in love with ribs and petite syrah. Wouldn't have thought it but somehow they worked together. Yum. Your trip looks amazing! I am dying to do a deep south road trip (big fan of road trips - I spend way too much time in planes for work!) And everything y'all tasted looked beyond drool worthy. Can't wait to hear about your chat with the chef. Great post!

  8. I was just talking to my friend about a road trip. Now I have to have one where I can find me some fried green tomatoes! YUM

  9. Such a wonderful road those fried green tomatoes, with the smoked bacon, and spicy mayo...the perfect Chardonnay doesn't sound bad, either:D

  10. I always wanted to try fried green tomatoes


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