Laced by beautiful coastal landscapes, Savannah, a charming southern escape in Georgia, USA boasts of a vibrant history, its cobblestone streets, Spanish moss squares, and undeniably, its cuisine has exotic influences brought both by the Seven Seas spice trade and the slave trade. With the collision of traditional with nouveau Southern food, Savannah experienced a major culinary revolution. A foodie’s mecca indeed, this place is also known as “Hostess City of the South” for its impeccable hospitality. Also, as the best city in the American South for its cuisine, let’s dive into a few of Savannah's locally loved restaurants.

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About Savannah’s Cuisine

Its food culture does have the essence of slaves settling back from the Savannah River south, Gullahs, hailing from the Carolina Low Country, alongside Scots, Moravians, Germans, and French. Its staples are delicious shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, biscuits and gravy, typically a breakfast item, pralines, a delicacy between a candy and a cookie, fried chicken, southern collard greens, pimiento cheese, a phenomenal cheese spread, pecan and sweet potato pies, banana pudding and so on.

Savannah’s Locally Loved RestaurantsOlde Pink House Restaurant

With large columns and pink hues, this restaurant is an elegant colonial mansion and has live music in the cellar tavern. Located in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia, it is the only 18th-century mansion. Despite its aesthetic beauty, this place is also believed to be haunted by the apparition of its creator, James Habersham Jr. With its candlelight and its aesthetic ambiance, this place feels like turning back in time. It is located on Reynolds square, a block away from the river, and is easily conspicuous as a big pink house on the northwest side of the square. Reservations in advance are recommended.

Hours Of Operation

  • Lunch: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00-2:30
  • Bar Menu: Tuesday – Saturday 2:30-5:00
  • Dinner: Monday – Sunday 5:00- 10:30
  • Price Range: 31$ to 50 $
  • Cuisine: Southern Style Cuisine & Gluten-Free Options

Food Recommendations

Its fried green tomatoes, braised pork, and crispy flounder with apricot shallot sauce are its best recommendations. The overall cuisine is quite flavourful and involves a lot of beef, pork, chicken, and fish. Also, its traditional BLT sandwich incorporating fried green tomatoes, black pepper thyme buttermilk dressing, and crispy bacon has been featured on a food show as well. Apart from this, it has a panoply of salads, sushi, sliders, burgers, tacos, and pasta. Finally, one should not miss its signature praline basket with vanilla ice cream and berries as a dessert.

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The Collins Quarter

Known for its Australian accented meals and styled after Melbourne’s historic Collins Street, this cafe is for coffee connoisseurs particularly. With tall ceilings and large windows with good space in the dining room, this cafe brings the taste of the Pacific Rim to Savannah. Prominently known for its espresso, their custom La Marzocco machine provides espresso beverages.

It is located at two locations, The Collins Quarter Downtown at 151 Bull Street and in Forsyth Park at 621 Drayton Street.

Hours of operation

  • Coffee/Tea/Pastries: Daily 7:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Brunch: Daily 8:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Dinner: Wed-Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Continental, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Price Range: $30 and under

Food Recommendations

Its brunch menu includes toasties such as Avo Smash, Smashed Peas, and Classics such as Shakshouka, Moroccan Scramble, Eggs Benedict, Short Rib Hash, Salads, Sandwiches, brews as well as drinks. Meanwhile, the dinner menu involves Scallops, Skewers, Trout, Braised Meat, Burgers, and Drinks. Their ever-changing menu takes your tasting bud on a culinary adventure.

The Grey

An American and Southern restaurant, Grey catapults you in a 1938 art deco Greyhound Bus Terminal architectural style retaining its original luster to date. It's a country chic lodging offering rooms alongside a warm restaurant and a casual bar. The chef, Chef Mashama Bailey spins her unique take on Port City Southern food for Savannahians and the tourists.

Hours Of Operation:

  • Lunch in The Diner Bar: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30-2 pm
  • Diner Bar: Tuesday - Thursday, & Sunday 4:00p-11:00p

Friday, & Saturday 4:00p-12:00a

  • Dining Room: Tuesday - Thursday, & Sunday 5:30-10:00p

Friday, & Saturday 5:30-11:00p

  • Sunday Supper: Fixed price meal, every third Sunday of the month
  • Price Range: $31 to $50
  • Cuisine: American

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Food Recommendations

The food menu aims to be soulful in nature with certain dishes such as Beef Carpaccio, Shrimp, Fermented Collards, Mashed Potato Smoked Lamb, Ham Gravy Broths, and so on. Meanwhile, their assorted brunch menu comprises Fried Chicken and Hoe Cakes, Smoked Fish, Creme Fraiche, Oklahoma Caviar, Poached Eggs, Potato Rosti, Salads, and Pastry Basket.

Pizzeria Vittoria Napoletana

It is the only brick-and-mortar restaurant located within the Starland Yard food truck park offering Neapolitan-style pies. Located in the heart of Savannah’s Starland District in the Starland Yard Complex, this pizzeria aims to preserve Italian American Heritage. Chef Kyle Jacovina puts more emphasis on organic, locally and regionally sourced ingredients.

Hours of Operation:

  • Weekdays: 5 pm - 10 pm
  • Weekends: 12 pm - 10 pm
  • Price Range: $11 to $30

Food Recommendations

Primarily for Pizzas, this Pizzeria also has some other Italian favorites such as meatballs parm, muffaletta grinders, and pasta specials. The food is basically made with local organic grains sourced from local millers as well as their pizzas are fired in a hand-built Neapolitan Giovanni Acunto brick oven.

Big Bon Bodega

Big Bon Bodega is a local corner shop with a city vibe which is located on the corner of Bull and 37th Street, Savannah. They are known for their Bagels which are hand-rolled, boiled, and wood fried. It offers sandwiches, pizzas, and other baked goods for breakfast and lunch. The ambiance of the restaurant is conspicuous owing to the rotating quotes and the captions positioned on the sidewalk.

Hours of Operation:

  • Wed-Sat: 7.30 am - 1.30 pm, 5- 9 pm

No Dine-In, Only Takeaway.

  • Price Range: Starts from $9

Food Recommendations

They have daily specials albeit their regular bagel options, “The 912” containing bacon, fried egg, cheddar and herb butter with a morning coffee is a must-try.