We’re not just about fried chicken and grits anymore y’all (but don’t worry, we’ve still got ‘em!) Savannah’s restaurant scene has exploded lately and there’s something for everyone! Want a true taste of the South? We’ve got you covered! Looking for some of the best restaurants in the country? We’ve got that too! From old school Savannah institutions to James Beard Award winning newcomers, we’ve rounded up our favorite spots around town – we hope you came hungry!
109 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
If you haven’t watched the Chef’s Table episode featuring chef Mashama Bailey yet, well, what are you waiting for?! This incredible chef is an amazing woman, devoted to elevating the flavors of the south and to supporting local farmers and vendors. Set inside a beautifully transformed former Greyhound station, she’s created one of the best restaurants in Savannah hands down. Everything on the menu has been inventively imagined and prepared with care. We can’t say enough about how much we love it and we’re not the only one’s who think so – grab a reservation for dinner or you might be out of luck!
The Fat Radish
36 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
From Manhattan’s Lower East Side comes The Fat Radish, sister restaurant to one of the same name in New York. This community driven restaurant is committed to using local, small production farms, creating a vegetable focused menu that would make even the pickiest toddler crazy about greens! Everything on the menu is spectacularly fresh and creative and their cocktails, with unique ingredients like carrot juice or celery, just might trick you into thinking you’re doing something good for you body. Don’t be deterred by the vegetarian options – you won’t even miss the meat, we promise! You can find us here at least once a week – we’re obsessed!
Sisters of the New South
2605 Skidaway Road
Like Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house any time you want it! For the best, traditional Southern food in Savannah, Sisters of the New South is a must! They’ve got all the classics, from fried chicken and collards to okra and ox tails. The recipes at this family owned joint are fiercely guarded, handed down through the generations, and everything on the menu is fantastic! We’d pay almost anything for food this good, but Sisters keeps everything budget friendly, so keep going back for seconds!
Crystal Beer Parlor
301 W Jones Street
Savannah's leading speakeasy during our city's blatant disregard for prohibition and still going strong! Since 1933 The Crystal Beer Parlor has been serving simple, delicious pub food with a huge rotating selection of beers on top. Housed inside a former grocery store, the walls are full of Savannah history, from newspaper articles to photographs, and even some vintage menus! After you eat, check out their cute shop next door, stocked with handmade items and trinkets sourced from all over the world. Come hungry – the portions are huge!
7400 Skidaway Road
Another neighborhood favorite, you’ll find Driftaway Café in Sandfly, packed with locals and featuring the occasional live band. At the bar inside, where everyone seems to know everyone else, you’ll find a surprising selection of local craft beers and super friendly service. Their menu is huge and heavy on seafood, prepared simply and just what you were looking for! We love this spot for a low key brunch or a late afternoon lunch when the crowds aren’t out the door!
12 W Oglethorpe Avenue
12 W Oglethorpe sat abandoned (and most likely haunted) for many years before Husk moved in. Originally a Charleston staple, James Beard Award winning chef Sean Brock is bringing his transformative southern food to Savannah! Featuring twists on low country classics like fried chicken and grits as well as more eclectic, internationally inspired cuisine (like a fresh take on sashimi) in an elegant, relaxed atmosphere, everything about the menu and the dining experience is innovative and uniquely delicious!
Bull Street Taco
1608 Bull Street
Sure, you didn’t come to Savannah for the tacos, but this spot in the Starland district has the best ones in town (and, in our opinion, the best margaritas too!) With limited indoor seating and a large outdoor patio, this surf themed joint is full of character and a favorite of students, service industry folks, and locals young and old! Trust us when we say to order the cauliflower taco – it’s super unique and totally worth it!
1108 Bull Street
Whether you’re super hung over or suspect you might feel that way tomorrow (or just want an excellent, greasy burger immediately!) Betty Bombers in the American Legion post 135 has you covered! This retro WWII themed spot features a variety of different burgers with cute names, all of them satisfying and delicious. Grab a seat in one of their diner like booths or do like us and order your burger to the bar in front – they’ll give you a number and bring it over when it’s ready!
2411 Desoto Avenue
A Savannah newcomer, the Starland Yard is an outdoor food truck cafeteria, huge open air bar, and permanent, excellent pizza joint Vittoria all in one! This giant outside space has a surplus of different seating options and anywhere from 1 – 3 rotating food trucks at all times. They’ll take your information at the gate and any purchase you make, be it from Vittoria, a food truck, or the bar, will be added to your tab to pay on the way out! They’ve got outdoor TVs for when sports are on, games to play, and endless events: craft fairs, doggy meet-ups, charity events, live music and dj’s and more!
The Grey Market
109 Jefferson Street
From the brilliant mind of Grey chef Mashama Bailey comes her newest venture, The Grey Market! Something like a New York bodega with counter service, the Market features some of the Grey’s most popular dishes along with fresh baked breads, bagels, and pastries. With coolers full of grab and go sandwiches and sides, beer, wine and champagne, don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the space – everything here is just as thoughtfully, interestingly and deliciously prepared as at sister restaurant The Grey!
Vinnie Van GoGo's
317 W Bryan Street
Savannah isn’t known for its pizza, but ask any local where to eat in Savannah and Vinnie’s will undoubtedly be on their list! This grungy punk rock spot has been slinging pizza by the pie or the slice in Savannah’s City market for 30 years. Be prepared to wait for an outdoor table at this tiny spot, or try your luck at the first come, first serve bar inside (where we prefer to hang out!) Vinnie’s has always been and remains to this day adamantly cash only, so come prepared or pay the (ATM) fine!
151 Bull Street
This Australian joint smashed onto the Savannah brunch scene in 2013 and it’s still ragingly popular today, expanding from their original Bull Street location to include a spot right in the middle of Forsyth Park. Inspired by cafes in Melbourne, Collin’s Quarter is equal parts coffee shop, bar and restaurant, serving up American, Australian and Southern favorites in a beautiful, light and airy dining room. Be prepared to wait for a table if you’re coming for a weekend brunch, or just grab a coffee to go at the walk up window!
11 E 41st Street
We’re obsessed with this lunch only spot located, as you may have guessed, in the Starland district! Amazing pressed sandwiches, salads and soups are the entirety of the menu at this cute place on the lower floor of an old Victorian home, and believe us when we say: they are obsession worthy! We’re especially crazy about the pimento cheese panini (be sure to add bacon if that’s something you’re into!) and the outrageous kitchen sink salad, filled with every ingredient they can seemingly get their hands on, which somehow totally works! If you prefer a cocktail with your lunch or brunch you’re out of luck here, but trust us: the food more than makes up for the lack of boozy brunch options!
Al Salaam Deli
2311 Habersham Street
This compact Middle Eastern deli and restaurant brings incredible authentic gyros, falafel and more to downtown Savannah in a low key, no frills spot on Habersham. This family run operation is one of the friendliest in all of Savannah, making everything to order with pride and care. Al Salaam has been consistently delicious for as long as we can remember, with a cozy neighborhood feel to the place. If you’re claustrophobic you might want to order your food to go! (Not a bad idea during lunch time either, as only about 10 people can pack into the few tables!) We usually take ours over to the Lone Wolf Lounge!
2601 Bull Street
Five ribs for five dollars?! Yes please! If you live near this tiny takeout only spot on Bull Street you’ll notice the smell of barbecue begin to waft into your home early in the morning when the outdoor smoker gets fired up for the day. The options are limited to ribs and chicken, both covered in their incredible homemade mustard sauce, a few (delicious) side options like potato salad, and every now and then you might even be able to snag a slice of red velvet! Walking by you might mistake this rib shack for a neighborhood party – the good news is, you’re invited!
Foxy Loxy Cafe
1919 Bull Street
This converted old Victorian home in the Starland district is now a cozy coffee shop with a huge outdoor patio! Serving up Perc coffee, amazing pastries, tacos, cheese boards and more, not to mention beer and wine, Foxy is a super popular stop all day long and for good reason! We love to drop by in the morning for a leisurely cup of coffee or a pastry to go and to check out their rotating gallery of local artists. Plus they put on a ton of fun events day and night! We’re talking everything from courtyard movie screenings to knitting cabals, so check their calendar and don’t miss out!
Auspicious Baking Company
7360 Skidaway Road
A few lucky shops around Savannah get the absolutely out of this world baked treats from Auspicious Bakery delivered daily to their door and they always sell out super fast! Now you can drop in the new brick and mortar location over in Sandfly for truly incredible small batch baked goods – everything from baguettes and croissants to homemade pop tarts and chocolate peanut butter crackers! We seriously can’t get enough of everything on the menu, but when they’re sold out that’s it for the day, so get there early or risk missing out!