Delicious Destinations: Savannah, Georgia

Historic riverwalk in Savannah with places to eat and tables
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Some people plan their vacation with no thought of where they are going to eat, while others plan their entire trip around the scrumptious bites and tasty treats they are going to try. No matter what camp you’re in, the brand new FamilyVacationist monthly food column, Delicious Destinations has you covered! Welcome to your number one food recommendation column that covers everything from family dining, the best places for solo travelers, and the number one spot to grab a snack. Up this month: the best places to eat in Savannah, Georgia.

Let’s Eat: Savannah

I’m Megan duBois. I’m a full-time food and drink writer, and when I don’t have a fork in my hand, there’s likely an ice cream cone there instead. In this Delicious Destinations column, you can come with me to a different city each month and we’ll explore great restaurants, bars, bakeries, and other eateries. I’ll offer recommendations for families, adults, and solo travelers in each city. I’ll also give you tips on finding great themed restaurants, mid-day snacks, and breweries.

This month, we’re traveling to Savannah, Georgia. While you might think of Savannah as the place where Forest Gump sat on a bench to tell his story, there’s a lot more to the city than a box of chocolates. Throughout Savannah there are culinary gems just waiting to be discovered by locals and tourists alike. Here are some of the best places to eat in Savannah.

Best Restaurant For Families: Little Duck Diner

There’s nothing like sitting down in a cozy diner booth with your family to start a day of exploration in a new city. In fact, diners are some of the best spots to find cheap, family-friendly meals across the country. The Little Duck Diner in Savannah is doing just that. The restaurant does get busy on weekends, so it’s best to arrive a little early in case there’s a wait.

Little Duck Diner Must-Have: Little Duck in Paris (French toast breakfast)

Best Restaurant For Adults: Olde Pink House

Anyone visiting Savannah for the first time must dine at the Olde Pink House Restaurant. The house in in fact bright pink, so it can’t be missed when walking around the city. While the exterior of the restaurant begs for a perfectly snapped Instagram photo, the interior of the restaurant is much more relaxed, with candlelit halls and white-tablecloth-adorned tables.

Olde Pink House Must-Have: Caramelized Vidalia Onion and Sweet Potato Ravioli

Best Restaurant For Solo Travelers: The Grey

Located in downtown Savannah, The Grey is a favorite with locals. The restaurant is located in a beautifully restored Greyhound Bus Terminal and serves up Southern food with a modern twist. Each of The Grey’s menus are built around seasonal ingredients and what’s available at local markets on a given day, making this restaurant worth visiting more than once while touring Savannah.

The Grey Must-Have: Four Course Menu

Best Themed Restaurant: The Pirates’ House

Dating back to 1753, The Pirates’ House is like taking a step back in time. The house was initially an inn for sailors, but Savannah legend has it that the house became a favorite spot for pirates to eat and drink. Now a restaurant, The Pirates’ House has multiple dining rooms, each with a distinct flair. Even though the house may not look like a pirate ship from famous movies, it sure does have us wanting to drink some rum with other pirates … we mean guests.

The Pirates’ House Must-Have: Pirates’ House Award Winning Honey Pecan Fried Chicken

Best Mid-Day Snack: Back in the Day Bakery

The smell of freshly baked pies and cookies is enough to draw us into anywhere, and that’s exactly what happens when you walk by Back in the Day Bakery. The small bakery is whipping up just about everything you can imagine, but the star of the show here is homemade biscuits, chocolate chip cookies, and cupcakes. The best part about Back in the Day Bakery is you can order ahead and not take the risk that your favorite sweet treat is sold out.

Back in the Day Bakery Must-Have: Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Best Savannah Brewery: Southbound Brewing Co.

The best spot to grab a cold beer and enjoy an afternoon hanging out in a new city is Southbound Brewing Co. The brewery opened in 2013, and is located just outside the historic district. Southbound does have a heavy focus on IPAs and sours, but you can find other brews as well on the menu.

Southbound Brewing Co. Must-Have: Scattered Sun

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Megan duBois
Megan duBois is a freelance writer who covers theme parks, cruising, food and drink, and family travel. Her work has appeared on Buzzfeed, Popsugar, Insider, Orbitz, FamilyVacationist, The Daily Meal, Family Vacation Critic, TravelPulse, and more. Megan has been quoted as an expert and thought leader on theme parks for Forbes and other outlets.