Eat and drink in true Savannah style at 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? You can at these Savannah’s renowned restaurants.
The Lady & Sons
Paula Deen’s landmark restaurant, The Lady and Sons, had its humble beginnings back in June 1989 when Paula started The Bag Lady out of her home. The Lady & Sons opened its doors in Downtown Savannah on January 8, 1996. In December 1999, The Lady & Sons was named “International Meal of the Year” by USA Today. In December 2002, the restaurant was featured in a multi-page feature article in Southern Living Magazine. The Lady & Sons seats 330 in the location at 102 W. Congress St. Today, the charming and historic three-story restaurant serves food family-style, while offering up a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Endless portions of hearty entrées and side dishes, such as collard greens, crispy fried chicken, lima beans, and more, are passed around, and every guest ends their meal with a dessert of their choice!
Crystal Beer Parlor, located on West Jones Street, dates to around 1900. It is Savannah’s oldest restaurant and was once visited by Al Capone. The business became Crystal Beer Parlor “legally” in 1933; although it was possibly in business from 1928, during Prohibition.
Belford’s Savannah restaurant arrived in 1996, and is now known throughout the Southeast for its seafood, steaks and fine wines. The restaurant’s award-winning menu attracts locals and tourists alike.
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. A line forms outside of the door every morning before opening. But 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. Everyone breaks cornbread and passes around platters of sweet potato souffle, black-eyed pea, 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?
Housed in an art-deco Greyhound Bus Terminal, The Grey is a swanky addition to the Savannah restaurant scene. John Morisano and Chef Mashama Bailey are both Savannah transplants. They came down South to bring Georgia’s First City to offer up their interpretation of good food and a unique ambiance. There’s nothing dull about The Grey’s menu. Their Grilled NY Strip, Lamb Shoulder, Carolina Gold Rice and Chocolate Panna Cotta are devine.
Come hungry and ready to try out the most talked about restaurants in Savannah!