It’s been awhile since I’ve been on a legit trip so I was definitely long overdue. Last week I took a trip down to Savannah, GA with my husband & family to celebrate birthdays and our anniversary. I had never been to Savannah and was looking forward to the architecture, art (the Savannah College of Art & Design is here), outdoor squares and most importantly, some delicious food! Savannah has a rich culinary tradition but we stayed away from touristy places like the famed Lady and Sons and asked for recommendations from the locals. Here are my favorites in no particular order with some Savannah travel pictures thrown in for good measure.
Local 11 Ten | 1110 Bull St.
This was my FAVORITE place we dined in Savannah. And it figures, I didn’t take any pictures of my meal! That just goes to show much I enjoyed it. We stayed one block away from the largest park in Savannah, Forsyth Park and this gem of a restaurant was about two blocks from one end of the park. They have a cute rooftop deck which is a great place to start your night with one of their tasty cocktails.
Then, head downstairs into dark and cozy restaurant for some serious food. The service was on point and the food was amazing. I ordered the local caesar with romaine hearts, pecorino romano, olives, benton’s bacon, peppered lavash & local caesar dressing to start. Followed that up with the day boat catch which was a perfectly seared grouper served over smoked cream corn, sweet peppers, blistered chilis, cumbled cornbread & guajillo vinaigrette. With a glass of pinot, it was the perfect meal. I didn’t need dessert but my husband and dad who love Nutter Butters decided to try the homemade ones for dessert. All around a delicious meal. The hostess, Kira was super friendly (as was everyone we met in Savannah) and we saw her everywhere we went. It became a running joke. ;)
Starland Cafe | 11 E. 41st St.
We went to the Starland for lunch one day. Great place when you want a break from eating rich and heavy food. I ordered the Tomato Thai soup which is a combination of roasted squash and tomatoes, coconut milk and thai spices. My dad, the Italian kept telling the waitress they should serve it as a tomato sauce. I also ordered their special salad of the day with thinly sliced pears, goat cheese, candied pecans and baby lettuce. I wanted something simple and light and it was perfect. You can eat inside or outside under red umbrellas and wooden tables. Of course, we chose outdoors!
Soho South Cafe | 12 W. Liberty Street
This was a fun little spot for lunch but beware, the portions are huge!!! My mom and I ordered the same salad and easily could have split it. We both ordered the Southwest salad which was romaine topped with blackened organic chicken breast, corn, tomato, black beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream, crispy corn tortillas and chipotle dressing.
My husband who was really feeling hungrayyyyy (no surprise there) went for the PB & J Burger – peanut butter and jelly, pimento cheese, bacon & jalapenos on a grilled bun. I’m not a huge burger person, but I gotta say, this thing was pretty amazing.
We had another Kira, the hostess, sighting here too. I’m not kidding, she was everywhere! The interior was really nice with mismatched tables and chairs, a lofty ceiling and artwork everywhere. A great spot to take a break from walking around the city.
Sandfly BBQ | 1220 Barnard St.
If you like chicken fingers, go here as well. They have won a ton of awards over the years for theirs and my husband, who loves chicken fingers, was not disappointed. Oh, and how could you forget a slice of the homemade coconut cake?
The Grey | 109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Housed in a former Greyhound bus depot, this was were we celebrated our birthdays (my sister and I share a birthday but two years apart). Lucky us! I loved the decor of this restaurant as well– the tiles, the booths, the bar…very art deco, dark and cozy.
My sister and I split our meal and started with the watermelon and tomato salad with almonds, shishito pepper and sherry and the spicy roasted eggplant with peanut, chili d’arbol, tomato and chicken stock. Both were spectacular.
For the main part of our meal we split the country pasta with pork belly, parmesan and cracked black pepper. My husband ordered the salmon with sunflower seed puree, wax beans and fennel and said it was some of the best salmon he’d ever had.
We were too stuffed to order dessert, but they still brought out a little birthday cake surprise for us which was nice. I would suggest starting your night at the u-shaped bar and going from there. The bartenders had some mad skills. Also, we had another Kira sighting here!
So there you have it. Our favorite dining spots in Savannah. Trust me, there are a ton more! As much as we loved the food, I think we were all ready to explode by the end of it. We did a LOT of eating, but hey, that’s what vacations are all about right?!?
If you’ve never been to Savannah I definitely suggest it. It’s a great walking city with super friendly people. Take your time exploring the cobbled streets & alleyways. Stop in the Savannah College of Art and Design’s student store. They have some really cool student art, jewelry, fabrics and more for sale. Walk down to the waterfront and enjoy the cool breeze. Take a trip out to the bayous and swamp areas and explore. You are guaranteed to see some alligators. Enjoy a drink on a wide Southern porch and call it a day. Til next trip….