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A new soul food restaurant has opened in Youngstown

Isla Chiu

A new restaurant has come to Youngstown's food scene.

On March 28, Savannah Joe's had its grand opening. Savannah Joe's is a restaurant that specializes in soul food and is a new venture from owner and head chef Joseph "Joe" Bowers, who was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia (hence the name of the restaurant). He brings over 30 years of experience working as a chef in several restaurants and running his own catering business to Savannah Joe's.

The grand opening seems to have been a great success with over 200 customers coming to give the local restaurant their support.

Savannah Joe's menu includes appetizers such as chicken strips (which come with honey mustard sauce), low country crab cakes (which contain Savannah blue crab meat and are presented in an open crab shell), fried okra (which is breaded by hand and comes with habanero bacon jam), and fried green tomatoes.

As for entrees, the restaurant serves hand-breaded fried pork chops, fried chicken, and St.-Louis-style ribs. If you like seafood, their menu has fried catfish, haddock (which can be ordered baked or fried), grilled salmon, a meal-size portion of low country crab cake, catfish and grits, shrimp and grits, and Cajun salmon and shrimp alfredo.

As for sides, Savannah Joe's has a wide selection of them: baked mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, candied yams, collard greens, coleslaw, French fries, green beans, grits, smashed potatoes (which can be served with gravy), and white rice with gravy.

They also make hearty bowls of chicken and sausage gumbo (which is made with smoked sausage, chicken breast, okra, tomatoes, and white rice), burgers, and sandwiches such as a fried catfish sandwich on a potato bun and a smoked pulled pork sandwich on a pretzel roll. If you're in need of a vegetarian option, Savannah Joe's makes a Beyond veggie burger.

Do you have room for dessert? The restaurant has banana pudding, pound cake, and red velvet cake.

If you want to try their food, the restaurant is located at the Glenwood Plaza at 2905 Glenwood Ave, Youngstown, OH 44511.

Savannah Joe's is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM and Sunday from 12 PM to 6 PM. The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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