Last month I made my first ever visit to Savannah, Georgia. I had been anticipating this getaway for a while. I’d heard about the city’s history, beauty, and of course their southern charm. I was excited to experience it for myself. No trip would be complete without some food exploration so that was on the “to-do” list as well. My trip was too short but, I was able to compile a nice little guide of food-lover stops. Add one or all of these stops to your agenda for some tasty local treats. Without further ado, I bring you the Savannah food lover’s travel guide.
There is a reason I have this ice cream shop on here first. It’s been around since 1919 so it’s got some ice cream clout. They feature homegrown Georgia flavors featuring pecans or tutti frutti that dates all the way back to the shop’s inception. Don’t worry all the regular favorites are on there too but, try one of their specialties to keep it local. There will be a line, but it moves. There Chocolate Chewies and Cream with Georgia pecan’s was one of my favorite bites of the trip.
This Parisienne style café sits right on River St. With a large creole influence on the local food, it only makes sense to have some French too. Café M serves up breakfast and lunch while also serving as a patisserie. The croissant sandwiches, quiche and macarons are all worth the trip. If you’re looking for a chic afternoon stop for a snack or the ideal brunch spot, add this one to the list.
This eatery is also situated right on River Street. This is where to go when you are looking for a nice dinner out. As a note, they cater to large groups well. We saw quite a few while there. You’ll find creole favorite like shrimp and grits and pecan crusted fish. The can’t miss dish on the menu is their crawfish beignets. They looked and tasted more like empanadas, but either way they were downright delicious.
This is my big tourist trap pitch for the day. While I like to immerse myself in local food culture, sometimes you just have to do the touristy activities. They attract people for a reason, they’re fun. The Savannah River Boat Dinner Cruise takes you out on a beautiful river Ferry. You’ll have a table assigned on one of their three floors and it’s your for the evening. A full bar and entertainment are at your fingertips. And you’ll get a dinner buffet. Is the food exceptional? No, but the experience is worth it. I should say that the food is still tasty; it’s just that it’s typical buffet event food. Bring some friends and get on the dance floor and have your own little party with a great view.
Ok, I really did it up with the tourist stuff in Savannah. But hey, I enjoyed it. One thing you will see on many of the streets is Savannah Candy shops. They are peddling pecan pralines and clusters and salt water taffy. They draw you in with their candy making shows right in front of you and tastings of course. Well, I did not leave empty handed and I dare you not to as well. Pecans are a Georgia must so stock up on your visit.
So there you have it, some local, some tourist, and some unique stops for your trip. These should keep your long weekend busy. I know it did on mine. It’s always about getting to that next meal (or snack!).
If you’re taking the road trip out to Tybee Island (about 30 minutes from downtown Savannah) I have a stop for you. On Sunday’s you can grab a blue grass brunch before hitting the beach. Live music starts at noon. But, if you arrive early, just grab one of their topping loaded Bloody Mary’s and a menu. You’ll chow down on everything from southern classics like Biscuits and Sausage Gravy to SoCal inspired dishes like Carne Asada Breakfast Tacos. It’s got a cool kids vibe and the prices are reasonable. The only downside it’s off the water. So hit the social club before you hit the beach.
Enjoy this Southern city with all its charming Spanish moss and historic houses. Oh and final tip- take a ghost tour. It’s the most haunted city in America and the stories are a plenty!
…all for the love of the dish