Toni’s Steakhouse is one of those unsung gems of serious dining not usually expected on the Southside. The owner, Stephan, and his family have been part of the Savannah restaurant scene for several years, previously off of Diamond Causeway with the still-missed Adriatic. With Toni’s, they have perfected their style, to the enjoyment of all diners. The building itself is a modest brick structure next to the Holiday Inn. Inside is a tasteful understated décor of brick, black, and white, with abstract paintings. We are often greeted by Stephan or his family, who hail from Croatia, and swiftly seated. Toni’s small size lends itself to personal attention by the wait staff; the place is intimate without being cramped. Service is professional, the waiters will often recognize a returning guest and remember what they like, make suggestions. During quiet periods Stephan or his sons may come out to converse with guests, which is often my favorite part of the meal. The food, which is the essential part, does not disappoint. The meal always opens with the welcome sight of bread baked that morning. Stephan keeps his menu limited in the right way, concentrating on what he does best: tender, Grade-AA steaks and sirloins cooked to order, local shrimp grilled or fried with flair, to generous dishes of pasta with sauces created right on the premises. One of our favorites is wiener schnitzel with its tender breading, the dish that initially hooked us on this place. If you ask, especially at lunch, Stephan or Toni is not above creating a dish inspired by the old Adriatic, often I get a shrimp & spinach crepe. Often swordfish, grouper, or mussels are on special, but only briefly, Toni’s is very firm about only serving the freshest of seafoods. Even the vegetables are perfect al dente in texture and taste, and the mashed potatoes are real, never powered. Dessert is also created on site. We’ve tried them all, but keep coming back to the crème brûlée. Coffee is never far away. Besides a well-stocked bar, complete with a TV silently tuned to news or soccer, there is an extensive wine list, but my favorite is the house wine, a good basic red or white created out in California’s wine country just for Toni’s. Besides the food, Toni’s has one thing I consider essential for the full dining experience: good music! No noisy Top 40 hits blaring out here, no recycled muzak, just the calm beauty of a piano or guitar playing Mozart, Beethoven, Rodriguez, or a cool jazz combo playing with the favorites, all of it at a volume you can have a conversation over. Next to the food, the soundtrack is what makes or breaks a restaurant for this diner. Located on the Southside, Toni’s has for too long been a candle under a bushel . For those who think all the good food is exclusively downtown, I suggest you look again, this is worth the trip.
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The foods are prepared using top notch ingredients, for instance, in the green salads there will be no iceberg, only romaine hearts. Sauces are cooked over low heat for lengthy periods of time, then roasted in the oven just prior to serving. These techniques provide a full roasted flavor. Jimmy's sauces almost seem to have a soul, the flavors are so deep. The portions are quite generous and much more than adequate. If you order a meal, you will be more than sataisfied, both with the quality and the quantity of the food. Some well-kept secrets are that he makes some of the finest fried chicken ever to invade this southern girl's taste buds. many other dishes are very special and tasty, but you can only get to those is you sample the foods he provides for catered events. Jim's grasp of many types of foods provides for an endlessly interesting and satisfying array of great and unusual foods. He is equally at home with foods usually reserved for higher socio-economic types of clients. He can prepare a marvelous meal to match your favoraite wine choices, and astound your friends, even though they may be accustomed to special dining circumstances. To put it briefly, there is nothing the man can't do, and do far better than most. He will even discuss catering and doing prep-work for a special meal for you to serve in your own home. That can be kept in mind for very special and intimate events with spouses, etc.
Great Pizza with wonderful customer service!! They have the most wonderful pizza around town right now! The customer service is wonderful minus a few. Normally when I go in I always seem to get a nice lady by the name of Krista and a wonderful gentlemen by the name of Kris. I have talked to a couple others and they are great as well but normally these are the two I speak with and place an order & its always correct & the BEST!!!!! This place definitely needs to keep these employee's without a doubt! Not to mention how clean this place is... VERY CLEAN!! O wait did I mention you get to watch TV?! What about Free WIFI?! Yeah!!!! Do you see now why this place is the BEST IN TOWN?!?!?! I hope someone finds this review helpful in making a decision to go check this place out and if you happen to go in and get Krista or Kris they will get your order right the FIRST time around!! GO TO FAT JOEYS PIZZERIA!!!