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Savannah offers some of the best dining in the South and a wide variety of options for every palate and budget. Don't think Savannah's only about seafood, regional specialities and Paula Deen. You'll also find ethnic and organic restaurants, simple bistros and sandwich shops, and fine dining establishments. These resources will give you some ideas for where to eat during the Gathering weekend.
Savannah Restaurant Resources
How to Eat Like a Local in Savannah (article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Savannah Off the Beaten Path | Savannah 10 Best Restaurants
Savannah Best restaurant reviews | Eating in Savannah | Savannah Menu
Fodors recommendations | Frommers recommendations
Famous Savannah restaurant The Olde Pink House (built in 1771)
Jan's Savannah Restaurant Reviews
Jan (jgk), Kathy (kaydee) and Leslie (Leslie Erickson) visited Savannah for four days in January 2007 to research Savannah for the Gathering. Of course, they took the opportunity to sample several Savannah eating places. Thanks to Jan (jgk) for these reviews.
Il Pasticcio: 2 E. Broughton St. www.ilpasticciosavannah.com
This great looking, metro style Northern Italian restaurant is upscale and sophisticated. The flavors are not as pure as in Italy but the food is fresh and well seasoned. Good wine list, lots of Italian selections. Lovely presentation. Only open for dinner. Best dish we tried was Ravioli alle noci - spinach ravioli with walnut sauce, not too much cream added made it a very satisfying dish. To me it was the most authentic dish we ate. Also tried a very rich Four-cheese tortellini dish, the mussels with white wine and marinara as well as the capellini with shrimp and scallops - nice saffron sauce with good heat from crushed red pepper.
Savannah SoHo: 12 West Liberty Street www.sohosouthcafe.com
Don't judge the book by its cover. This great looking artsy, funky place has very ordinary food and less than ordinary service. We were very disappointed in the mediocre chicken salad sandwich and the just OK quiche. The tomato bisque was good, as was the iced tea, while the service was positively lazy.
Outdoor dining at the Soho South Cafe
B. Matthew's: 315 E. Bay Street www.bmatthewseatery.com
This was the food we expected at Savannah SoHo. At B. Matthew's we found excellent fresh ingredients with specials changing daily. Great homemade bread. Chicken salad chock full of chunky chicken, apples and pecans. Deliciously homey, even if overly thickened, lobster bisque. Interesting sandwich combos include cheddar, turkey and apples or brie, ham and blueberry jam for $6.50. The menu also features black eye pea cakes sandwich and a fried green tomato sandwich for veggie folks. We didn't try dessert but I'll bet it's great. They're also open for breakfast and have an extended menu for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Note: B. Matthews is located just down from the Staybridge Suites and the East Bay Inn, two of our recommended accommodations.
Belfords: 315 W. St. Julian Street www.belfordssavannah.com
Located in City Market, this well-reviewed, typical Savannah tourist destination is known for seafood and steaks. We went for Sunday brunch at 11:30am only to discover the complimentary champagne can't be served until 12:30pm. A long slow meal ensued. We enjoyed the she-crab soup, a local specialty which theoretically incorporates the crab roe into the soup - that's why the "she". We also tried a crab frittata, seafood crepes and salad. All of it good and hearty, just not particularly great. Brunch for three came to $39 before tip.
700 Drayton: Mansion On Forsyth Park, 700 Drayton Street www.700drayton.com
We sat outside of the bar on a balcony which overlooks the park, a truly lovely spot on a comfortable January evening. We had decided to keep it light and just have drinks and apps but our desire to taste a lot of things got the better of us. We started off with specialty martinis (Kessler, Bosendorfer, Pinetini, etc.) which were wonderfully enjoyable. We loved the wild mushroom Raviola (one giant one) with arugula. The shrimp and grits were tasty. The Kessler calamari was a very big portion of fried calamari with, a bit too much, curry mayonnaise sauce on top. The lobster chowder was very good. The bill for four apps and five martinis came to $105. Pricey but we figured we paid extra for the upscsale atmosphere and view!
Vic's on the River: 26 East Bay Street www.vicsontheriver.com
This was our best meal of the trip. The dining room of the old cotton warehouse is bright and airy and the windows overlook the river. The house salad with a skewer of perfectly grilled shrimp hit the spot. Kathy thought the shrimp and grits with tasso ham gravy was the best she had in Savannah. Leslie's crab cake was full of lump crab and well seasoned. The roasted tomato bisque tasted like pasta sauce to me but, Leslie loved it. Noteworthy - they also serve American style sandwiches and panini with good vegetarian choices, including great looking fried green tomatoes. Vic's is open for lunch everyday. Our bill for lunch for 3, including 2 glasses of wine came to $79.
Note: The Gathering Sunday Brunch will be held at Vic's.
Shrimp and grits, the Savannah specialty as served by Vic's on the River
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