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Savannah, Georgia, famous for being the home of SCAD (Savannah College of Arts and Design), one of the nation’s preeminent arts institutes, also boasts of a rich selection of restaurants that rivals Lowcountry neighbour Charleston. From farmers’ markets and farm-to-table Southern food concepts to the best restaurants in Savannah’s historic downtown, we discover the best restaurants and eats in Savannah.
Located in a historic 18th century Georgian mansion, The Olde Pink House offers intimate dining in a beautiful setting and a glimpse of true Southern culture. The Olde Pink House is conveniently located in the heart of historic downtown Savannah, and provides indoor and outdoor seating with an elegant yet casual ambiance. Specialising in new Southern cuisine, The Olde Pinke House menu has a selection of seafood and Lowcountry dishes such as Lowcountry She-Crab soup, fried green tomato, lump crab hushpuppies and blue crab beignets.
Address: 23 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401.
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is a local institution steeped in history. Located in downtown Savannah, Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room has specialised in Southern home cooking in Savannah, GA since 1943. The traditions of the Southern boarding house continue to be adhered to as diners are seated communally in tables of ten along with other guests. Diners are then treated to a wonderful array of Southern comfort food, which is already laid out on the tables, including delectable fried chicken, meatloaf, okra gumbo, cornbread, black eyed peas, biscuits and more, all of which is perfectly complemented by Southern sweet tea.
Address: 107 West Jones St, Savannah, Ga 31401.
The combination of Southern hospitality, Southern cooking and the charming milieu of its historic Southern mansion setting has made Elizabeth on 37th one of the most popular, and most consistently recommended restaurants in Savannah. Integrating tradition and innovation, Elizabeth on 37th is headed by Chef Kelly Yambor, who has created a true Southern menu that prizes seasonal ingredients, some of which use herbs and local flowers from the restaurant’s own garden. The fusion of fresh seafood, local produce and Southern style flavours make Elizabeth on 37th a must try in Savannah.
Address: 105 E 37th St, Savannah, GA 31401.
Situated in Savannah’s enchanting downtown just a block away from Forsyth Park, Local 11ten is the ideal place to finish off a perfect evening in Savannah. Housed in a creatively restored 1950s era bank building, the décor is understated modern-chic, with monthly art exhibitions curated by an in house gallery coordinator giving visitors a fresh look at contemporary Savannah. Headed by Chef Brandy Williamson, Local 11ten offers a ‘unique expression on familiar southern flavours’ using locally sourced seafood and ingredients to produce a unique fine dining experience in the heart of Savannah.
Address: 1110 Bull St. Savannah, GA 31401.
a.lure serves Lowcountry cuisine native to South Carolina and the Georgia coast with a particular focus on sourcing locally produced meats and produce. With fish freshly caught by Savannah fishermen and meats from a local Georgia farm, a.lure is at the forefront of Savannah’s ‘farm-to-fork’ concept. The dining room is cosy and intimate, with a contemporary rustic aesthetic that offers a wonderful dining experience. The menu itself is new Southern with a French twist, including seared foie gras, crab cakes, tomato bisque, Lowcountry boil and, of course, shrimp and grits.
Address: 309 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401.
The Forsyth Farmers’ Market is located in the heart of Savannah’s beautiful historic district. Tree lined walkways with overhanging boughs of Spanish moss make Forsyth Park amongst the most picturesque spots in Savannah and a must see for any visitors. Every Saturday, you can find the best of local Savannah food and produce at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market, which supports local farmers and food vendors while building a community around its ethos of sustainable living, healthy eating, and local dining.
The Green Truck Pub is a neighbourhood favourite for its laid back ambiance and excellent food, especially its burgers. Diners rave about its burger menu; the Green Truck Pub’s uses only all natural beef, free range chicken or homemade veggie patties in its burgers and serves this with a selection of sides and its own house made ketchup. Favourites include the Green Truck Classic, Hot Rod and The Whole Farm, a creative concoction that includes not only bacon and cheddar, but also a fried egg on a beef patty.
Address: 2430 Habersham St., Savannah, GA 31401.
Zunzi’s casual vibe and delicious flavours draw crowds of locals for its heaping lunch portions. As one reviewer said, Zunzi’s specialises in producing the ‘sloppiest, sassiest, flavour-packed, big sandwich’ in Savannah. In true American style, Zunzi’s cuisine is impossible to pin down and is a mix of Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch culinary traditions. Although this small hole-in-the-wall spot has no indoor seating and limited outdoor seating, it is certainly worth stopping by for a quick bite. Unique favourites include the Godfather and Boerewors On A Roll. Zunzi’s leapt to fame after its Chicken Conquistador sandwich won ‘best sandwiches in the South’ in the Travel Channel‘s Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.
Address: 108 E York St, Savannah, GA 31401.
The Crab Shack, located on Tybee Island, just a half hour drive from Savannah is as laid-back a seafood restaurant as you can find in the area. For many Savannah locals, The Crab Shack is a summer tradition perfect for the entire family. Locals and visitors take full advantage of the Crab Shack’s ample outdoor seating to enjoy a fun, casual and gloriously messy meal of freshly caught crabs, shellfish and seafood surrounded by the overhanging Spanish moss so characteristic of the Lowcountry. Indulge in the Shack Specialty, a heaped platter of seasonal shellfish, corn, potatoes and sausage, while you sit back and enjoy a stunning Tybee sunset.
There’s nothing quite like an ice cream from Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlour to stave off the Savannah’s scorching summer heat. Whilst there’s often a queue snaking around the corner, the ice cream by all accounts is definitely worth the wait. This old school ice cream parlour which first opened its doors in 1919 makes all of its ice cream on the premises from family recipes. The menu at Leopold’s has a huge selection of regular favourites such as pistachio, peanut butter chippy, butter pecan and mint chocolate chip, and seasonal special flavours like thin mints & cream, pumpkin spice and rose petals.
Savannah natives love their sweets, and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen embodies this passion. For some thirty years, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen has occupied a venerated place on Savannah’s historic River Street, where founder and owner Stan Strickland produces masses of confectionary to warm the hearts of any Southerner. From its famous pecan pralines to peanut brittle, and gopher turtles to pecan caramel corn, entering Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is to step back in time into the the nostalgic past.