This regional chain that was started in Athens, Georgia, is well located on Ellis Square in the Historic District, with a second location in the Sandfly neighborhood near Isle of Hope. The concept is simple: choose your crust, sauce, cheese and toppings or select from one of the restaurant's own unique creations. Your Pie is perfect for those watching their waistlines (whole wheat crust and low-fat cheese are available) and for those with eclectic palates (it's the only place in town where you'll find a spicy Thai chicken pizza). Diners may also choose from several salads, which are served in bread bowls, and customized paninis and calzones. For those wanting a full-on Italian dining experience, the restaurant offers several flavors of gelato, the famous Italian ice cream-like dessert.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Get your pie exactly the way you want it at Your Pie, a regional chain that can make any of its pizzas with gluten-free crust.
Amy's expert tip: Your Pie is a great option for dieters: order the wheat crust, ask for the low-fat mozzarella (tell them to use half the amount they normally use) and top your pizza with veggies.
Located in Midtown Savannah's popular Habersham Village, The 5 Spot has quickly garnered a loyal following thanks to good food, reasonable prices and a sleek, modern atmosphere. Breakfast is served daily and is one of the eatery's most popular meals. The menu features classics such as buttermilk pancakes and eggs Benedict, plus fancier fare like grilled salmon served with tomatoes, spinach, hollandaise and poached eggs. Lunch and dinner share the same menu, meaning patrons can keep it simple even at night or splurge during the day. The extensive menu includes a good selection of salads and sandwiches, plus entrees ranging from shrimp and grits to grilled bratwurst. Prices are reasonable.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Popular Midtown restaurant The 5 Spot clearly labels several items on the menu as gluten free, including summer vegetable pasta pomodoro and homemade cookies.
Amy's expert tip: Check out The 5 Spot's Facebook page for daily specials. Past specials have included creations such as an insanely decadent burger on a Krispy Kreme bun with candied bacon, red pepper aioli and an egg.
This hip coffee house, which is adjacent to Forsyth Park, serves vegetarian and vegan breakfast fare seven mornings a week, along with an outstanding brunch on Sundays. Coffee aficionados will appreciate the Bean's great selection of coffee, which usually includes freshly brewed single origin roasts from Africa and South America, along with an array of made-to-order espresso drinks. The breakfast menu features a vegetarian breakfast burrito with eggs and a vegan breakfast burrito with scrambled tofu, along with quiche, egg and cheese sandwiches, omelets and frittatas. The brunch menu boasts a rotating selection of specialties, among them tofu scramble loaded with fresh, seasonal vegetables and an outstanding breakfast burrito with spicy, homemade vegan sausage.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: The Sentient Bean has five gluten-free tacos on its menu, including one in which you entrust the chef to surprise you with a tasty creation.
Paula Deen's restaurant remains packed despite recent controversies that have tarnished the celebrity chef's reputation. The popular buffet features an array of classic Deen dishes, including Southern fried chicken, collard greens and gooey butter cakes--items made famous on Paula's now-canceled Food Network shows. Diners who want something a little fancier can order from the menu, which includes a variety of appetizer and main-course selections such as fried green tomatoes, crab cakes and peach barbeque grouper. Die-hard fans may want to consider picking up some Paula-themed items at the adjoining gift shop. After all, the gift shop's wares, including cookbooks signed by the lady herself, jams, sauces and more, may be harder to come by now that the Queen of Southern Cooking's reign has come to an end.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: No matter what your opinion is of Paula Deen, you'll appreciate The Lady & Son's gluten-free menu offerings, including Southern favorites like shrimp and grits.
Amy's expert tip: If you're a Paula Deen fanatic, you may want to purchase a loyalty card: You'll save 20 percent off your next meal at The Lady & Sons and Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House and your next purchase at Paula's gift shop.
This reputable restaurant, which has several locations across the U.S., occupies a historic 18th-century stone warehouse and offers a beautiful view of the Savannah River. It does offer exemplary steaks, including a succulent prime rib, but the Chart House specializes in seafood. Among its popular options are macadamia-crusted shrimp, tilapia topped with crabmeat and pan-seared sea scallops. Crab legs and lobster tail are also constant hits. For dessert, the hot chocolate lava cake made with Godiva liqueur and served with Heath bar crunch and vanilla ice cream is a must, and an ample selection of wines and whiskey adds to the appeal.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Appetizers, seafood, steak, salads and sides are all available on the Chart House's gluten-free menu. Top off your meal with gluten-free crème brulee.
Amy's expert tip: Ask to dine outside on the deck.
Legend has it that several ghosts haunt the 18th-century Georgian mansion that is home to the Olde Pink House. While it may be tempting to be on the lookout for those rumored spirits, diners will undoubtedly be distracted by the excellent food and cozy ambience that have made this one of the city's most popular restaurants. The Southern-influenced cuisine is always flavorful and features a large selection of fish, beef, pork and chicken dishes. Among the standout seafood entrees is the crispy scored flounder with apricot shallot sauce, which has been a mainstay on the menu for years. The "BLT" salad, a twist on the traditional BLT sandwich that incorporates fried green tomatoes, crispy bacon and black pepper thyme buttermilk dressing, was featured on the Food Network Show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." The restaurant's signature praline basket filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with berries is the perfect way to end the meal.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: You'll dine in style and have plenty of options at the Olde Pink House, which has a gluten-free menu containing several popular dishes.
Amy's 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.
Lovely views of the Savannah River and the best fried green tomatoes in town--what could be better? Vic's on the River, located in a restored cotton warehouse that served as a hub for General Sherman's army during the Civil War, features a nice selection of Southern favorites, including pan fried chicken livers, pecan-crusted local flounder, Southern meatloaf and wild Georgia shrimp with smoked cheddar stone ground grits. Traditional Southern sides such as mac and cheese, Andouille potato hash, collard greens and roasted fingerling sweet potatoes are available ala carte. For the ultimate Southern dining experience, order a mint julep from the bar and ask to be seated outside on Vic's Bay Street deck.
Recommended for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus because: Vic's on the River's gluten-free menu is just as long as its regular menu. Diners can indulge on their favorite dishes and enjoy Vic's lovely view.
Amy's expert tip: Don't leave Vic's without taking a look at the hand-drawn, historical map hanging in the main dining room that details Sherman's march from Tennessee through Georgia.