When you think of Savannah, you might think of southern hospitality. And part of that southern hospitality charm is southern style cooking. With an endless number of restaurant choices in Savannah, here are a few local favourites offering authentic southern cuisine.
Located on West Jones Street, Mrs. Wilke’s Dining Room has a line waiting outside the door five days a week for its lunch only service. The eating arrangement at Mrs. Wilke’s is unique – patrons sit with fellow strangers around a table set for ten. With a menu that changes daily, the table top is filled with platters of traditional southern cooking like black eyed peas, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, cornbread, gumbo, and biscuits. This delicious lunch costs $16 per person ($6 per children 12 and under) and don’t bring your credit card as they only accept cash.
Geneva Geneva’s Home Plate is another favorite offering up southern delicacies like fried chicken, meat loaf and mashed potatoes, green beans, and roast beef. The corn bread is served with an array of flavored butters like blueberry while all of the portions are plentiful. Well-known for their great service and reasonable prices ($8 for two pieces of fried chicken plus two sides), Geneva Geneva’s is also known for their amazing peach cobbler for dessert.
Located on East Broughton Street inside the historic Marshall House, 45 Bistro is an award-winning dining establishment in Savannah. Opening at 6:00 p.m. daily, 45 Bistro offers up southern style cooking with the likes of Jumbo Lump Local Blue Crab Cakes, grilled Caesar salad, and entrees of filet mignon and black grouper. Also well-known for its impeccable service, 45 Bistro displays a selection of original artwork as well as vaulted glass ceilings; advance reservations are recommended.
Wiley’s Championship Barbecue is a restaurant you don’t want to miss when visiting Savannah. This friendly atmosphere down home barbecue offers a wide selection of menu items include barbecue chicken, beef brisket, smoked sausage, pulled pork, and St. Louis ribs. Favorites include the Sampler Plate for $21.99 (brisket, ¼ chicken, pork) and either the Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie or Bread Pudding with Praline Bourbon sauce for dessert. More interesting items on the Wiley’s Championship Barbecue menu include fried pickles, fried okra, and fried green beans.
Alligator Soul is one of the top upscale restaurants in all of Savannah serving up a selection of meals using fresh organic foods grown locally. Recommendations include the Fried Green Tomatoes, Shrimp and Grits, and the Day Boat Fresh Fish. If you can still squeeze in some room for dessert, try the Alligator Soul Banana Beignets or the Honey Lavender Crème Brulee.
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