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.
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.
Year after year, the New York style pizza at Vinnie Van Go Go's is voted best in Savannah. Offered whole or by the slice, the pizza here has a crisp, flavorful crust and can be piled high with your choice of fresh toppings. Indoor seating includes a few small tables and a counter with tall stools, but the best place to sit is outside on the patio. Even in colder weather, space heaters warm the outsides of patrons, while pizza warms the insides. Beer and wine available. Cash only.
Music and food are an awesome combination, especially if the options include jazz and tapas. Apart from aforementioned tapas, there are also soups, salads, cheeses, chicken wings, seafood delights, beef satays, hummus, lamb chops and crab cakes on offer. You can combine these with flavored, classic and dessert martinis, champagne, whites, red and port wines, domestic and imported beer, and house specialties. Live entertainment is available on weekend and some other weekdays too.
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.
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.
Situated in a renovated building that was once home to the City Hotel, Moon River Brewing Company is a restaurant, bar and Savannah's only microbrewery. A varied menu includes quite a few vegetarian options. Imaginative appetizers such as Oysters with Pecan Pesto and Ginger Cured Salmon with Wasabi are worth a try. Fried sweet potato chips are a house specialty. And of course, your server will insist you try one of Moon River's micro-brewed beers with your meal.
Well placed in History District North, this den of eatery is quickly catching up on the locals as the best hang out. Casual ambiance, great food, delicious drinks, friendly crowd and an occasional dose of live music is what makes Sweet Melissa's the place it is. Though the menu comprises of basic American fast food, like burgers, hot dogs and select pizzas, the food here is simply delectable and mouth watering. A host of local performances are also featured here, so if you are lucky you may actually get to catch up on the local music undertones at Melissa's.
Bread is a part of almost every cuisine around the globe and can be had in countless ways. Panera Bread, a bakery and cafe chain has been baking bread for more than a decade now. Established in 198, they have expanded to various other locations across US and Canada. Besides their wide variety of bread, they also serve sandwiches, coffees, smoothies, bagels, muffins and a lot of other freshly baked goodies. All locations serve delicious breakfast and soups everyday. The most popular choice on the menu are their breakfast sandwiches and bagels which are a must have. Come down to enjoy a healthy and fresh breakfast, brunch or just to catch up with friends over a coffee in a warm environment at Panera.
Priding itself on the freshest of everything, this popular seafood joint's guarantee is that the fish on your plate today was swimming around yesterday. A nice selection of sandwiches and steaks is offered to round out the menu, along with great desserts such as key lime and (local favorite) pecan pies, but the focus is squarely on the fish. Locally harvested seasonal catches are posted daily, as well as tuna, grouper and a wide variety of seafood favorites. On cool days, ask for a seat on the balcony overlooking the river.