One thing there is no shortage of in Savannah is good places to eat! Whether you crave seafood, lean more toward Southern-style home cooking, prefer a thick slab of meat, or want to grab your grub on the go, you’ll find more than a few options to tempt your taste buds! Here are recommendations and reviews based on our personal experience…listed in alphabetical order.
- Belford’s: Located in a beautiful historic building in Savannah’s City Market area, Belford’s is casual enough for a quick mid-morning brunch, but chic enough for an evening dining experience. Make your selections from an award-winning menu that ranges from Eggs Benedict and chicken salad (our brunch choices) to seafood and steaks, followed by mouth-watering desserts. Belford’s ranks in my Savannah Top Three.
- Chart House: Another of my Savannah favorite eating establishments, the Chart House is a high-end chain restaurant-that-doesn’t-feel-like-a-chain-restaurant. Part of the Landry’s group, it faces Bay Street, but also offers balcony and patio dining overlooking River Street and the Savannah River—in addition to posh inside dining. We requested seating on the second-floor balcony where we were treated to a saxophone serenade throughout our meal. The fried green tomatoes were some of the best I have had! This seafood and steakhouse also ranks in my Savannah Top Three.
- Clary’s Cafe: For a small-town, down-home Southern eating experience, pop into Clary’s Cafe for breakfast or lunch. Complete with sidewalk seating, a drug store-style soda counter, friendly wait staff, and plenty of good food, it is a Savannah standard. (If you are a fan of “The Book,” you will recognize Clary’s as the drugstore mentioned in it—also featured in the movie version of the book.) Clary’s was in easy walking distance of our townhouse and ended up being our “go to” spot for breakfast! (Of course, I am a sucker for good pancakes and grits, so this was a no-brainer!)
- Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlor: The hubby is an ice cream fanatic, so Leopold’s was a “must do” for us! This old-fashioned ice cream parlor features a marble soda fountain, white-hatted “soda jerks,” original recipes dating to the early 1900s, and enough nostalgia to trick you into thinking you have traveled back in time! The line was fairly long and the wait fifteen to twenty minutes, but it was well worth it! I later learned that Leopold’s was ranked #5 on the “10 Best Ice Cream Shops In the World” list (Toronto Sun, 2011)! Whether visiting Savannah during National Ice Cream Month (July) or at any other time, be sure to stop in at Leopold’s and savor the sweet life…butter pecan, mint chocolate chip, lemon sorbet, tutti frutti…!
- Mellow Mushroom: Okay, I will be the first to admit that I am not into the whole hippy scene—which pretty much sums up the ambiance at the Mellow Mushroom. Stepping inside this “far out” pizza joint is like stepping back into the decade of my birth and childhood (the 1970s)! Obviously, they are proud of their roots and, to their credit, have stuck to them most authentically! As for the pizza, it was quite delicious—and didn’t appear to contain any illicit drugs…haha! Great option for a quick meal or—as in our case—practical carry-out.
Check back for additional restaurant reviews and recommendations in “Where to Eat in Savannah…Part 2.” Until then…bon appétit!