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Just got back from my job in Savannah – thanks to your recommendations, I was never at a loss finding a place to eat. I met up with a coworker a couple of days, and we had dinners at the Sweet Leaf on Abercorn (urban/bohemian and bbq don’t cancel out here – quite decent) and Saigon on Broughton (nice, but I’m spoiled by the Vietnamese places here in Atlanta). We also had to stop by Moon River, Kevin Berry’s, the Pink House basement pub, and the Rail Pub for before/after dinner drinks.
I did get to Kessler’s for breakfast (just ok, scrambled eggs were a bit dry) and Ronnie’s for lunch (great burger and rings that stayed with me a long time!) – I’d found Ronnie’s a few years back on another job, and was glad to get back.
I had to get seafood, and drove out to Love’s but found it wasn’t open for lunch (should’ve taken better notes here!) – could have stopped at the Sho Nuf seafood shop up the road, but eating fried shrimp outside in 100-degree heat wasn’t on the menu. Had some at Carey Hilliard’s – good comfortable family mini-chain. Had dinner at Sweet Potatoes and was very pleased – simple, earnest, colorful place with very good cheap dinners (blackened grouper w/peach chipotle salsa, two veg and a biscuit for $10 – though checking another topic here I’ll just have to assume it was grouper; v. good though)
I was bummed to find Teeple’s in Thunderbolt is gone – it was my favorite hole in the wall. Their seafood shop up on the highway was still going though.
Did my best to get to Tybee Island good and early, and there was already a line at the Breakfast Club. For this place I’ll wait in line any day. Always a good sign for me when the whole joint looks like nothing’s changed in some thirty years (apart from a seriously cute young waitress) – I sat at the counter and watched a crack team of griddle craftsmen run off one awesome dish after another. Grits had substance and texture, and the freeform sausage patty was spicy, moist and crunchy. Now I have one more reason to get back there.
I totally passed on the Lady & Sons – consistent crowds told me they didn’t need my business – but I did check out Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House not too long after breakfast. The Deen group put a fair chunk of money into building a tony, modern take on casual riverfront dining, but the food is the main draw. I just had a snack of a half-dozen chargrilled Apalachicola oysters, and I’ll probably remember them forever. I’ll definitely go back.
Last stop was the Coffee Bluff BBQ, which was doing brisk business on an unlikely spot (a remote residential area) – good friendly place, with a photo gallery of catfish noodlers holding up monstrous people-sized fish. I ate the big chopped pork sandwich with a sweet molasses-based sauce on the side on a shaded picnic table but finished off the fried okra in the car on the way home. Now to work off some pounds…
I’d better stay in town a few days extra so I can get to all these places! Kessler’s and Ronnies are right on my way to work, so they’re a certainty.
Last time I was working there, it was right next to the Pirate House – I went once for the history. I work for an archaeological firm, and while we frown on the whole ‘treasure hunting’ thing associated with the field, I was hoping we’d find a chest of gold doubloons.
We’d done a quick job in Pooler once, but we must not have gotten far enough into town – never saw a BBQ place, and we had some so-so quickie-mart fried chicken. I’ll look harder this time.
I heartily second Marshrat’s recommendations of Kessler’s and Ronnie’s! Great inexpensive food at both -try the onion rings at Ronnie’s.
I do believe that coffeebluffbbq is a fellow RF’r.. Bassrocker4u2.
It is on my list to go to myself.
If you’re looking for breakfast or lunch, Kessler’s at the Farmer’s Market will fill the bill. Grungy is okay. Great meat-and three at lunch. Banana pudding included.
Ronnie’s at Dean Forest Rd & I-16 has great burgers, sandwiches and plates. Good breakfast there also. They even have a drive-thru window. I love their tuna fish sandwiches w/lettuce and tomato.
Go to Pooler for lunch- it’s only about a five minute drive from the west side of Savannah. We like Don’s for BBQ, but there are about a dozen other BBQ joints in and around Pooler and the few besides Don’s that we’ve tried were all good, with fast service and they do a lot of take-out business.
SP’s was one of my destinations last week. I was warned off by a co-worker. Besides, eating Southern style foods in Savannah is somewhat of a mystery to me; except perhaps if you are a non-Georgia resident.
We love Savannah! I even have a "folder" for Savannah in my favorites on aol LOL! Try "Sweet Potatoes" 6825 Waters Ave., Savannah GA (at Eisenhower Dr.) 912-352-3434. They are closed on Sundays but are open 11-9 other days, for lunch and dinner! VERY inexpensive and VERY good food and service! They have a website but I’ll be darned if I can figure out how to get it into this message! LOL I’ll keep trying but in the mean time just "Google" it if I am unable! Happy eating! KokomoJoe
"Located on the Ogeechee river just outside of town, Love’s is another really ancient (1943) restaurant. Some scene’s from the movie Forrest Gump were filmed here. Specialty is catfish and fried seafood. Try the Captain’s platter. Catfish, flounder, scallops, oysters, white shrimp and crab balls, along with a large tossed salad and Savannah red rice. I doubt this place owns a freezer because everything on my plate was super fresh. Love’s is convenient to I-95 if you’re passing through and want to sample some of the local seafood specialties.
Serving the area’s finest seafood since 1943. Located on the scenic Ogeechee River, just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah.
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 5-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-9 p.m.
Location: Located on Hwy. 17, overlooking the Ogeechee River.
In general, stay away from River St. and other touristy seafood restaurants. The greater Savannah area had some great places to eat seafood that are off the beaten path."
As usual for me; I found this place on the way OUT of Savannah just last week… [:I]
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Not necesarily close to you but do try to eat breakfast on Tybee Island at the "Breakfast Club." It is run by a Polish family from Chicago including a CIA trained chef. They catered the wedding when the late JFK junior married at a place on the GA coast. I am sure other meals there – I am not sure of the hours – would be good also. The locals and tourists line up outside the door before breakfast.
Did you read Treasure Island when you were young? Then in Savannah proper, go to or at least drive by the "Pirate House," which is mentioned in Stevenson’s book if you have the original text. (Many modern editors take out the passage, I don’t know why.) Pirate House is perhaps something of a tourist trap but worth a visit for the literary history involved.
Certainly distant from you but worth a trip is Love’s Seafood. It is east of I-95 South below Savannah, but not hard to reach and very good fish.
Couple of places that off the top of my head are close by you.
Carey Hilliard s…seafood, steak, bbq
The rest that I know of are like pizza huts, wendys and other fast food places. Only went there twice so I’m sorry I don’t remember more.
I’m going to urge you to drive the 4-6 miles into Savannah a couple of times at least. 🙂 It is one of my most favorite cities in the world. So I’m gonna gush here a min okay?
I’m so not a fan of Paula Deens Lady and Sons place. Though it always has a line it seems the food and service is hit and miss.
I love Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Two best days to go, Tues for Fried Chicken, Baked chicken dressing, Baked Ham. Thurs for the chicken and chicken dressing as well but add bbq chicken to that list. The veggies are good! Plus the sitting down at a table with others feels like home 🙂
Add Cotton Exchange Tavern on East River Street to that list too. The crab bisque is really good and the sandwiches make it a great spot for a lighter lunch.
River House Seafood is good. Would be a shame to not have some seafood while you are there to take advantage of the freshness. The yellowfin Tuna and Shrimp and what they call low country grits are delish. It’s served with tasso gravy. Gravy is never bad right? They also serve wine, draft beer, imported and domestic, cognac, scotch and the like. Dont pass up their pecan pie either!
Oh…just remembered The Firefly Cafe! I think it’s on Habersham Street. Try the lemon chicken salad! Place is real up on veggies and salads. I can honestly say that the breakfasts there are wonderful!
Shoot, now I gotta go on a trip cause I’m hungry lol
My company is sending me out to Savannah, GA in a week or so – now I’m aware of the places I’d want to get to (Mrs. Wilkes’, Paula Deen’s place, her sons’ place, etc) but I’ll be doing field work on the west end of town, and will be too grungy and pressed for time to head into the center of town and have a genteel lunch.
So is there any place in, say, Garden City (where I’ll be sleeping) suited to good, super-casual dining? I’ll try to work in a day or so of me-time into the trip, but necessity prevails here.
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