Best Savannah Restaurants: Battered and Fried, Seasoned and Seared

Amy Pine

By , Local Expert, Savannah
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Savannah may be known the world over for its rich history and Southern charm, but the city is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the East Coast’s premier dining destinations.

If you’ve come down South hoping to indulge in traditional Southern favorites like fried chicken and made-from-scratch biscuits, you’re in for a treat. Many restaurants in the city offer up Southern goodness, and the best of the pack is Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room.

But Southern food isn’t always about fried, buttered and smothered, and many restaurateurs have found innovative ways to pay homage to their Southern roots. Acclaimed eatery Elizabeth on...  Read more »

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    Elizabeth on 37th

    Southern-inspired haute cuisine in an elegant early 20th-century mansion? It doesn't get any better than...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Want the ultimate Elizabeth on 37th dining experience? The restaurant offers a seven-course chef's tasting menu for $90 per person. Contact the restaurant ahead of time to inquire about availability."

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    Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    Forget about that other grand dame of Southern cooking. Locals know that if you want the real deal, you go to Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room.

    Local Expert Tip: "Wear comfortable shoes. You may have to wait on Jones Street for a while before getting a coveted spot at one of Mrs. Wilkes' tables."

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    Olde Pink House

    For outstanding Southern cuisine in a lovely setting, check out the Olde Pink House, an upscale eatery housed in one of the city's oldest buildings.

    Local Expert Tip: "Plan to arrive early and enjoy a drink and music downstairs in Planters Tavern, a cozy, historic bar with exposed brick, fireplaces and beautiful woodwork."

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    45 Bistro

    45 Bistro consistently ranks as one of the city's best fine dining establishments thanks to dishes that are...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "The melt-in-your-mouth beef Carpaccio appetizer with Dijon aioli, shaved Parmesan, spinach chiffonade and crispy capers might be the best Carpaccio of your life. Don't pass it up."

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    Toucan Cafe

    Flavor reigns supreme at Toucan Café, a Midtown eatery that's been a favorite dining destination for locals for nearly two decades.

    Local Expert Tip: "Toucan's cappuccino pie is a decadent treat not to be missed."

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    Driftaway Cafe

    Locals flock to Driftaway Café for its inventive seafood dishes like spicy tuna tacos and...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Request a seat by the window at the back of the restaurant to enjoy a lovely view of lush greenery and a quaint stream."

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    Circa 1875 Gastropub

    There's no need to board a transatlantic flight to indulge in authentic French cuisine. Circa 1875's...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Save room for one of Circa's traditional French desserts, including profiteroles and creme brulee."

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    Noble Fare

    If a romantic dinner is on your agenda, be sure to make a reservation at Noble Fare, a charming eatery with superb cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Seating is limited, so be sure to make a reservation."

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    Crystal Beer Parlor

    The Crystal Beer Parlor's been a local favorite since 1933. Go for the great burgers and stay for the lively atmosphere and cool Savannah memorabilia.

    Local Expert Tip: "Give yourself plenty of time to check out all the cool memorabilia on the Crystal Beer Parlor's walls."

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    Sandfly Bar-B-Q

    Sandfly Bar-B-Q has the best Brunswick stew in town, hands down, and also serves up delicious slow-cooked meats and tantalizing sides.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get your food to go and enjoy a picnic at nearby Wormsloe Plantation, a former colonial estate."



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