Here is how you do Savannah, Georgia the right way!
Check out some of the must-visit stops all over town while exploring this beautiful city. Sink your teeth into homemade crispy fried chicken, authentic shrimp and grits, the best low country barbecue around and so much more! Step into the swankiest of Savannah’s drinking spots, or pop into a local dive bar and chat up the locals.
Back In The Day Bakery
Address: 2401-2403 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401
This is a great stop for early birds, and late risers. You will have a hard time finding a better biscuit anywhere in the country! Back In The Day Bakery is one of Savannah’s most precious hidden gems. Offering a wide variety of baked goods, sandwiches, coffee, and a full espresso bar. To no surprise, the staff is just as warm and inviting as their plates! You will want to grab one of their cookbooks to bring a little taste of Savannah back home with you.
B. Matthew’s Eatery
Address: 325 East Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
What started out as a simple deli and bakery evolved into one-of-a-kind bistro serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch in Savannah’s Historic District. This breakfast and brunch are too die for! The menu has a ton of super creative takes on traditional breakfast fare, and the kitchen will surpass your expectations. The fried green tomato eggs Benedict is always a go-to for frequent visitors, as well as the french toast. Try one of their popular Bloody Marys, or build your own on Saturday and Sunday. Feel free to bring your fur babies, as they keep a pet friendly patio!
Step back in the 1920s and enjoy a bite inside a classic diner car at Sandfly BBQ. Their specialty is a Memphis barbecue by way of Savannah, proudly serving sandwiches and generous plates of pulled pork, brisket and ribs with Southern staples. Everyone loves this hot spot because of the simple, no-frills nostalgic experience, and incredible BBQ. Another added bonus, lots of free parking!
Make sure you leave your mark, and leave a signed dollar bill on the wall!
This must-try restaurant has been around since 1943, and for good reason! People start lining up as early as 8 AM to get a spot at the communal first-come, first-served Southern comfort-food table. Rest assured, the family-style meal is worth the wait! For just $25 per person, your tabletop will be covered with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato soufflé, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, biscuits, and more tasty surprises. The menu changes daily so you can expect something different every visit with Mrs. Wilkes.
Word to the wise – skip breakfast, wear your comfy pants, and bring cash or check as they do not accept credit cards.
Address: 101 East River Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401 (River Street)
Address: 20 Jefferson Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401 (City Market)
There is nothing better than a frozen daiquiri on a warm day. Pick from a wall full of exotic as well as classic frozen daiquiris. You can create your own swirl of flavors or pick one straight off the menu. Take advantage of the free samples, because there are many flavors with corky names to pick from! Thanks to the open container laws here in Savannah, you can pick out your favorite drink and bring it along while you soak in the experience. If you are ready to take a break from all the exploring, grab a table and refuel with their tasty nibbles menu.
Abe’s on Lincoln
Address: 17 Lincoln Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
It’s not a real Savannah experience until you step into one of the local dive bars. This bar should be on the list of your downtown tour! Abe’s on Lincoln is an Abraham Lincoln-themed tavern pouring craft beers and cocktails in a rustic-chic setup with a patio. When you walk into the bar you are greeted with an ever-evolving installation of napkin art all depicting Abraham Lincoln. Grab a drink and take in the atmosphere or start drawing your own interpretation of Abe to add to the collection!
Address: 125 West River Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401
Top Deck sits above the Cotton Sail Hotel, and provides its’ guests with exceptional views of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge, the Savannah River and historic Bay Street. The modern clean coastal decor makes it a cozy place to relax, take in the scenery, and sip on a drink from their full bar menu. They offer extraordinary small plates, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and much more! This is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over a beautifully crafted cocktail.
The Habersham House was built in 1771, now lovingly known by locals and tourists are the The Olde Pink House. Its’ name was coined when the native brick began to bleed through the plastered walls and mysteriously changed the color of this landmark from white to a Jamaican pink tone. 200 years later, this place is just as rich in history as it is in local cuisine. This Savannah exclusive is an absolute must! Each room is as unique and individual as the plates. The staff is passionate about the carefully crafted menu and your experience, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or get recommendations. You will want to grab a reservation because it fills up quickly!
The Vault Kitchen and Market was local banking institution that served Savannah for over 50 years. After it closed in 2013, it was purchased and turned into an industrially chic eatery. You can reserve the actual vault inside the old bank, and enjoy a savory meal in what used to home to lots of money, and expensive goods. The decor will draw you in, but the Asian infused menu will have you coming back for seconds! Everything on the menu embodies a unique flavor that you won’t find anywhere else. Crowd favorites are the chicken lettuce wraps, sushi, and charcoal chicken. But you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here. Ladies, check out the restroom floor!
Finish the day off at Leopold’s and try their award-winning (Named One of the Top 10 Ice Cream Parlors in the World), homemade super-premium ice cream, unchanged since 1919. No trip to Savannah is complete without a stop here! Take a step into the yesteryears, enjoy the ambience of a retro ice cream bar and enjoy a good old fashioned banana sundae.
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