A lot of people think that Savannah ends after Forsyth Park, but the truth is there’s still more to explore. The area is an up and coming stretch of culture, referred to some as “SoFo” (South of Forsyth) so if you’re looking for a couple of great places frequented by locals, search no further.
Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Cafe
Foxy Loxy was opened only a few years ago by former SCAD printmaking professor Jen Jenkins. Built in a refurbished house on Bull Street, the cafe has two floors, homy comfortable seating, and a beautiful large back courtyard, which is why it’s a favorite for many out of all the coffee shops in Savannah. You order from a large bar in the front, and though Foxy is a cafe, there are more options than you’d expect. Coffee is served from a local company PERC, great espresso, cold brews and a wide selection of wine and craft beer plus signature cocktails, also mulled wine in the winter. The bakery display is always packed with fresh pastries every morning, from cakes, scones and cookies, to the famous kolaches (think soft yeast rolls stuffed with either egg, sausage, bacon, or fruit and cream cheese). There is also a spread of tex-mex foods offering some of the best tacos in town, cheese boards, and an excellent tex-mex brunch menu on Sunday mornings.
Foxy is a stop during the First Friday Art March with great art always on rotation (and a master crepe maker in the courtyard), though Foxy also has weekly events worth coming out for again and again. Thursdays are Vinyl Appreciation night, where great records are spun, and everyone gets a turn to play what they brought. Acoustic Tuesdays feature a great acoustic artist in courtyard at the acoustic altar, Saturdays are half off fire and wine with half off bottles of wine and s’more making in the courtyard fire pits. It’s a classic Savannah stop not to be missed.
Located at 1919 Bull Street
For more information, call (912) 401-0543.
Kapa Cafe is a new edition to SoFo, opening just last July by owners Karla Mobley and Patty Carswell. Serving up breakfast, lunch and desserts every day of the week, the prices are excellent with no item over $8, and the home cooked goodness is off the charts. There’s the option of either hot or cold sandwiches, some of the local favorites are the Egg and Earth sandwich (with mozzarella, pesto, basil, tomato, and egg on a croissant) creme de menthe brownies, and fruity smoothies. Most of the recipes are old family traditions that have been passed down for years, and now we’re lucky enough to have them share with us in Savannah.
Located at 1514 Bull Street
For more information, call (912) 344-4828.
Butterhead Greens Cafe
Another favorite is Butterhead Greens Cafe, a great option for soups, salads and sandwiches. The sandwiches are best when grilled, and it’s actually one of the few places in Savannah where you can get an Elvis (Peanut Butter, banana, honey, and bacon). Many people also swear by their roasted tomato soup, and it’s one of the greenest, environmentally friendly places in town.
Located at 1813 Bull Street
For more information, call (912) 201-1808.
Back in the Day Bakery
Voted the best bakery by Connect Savannah and Savannah Magazine for nine straight years, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah must. Owned By Cheryl and Griff Day, the bakery has been running for over ten years, and to celebrate their tenth year they released a beautiful cook book that was met with much acclaim all over the country. Open for breakfast, lunch, and desserts anytime, the menu is packed with some seriously sophisticated, full flavored hot and cold sandwiches, and of course, the desserts are legendary. Homemade cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies, breads, bread pudding, and anything else special they feel like baking that day. I’d recommended the Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies for something a little off the beaten path, but really, you can’t go wrong no matter what you try!