Food and Drink in Savannah
The problem with Savannah is the plethora of incredible food and drinking establishments. There just aren't enough meals in a day for you to try all the hot spots, but you should do your best.
Sandfly BBQ: Don't leave this Southern city without a taste of barbecue and/or good old-fashion comfort food. Sandfly BBQ, housed in a Streamliner trailer, gets the nod for its duck fat French fries, pulled pork, St. Louis-style spareribs and Brunswick stew. (1220 Barnard Street; 912-335-8058; Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. until the Q is gone)
Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room: This is the place for traditional Southern cooking served at communal tables for 10. Platters of fried chicken, cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits are served to the hungry crowd that starts lining up at 11 a.m. Bring cash because credit cards aren't accepted. Lunch is $25 per person (half-price for kids 10 and younger). (107 West Jones Street; 912-232-5997; Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed in January)
Little Duck Diner: For gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, you will be astounded by the menu at Little Duck Diner. Locals swear by the duck grilled cheese with duck caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes and cheese. (105 W. Saint Julian Street; 912-235-6773; Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Leopold's Ice Cream: Finally, as you shop your way along Broughton Street, take a break at Leopold's Ice Cream (212 E. Broughton Street; 912-234-4442), open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. An institution since 1919, the shop offers a variety of seasonal flavors each month -- think Japanese cherry blossom, rose petal cream, habanero sugar, German chocolate and eggnog -- plus traditional flavors like vanilla, peppermint, peanut butter and more. Sandwiches, soups and pastries are also served.
Beaches in Savannah
Tybee Island: Just a 20-minute drive from downtown is Tybee Island, also known as Savannah Beach. You can walk along the pier, go kayaking, laze on the sand or visit Tybee Island Light Station and Museum, as well as the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. There's a shuttle ($10 per person each way) three times a day that operates Monday through Saturday. The 15-passenger bus departs the Visitor Information Center (301 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) at 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. It stops in downtown Tybee on Tybrisa Street and at the Tybee Island Lighthouse in the North Beach area. (Coastal Regional Commission; 912-352-0084)
Don't Miss in Savannah
Cruise the River: While away the hours plying the Savannah River with Savannah Riverboat Cruises. The cruise line has two ships that offer a paddlewheeler experience. See the port, sail past River Street, and spy Old Fort Jackson, a National Historic Landmark and Georgia's oldest standing brick fortification. Sightseeing, brunch, lunch and dinner cruises are available. Sightseeing cruises are just 90 minutes, so you'll still have time to explore the city a bit before or after.
Spot Dolphins: Alternatively, from March through November, book a dolphin-watching voyage with Dolphin Magic. You'll board the 48-passenger, 41-foot boat on River Street near the Hyatt Regency Hotel and go in search of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The two-hour narrated tour offers a scenic look at the rivers, marshes and barrier islands of the area.
Take a Trolley Tour: Hit all the sights the easy way with the Old Town Trolley hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Take the entire 90-minute loop to get a bird's-eye view of the city, or get on and off to explore places of interest like the River Street riverwalk, City Market, Savannah History Museum, Davenport House historic home, Ships of the Sea Museum, Ellis Square and the Telfair Museum of Art.
Explore Forsyth Park: Photographers have been snapping quintessential images of Savannah at Forsyth Park -- bounded by Park, Drayton, Whitaker and Gaston streets -- since the mid-1850s. The 30-acre green space is a wonderful place to stroll beneath beautiful oak tree canopies while stopping to throw a lucky penny in a fountain, contemplate at the Confederate Memorial or admire the flora. If you're traveling with kids, there are two onsite playgrounds. A farmers market is staged there every Saturday morning, and it hosts a variety of free events -- like movies and concerts -- year-round.