Serving up Southern cuisine with a modern influence, Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar in Birmingham, Alabama, is warm and inviting. At Little Savannah Restaurant & Bar, customers will find that they are surrounded by the comfort and familiarity that make Southern food so delicious.
Clifton "Clif" Holt seeks a new balance as his Forest Park restaurant, Little Savannah, turns 15.
Much has changed since Holt and his then-wife, Maureen, opened Little Savannah as a fine-dining restaurant in September 2003 in a tiny space on Clairmont Avenue. The restaurant's namesake, his oldest daughter, now is a mother of three living in Louisiana. After a brief departure to teach cooking classes at the Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook Hotel, Clif Holt has returned as sole proprietor.
For some it’s caviar, lobster, truffles, foie gras, filet mignon or oysters. For others, they seek out the perfect hot dog, taco, slice of pizza or burger. Then there are those with an undying sweet tooth. But bacon is topped on oysters, burgers and donuts alike. This meat of the gods comes delightfully crispy thin or devilishly melt-in-your-mouth thick. Whether in strips, slabs or bits and whether smoked, fried, candied or infused, bacon is beloved, there’s no doubt.
This sexy, redbrick number distinguishes itself by making sure each patron is treated like long-lost kin and privy to some of the most creative cookery in town. Indeed, Chef-owner Clif Holt emphasizes local ingredients (some of which he picks himself), a process he lovingly calls, "Knowing where your food comes from." In addition to the amazing New Southern fare, Little Savannah also spoils patrons at the bar, thanks to the 120+ bottle wine selection, specialty cocktails, and several fashionable microbrews.
A native of Cullman, Alabama, Chef Clif Holt served in the U.S. Navy then pursued a career in engineering and design, before following his passion for food. Self-taught and inspired by his grandmother, Chef Clif had the opportunity to work with numerous notable chefs where he honed his culinary skills. Thereafter, in 2003, Little Savannah Restaurant and Bar was born.
Just up the road from the lively Lakeview district, Forest Park is the perfect retreat from the bustling busyness of downtown life. The little stretch of businesses on Clairmont Avenue, some of which are housed in brightly-colored historic craftsman houses, provide the perfect atmosphere for a casual weekend outing or weeknight stroll. As an added bonus, once a month, the neighborhood celebrates Third Fridays, where restaurants and galleries offer specials and extended hours for visitors who want to wine, dine, and shop in this tight-knit community.
A classic neighborhood restaurant that serves inspired food requires a classic homegrown chef. Clif Holt fills the bill and opened Little Savannah restaurant in Birmingham’s Forest Park neighborhood more than a dozen years ago.
Named for his daughter, Little Savannah was the culmination of a long-standing dream for Holt, who had first learned to appreciate the wonders of food cooking in the kitchen alongside his grandmother in Cullman, Alabama.
Tucked away in Birmingham's Historic Forest Park neighborhood, Little Savannah was definitely a #WRW2017 stop we were looking forward to! The decor is elegant, but isn't uptight or stuffy. There is definitely a neighborhood restaurant feel as soon as you walk through the front door.
Joyce White Vance‘s unassuming countenance belies her formidable intelligence and forward-leaning drive. As the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, she serves 31 counties and almost 3 million people — approximately 60% of Alabama’s population — in matters that significantly affect our communities.
Owner and chef Clif Holt is back in the kitchen at Little Savannah. As sole owner and chef, Holt has a renewed passion for making and keeping it real at the Forest Park eatery. The restaurant has an updated, artsy ambience and a new menu that includes only the best of its past.
Little Savannah is located in the heart of Forest Park. Entering through the bar side, the awning protects us from the shower that is pouring down on this winter night. Inside, we are welcomed by Clif Holt and his friendly staff.