Top 5 Places to Eat at in Savannah

Y’all know by now that a belle loved visiting Savannah. We have been talking about it for weeks to family and friends, so, you know we couldn’t leave out the food! Last week we highlighted the top five places to visit while in Savannah. Now, we’ll tell you where you should get your grub on at. Trust us, your tummy will thank us later.

Tamika and I tried everything from fine dining to casual dining. The best part, other than the great food, was that all of the places we visited were local. These are in no particular order because they all are so darn good–seriously!

1. The Crab Shack

“Where the elite eat in their bare feet” is the slogan for this super cool outdoors restaurant. As its name implies, The Crab Shack on Tybee Island, GA serves up some of the most tasty seafood. It seats about 600, and I must say it’s rather nice eating under the spanish moss and oak trees. Let’s just say a belle got her hands messy while dining on sausage, boiled shrimp, mussels, crab legs and more.

Crab stew…YUM!

I even got a lesson on how to eat crab legs. Neat! The smashed taters were so good. They almost took the cake for the best mashed potatoes I’ve had in my life! You’ll hear about the greatest ones later. Tamika had a pulled chicken sandwich with a sweet spicy sauce, smashed taters and corn.

Upon leaving, The Crab Shack presented us with super cute gift bags that were filled with all sorts of goodies–many of which can be purchased at their cool gift shop. Friends, we’ll show the goodies later!

Live gators at The Crab Shack
You can visit the talking parrots at The Crab Shack

2. The Olde Pink House

This place is haunted! When you visit Savannah you will learn that almost every place there is haunted. Servers entertained us with the history of this house, telling us about all the ghosts that lie hidden in the restaurant. There’s even a YouTube video where you see a ghost.

BLT salad w/fried green tomatoes. This was on Food Network.
Best shrimp and grits I’ve had…EVER

My appetizer was shrimp and cheese grits, which were oh so tasty I could have fainted! I dined on pecan chicken alongside the BEST mashed potatoes I had in my little whole life! They had bacon in them, y’all. It was mmm, mmmmm good. Tamika had a pork shank big enough to feed an army. Her BLT salad with fried green tomatoes, sweet bacon and a black pepper thyme buttermilk dressing looked wonderful. The sis enjoyed it greatly.

The Olde Pink House prides itself on attention to detail, ensuring each guest is happy, and making certain their food meets the utmost standards. I’m trying the renowned flounder next time we go back. And ya know the service was on point! The service was just as stellar as the food.

Pink Lady for a pink belle
Praline dessert with ice cream and fresh berries

After our meal, we received a tour of the restaurant; The Olde Pink Restaurant is absolutely beautiful! Each room is unique and the decor is wonderful. Fortunately, a ghost didn’t get us in the bathroom, but while in the elevator the lights suddenly started to flicker.

Remnants from days long gone. They were found during renovations.

3. Leopold’s Ice Cream

On any given day (or night) the lines outside of Leopold’s can stretch down the corner. Famously known for their ice cream, which was featured on Food Network and The View, Leopold’s has been open since 1919 and is a local favorite. I ordered a double scoop– butter pecan ice cream and chocolate chewies and cream. Can we say yummiest to the highest power?!

4. Clary’s Cafe

Tamika and I had breakfast at this local spot. Open since 1903, Clary’s set the scene for the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. On our Savannah trolley tour, we found that Berendt came up with the story after hearing the locals gossip of a murder. Too bad we didn’t hear any gossip, which would have made for a good novel by yours truly.

Breakfast fit for a Queen

The prices are very reasonable and average around $7-$9. I had an omelet, which was so good and big enough to share with the sis. My meal also came with a biscuit and grits. Tamika had waffles, which she shared with me and thoroughly enjoyed. Next time, we’ll just order one meal and split it since the serving sizes are large! We walked the calories off in Forsyth Park!

5. The Pirates’ House

 Built in 1753, The Pirates’ House served as an inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. It is said to be one of the oldest buildings in Georgia. In a couple of the dining rooms, there are framed pages from a early and very rare edition of Treasure Island.

If you want some good ole southern eating, with a little bit of whimsical charm (there are underground tunnels), then do visit The Pirates’ House. They have a full southern buffet and you can also order from a traditional menu. We enjoyed the food so much–especially the fried chicken and the black eyed peas! A belle felt right at home.

They also have a gift shop and Tamika and I picked up some pirate rings. Who goes to The Pirates’ House and doesn’t get a pirate ring?! We both did!

Check out my pirate ring!!

When visiting Savannah, make sure you eat at these establishments. Tell ’em a belle sent you! Check back next week for our last post of Savannah in pics! Friends, do you have any Savannah spots you think we should try?

Thank you again to everyone that made this trip possible. Not only do we appreciate how sweet everyone was, but the hospitality was unmatched. Period.

Disclosure: We visited Savannah as part of a press trip. Our opinions are a belle’s own. 


Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

6 thoughts to “Top 5 Places to Eat at in Savannah”

  1. You belles are sooo making me miss Georgia! Savannah is one of my favorite cities in the whole wide world, and the food alone could get me on a flight this minute if I had the time! Edinburgh is lovely, but I have yet to find crab legs, mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, well-cooked greens and banana pudding anywhere. Thanks for letting us travel (vicariously) with you!

    1. Lar, you’ll be back soon enough right? 🙂 But I know you’re having a ball in Edinburgh and the pics I’ve seen thusfar are just lovely. There is nothing like the south and southern food. I love some good greens and banana pudding–I especially love a good chocolate pie and sweet tea, but those are hard to find sometime. We’ve been to quite a few places and Savannah has a special charm. So much so that I hope to visit every year. Thanks for traveling with us! We love doing the same with you.

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