If you drive down Whitaker and blink you may miss the “The Garage at Victory North” at 2605 Whitaker Street. The space was formerly occupied by Troupial but the torch has been passed to the talented team behind the newest addition to the Starland restaurant scene. The talent at The Garage is not to be missed with their locally sourced menu and International inspiration! And don’t worry, our favorite Venezuelan cuisine, Troupial, will be back soon in a new larger location across the street.
The talent behind the Garage is a small and dedicated team. Each team member has solid experience in the industry tailored to their specialties. Their executive chef, Mike Hanlon, got his culinary training at Johnson & Wales University. Upon completion, he began to travel and cook all over the world, learning and self-teaching new techniques. His initial focus and inspiration came from Cajun food, heavily inspired by New Orleans cuisine. From there he traveled and trained in Norway, Bali, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Indonesia, Cuba, Mexico just to name a few. Danny Bradley heads up the bar program and brings several years of excellent service and inventive cocktails and they guarantee their will be something for everyone.
The Garage is open Thursday – Monday, closed on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s. They open at 5pm and close at 10pm, except for Monday nights when they close at 1AM, offering their full dinner menu for service industry night. They really want their space to be about community and they want to have other service industry workers to be able to come in after their shift and have a full meal, something you can rarely find. Read below to find out some of the inside scoop to Savannah’s latest restaurant The Garage.
What type of cuisine and experience should people expect?
The type of food we serve at The Garage is a little bit of everything. We don’t want to put a label on it! The menu changes regularly as we try to keep everything locally sourced with as little waste as possible. Because our chef has trained and cooked all over the world, the dishes all have international inspiration. In terms of experience for our guests, we want The Garage to be a place for everyone. A place where you can come have a quick small plate and a cocktail, or sit down and have a full dinner and bottle of wine (or several cocktails!)
Tell us what sets The Garage apart?
I think what sets The Garage apart is the drive and ambition of our entire team. We collectively strive to be better every day while working seamlessly together for a great experience.
Are you taking reservations and what is the best way for people to find out the latest updates on The Garage?
Yes, we take reservations here as well as walk-ins. The best way to find updates is through our social media and our website, where we’ll have menus and drinks posted as well as any upcoming events we may have.
What is your favorite menu item and why?
It’s hard to pick a favorite menu item! The menu does change fairly often, but if we haaaaad to pick one….Chef Mike says the Yakitori Chicken and Danny says the Papaya Salad.
Do you offer cocktails, beer, wine?
We offer cocktails, beer, and wine! We have a small (but growing) wine list and our cocktail menu has a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy. We have some interesting and unique spirits on our bar as well.
Will you be able to accommodate vegans, allergies, ie, gluten and/or dairy?
Our menu will have options for Vegans, Vegetarians, Gluten, Dairy, and other allergies. The menu does change but we try to have solid options on the menu to accommodate everyone.
In your opinion when people visit The Garage what is the perfect order?
I think the best way to experience The Garage is to come in and order the whole menu! The menu is concise and is built to be shareable, so most of the plates are created with that in mind. It’s a menu built for solo diners, as well as one built for sharing with a group of family or friends.