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Best American in Savannah

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Alligator Soul

Southern cuisine is presented with all its flair at Alligator Soul, one of the better known names in the historic downtown of Savannah. With the chef's creative personal touches and a lot of regional ingredients the charm of this popular restaurant is quite evident. Some of the delicacies that should be definitely tried are Duck and Tasso Jambalaya, Crispy Pork Chop and Clams Cioppino. The singular ambiance and the friendly service also contribute to Alligator Soul's appeal.

Savannah, GA, United States
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Vic's on the River

While dining at Vic's on the River, you will be treated not only to good food, but also great views of the Savannah River and the ever-busy River Street. The menu offers you a host of traditional Southern dishes to pick from, leaving you spoiled for choice. Herb crusted salmon, crab stuffed with Georgia shrimp and Vic's meatloaf are some of the lunch entrées you can enjoy. There are also some great after-dinner martinis like the White Elephant with its Amarula African crème liqueur and Absolut vodka that you can relish. There are two rooms, the Dieter's Den and the Stoddard Room, that can be booked for private events. Pets are permitted on the outdoor patio.

Savannah, GA, United States
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Olde Pink House

Legend has it that this amazingly pink building has hosted such notable figures as Sherman's generals and revolutionary patriots. Today, it serves as a romantic restaurant, offering such fine selections as a blue crab-stuffed grouper and other traditional regional delicacies. The antique appointed dining room glows by candlelight in the evenings and a fantastic wine list complements the menu. For more casual affairs, take your meal in the elegant piano bar downstairs, where live music is offered nightly.

Savannah, GA, United States
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The Distillery

The Distillery is a popular local bar and pub. The bar has a regular stream of customers stopping by for an after work drink or a casual evening out with friends. The menu features American cuisine with a local twist and the dishes are fresh, flavorful and certainly not your average pub fare. Beer enthusiasts will appreciate the huge selection of craft beers on tap, while the talented bartenders are equally capable of whipping up some delightful cocktails. Sample regional specialties like Crab soup, Hog hammers, Wild Georgia shrimp and Prohibition shrimp po'boys. Don't forget to save room for dessert; their adaptation of the classic Southern confection, the Deep fried Moonpie, is out of this world. The Distillery is usually quite busy, so expect a wait during peak hours. For events and other information, visit the website or give them a call.

Savannah, GA, United States
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Crystal Beer Parlor

Friday nights at Crystal Beer Parlor is like Savannah's tradition. Open since 1933, the haunt is one of the oldest restaurants in the city, and serves gourmet American fare along with great liquor. Burgers, steaks, stews, fries, salads, seafood and much more occupies the menu which offers something for everyone. The laid back atmosphere and cozy ambiance will make you feel right at home. The cheap food and drinks, pull in a lot of crowd from students and locals to tourists. The place is also available for banquets and private parties.

Savannah, GA, United States
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J. Christopher's

This regional diner chain has its outpost located smack in the middle of Savannah's historic district. In its casual, family-friendly space, J. Christopher's serves an array of breakfast classics such as omelets and pancakes, besides a few signature items like Blueberry Crunchcakes and Breakfast Skillets. Those who frequent this friendly diner will also know that they have an extensive menu for health-conscious patrons that includes the South Beach Diet breakfast platter and the Egg White Sub. To end the day on a sweet note, J. Christopher's serves plenty of desserts too.

Savannah, GA, United States
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Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

The sign hangs beneath mossy oaks, so you'll have to look for the line that forms during the breakfast and lunchtime hours at this restaurant. This no-nonsense eating-house has been a Savannah favorite for over six decades, serving up down home Southern treats in the basement of a brick building that dates to 1870. The seasonal menu features a rotating plethora of traditional delights, including Southern fried chicken, okra gumbo, buttery cornbread and collard greens. You won't find a bigger lunch plate in town. Family style dining, and cash only.

Savannah, GA, United States
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Local 11 Ten

Local 11 Ten is a concept restaurant by the renowned Daniel Reed group. Nestled in a former bank building in Historic Downtown Savannah, this space preserves its 1950s charm with a juxtaposition of contemporary interior design. Led by a young and talented team, guests are offered a modern dining experience with inventive Southern American cuisine and an ambiance to match. The seasonal menu represents ingredients from local farms and off the Georgian coast. Dishes include braised lamb belly, lamb t-bone, brussels sprouts, shaved apple, root beer bbq; beaufort octopus, peach, corn, shaved cabbage, nori, sauce chien; and fried chicken skins, champagne marinated watermelon, summer greens, pickled rind, guajillo vinagrette, watermelon gastrique.

Savannah, GA, United States
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Elizabeth on 37th

This turn-of-the-century house shrouded by live oaks and Spanish moss is the site of some of the most elegant dining in Savannah. It is also the site of power lunches and frequent star sightings, as the restaurant's reputation has extended past Georgia's borders since 1980. Start with the renowned Grilled Eggplant Soup, and move on to seasonal selections that include Grilled Salmon, Roast Quail and an assortment of somewhat fancy low country classics. Co-owner Michael Terry personally oversees an amazing wine list that has won over critics and patrons alike. Reservations are required. Opens daily at 6pm.

Savannah, GA, United States
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Sisters of New South

Sisters of New South bring to you home style dining at its best. The moment you walk into the cozy eatery, your mouth will water from the scent of delicious comfort food. From perfectly crispy and tender fried chicken, to the ox tail and hearty mac and cheese, you can’t find better southern food anywhere else. The best part? The prices are affordable and the servings are huge.

Savannah, GA, United States
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Sweet Potatoes Kitchen

For a delicious and inexpensive southern restaurant, there is no better place than Sweet Potatoes Kitchen. Diners will enjoy the perfectly crispy and tender catfish, pecan butter biscuits, and banana pudding. Ideal for large groups and families, this spacious and colorful eatery is a favorite among the locals of Savannah.

Savannah, GA, United States
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