10 Best Savannah Lunch Spots: Loosen Your Belt and Feast on Sumptuous Sandwiches and Fried Chicken Galore

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.   

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Located just off Wright Square in the heart of the Historic District, Wright Square Café is the perfect place to stop whether you need to satisfy your sweet tooth or want a quick, delicious lunch. First and foremost, Wright Square Café is a...  Read More



Located in the trendy Sandfly neighborhood near Isle of Hope, Driftaway Cafe serves up seafood in a cozy atmosphere that features a surprisingly lush landscape with a quaint stream. The restaurant boasts a great selection of appetizers,...  Read More

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Housed in an ultra hip converted mechanic's garage, Soho South Cafe is equal parts art gallery and restaurant. The lunch menu features soups, salads, quiche and a large selection of sandwiches. There are plenty of traditional choices, such as...  Read More



Green Truck Pub is a favorite among locals for its outstanding burgers made with grass-fed, all natural beef. From the Rustico, topped with goat cheese, balsamic caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and basil to the Whole Farm featuring...  Read More

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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...  Read More



This rustic bakery, located in the trendy Starland District, has garnered national attention for its old fashioned cupcakes. But the sugary, moist, beautifully decorated cupcakes aren't the only treats worth trying. From the delectable banana...  Read More

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Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room


When President Obama visited Savannah during his first term, he ate at only one restaurant: Mrs. Wilkes' Dining House. It's no wonder that the Commander in Chief chose this Jones Street staple, which has been serving family-style meals for...  Read More



Tucked away on a residential street in the heart of the Starland District, this charming café features some of the best soups, salads and sandwiches in town. Diners order when they walk in, then seat themselves at tables in the sunny café,...  Read More


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