Savannah Dining: Where to find the best eats in this southern city

The dining scene in Savannah has evolved to include upscale restaurants featuring well trained chefs and creative approaches to Southern cuisine.

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SAVANNAH, Ga., December 11, 2016 — The elegant southern city of Savannah remains high on many a traveler’s bucket list. This charming one-time capital of Georgia is full of gorgeous buildings, and has found a way to add modern touches while still preserving its rich history.

Over time, the dining scene in Savannah has evolved to include upscale restaurants, featuring well trained chefs and creative approaches to Southern cuisine. Here’s where to find the best dining in Savannah.

The bar at Kitchen 320 is stocked with fresh herbs and house made syrups to make killer cocktails.

1. Kitchen 320 – New to the Savannah dining scene is Kitchen 320, located in the city’s B Historic Hotel. Kitchen 320 is the place to go if you desire a well made cocktail. One glance at the counter and you’ll see the mounds of fresh herbs used in cocktails, not to mention the house made syrups, and you’ll know you’ve hit the jackpot for drinks. Edible highlights include the kitchen’s Shrimp Salad and Vidalia Onion Tart made with items sourced locally. The Crab Cake is actually a generous helping of jumbo lump crab that sits atop a creamy, deep-fried grit cake. The Skirt Steak with Okra playfully draped over and around it is served with a house-made grainy mustard, making this Southern dish shine. A class act.

Crab Cakes at Kitchen 320 inside the B Historic Hotel in Savannah
Skirt Steak with Okra at Kitchen 320

2. The Collins Quarter – Hopefully, your stay in Savannah will include Brunch. And there’s no place better for brunch than The Collins Quarter. Arrive well before 12:30 p.m. so you can enjoy their signature coffee, the Lavender Mocha, before the party begins and Bloody Marys start flowing. Owned by an Aussie expat, the Collins Quarter offers an array of intriguing items like its Swine Time Beni (Brioche French Toast topped with pulled pork). For more traditional brunch, get a plate of the Short Rib hash.

L: Lavender Mocha, R: Swine Time Beni at Collins Quarter

3. Nine Drayton – If romance is on your agenda, look to Nine Drayton for a timely assist. For cocktails, try their version of a LIT, the classic Southern tea, sweet but not overly sugary. If you like Manhattans, then order the Savannhattan. Skip the appetizers in favor of marvenous salads like the Roasted Beet with Leek Vinaigrette. Another suggestion: Pass over the restaurant’s seafood offerings in favor of the Duck Breast served with cherry sauce or lamb chops.

4. a.Lure is a modern establishment featuring an exposed brick and white tablecloth ambiance to support its upscale dining offerings. It’s an establishment that makes a good choice for a business dinner or a date. The haute cuisine shines through, tempting the palate with fresh ingredients in every course. Start with the Rabbit Ravioli with bacon and butternut squash. For entrees, either the Scallops with a carrot risotto or the Pork Shank are signature highlights.

5. Treylor Park – Any child of the eighties or anyone who enjoys kitschy decor for that matter will adore Treylor Park. It’s a definite departure from the overpriced, touristy spots scattered across River Street. Unique menu items include the PB&J Wings, Shrimp and Grits Tacos and the Venison Sloppy Joes.

Treylor Park is located close to Savannah’s popular River Street

6. B. Matthews – This is a trendy spot that features live music on the weekends. Start with one of this establishment’s creative cocktails, like the B. Matthew’s Margarita. This signature drink is slightly spicy, sparkling with habanero-infused tequila and refreshing the palate with its fresh plum purée. They offer a fantastic Gnocchi appetizer that comes with zucchini and cauliflower, perfect for a couple to share. There’s also a lamb shank on the menu that’s not to be missed.

Desserts and cocktails made with ice cream from the famous Leopold’s Ice Cream, a legend in Savannah.

7. Lulu’s Chocolate Bar – If you love sweets, then an after-dinner visit to Lulu’s Chocolate Bar is in order. The cheesecake selections are divine here, especially the chocolate chip cookie cheesecake. But that’s not all the dessert bar has to offer. You’ll also find an array of dessert-centric cocktails available. Better yet: Lulu’s is open late nights until 1 a.m. to provide that late-night sugar fix. Insider tip: Cocktails are discounted nightly until 7 p.m.

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