Savannah is a city meant for picnics. From the Historic District’s 22 squares to Tybee Island beach, there are countless places to spread out, enjoy nature and chow down on delicious takeout.
One of Savannah’s most popular takeout joints is Zunzi’s, a Historic District restaurant that gained national attention in 2012 when its sandwich The Conquistador was named one of the top three sandwiches in America by The Travel Channel’sAdam Richman. Other favorite Historic District takeout restaurants include breakfast and lunch favorite Goose Feathers, French eatery Papillote and pizza restaurant Screamin’ Mimi’s.
Barbecue is the perfect takeout food, and Savannah’s got a number of great choices. If you’re heading to Tybee, swing by Wiley’s Championship BBQ, which features tender beef brisket and killer sides. For those visiting Wormsloe Plantation or Skidaway Island State Park, a to-go meal from Sandfly Bar-B-Q is a must. Be sure to order the Brunswick stew and smoked chicken salad.
Savannah’s Midtown restaurants are good options for takeout since parking is usually plentiful. Check out Jamaican restaurant Sweet Spice and its next-door neighbor Joe’s Homemade Café, Bakery & Catering, which boasts mouthwatering sandwiches and salads. Nearby coffee.deli in Habersham Village is perfect for those craving authentic deli fare.
No picnic basket is complete without a nice selection of side dishes, so head to Thrive Café on Highway 80 for delectable and freshly made sides like curried tofu salad and southwestern black bean salad. The eatery also offers a range of sandwiches and heartier dinner options.
This neighborhood deli and coffee shop, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is one of the city's only true deli-style restaurants. Coffee.deli offers several breakfast items, which are available all day long, including freshly made bagels with lox and egg sandwiches. Lunch selections include ruebens, Cuban sandwiches, tuna melts, curry chicken salad, build your own sandwiches with your choice of meat, cheese, bread and condiments, and more. Several side items are available, including potato salad and coleslaw, plus a rotating selection of freshly made, seasonal items. Coffee aficionados will appreciate the restaurant's selection of beverages made from imported coffee, comfy couches and free wifi. (912-352-7818)
Screamin' Mimi's Pizza & Subs
Thin crust pizza loaded with fresh toppings is the specialty of Screamin' Mimi's, a Jersey-style pizza and sub joint conveniently located in one of the Historic District's only shopping centers with ample free parking. The pizza, regarded by many as the best in the city, can be ordered whole or by the slice. Screamin' Mimi's also offers a number of Italian subs, including meatball, chicken parmesan with marinara, and baked salami and provolone, plus salads and pasta dishes such as baked manicotti, gnocchi and spaghetti. The casual setting features tables for two and four, plus additional seating on an outdoor patio. (912-236-2744)
Joe's Homemade Cafe, Bakery & Catering
This little eatery, which was awarded Savannah's 2012-13 Small Business of the Year by the Small Business Chamber of Savannah, is located in an up-and-coming area of Midtown Savannah dubbed as Restaurant Row. The cafe features an array of lunch items that utilize fresh and often organic ingredients. The menu includes four salads, including the Victory chicken salad, a delicious blend of chicken, red seedless grapes, green onions and fresh rosemary, served with a side of Ted's famous zucchini bread. The sandwiches and Paninis, all named after Savannah's squares, are popular choices, with standouts like the Crawford, a Panini with roasted herb chicken, basil pesto, roasted red peppers and provolone. The dessert case is drool-worthy and service is friendly and personable. (912-349-0251)
Located in Sandfly, a historic neighborhood near Isle of Hope that has become a hotspot for restaurants and boutiques, this barbeque joint is a favorite among locals. The casual, cozy eatery features walls lined with license plates from all 50 states and several countries, but the menu is decidedly local, with favorites such as barbeque pork, ribs, smoked sausage and baked beans on the daily menu. The sweet potato fries and Brunswick stew are the best in town. Each table is topped with three bottles of homemade barbeque sauce, allowing everyone from novice barbeque eaters to seasoned spice-mongers to find their favorite flavor. ((912) 356-5463)
Sweet Spice Restaurant
This hidden gem in Midtown serves the best Caribbean cuisine in Savannah. The Jamaican owners go out of their way to ensure that customers feel welcome and are always glad to assist with food selection. Diners can choose from several entrees, including traditional Caribbean dishes such as jerk chicken, curry goat, beef stew and salt fish, along with fried shrimp, hot wings and beef ribs. Side dishes, which come with most entrees, include rice and peas, plantains, green beans, mac and cheese and more. Sweet Spice also offers sandwiches for the less adventurous and a special menu for those watching their waistlines. (912-335-8146)
Wiley's Championship BBQ
Owned by Wiley and Janet McCrary, whose impressive collection of barbecue competition trophies will make a believer out of anyone, Wiley's Championship BBQ is a must for anyone with a hankering for smoked meat and all the fixins'. The eatery, conveniently located on Highway 80 near Wilmington Island and just a short drive from Downtown Savannah and Tybee Island, features a nice selection of meats, including pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket and smoked sausage, which can be ordered as sandwiches or platters, along with ribs. The tantalizing sides include baked beans, collards, potato salad, mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, green beans, Brunswick stew, fries and more. Wiley's has plenty of seats for those who want to dine in but also accommodates take-out orders. (912-201-3259)
Goose Feathers an Express Cafe & Bakery
Just a few steps away from Ellis Square in the heart of the Historic District, Goose Feathers has been a favorite among locals for more than a quarter of a century. The restaurant serves breakfast all day, boasting a great selection of traditional dishes such as Belgian waffles, fruit-topped oatmeal, eggs, quiche and bagels. The casual eatery, in which orders are placed at the counter and delivered to patrons at their tables, also features an array of inexpensive, quick bites, such as stuffed croissants, sticky buns and muffins. In addition, Goose Feathers has an extensive lunch menu for those craving soup or a sandwich. (912-233-4683)
This popular takeout restaurant boasts an eclectic menu thanks to the Swiss, Italian, South African and Dutch heritage of proprietors Johnny and Gabriella DeBeer. The couple has created a delicious and reasonably priced menu that blends flavors from these and other countries, with standout dishes including a cottage pie with ground beef, a vegetarian curry stew and homemade lasagna. But perhaps Zunzi's is most famous for its sandwiches, namely the Conquistador, a baked chicken breast served on French bread and topped with lettuce, tomatoes and Zunzi's special sauce. The tangy and hearty sandwich received national attention when the Travel Channel's Adam Richman named it one of the top three sandwiches in America on his show Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America. (912-443-9555)
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