Savannah, Georgia’s coastal city, and also it’s first and oldest, makes it the perfect place to wine and dine Southern style!
The districts in Savannah neighborhoods are unique in their own way, and the restaurants are no exception.
COTTON & RYE
A visit to the Thomas Square neighborhood at Cotton & Rye is in order. The first thing you’ll notice about this restaurant is that it is inside of a former bank. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by the mid-century modern décor and the former door to the bank safe. Take a seat at the bar and order one of their tasty cocktails. Cotton & Rye’s Sazerac cocktail is the Willy Wonka of cocktails. The ice in the cocktail is made of bitters, and as you drink, the melting ice changes the taste.
Expect a little bit of fare from the South, Southwest, South Florida, and New England regions at this modern American restaurant. Everything is house-made, including the pickles, sausage, and bread. Some of their best dishes include fried chicken thighs, pork cheeks, and shrimp and grits made with aged cheddar, bacon, and tomato. The chefs focus on seasonal ingredients, so certain menu items change as the year does.
Visit The Grey in Savannah’s historic downtown neighborhood. Travel back in time to a 1938 Art Deco Greyhound bus terminal that’s been painstakingly restored. The dining establishment shines in its original glory, including the impeccable craftsmanship of leather and dark woods. The food is contemporary Southern and serves the classics in an elevated way. Order the shrimp boil, made of watermelon, lime, and basil. The drinks at The Grey are scrumptious. There’s a strong focus on European wines and Atlantic Trade liquors. Try the Tea-Horse Road cocktail, made of vodka, chamomile, black tea, and lemon.
VIC’S ON THE RIVER
Vic’s on the River is yet another example of Savannah’s rich history. The restaurant is a renovated warehouse and shipping building from 1858. A hand-drawn map made by Union soldiers hangs in the dining room. Take in breathtaking views of the historic district on the Savannah River. LIVE music is available every day of the week. If Vic’s extensive wine list overwhelms you, the friendly wait staff can suggest a glass for you. It only makes sense to eat seafood — you’re on the river, after all. Request the jumbo lump crab cakes made with local blue crab.
Welcome to soul food and lots of bacon, courtesy of a.Lure in the historic district. Add bacon into most any food item, even the cocktails. Stop yourself from adding bacon into the already perfect Ginger Skyline, an award-winning bourbon cocktail made of Virgil Kaine ginger-infused bourbon, fresh citrus juice, ginger, simple syrup, and Septima Obra Malbec. Order the braised pork shank, which comes with goat cheese grits and a charred tomato demi-glaze.
Explore more of Savannah’s rich history and delicious food by discovering the lovely neighborhoods of the city for yourself. Soaking up a city’s culture has never been more scrumptious!