I will wrap up my top Savannah restaurant reviews and recommendations in this post. If you missed Part 1, read it here. As previously stated, I am listing restaurants that we actually visited in alphabetical order rather than in order of preference…as that decision is too difficult to make! (I have noted my top three choices.) Onward and upward…
- Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet: Cleverly disguised as a convenience store, this snappy little market is nestled in the Savannah historic district on Drayton Street. (There are additional Parker’s Markets at other locations, but I am referring specifically to the one on Drayton.) We stopped in daily to pick up coffee, pastries, bottled drinks, snacks, toiletry items, and even a fantastic guidebook (The Savannah Guidebook Including 4 Unique Walking Tours). In addition to regular convenience store fare, Parker’s stocks souvenir items, home goods, deli meats and cheeses, fresh salads, and gourmet desserts. The staff members were friendly and helpful, and remembered us after only one visit!
- Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons Restaurant: Let me begin by saying that I am not a Paula Deen hater! In fact, as a fellow Southerner and connoisseur of fried foods, I was anxious to check out her famous eating establishment. We stopped by one day for lunch and the wait was too long, so we made a reservation for the next day and came back then. The Paula Deen Store is strategically located adjacent to the restaurant, so we browsed there while waiting for our table. Once seated, we indulged in a heaping plate of fried okra—which was delicious! Our waiter was attentive and the service was good. The main entrees, however, were a bit disappointing. I ordered shrimp and grits and what I got looked more like soup—and while the taste was not bad, per se, it certainly was not what I anticipated! The hubby ordered fried fish (can’t remember what kind, exactly) and found it to be mediocre at best. I am thinking that we should have gone with the lunch buffet. Not sure this one is worth a repeat visit…
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Yes, another chain restaurant! However, I had never been to a Ruth’s Chris (though the hubby has on several occasions), and since we were celebrating our anniversary, we decided to go for the gusto. The service we received was up to the restaurant’s reputedly exacting standards—my steak was perfectly cooked and flavorful, sizzling on a blazing hot plate and served by an efficient and solicitous waitress; the lobster bisque and wedge salad were delicious as well. The Savannah location on West Bay Street is spacious and elegant, yet intimate enough for a romantic anniversary dinner.
- Savannah’s Candy Kitchen: With two locations—City Market and River Street—there is no excuse to neglect your sweet tooth while visiting Savannah. Follow your nose to either location, see the confectioners at work, and pick up some made-from-scratch pralines, divinity, turtles, or fudge. Or, if popcorn, chocolate-covered apples, taffy, or gelato is more to your liking, you’re in luck! This great shop offers fresh samples and is your perfect headquarters for walking-around snacks…or a gift basket or decorative tin to take home! (If you are on a diet, you might want to stay away unless your willpower is extraordinary…ha!)
- Vic’s On the River: Rounding out my Top Ten Savannah Restaurants list is the last of my top three picks. Another restaurant attractively situated overlooking the waterfront, Vic’s is located between the historic Cotton Exchange building and City Hall. Accessible from either Factor’s Walk or River Street, the restaurant is what I would consider upscale—though we were cutting it close on making our reservation after our sightseeing took us further away than expected, and we ended up wearing our “tourist” clothes to dinner. We ate in the main dining area, but I think there may be outdoor veranda seating as well. The food was excellent and the service equally so. The hubby opted for Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops with citrus risotto and lemon herb truffle butter; I ordered Pecan Crusted Local Flounder, but substituted smoked cheddar stone ground grits for the Andouille sausage-potato hash. This was one of the pricier meals we sprung for during our visit, but entirely worth it!
Another restaurant that was highly recommended to us is Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room—a boarding house-style restaurant where everyone eats family-style around large tables set for ten. Doors open promptly at 11:00 a.m. and the line forms way before that. My hubby’s cousin’s visited shortly after we did and decided to brave the crowds and experience true Southern dining. They had a great time and were not disappointed.
Hope these tips are helpful as you map out your Savannah dining experience. I found it to be one of the most fantastic “eating cities” around! So much so that I had to immediately go on a diet when I got home!! 😉 Do you have an eating recommendation for Savannah, or comments to share regarding restaurants I have listed? If so, please share!