Posted on August 7, 2014 by Taylor Kigar
The long stretch of Bull Street from Forsyth to the river is home to some of the best restaurants in Savannah. Check out some of the ones you just can’t miss here!
The Public Kitchen & Bar
The Public Kitchen is home to a contemporary, fresh American fare in a very sophisticated, modern space. Open for Sunday brunch, lunch, and dinner, the inside seating is close but cozy, and there are tables outside as well as ample room on the upper deck. For lunch, there’s a great selection of salads, pastas, burgers, and a wide array of unique sandwiches. Some of the favorite sandwiches here include the blackened mahi filet, a smoked salmon BLT, or a falafel sandwich. On Sunday afternoons try the pan fried pork chop with cheese grits, mushroom gravy, and a fried egg, and if you’re looking for something sweet, the banana bread waffles with maple-brown sugar butter, toasted walnuts, and whipped cream are sure to please.
Dinner has the same salad and burger options as the lunch menu, but with a wider variety of entrees. Get some escargot or mussels as a starter and then begin to contemplate the many choices in front of you for your main course. The pesto linguine pasta is good enough to knock your socks off, but if you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated try the Cornish game hen or the sea scallops, served with a sauté of Israeli couscous, mint pesto, butternut squash puree, and balsamic glace. There’s also an extensive wine and beer list, and some great signature cocktails.
Price Ranges from $10-$30
1 W Liberty Street
For more information call: (912) 200-4045
Nestled right next to Wright Square is a lovely, brightly decorated green and pink mecca called Smooth Cafe. Open for breakfast, and light lunches, the café specializes in smoothies, but has a little bit of everything else too.
The smoothies are made with 100% natural ingredients, using fresh fruit, frozen fruit, and 100% fruit purees. They can also be made vegan and gluten free! Some of the best flavors offered are a Savannah Sunrise, made with peach, mango, and apricot; a Pink Lady strawberry lemonade; Awesome Açai made with pomegranate, blueberry & acai, or pick any three fruits to make your own. The dairy smoothies get a little more decadent, with options include berry cobbler berries with vanilla & chai, Key Lime Pie, or Pina Colada. You can also add-in peanut butter, yogurt, extra fruit, chocolate, whey protein, soy protein, vitamins, an immune blend, local bee pollen, spirulina, creatine, or chromium if you need an extra kick.
They also offer fresh juice from fruits and vegetables in any combination, proudly brew local PERC coffee, serve wheatgrass, as well as all of your typical espresso and tea beverages. The blended frappes are also a great way too cool off on a hot day, some of the options are Kona Mocha, Heath Mocha, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Frozen Chai, Frozen Hot Chocolate, Vanilla Latte, and Caramel Latte.
Breakfast is served all day, which means you always have access to the wonderful breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches of either bacon, sausage or ham, egg and cheese on a croissant, bagel or toast. It’s also one of the few places in town to get a peanut butter, banana & honey sandwich. But if you’re more in the mood for lunch, there’s a great selection of salads sandwiches and pitas. Try the Mediterranean Pita made with Grilled chicken, hummus, feta, tomato bruschetta, romaine & kalamata olives. Or the Buffalo Chicken Pita made with spicy buffalo grilled chicken, bleu cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and bleu cheese dressing on the side. If you’re looking for something snackier, the soft pretzels (either sweet or salty) are to die for, and there’s red velvet cupcakes fit for royalty. Smooth is also the only cafe in town that has computers (both Mac and HP), iPads, and a printer available for use, and the owner offers punch cards to work towards special deals They even keep yours for you in a box at the counter if you’re someone who is prone to losing things!
Prices are $10 and under
143 Bull Street
For more information call: (912) 231-8100
One of the best things about Savannah is that you’ll never have to turn a corner with a fear of not having a great cafe nearby. Gallery Espresso is no exception. The cafe first opened in 1993 and moved to a larger location ten years later to a historic building, right next to the beautiful and Forrest Gump famous Chippewa Square. They’re open for breakfast and light lunches, and serve beverages late into the evening as well. The atmosphere is cozy, the seating all made up of charmingly mismatched arm chairs and couches. There’s also always local art on rotation in the space, and it’s a great eclectic feel to sit and enjoy your coffee, or take a seat at one of the umbrella tables just outside and enjoy the beautiful view. The cafe serves all your typical coffees and espresso beverages, as well as tea, wine, and a great selection of Italian sodas.
Bagels are served with the options of toppings such as cream cheese, preserves, honey, spinach artichoke spread, hummus, pesto, peanut butter, and nutella. Some of the heavier items include BLT’s, hummus and pita, salads like Caesar or ginger chicken, bagel melts, and croissants, with the option to be filled with meat or veggies. The pastries also have a lovely international niche, like biscottos, tea cakes, paximathias, koulourakia, kourabiedes, baklava, and rugala. You can also buy cheeseboards, which come at a discounted price if purchased with a bottle of wine!
Prices are $10 and under
234 Bull Street
For more information call: (912) 233-5348
Fire Street Food
Fire Street Food is a great place to stop at if you’re looking for something a little different. The ambiance is very modern and casual with a refreshing wash of oranges, teals and booth seating. You walk up and order at the counter, seat yourself, and your food is brought out. The restaurant is an interesting blend of traditional dishes from South East Asia mixed in with the hip flair of fast street food. It’s new and interesting but still authentic, and very good quality for their low prices. Fire is open for lunch and dinner and has a very diverse menu. From grilled chicken or shrimp and crab sandwiches, to burgers, salads, teriyakis, skewers, 13 different kinds of sushi rolls, wings, ribs, pad thai, curries, and so much more. All items that don’t seem particularly Asian classics are spiced with that authenticity in mind, and served with rice. It’s a fresh way to take on street food, and definitely a great place to try something new, or a familiar dish served differently. A lot of the dishes also have the option to be made vegetarian so just ask! Fire also has a wide selection of bubble teas and a delicious kiwi green tea that shouldn’t be missed!
Price ranges from $8-$20
13 E Perry Street
For more information call: (912) 234-7776
Six Pence Pub
The Six Pence Pub was established in 1999 and is now one of the most authentic English Pubs in Georgia. With a cozy interior and outdoor seating (right next to an British telephone booth) the pub specializes in Irish coffees, ports, cognac, beer, wines, scotch, and bourbon, and are also open for a hearty, English lunch or dinner.
From Baked Brie, Scotch Eggs, Welsh Rarebit, Bangers & Mash, Broiled Flounder, or one of the most popular items, Beef Guinness (which is a bread bowl filled with beef tips marinated in Guinness Stout, simmered in a brown sauce with mushrooms, peas, carrots, and onions) For dessert there’s also homemade bread pudding, créme brulee, chocolate eclair, and bourbon pecan pie.
Prices range from $10-$20
245 Bull Street
For more information call: (912) 233-3151
Soho South Cafe
Soho South Cafe opened in 1997, in a renovated automotive service station built in 1945. The design of the restaurant has great elements of iconic, New York City from which the restaurant is named. The décor is mismatched and quirky, working well with the large high ceilings exposed elements like the steel windows, iron trusses, and wooden garage doors. Soho is open for Brunch on Sundays, lunch Mondays through Thursdays, and dinner Thursdays through Saturdays.
Get your brunch going the right way with the Eggs Savannah, made with jumbo lump crab cake, poached eggs, asparagus, and hollandaise, served with a biscuit, cheddar grits, or brunch potatoes. There are also your classic shrimp and grits, waffles, burritos, and sticky toffee pudding. For lunch try a quiche, or one of their amazing salads, some of the favorites are the Andalusion rice and chicken salad, or the southwestern salad with blackened chicken, avocado, and tall crispy tortilla strips. The Panini’s are also some of the freshest you’ll find in Savannah, or if you’re looking for something really decadent try the Monte Cristo or the Salmon croquette. For dinner, try the duck confit sandwich, the roasted pork loin, or the creamy shrimp and pesto linguine.
The front of the restaurant is also host to a large, rich wooden bar with leather barstools and high-top tables for larger groups, aptly called The Parlour. Home to lots of signature, interesting cocktails, there’s surely something to suit every taste. Try the Armagnac Sazerac made with Marie Duffau bas Armagnac, simple syrup, Peychauds, and angostura, with an absinthe rinse, and lemon peel garnish. Or, try the Duelist, made with half moon orchard gin, maraschino liqueur, aperol, Jack Rudy tonic, orange juice, and orange bitters. Most of the evenings will also feature live piano music!
Prices range from $11-$20
12 W Liberty Street
For more information call: (912) 233-1633
The Gryphon Tea Room
The Gryphon Tea Room is a great cafe run by SCAD, housed in the ornate 1926 Scottish Rite building. Open for brunch, high tea, lunch, the lush environment is a treat all in itself. Afternoon tea is served at $18 a person, with a selection of tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and jam, and assorted pastries and petit fours. Teas available are: African Autumn, Caribe, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Hot Cinnamon Spice, Indian Spice Chai, Tropical Green, and Vanilla.
For lunch, start with one of the decadent salads served with herb-encrusted goat cheese medallions, sliced pear, toasted almonds, and dried cranberries on baby greens with a Vermont maple vinaigrette, also served with chicken. If you’re looking for a sandwich try the smoked salmon club with herb cream cheese, or a portabella mushroom cap topped with eggplant, zucchini, squash, peppers, onion and tomato. Brunch can either be a sweet or savory affair, try the Crème brûlée French toast with berry compote, savory shrimp and crab crepes, or poached eggs, roasted asparagus, prosciutto, and chive oil on crisp country bread. If there’s still room for dessert be sure to try the almond pound cake or an Affogato espresso, served with vanilla ice cream and a shortbread cookie.
Prices range from $10-$20
337 Bull Street
For more information call: (912) 525-5880