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The Grey in Savannah Offers Great Food and Historical Resonance

Mashama Bailey offers a contemporary interpretation of Southern food at one of the region's best restaurants

At The Grey in Savannah, Mashama Bailey serves "gorgeous food that subtly threads together the story of the South," says John T. Edge, author of the new book Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. Bailey and Johno Morisano opened the restaurant two years ago in an Art Deco building that once housed a Greyhound bus station and were immediately hailed for both the setting and the food. 

The restaurant, Edge says, has two lunch counters that once would have been segregated, which adds a historical resonance to eating at The Grey. But Bailey's food commands the diner's full attention once it's on the table. In addition to lunch and dinner, one Sunday a month Bailey offers a special menu that's worth scheduling a visit to Georgia around. On August 20, for example, she's doing BBQ pork rinds, a low country boil and peaches and cream for dessert.  

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