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SAVANNAH = SOUTHERN COMFORT

Savannah to me feels like a magical place, they offer something for everyone, something old, something new and something blue (a very liberal blue cup policy). What is a blue cup policy? think New Orleans, but for a more mature level of adults and without the unique smell that Bourbon street comes with. You can walk around the city with a drink as you explore the history, bars, and peaceful squares that dot this beautiful city. I spent my time here exploring southern cuisine with a bunch of fellow research chefs, and we found some amazing little gems. Wanna see my top pics? Then scroll down and see what made it to my list. 

The Pig

CULINARY EXPLORATIONS IN GEORGIA

 SAVANNAH

PIG'S PICKS

Where to eat Southern comfort, creamy grits, and secret bars in Savannah

SOUTHERN SOUL BBQ

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: SOUTHERN BBQ

WHEN: You are ok with a 90 minute drive to get truly great BBQ.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2020 Demere Rd.

Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

WHAT TO ORDER: 

  • Ribs

  • Southern Soul Sandwich

  • Pulled pork

  • Your favorite southern sides

 

WHY: An old service station turned smoke shack. Southern Soul is one of the top ten BBQ joints in the country. They focus on Oak smoked meats and fantastic southern sides. This is worth the 90 minute scenic drive that it takes.

MRS. WILKE'S DINING ROOM

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

WHAT: THANKSGIVING DINNER ON STEROIDS

WHEN: You want to eat like a southern family member.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Cash only

 

MAP IT: 

107 W Jones St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • You don't order here, they bring it to you.

WHY: It is located in the ground floor of an old Inn, in the middle of a residential area. The line starts forming long before they open, and continues all day. They may be open for only three short hours, but they serve up one quintessential Savannah culinary experience in that time. They sit you family style at one of the four large tables and you just eat what comes. This is an experience and well worth the wait.

TREYLOR PARK 

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: GREAT BAR FOOD

WHEN: You want playful and creative southern food in a casual setting.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

115 E Bay St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Shrimp & Grit Tacos

  • Treylor park Nachos Grande

  • BLT

WHY: This place just had a fantastic casual feel, and some of the most imaginative twist on Southern classics that I saw in Savannah. Not to mention they have a great patio area to grab a drink while you wait.

B. MATTHEW'S EATERY

PIG SCORE: 3.9 / 4.0

WHAT: SOUTHERN BRUNCH

WHEN: Brunch matters.

PRICE: $$  

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT:

325 E Bay St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Shrimp and Grits

  • Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict

WHY: Locate in Savannah's historic district B. Matthew's serves up some of the best quality food the city has to offer. They do more than brunch and I'm positive that after what I tasted at breakfast, that dinner and lunch are also spectacular. This is a safe bet for a great meal.

LEOPOLD'S ICE CREAM

PIG SCORE: 3.85 / 4.0

WHAT: OLD SCHOOL ICE CREAM 

WHEN: You're in the mood for ice cream the way it was 100 years ago.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

212 E Broughton St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Rum Bisque

  • Savannah Socialite

  • Mint Chocolate Chip

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WHY: They have been serving ice cream to Savannah locals for 100 years. And they still serve many of the original recipes today. On warm days there will be a line down the block. But well worth it for a taste of simpler times. 

ALLEY CAT LOUNGE

PIG SCORE: 3.75 / 4.0

WHAT: A SECRET COCKTAIL BAR

WHEN: You're willing to put in a little effort to find the bar.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

207 West Broughton St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Fancy

  • Breakfast Torta

WHY: It is a small secret bar located in a office building basement, with exposed bricks and cozy booths. They have over 300 bottle of spirits on the back wall and there are no repeats. These guys take their craft seriously. 

HOW TO GET IN: Find the building. Go around back to the alley, find the door that says Alley Cat Lounge. Enter, walk down the stairs to the plain white door and enter the pleasure dome.

NAROBIA'S GRITS AND GRAVY

PIG SCORE: 3.75 / 4.0

WHAT: A SOUL FOOD DINER

WHEN: You're in need a good O'l fashioned southern breakfast.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2019 Habersham St,

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Shrimp & Grits

  • Crab stew

  • French Toast

WHY: This is a down to earth joint serving home cooked soul food for breakfast and lunch. It's like church for your culinary soul, where  you come to clean off your conscious with a cup of fresh brewed coffee, grits and gravy. Don't expect fancy when  you come.

B'S CRACKLIN BBQ

PIG SCORE: 3.5 / 4.0

WHAT: SAVANNAH SMOKE

WHEN: You're looking for a solid BBQ.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

12409 White Bluff Rd.

Savannah, GA 31419

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Fried Pickles

  • Sampler plate with Brisket

WHY: B 's is a casual place with great smoked meat. It was tender and delicious. A quality smoke shack.

JEN'S & FRIENDS

PIG SCORE: 3.4 / 4.0

WHAT: MAD MARTINI MENU

WHEN: You want martini's but with a twist.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

34 Bull St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Birthday Cake Martini

  • Watermelon Lemon Drop

  • Snickers Martini

WHY: They have a martini menu over 100 strong. It is a cozy little bar, and their slogan is enter as stranger, but exit as friends. I saw Jen at work, and I can see she believes this moto.

CLARY'S

PIG SCORE: 3.4 / 4.0

WHAT: SOUTHERN COMFORT

WHEN: You want breakfast, no mater what time of day it is.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

404 Abercorn St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Crab Cake Benedict

  • Stuffed French Toast

WHY: This is a classic old southern diner serving classic diner breakfast with southern flair. 

ABE'S ON LINCOLN

PIG SCORE: 3.35 / 4.0

WHAT: A DIVE BAR

WHEN: You feel like a hole in the wall and a drink.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

17 Lincoln St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • A Local Brew

WHY: This Lincoln themed dive bar serves craft beers and cocktails. Bring your drawing pens, and see if you can pen a caricature of O'l Abe on your cocktail napkin good enough to make it up on the rafters. 

THE GREY

PIG SCORE: 3.35 / 4.0

WHAT: HIGH END RETRO DINER

WHEN: You feel like hanging out at an old bus station with great food.

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Farmer's market salad

  • Blackened Catfish Po-Boy

WHY: This is an old Greyhound station that has been brought back to life as a high end diner with modern twist on southern classics. 

GREEN TRUCK NEIGHBORHOOD PUB

PIG SCORE: 3.25 / 4.0

WHAT: HOMEMADE BAR FOOD

WHEN: You want to know that food is local 

PRICE: $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2430 Habersham St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Hand cut French Fries

  • Trailer Park Burger

WHY:This is a casual setting with locally sourced home made food. They even make their own ketchup.  A great place to grab a burger and beer.

ZUNZI'S 

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

WHAT: AFRICAN STREET FOOD

WHEN: You're looking for a little different sandwich.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

108 E York St.

Savannah, GA 31401

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Conquitador

  • The Godfather

WHY: Globally inspired sandwiches, coming out of a litteral hole in the wall. This place is at most pint sized, but pumps out supersized flavor. 

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