Defined by an abundance of fresh seafood and produce, grain-producing marshlands and a melting pot of Spanish/French/West African culture, Southern cuisine is soul-warming comfort food at its best. Many Savannah Restaurants are the very embodiment of everything wonderful about Southern Cooking.
A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street for Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds seats at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers.
The name derives from the image it evokes. Sweet Potatoes: “Endearing food”. Southern, healthy, delicious. By further definition, Sweet Potatoes, is “eclectic southern” and “healthy southern” cuisine—Southern with a flair. Healthy southern? Absolutely. Comfort food? Yes! Food for the Soul! The kitchen has done away with the traditional old South dishes (over)-cooked in fat back and pork. Gone is food dripping in butter or deep fried in oil, in favor of sophisticated, low-fat combinations of herbs and spices, clarified chicken broth, vinegar, olive oil and lemon.
A real soulful gem of a breakfast and lunch place! Had shrimp and grits smothered in most delicious brown gravy. Husband had lamb and grits. Both out of this world. Very busy place with hardworking, friendly staff. Small place but tables seem to turn over and very enjoyable local scene. Lots of take out orders flying out of kitchen. We will be back. Highly recommend for breakfast.
Sisters of the New South offers great Southern cooking that you would get at Grandma’s house on Sunday! The menu includes Oxtails, Fried Chicken, Baked Chicken, Smothered Pork Chops, Hamburger Steak, and BBQ Ribs. Some of the vegetables include Collard Greens, Lima Beans, Mac & Cheese, and Candied Yams. Most items on the menu are prepared with secret family recipes handed down through the generations.
Paula Deen started The Lady & Sons in 1989 with $200, the help of her sons, and a 1910 structure. Her namesake first cookbook, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook, is an ongoing bestseller; and Paula also hosts a top-rated cooking show, Paula’s Home Cooking, on the Food Network. Lunches are busy with a loyal following; dinners are casual and inventive. Menu items like crab cakes (one Maryland visitor claimed they were the best he’d ever eaten), crab burgers, and several creative varieties of shrimp best exhibit Paula’s style. The locals love her buffets, which are Southern to the bone and feature fried chicken, meatloaf, collard greens, beef stew, “creamed” potatoes, or macaroni and cheese. The aphrodisiac dish has to be the raw oyster shooters, each served in a shot glass. Paula’s signature dish is chicken potpie topped with puff pastry. Be careful not to fill up on the cheese biscuits and hoecakes that constantly land on your table. If for some reason you don’t want a glorious glass of syrup-sweet tea, you’d better ask for unsweetened. In 2007, Paula Dean and Co. established a cookware store in a space immediately adjacent to the restaurant.
Cafe Florie is a small, family run restaurant very close to the heart of down town Savannah. The food is fresh, flavorful, and fun! These southern favorites are crafted with organic ingredients with plenty of love.