Known for its antebellum architecture, moss-covered oak trees and horse-drawn carriages, Savannah has unmistakable charm served with a hearty helping of Southern hospitality. Whether you're visiting Georgia for a week or the weekend, you will want to savor the many culinary delights this coastal city has to offer.
Savannah has no shortage of breakfast joints, with popular menu items ranging from light breakfast sandwiches to full-course pancake platters. Make sure you fill up on a well-balanced meal to get the energy you need to visit the area's top landmarks and attractions.
Goose Feathers Café
A European-style cafe and bakery at 39 Barnard Street, Goose Feathers has received top accolades from food critics and reviewers since it opened in 1986. Even if you can't drag yourself out of bed in the morning, Goose Feathers serves breakfast items throughout the day, complete with freshly ground roasted coffee and organic teas.
Must-try items include chocolate-stuffed and jam-filled butter croissants, homemade oatmeal with fresh fruit, warm bagels, Belgian waffles and the cafe's signature eggs Benedict. You'll also find cinnamon buns, muffins, savory croissants and quiches. Best of all, every item on the menu is available for takeout, so you can get straight to sightseeing.
Situated in the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza at 128 East Bay Street, Cafe M is a French-inspired bistro serving light breakfast fare, French pastries and coffee. It's the place to be when you're craving a traditional French quiche or a warm croissant melt. The cafe's iconic egg sandwiches highlight the chef's signature seasoned scrambled eggs with your choice of cheese, protein and either a buttered croissant, French baguette or gluten-free toast.
If you're in a hurry, see the countertop for Cafe M's daily assortment of pastries. They often stock chocolate croissants, pound cakes, cronuts, macarons, pies and other favorites.
Located at 28 Drayton Street, Henry's is a no-frills diner that boasts reasonable prices and quick, efficient service. Cheap eats can be hard to come by in a city like Savannah, but Henry's piles on the portions without the excessive costs, making it a great spot for locals and budget-minded tourists alike. In fact, everything on the menu is under $10, so you know you're getting a bargain.
Henry's features a weekend breakfast buffet with French toast sticks, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, eggs, grits, corn beef hash, pancake, fruit and other Southern delights. The doors open at 6:30 a.m., so you might want to get here early to avoid the morning rush. If you're ordering off the menu, try the popular breakfast burrito.
As the local spot offering “familiar family food with flair,” J. Christopher's is a regional chain with a location at 122 East Liberty in Savannah. The morning menu consists of a wide variety of items ranging from a light breakfast parfait to the Pantry Feast, which includes a blueberry “crunchcake,” two eggs, bacon and either grits or oven-roasted potatoes. Other breakfast favorites include the eggs Benedict, corn beef hash skillet, chocolate chip pancakes and challah soaked in a maple-and-vanilla batter and grilled to perfection.
Whether you prefer a family-friendly diner, chic alfresco dining or a quick bite, you can enjoy your perfect lunch at every turn in Savannah.
The Lady & Sons
Savannah's most iconic eatery is Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons at 102 West Congress Street. This easygoing restaurant features Southern classics like fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, chicken pot pie, and smothered pork chops. In fact, the Southern lunch buffet is one of the best deals in town, offering all-you-can-eat home cooking for just $16 per person. If you prefer to order off the menu, add a piece of Paula's fried chicken to any entrée for just $3.
Must-have lunch items include the Bag Lady special, which allows you to choose half a grilled cheese sandwich, BLT, or chicken salad sandwich along with a cup of soup and unlimited salad bar. Upgrade to the crab stew to make your Bag Lady lunch even more delectable! You also can't go wrong with the shrimp and grits, crab cake burger, or the vegetarian-friendly asparagus sandwich served on pumpernickel bread. For dessert, round out your meal with Paula's Southern specialty: pecan pie a la mode.
Chive Sea Bar & Lounge
When you want to wind down and enjoy an intimate dining experience that's a cut above the rest, grab lunch at Chive Sea Bar & Lounge at 4 West Broughton Street. Inspired by the atmosphere of the 1920s, this unique restaurant in Savannah's Historic District melds the classic with the contemporary.
Many flock to Chive Sea Bar & Lounge for dinner and evening cocktails, but the restaurant also offers lunch specials that shouldn't be missed. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, enjoy a grilled shrimp Caesar salad, a crab cake Benedict with fried green tomatoes, crispy fried chicken with sweet chili jam and rice, an ahi tuna salad or a petit filet mignon, just to name a few. The menu is limited but expertly designed, complete with suggested wine pairings.
With so much to see in Savannah, it's nice to know you have plenty of takeout options for dining on the go. Zunzi's is a South African-inspired takeout and delivery restaurant at 108 East York Street. Its delightful menu is influenced by the South African, Italian, Swiss and Dutch heritage of founders Johnny and Gabriella Debeer, making Zunzi's unlike anything else in Savannah.
Zunzi's offers several vegetarian options, including falafel, a Portobello sub, a veggie medley and salad. Popular items include the Conquistador, which is a baked chicken breast served on French bread with a special sauce, and The Godfather, a hearty combination of chicken and sausage. You'll also find pitas and wraps with your choice of gyro meat, salmon, chicken or grilled vegetables.
The Public Kitchen and Bar
A New American restaurant boasting mid-century modern decor and an eclectic menu, The Public Kitchen and Bar at 1 West Liberty Street is a must-visit for anyone interested in an elevated casual dining experience. The Public Kitchen sources local ingredients in farm-to-table fashion, so you know you're supporting Georgia businesses with every order. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with menu items consisting of grass-fed beef and lamb burgers, shrimp and grits, paella, Thai coconut red curry, hot sandwiches and mussels. If you save room for dessert, try the fig and apple crumble with brown sugar, pecans and Chantilly cream.
Savannah is the perfect city for enjoying a romantic evening in an upscale eatery, so don't be afraid to splurge at least one night during your getaway. Even if you stop by for drinks and conversation, these sophisticated restaurants are worth the trip.
Boar's Head Grill and Tavern
Situated inside a restored cotton warehouse at 1 Lincoln Street, Boar's Head Grill & Tavern was the first restaurant on Historic River Street. For 35 years, owners Chef Philip and Charlene Branan have been bringing casual-yet-elegant dining to the riverfront with local favorites like Low Country shrimp and andouille and double lamb chops with pommery mustard sauce. Start with a cup of the restaurant's famous “she crab” soup and Chef Philip's crab cake with Cajun remoulade. Dinner items include filet mignon, blackened mahi mahi, stuffed tilapia, sauteed grouper française, bouillabaisse and cheddar cheese grits.
At the bar, order your favorite port, sherry, brandy, cognac or cocktail. One of the best things about Boar's Head Grill & Tavern is the extensive dessert menu, which includes crème brûlée, chocolate bread pudding, white chocolate cheesecake, a Savannah trifle and more, so you may want to skip dinner and go straight to drinks and dessert!
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Crystal Beer Parlor
For more than 80 years, Crystal Beer Parlor has been meeting the needs of hungry patrons and serving as a favorite gathering spot for both locals and visitors. The restaurant at 301 West Jones Street got its start in 1933 during the Great Depression. It's a little off the beaten path, but most folk like it that way. It's all part of the Crystal Beer Parlor's charm.
The menu at Crystal Beer Parlor is extensive and sure to satisfy any picky eater. Seafood entrees are lightly seasoned and made to order, including the baked deviled crab, Gulf oysters and sweet shrimp. Favorites include the grilled rack of lamb, Greek pita pizza and hamburger steak, but you can't go wrong with anything you order.
B. Matthew's Eatery
Located at 325 East Bay Street, B. Matthew's Eatery is a classic and New American restaurant with a lovely ambience. The venue is an updated vintage space with exposed brick walls and wood floors reminiscent of the Historic District. Sharables that pair perfectly with the eatery's bar offerings include the fried green tomatoes, the charcuterie, the okra succotash spring rolls, blue crab cakes, seared sea scallops and Prince Edward Island mussels.
Lighter fare at B. Matthew's Eatery includes burgers, gyros, paninis, hot sandwiches and salads. Entrees consist of a veggie-infused spaghetti, fish and chips, chicken fried steak, braise pork osso buco and the catch of the day.
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