by Caroline Eubanks for USA TODAY 10Best

This is the most underrated food neighborhood of Savannah

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Savannah, Georgia is one of the most charming Southern cities, known for its Spanish moss-draped trees, lovely squares and, of course, the food. It’s where you’ll find incredible restaurants, but there’s so much to eat beyond the Historic District.

Originally a streetcar suburb, the area south of Forsyth Park was lively until the 1950s. So, in the 1990s, two enterprising students from Savannah College of Art and Design implemented their vision for the neighborhood that became the Starland District.

Today, it’s where you’ll find funky vintage shops and record stores, along with some of the best eateries in the city. Here are a few to check out.

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Back in the Day Bakery

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Before the Starland District became what it is today, this local bakery gained popularity for its pastries and James Beard-nominated cookbook. Their Southern-style biscuits are often sold out, so head over there early.

Starland Yard

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The neighborhood centers around Starland Yard, a shipping container park. You’ll find Vittoria Pizzeria Napoletana (an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria), a rotating selection of food trucks, and the Yard Bar, which offers local beer on tap.

Big Bon Bodega

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This neighborhood corner store is inspired by Korean shops. It sells its version of Montreal-style bagels, boiled in malt and honey water. They’re then filled with delicious schmears like kimchi and lemon caper spreads.

Elizabeth on 37th

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Set in a 1900 mansion, Elizabeth on 37th has won awards for its coastal Southern cuisine. The restaurant opened in 1981 when the Starland District wasn’t yet dreamed up and has remained one of Savannah’s best restaurants.

Green Truck Neighborhood Pub

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Just about everything in this restaurant is made in-house, from the ketchup to salad dressing. Ingredients are sourced locally, so it’s no wonder their grass-fed burgers have won awards.

Foxy Loxy Cafe

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This eclectic eatery feels straight out of Austin. It’s somewhere you can find lattes with freshly roasted beans from nearby Perc Coffee, in addition to Texas-style kolaches and tacos.

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