Multiple elements compose a successful feast. Of course, what’s à la carte is primarily the focus, but one must also consider the atmosphere, the company, the conversation, and an underlying element of magic starting from the first sip to the last bite. Here, The Embarkiste strolls around historic Savannah, Georgia and invites readers to dine alongside in a palated list of favourite eateries where mint juleps rule and international fare finds itself at the local table.
At Circa, French fine dining rules, but in the coziest and most glorious of gold gilded nooks. Beginning as the neighboring bar (which is also noted as The Embarkiste’s favourite) this splendid little restaurant is so romantic and delicious at that. The traditional French menu kicks it up with crêpes aux crevettes (shrimp crepes) and classic steak frites. Always a must to consider for special occasions.
Bachelorette central and a fun place for drinks and live music, Jazz’d offers an impressive menu of ambrosial and affordable tapas meant to be shared with the best of guests. This basement hideaway is lively in all elements and great for a night out on the town.
Winner of Adam Richman’s “Best Sandwich in America,” there’s no doubt to see why at this South African hole-in-the-wall, serving the famous Conquistador and other mouth-watering bites, won by a landslide. Zunzis uses the purest ingredients and origin techniques when it comes to firing the grill, and the long line shows for it. Though, is soooo worth the wait.
Possibly The Embarkiste’s favourite eatery on the face of the vast globe, creamy cupcakes and farmfare sandwiches are just some of the reasons why she loves this place so much. The vintage pastel decor makes her feel at home, while Back in the Day’s owner’s, Cheryl and Griff, bake with love. Of course, the Old Fashioned Cupcakes are a must, but then there’s the tempting ‘Nana Pudding and lavender shortbread cookies. This lunch spot is a top-lister.
Other noteworthy cafes – Starland Cafe
Local vegetables and imported exotic spices compose these “fresh cut noodle dishes from various Asian nations” that fill the belly with happiness. Savory asian fare that is affordable and within a a fun atmosphere for friends, Flying Monk has become quite the popular spot since opening in recent years.
20 miles away from Savannah and located on Tybee, Social Club is THE place to go out on the island. Typical beach food is far from this open and airy space, often filled with live music. Truffles, sweet potatoes, elderflower gin, and ceviche are just several items on the menu, also to mention bottomless mimosas on the weekend.
A tad further out from downtown’s main streets, Foxy Loxy is the perfect peaceful sanctuary to take in the thick southern air and seep in a good book. Opened within a cute and historic little house, locals love this coffee shop, which also offers weekly events from live music to doggie carnivals and comedy nights.
A landmark as historic as Savannah’s Squares itself. Leopold’s is simply something the wandering tourist must do, whether it be a chilled lavender scoop on a humid June afternoon, or a late-night craving after seeing a film at the neighboring Trustees Theater. All made locally with both classic and fun flavors, Leopold’s is a blast to the past and makes happy hearts all over town.
The one thing more fun than eating in Savannah is drinking. The open container laws allows locals and tourists to stroll around town with their cocktails wherever their hearts desire. There’s possibly over 100 bars in downtown Savannah with every type of atmosphere for any type of clientele. The rooftop bar on The Bohemian seems to please all genres of folk, however, with a stunning view, a fun atmosphere, and quality cocktails.
photo credits and sources : photo 1 via A Dose of Pretty // 2 via Business In Savannah // 3 via Jazz’d // 4 via Where To Eat Savannah // 5 via Duchess Fare // 6 via Flying Monk // 7 via Edible Creativity // 8 via Roots Rated // 9 via Tampa Bay // 10 via 10 Best *