Contemporary soul food restaurant opens on Times Square

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

SavannahBlue, a new contemporary soul food and cocktail lounge, opened quietly last week in Downtown Detroit.

Located at 1431 Times Square, a stone’s throw from the Rosa Parks Transit Center, SavannahBlue has a sleek look with exposed brick and polished wood floors. There is seating for around 60 in the bar room, and an additional 60 in a chic lounge setting that has couches and plush chairs.

The fare is “contemporary soul food,” according to general manager Thor Jones.

“It’s food with southern roots but we have a city spin on it,” he says.

Entrees included twice dredged fried chicken, braised oxtail, seared salmon, a burger and “motor city boil,” which is mussels steamed with corn, red potatoes, shrimp and sausage. Starters include black-eyed pea hummus, dry-rub wings, crab cake and a roasted sweet potato bisque.

Nearly two dozen wines are offered by the bottle or glass. A cocktail list includes standards like an old fashioned, lemon drop and margarita as well as house specialties like a pear martini and a spiked Arnold Palmer.

SavannahBlue is open 4-11 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. and 4 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. Walk-ins welcome, and reservations can be made by calling (313) 926-0783 or by using the OpenTable app.