Savannah is known for its dripping moss oak trees, beautiful green squares and historic landmarks. But did you know that this southern city is home to some of the freshest seafood, delicious treats and delectable dishes in the Lowcountry? If you’re only in town for a few days, the options can be overwhelming. So, we’ve asked Pamela Knowles from Savannah Taste Experience to break down the top dishes you need to try when you arrive to the Hostess City.
Shrimp & Grits from 22 Square
You’d be hard-pressed to taste a more southern dish than shrimp and grits. Head over to Savannah’s City Market where you’ll find 22 Square, a restaurant known for modern southern-inspired cuisine made from locally grown produce and sustainable ingredients. Their shrimp and grits are a favorite among visitors and is a great way to start a day of tasting the best of the best!
The Conquistador from Zunzi’s Takeout
Don’t be discouraged when you arrive at Zunzi’s on York Street and see a line down the block. This eclectic walk up eatery serves up some serious sandwiches that are known to get messy. A combination of Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch, Zunzi’s brings together flavors that are unique and delicious. Travel Tip: Don’t pass up on the Sh*t Yeah Sauce — it’s a must-try!!
Pork Belly Donut Slides from Ordinary Pub
Yep, you read that right! This dish is all kinds of right. Slow-cooked pork belly and bacon onion jam is layered between freshly baked Baker’s Pride donut buns. (If time allow it, you might want to head over to Baker’s Pride and taste their freshly made donuts, cakes and sweets. They have made quite a name for themselves among locals.) If your sweet tooth still isn’t satisfied, share an order of the Ordinary Pub’s Bananas Foster French Toast – you’re welcome.
Barbeque from Walls BBQ
Having trouble finding Walls BBQ on your Google Maps? Don’t be alarmed. This small family-owned restaurant is the definition of “off the beaten path” and serves up some of the best BBQ in Savannah. This wood shed turned restaurant is nestled in a quiet alley off York Lane. The menu changes daily and you’ll know when they’re out of a dish when the name is jumbled on their magnet whiteboard menu. Be sure to say hello to Teresa behind the counter! She’s been perfecting these family recipes since she was 13 years old and we wouldn’t want her to change a.single.thing.
Baked Deviled Crab from Savannah Spirits Chop House
Seafood is synonymous with The South and Savannah is no different. Savannah Spirits serves up freshly-caught Daufuskie Island blue crab and mixes it with fresh herbs and spices for a baked to order seafood treat. After dining, order one of their famous speakeasy cocktails to-go! Savannah’s Historic District is one of a few areas in the U.S. that allow open-containers while exploring the city.
A Honey Tasting at Savannah Bee Company
We’re sure you’ve heard of the popular Tupelo Honey, but did you know that there are hundreds of different types of honey? Savannah Bee Company has mastered the art of the bees and bottled up their sweet honey, making their products the perfect souvenir or gift to remember your trip by. Head over to their flagship store on Broughton Street, where you can taste a variety of honey products like whipped chocolate honey, mead wine and perfectly-baked Savaklava shortbread cookies.
Ice Cream from Leopold’s Ice Cream
End your Savannah food experience on a sweet note with the famous Leopold’s Ice Cream. This Savannah institution has been serving homemade ice cream for 100 years!! With every flavor under the sun (Tutti Frutti was invented here), you’re sure to find a taste that makes everyone in your party happy. Don’t worry about the long line, it moves quickly and the payoff is well worth the wait. Read between the lines – you have NOT experienced Savannah unless you’ve been to Leopold’s Ice Cream.