We just came from a phenomenal lunch/brunch at Geechee Girl on Germantown Avenue in Germantown. I left the house assuming I was headed to McMenamins for a beer and a sandwich. When I found them closed, I decided to move on to something I hadn't yet tried. I'd heard of G.G. through friends, around the 'hood, and in the papers but still hadn't tried it.
When we walked in, it was clearly a sleepy summer Sunday--pies in the window, ceiling fans going, brightly painted color walls. Interesting old sepia-toned photos on the walls (later found out they are all old photos of the owners' family as well as sepia-tinted modern photos of regular customers) all have a label so you don't have to wonder who they are or what their significance might be.
The menu was handed to us--it is tiny and simply printed--and right away, although there is very little on the menu, I couldn't decide what to get.
I ended up ordering the grilled pineapple with ginger sauce (soooooo good, could've eaten more), then put together a number of sides--cheese stoneground grits, cornbread, buttermilk biscuit, 2 eggs overmedium (they came out cooked PERFECTLY--a rarity when you ask for medium), and chicken, shrimp and sausage gumbo (not spicy). (by the way, I was eating with someone, I didn't get all this for myself!). We enjoyed a leisurely lunch, whilst chatting with our server (the owner's delightful sister) about the Gullah language and the origins of the Geechee culture. (Having seen a documentary about them years ago, we worked together to try to recall some of the information).
We finished our meal and moved on to the desserts that looked and sounded way too good to pass on even though we were somewhat full as it was.
I got the pecan pie (superb--not killer sweet like most but just right) and my girlfriend ordered the special dessert--strawberry rhubarb pie (it looked so perfect you think Martha made it). Both were a divine way to end our meal.
But what made it even better was the owner coming out, sitting on the banquette, and chatting with us for the next 15+ minutes about all sorts of things--the community, working in restaurants, and even home improvement, as we were there looking kind of grimy having come from a day of hauling bricks.
It was wonderful. I'm so lucky to have finally tried it and certainly intend to go back many more times. Especially when they are going to start Fried Chicken Night!!!
What a pleasure it is seeing a thriving, beautiful and delicious business in Germantown.
Hope people found this helpful and it incites you to go out and try Geechee Girl.
I should mention that tho' i've been a hound for years, I've NEVER posted a review on here other than a couple sentences in response to someone else. Hopefully that tells you how much I liked this experience. And no, I'm not related to or have any affiliation with the restaurant :)
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