Lunch may very well be Savannah’s best meal. The city is teaming with lunch spots that offer filling and flavorful meals at reasonable prices. Those craving authentic Southern cuisine should put on their comfortable shoes and claim a spot in the long line that forms outside of Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room every afternoon. The wait is worth it: once inside, you’ll be seated at a family-style table with other guests, where you’ll feast on beef stew, biscuits and a rotating selection of classic Southern sides. For delicious Southern food in a more intimate setting, head over the Café Florie, which features killer fried chicken and equally delicious sandwiches and salads.
Some of Savannah’s best lunch spots are located in the Starland District, just outside of the Historic District. The eponymous Starland Café, located in a converted Victorian house, boasts a great selection of paninis and salads. Just a block away from Starland Café is Back in the Day Bakery, an eatery which originally gained notoriety for its mouthwatering desserts and homemade bread. Today the bakery is just as famous for its sandwiches as it is for its cupcakes, and for good reason: homemade pimento cheese and bacon-onion jam are just some of the flavorful ingredients in Back in the Day’s unforgettable sandwiches.
For those willing to travel a little farther for lunch, there are several great choices, including Toucan Café in Midtown and Driftaway Café in Sandfly. These two restaurants are favorites among locals, who repeatedly patronize the establishments for their fresh, flavorful cuisine.