How to Eat Like a Local in Savannah Georgia
When planning a weekend getaway, some people focus on history, others search for the best shopping spots, while others focus solely on the food. With Savannah’s hold on all things Southern comfort, we understand the importance of food; it’s practically in our blood. The benefit of this city lies in the balance between Historic Downtown Savannah and mouthwatering local cuisine.
Before you turn to Google to help you pick out the best spots to chow down, turn to us, the locals. In fact, we offer a special vacation package called The Food Culture of the South. Indulge in three days of luxury and all things Southern, including a walking food tour for two and a giftcard to the Savannah staple of Leopold’s Ice Cream.
Whenever you’re ready, we’re ready. Here are our favorite Savannah restaurants that will make you feel like a local while eating like us too!
Picture this: The sun is slowly setting over the water. Beside you, people are being served seafood so fresh it was caught just that morning from the dock you’re staring at. Others are enjoying beautifully fresh salads with veggies that were farmed locally. Stop imagining because this magical place is The Wyld. It’s a local hangout serving all-American cuisine to those who enter by car or boat (thanks to their waterside property!).
Is there really anything better than a freshly baked, warm slice of good ole’ pecan pie? Well, there might be, but the food at Green Truck Pub, an award-winning pub, started with a dream and now we’re here with a restaurant that speaks for itself. Don’t let the casual atmosphere fool you. The juicy burgers, mile-high sandwiches, hearty soups, and fresh salads being served here are unique unto Savannah.
Founded in 2002 by a husband-and-wife team of self-taught bakers, Back in the Day Bakery features the sights, smells, and tastes of everyone’s favorite grandmother’s kitchen. In between serving lunch, the bakery specializes in all things delicious: pies, breads, scones, cookies, muffins, brownies, cupcakes…and a Build-Your-Own-Biscuit Option. Load your choice of buttery biscuit with savory or sweet options. It’s really no wonder why this local favorite was a 2015 semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Baker.
Nothing says down-home-eats more than smoky BBQ. Owner Keith Latture calls his food “Savannah-style BBQ,” and we’re just proud to call it our own. They’ve even feature Cajun, Creole, and Southwestern flavors. Die-hard meat lovers, rejoice!
Although the building was created in 1953 with the intention of housing a bank for all of eternity, the geniuses behind Cotton & Rye took over and turned it into the local gem that it is today. The menu here highlights not only what Savannah and southern Georgia has to offer, but it also melds perfectly with whatever occasion brings you to this restaurant.
The masterminds behind Savannah’s flaky UK favorites are a family united around a love for all things food. They serve traditional meat pies, filled with hearty chunks of meat and veggies covered in gravy. They also offer vegetarian pies, quiches, breads, and other decadent baked goods. All of their products are made fresh every day, so no artificial “things,” but don’t be surprised if you wander over in the afternoon and find they’re all out of delicious scones. It can’t be helped! They’re just so good!
If you’re feeling fancy and want to dress up and make an event of the evening, head over to The Florence. This neighborhood restaurant takes local ingredients and transforms them using Italian techniques. Think duck cannelloni served with local greens or whole roasted market fish served on a bed of rice.