Southern cuisine is rich in tradition, but the dining scene in Savannah is more than just fried chicken and barbecue. Many of the city's restaurants have been exploring locally sourced ingredients as a way to tweak their usual homespun offerings, a change that is now attracting chefs and foodies alike.
Although the farm-to-table trend was first spotted at upscale spots like the Sapphire Grill, Cha Bella, or Local 11ten, more neighborhood restaurants are now getting in on the action. Places like the Green Truck Pub utilize locally raised, grass-fed beef for their burgers, and after-dinner options now even include locally roasted coffee. New to Savannah in 2014, hot spots Pacci’s and the Florence carry the farm-to-fork torch as well.
The arrival of some new kids on the block doesn't mean the old standbys have ridden off into the sunset just yet. For traditional, exquisitely prepared menus, be sure to visit Elizabeth's on 37th or the Olde Pink House, both of which have been pleasing local palates for decades. Or follow the crowds to either Paula Deen's famous Lady & Sons or the ever-popular Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room (which even President Obama once visited), where you’ll find all the fried chicken, collard greens, and mac and cheese you can handle. Or beat the lines at locals-only places like Sisters of the New South on the city’s Eastside.
If you're looking for barbecue, several spots downtown can satisfy your urge for slow-cooked meats of all kind. For lunch, check out Angel's BBQ, a hole-in-the-wall spot with some of the city's best pork or brisket, as well as fried-bologna sandwiches. Another popular spot with local meat lovers is Wiley’s Championship BBQ, located on nearby Wilmington Island. This relative newcomer is now regularly named as the locals' favorite place for barbecue.
That's just a few ideas to get you started. While exploring Savannah, you're sure to find any number of other exciting options as well, whether you're craving noodle bowls or a simple sandwich.