(UPDATED AUGUST 2022) There aren’t many cities that offer the amazing level of Southern eats that Savannah, Georgia, does. You’ll find an arsenal of locally-owned, chef-inspired eateries that will make your taste buds dance. From specialty tacos to candied alligator, here is my 10-restaurant guide to eating your way through Savannah, GA.
Pro Tip: Reservations are strongly suggested at most.
1. Treylor Park Hitch
My youngest daughter had a fantastic dining experience at Hitch and she insisted that I go replicate it. Due to the fact it was peak COVID season, I ordered my food for takeout (I was literally staying next door), but that didn’t hurt the flavor profiles and deliciousness one bit.
My favorites were the Cheese Steak Egg Rolls, wrapped in a handy little deep-fried wrapper that made it easy to eat and easy to dunk in the melted beer cheese sauce. OMG, these are so good, and the tart pickles pair perfectly with the richness of the ribeye.
I also had the Treylor Park Nachos Grande, which uses waffle fries as the base. It’s covered with fried chicken, bacon, and cheddar cheese, then drizzled with balsamic and cheddar cheese. They are great for sharing but super rich.
2. Alligator Soul
When I told my friends I was heading to Savannah, GA, for the first time in about eight years, the consensus was that I needed to try out Alligator Soul. I lucked into scoring a reservation, something that is quite difficult to do, so Eddie (my husband) and I went for an evening out.
My meal started with the most raved about dish between my friends, the Boursin Salad with Candied Alligator. When I tell you this salad was one of the best I’ve ever had, I wish I could add a square root to it…it was that fantastic. The simple locally-sourced greens are topped with candied alligator bites, finely-grated parmesan cheese, a house-made Boursin dressing, and then garnished with grit (yes, grit!!) croutons. This combination is pure magic.
For dinner, my hubby had the Shrimp and Grits, no complaints there, and I chose an appetizer for my meal, the Alligator Tempura with sweet chili and pickled ginger. The food is off-the-hook at Alligator Soul, so you should pencil it in on your Savannah visit.
3. The Little Crown
Indulge in a delicious baked meat pie from The Little Crown by Pie Society, one of the places I experienced on my Savannah Taste Experience food tour. These yummy meat pies, with just the right amount of spice and flavors, are tucked into buttery, flaky pastry dough and baked to perfection.
Other things on the Little Crown by Pie Society menu includes tarts, craft cocktails, quiche, and hot pasties. It is also worth mentioning that the cozy little dining nooks are adorable and made me feel transported to Britain. They have a second location in Pooler, Georgia.
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Huey’s on the River is a Southern cafe overlooking the riverfront on historic River Street. It is a longtime staple of Savannah. I’ve visited Huey’s for brunch and lunch several times, but we stopped on this visit just for a snack. It’s also a perfect place to beat the heat, enjoy the views, and have a thirst-quenching sweet tea or glass of wine.
I had the Spinach and Artichoke Dip (deconstructed and not cream cheese based as one might think), served with French bread, and my husband had the Shrimp Creole, in a rich and decadent roux. Huey’s cornbread is the stuff dreams are made of, so if you are a true Southerner (or just one at heart), this is what you order.
Shout out to Huey’s for the beautiful, fresh flowers on every table—such a nice special touch.
5. The Olde Pink House
This Southern and Low-Country restaurant holds a special place in my heart, mostly because we have been going to the Olde Pink House since our girls were youngsters, nearly 25 years or more. The 18th-century mansion, exuding romance and sophistication, has a classic menu and serves both lunch and dinner in the main house. In the basement is Arches Bar, which in days past had talented musicians belting show tunes and other sing-along favorites.
For starters at the Olde Pink House, share Oysters-on-the-Half-Shell, or the Fried Green Tomatoes with corn cream is another tasty option. Dinner options include a tender and tasty Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breast, Jumbo Sea Scallops, and Fried Shrimp, so lots of tantalizing Southern choices.
Save room for dessert, I always remembered them being the star of the dining experience. Reservations are suggested.
Enjoy a freaking fantastic sandwich from Zunzi’s, a South African-inspired shop and another stop on the Savannah Taste Experience food tour. My pick is the Conquistador, with zesty chicken, romaine, lettuce, tomato, provolone, and parmesan on a billowy French bread roll. Try a bag of Zapp’s kettle-style potato chips or a Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink with your gourmet sandwich or bowl creation.
Zunzi’s claims that their “South African Inspired” sandwiches, bowls, and wraps will leave you saying “SHIT YEAH!” and I couldn’t agree more.
7. Lady & Sons
I’m not sure it would be American to come to Savannah and not eat at Paula Deen’s signature place, The Lady & Sons Restaurant. My family has been dining here for 20 or more years, enjoying the lunch buffet from time to time, namely for the butter gooey cakes.
Whether you come for the food, shopping, or notoriety, a good time is to be had for all. Gone are the days when you were ushered in for a set lunch time and now guests have the freedom to dine whenever they choose. You can order from a menu or indulge in the family-style lunch where you pick the down home dishes and famous Paula Deen sides for a per person price. Desserts and unlimited refills of all food items are included.
Not sure what to order? The Fried Chicken is a gift from God and the baked Mac & Cheese, collards, and candied yams are lip-smacking good.
Want to make Paula Deen’s classic baked macaroni and cheese at home? Here is the recipe.
8. Goose Feathers Cafe
You can experience counter-service ordering in a European-style eatery at Goose Feathers Cafe. With breakfast and lunch dishes on the menu, this cafe offers impeccable service, great food, tasty treats, and is in a fabulous location on Barnard Street.
I always go for a slice of quiche and often the creamy soup option, though the savory croissants are always calling my name. Goose Feathers’ bread pudding (served warm) is wonderful, a decadent treat.
9. B&D Burgers
Fancy something unusual and superiorly Southern? How about gator sliders from B&D Burgers? This cool burger and craft beer joint has been in business nearly 20 years and based on the taste of the food, I can easily see why. While the outdoor patio is sensational, you won’t want to leave, the food is equally as impressive.
Bloody Mary’s, sliders (the beef and peach bourbon bbq sounds delish), wings, and a host of other Southern-inspired dishes will knock your socks off with this sensational menu. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are offered.
There are four locations to enjoy B&D Burgers: Pooler Parkway, Southside, Congress Street, and Broughton Street.
10. Clary’s Cafe
The World Famous Clary’s Cafe serves up a delightful array of breakfast and lunch dishes. Known from the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame, my favorite Clary’s dishes are the omelets and Eggs Benedicts. Better yet, it is known for breakfast served all day—you can’t beat that. My husband loved every bite of the Crab Cakes Benedict, while I feasted on an omelette platter with sausage, biscuit, and home fries. Wear elastic waist pants.
Enjoy indoor dining all the while viewing the nostalgic Midnight movie memorabilia or sidewalk tables for soaking up the local scenery. Save room for a dessert from the massive selection that includes pie, cake, bread pudding, sticky buns, and more. Clary’s is pet-friendly and offers a military discount.
Don’t stop with just these 10. Savannah has amazing dessert options, starting with the tasty little morsels at the Byrd Cookie Company. The Georgia peach is my favorite, though key lime is probably the best seller.
River City Sweets makes incredible Southern pralines and bear claws. Ice cream lovers will go crazy for Leopold’s, a Savannah mainstay with some of the best ice cream you’ll ever taste. I order a sundaes or honking big banana split, while my family prefers a hand-dipped cone of peppermint, rum bisque, or peanut butter chippy.
For an adventurous, entertaining, or whatever other adjective you would like to add, reserve a table at Better Than Sex for an unforgettable experience. Choose between chocolate or caramel rimmed wines, house made cocktails, or unique desserts in this speakeasy-style setting.
And finally, gourmet chocolates from Chocolat by Adam Turoni is not only a whimsical and unique candy shop to explore, but also a little piece of heaven for your mouth.
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