You may come to Georgia’s First City for the rich history and beautiful greenery but all the walking around Savannah’s many squares and taking in of old architecture can wear you out. If you’re going to call it and put a pause on inhaling magnolias and admiring the charming churches to grab some grub, you might as well eat and drink in true Savannah style.
And there’s nowhere quite like Savannah’s renowned restaurants. In what other cities would you be able to find Southern comforts, elegant upscale dining, authentic and locally-sourced burgers, Italian food paired with southern ingredients and a retro dining experience within a three-mile radius?
Green Truck Neighboorhood Pub
Sometimes you just want a casual, old-fashioned, all-American burger joint with fresh produce and good beer. And for Savannah, Green Truck Neighboorhood Pub is just that kind of place. Named after owner Josh and Whitney Yates’ green 1965 Chevy Stepside truck, this pub has been taking Savannah by a storm. For six years in a row, Green Truck has been taking home Connect Savannah‘s Best of Savannah award. The hungry people have spoken, and with items like their house-made ketchup and pimento cheeseburger, you can understand what the hype is all about. Don’t forget to try the Green Truck Classic with lettuces, tomatoes, onions, house made pickles and your choice of cheese.
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
Ask a local where to go to for authentic Southern comfort food and they’ll direct you to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Although a line forms outside of the door every morning before opening, this place is most definitely worth the early arrival and wait time. Going to Mrs. Wilkes is much like going to your Grandmama’s house for lunch with the family. Large tables accommodate multiple groups and everyone breaks cornbread and passes around platters of platters of sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, corn muffins, fried chicken, okra gumbo and biscuits.
Elizabeth on 37th
Named after the chef who opened the restaurant, Elizabeth Terry, Elizabeth on 37th has been around since 1981 and has become one of Savannah’s most well-known upscale dining spots. In following Savannah preservation of history, Elizabeth’s on 37th is located in a 1900s Southern mansion where the Historic and Victorian Districts meet. Guests are greeted with a salad containing house-grown herbs and receive a seasonal menu with new specials every night. Elizabeth’s mixes Southern foods with fine dining, because who said they have to be kept separate? The restaurant offers anything from Tanglewood Farms roasted chicken breast with wild mushrooms to creamy sage grits with a roasted vegetable hash, spicy Savannah Red Rice with Georgia Shrimp to parmesan-dusted flounder, caught locally.
Local and regional in its ingredients and all-around Italian in its execution and configuration of dishes. A delightful blend of Georgia and Italy, The Florence is a Savannah first. Wholey ravioli, this hot spot has everything from trout bruschetta for a smaller plate to a Hazelnut Torte for a mouth-watering dessert. Sunday brunch offers salads, frittatas and French toasts. And you can’t list its magnificent meals without mentioning the pizza Napoletana or Garganelli pasta with smoked Grassroots Farm chicken, salsa verde, kale and turnips.
Olde Pink House
An 18th century mansion and probably the closest contender to Savannah’s Elizabeth on 37th. Sophisticated, casual and nothing short of Southern hospitality, the Olde Pink House is where to go for a truly Savannah treat. With a 15+ entree list and an almost-as-lengthy appetizer listing, decisions are made extra difficult, especially with items such as Mac and Cheese Jalapeno Poppers, Fried Quail with Southern Succotash, Kobe Beef Burger, Almond Encrusted Tilapia and Caramelized Vidalia Onion & Sweet Potato Ravioli with Oyster Mushrooms. If that wasn’t a mouthful, it’s guaranteed that every bite of the Pink House dishes will be.
Housed in a 1983 art-deco Greyhound Bus Terminal, there is no restaurant quite like this swanky young addition to the Savannah restaurant scene. John Morisano and Chef Mashama Bailey, both Savannah transplants, came down to the dirty South to bring Georgia’s First City some loving and offer up their interpretation of good food and a unique ambiance. There’s nothing dull about The Grey’s menu—their Grilled NY Strip, Cauliflower and Harissa, Braised Lamb Shoulder, Carolina Gold Rice and a Chocolate Panna Cotta will take you straight into a food coma.
Come hungry and ready to try out the most talked about restaurants in Savannah!