Where to Munch: Savannah, Georgia
If you’ve never been, Savannah, Georgia is a located on the southeast coastline of the United States. Savannah is many things in one: a small, but busy city, a popular tourist destination, the birthplace of Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, as well as numerous other historical sites. Most importantly, however, Savannah is a food city. Now, I’ve been to Savannah more times than I’ve wanted, primarily to assist my younger sibling as he moved in and out of various dorms and apartments over the years that he attended Savannah College of Art and Design; but it wasn’t until my last visit to the city, a visit that was extended by several months, that I was finally able to slow down enough to truly get a sense of the charm of this historic area. I’m a southerner by birth, but not by breeding, as I was born in the south, but spent my formative years in Minnesota, though I was raised with a southern mindset, a phenomenon that sociologists call multi-locality. Throughout my childhood, we frequently ate southern foods such as black-eyed peas, grits, and collard greens, and we did add a few Midwest staples to munch-time, like cheese curds and walleye. One thing that never caught on at our dinner table was hotdish. According to my mother, if you can’t figure out what’s in it, you probably shouldn’t eat it, so we didn’t. Dietary restrictions notwithstanding, food has always been a big part of our family get-togethers. It is one of the things that we will go the extra mile for, so it’s no exaggeration to say that this girl likes to munch. In fact, a love of the munch is why after discovering the hip food scene in Savannah, I’m inclined to be less grumpy on my next visit there. If you’ve been watching our food vlogs, Mission to Munch, you will have seen some of the good places to munch in Savannah. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to vlog all the great places to eat, so please enjoy this humble compilation of where to munch: Savannah, Georgia.
Stoner’s Pizza Joint
Don’t let the name of this pizza shop fool you, Stoner’s pizza is baked in a stone oven, which allows the pizza to develop rich flavors. Located just on the edge of the Savannah College of Art and Design campus, Stoner’s Pizza is open late, just in case you have a need for pizza after late night studies, or if you’re a tourist, a night of ghost-chasing.
Go there for – Stoner’s Half-Doughzen (Half-baked chocolate chip cookies)
Tip: If you’re feeding a lot of people, check out their specials. They have great combo meals. Also, skip the chicken wings.
The Munch Truth: While the pizza is good, the real winner is their half-baked cookies, which you can get by the half-dozen for $5.49. I’ve never had a cookie like it, it’s crispy on the outside chewy on the edges and melty, underbaked cookie dough in the center. You’ll be looking for an excuse to order these cookies again and again.
We also tried: one medium cheese pizza, one medium pepperoni and green peppers pizza, and Really Big Wings (chicken wings).
Location: 214 West Boundary St, Savannah, GA
Order online or call 912-236-6120
Located a step away from the famous Savannah River Street, Treylor Park serves up Savannah comfort food with an elegant twist. The foods are going to be both familiar and unlike anything you’ve had before.
Go there for – Grilled Apple Pie Sandwich
Tip: Be daring and try the PB& J wings, they’re delicious
The Munch Truth: The grilled apple pie sandwich consists of cinnamon stewed apples, cheddar cheese, and bacon on brioche bread. The bacon really completes the sandwich and adds to that not quite sweet not quite savory feel, the best of both worlds!
We also tried: Avocado fries, bacon cheeseburger tacos, southern sloppy joe, banana pudding, crème Brulee, and bacon brownie.
Location: 115 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA
This local oyster bar is located in Ellis Square, a hop away from Savannah’s historic downtown. Serving up seafood with southern flavors, this seafood bar is not to be missed.
Go there for – Shrimp and Grits (and Hush puppies with sumac butter)
Tip: Get the Hush Puppies with honey-sumac butter as an appetizer it’s the perfect melding of sweet and savory, and you get more than enough to share.
The Munch Truth: Shrimp and grits are quintessentially southern and oh so tasty. Andouille sausage, pickled okra, and shrimp are mixed together with chili butter grits to make an explosion of flavor in one oversized bowl. Beware, the chili butter and Andouille sausage can be on the spicy side, but even if spice isn’t your thing, this is so good you’ll want to keep eating.
We also tried: raw oysters, low country boil, southern style shrimp roll, crispy oyster po-boy, and collards.
Location: 116 W Congress St, Savannah, GA
The Ordinary Pub
This underground gastropub has atmosphere to spare and is in Savannah’s historic downtown. The Ordinary Pub is anything than ordinary and serves brunch inspired fare all day long.
Go there for – Pork Belly Donut Sliders
Tip: The menu calls this a sharable. It’s not.
The Munch Truth: The pork belly donut sliders are an unexpected blend of breakfast and lunch, the true meaning of that brunch life. Sweet donut on the outside, chewy and tender pork belly on the inside. The bacon onion jelly adds a nice surprise of texture with its added crunch.
We also tried: cold brew coffee with vanilla syrup and cream, chicken and waffle gyro, brunch burger, bacon brunch bowl, and mac & cheese morning.
Location: 217 ½ Broughton Street, Savannah, GA
Little Duck Diner
This vintage inspired diner pulls from retro food of the 1920’s and 1930’s but adds both a contemporary and global twist. From brunchy options to lunch, dinner, and of course milkshakes, Little Duck Diner has something for everyone.
Go there for – Roaring Tiger Tacos
Tip: You can order the meal to go like we did, but I would recommend eating in, it looks like a cool place to eat.
The Munch Truth: This Asian fusion taco is one of the best tacos I’ve ever had, an explosion of yummy in your mouth. Flour tortillas packed with spicy tender steak, pickled carrots, daikon, avocado, and lettuce. Sort of like a Bahn Mi without the French baguette.
We also tried: wicked hamburger, pepperoni (grilled cheese), and train wreck (grilled cheese).
Location: 150 W Saint Julian St, Savannah, GA
This casual café off of Bull Street is about bringing Melbourne, Australia’s historic café district, Collins Street, to Savannah, Georgia. Collins Quarter serves specialty coffee alongside farm-fresh food.
Go there for- Swine Time Beni
Tip: If you don’t like overly spicy seasoning, ask for the hollandaise on the side.
The Munch Truth: The Swine Time Beni is topped with melt in your mouth pulled pork heaped on top of brioche French toast. Don’t be fooled, this benedict is not sweet, the creamy hollandaise sauce and a poached egg make it completely savory.
We also tried: avocado smash, grilled sea bass sandwich, Vietnamese coffee, French press coffee, milo hot chocolate, turmeric latte, and house-made chai latte.
Location: 151 Bull Street, Savannah, GA
Lulu’s Chocolate Bar
This quaint dessert bar has all your chocolate needs covered. While they have a standard menu of classic items, many desserts change on a seasonal and or daily basis. If dessert is your thing, Lulu’s is not to be missed.
Go there for – Triple Chocolate Mousse Tower
Tip: Try the customizable cheese plate if you want a little savory with your dessert.
The Munch Truth: The triple chocolate mousse tower is three layers of mousse with several varieties of chocolate and a milk chocolate crust holding it together at the bottom. Worth it alone for the milk chocolate at the bottom. Contrary to what you might think, the chocolate on chocolate isn’t overwhelming, instead, it’s a fine balance of varying chocolate flavors. This item is one of the classic items and it’s gluten-free.
We also tried: honey lavender cake, giant chocolate chip cookie, white chocolate chip cheesecake, dreamsicle cheesecake, mocha coffee, sipping chocolate, and marshmallow chocolate milk (add syrups to milk or any other drinks).
Location: 42 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Savannah, GA.
Savannah Coffee Roasters
Savannah Coffee Roasters has been roasting and pouring coffee since 1909. While they’ve moved location since then, this one-stop coffee shop is still going strong. Besides selling coffee, tea, and honey in bulk, they also serve a variety of drinks, pastries, and café fare.
Go there for – Fresh Fruit Bowl
Tip: try the French sausage roll if you’re in the mood for classy junk food.
The Munch Truth: More than your average parfait, the fresh fruit bowl is substantial when you add Greek yogurt and honey. It’s so good in fact, that I attempted to recreate something similar a few years ago. Check out my version here, however, you just can’t beat the local Savannah honey they use in store. You can buy it though, along with coffee beans for the road, or as gifts!
We also tried: vanilla Italian soda, dirty chai, chai latte, mocha.
Location: 215 W Liberty St. Savannah, GA.
Scooping ice cream since 1919, this historic ice cream shop is on everyone’s must-visit list. Indeed, lines are always out the door, especially during the summer months. The ice cream is rich and creamy, and so worth the wait.
Go there for- Any of the ice cream
Tip: Try to get there earlier in the afternoon to avoid long lines, the evening wait times can be up to an hour or more (or visit during the offseason, i.e. not the spring and summer).
The Munch Truth: Everyone’s got their favorite flavors, so whatever flavor draws your attention is sure to be good. Because Leopold’s is in Savannah, a lot of the ice cream has pecans in it, which may limit people with nut allergies. My personal favorite is the caramel swirl. The caramel tastes homemade and buttery and is overflowing in every scoop. We also tried the seasonal flavor Japanese cherry blossom and it was excellent, not too floral and mild yet sweet.
We also tried: Lemon custard, caramel swirl, chocolate chip, Japanese cherry blossom, chocolate milkshake, and Leopold Steamer.
Location: 212 E. Broughton St. Savannah, GA
This guide is by no means a comprehensive list of the Savannah food scene, there are many great places to eat in Savannah. These were some of my favorite places on my last visit. If you visit Savannah and try any of these places, share your own munch life with #missiontomunch.