Sweet Savannah: Foodie Finds

Honey Crunch Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolat by Adam Turoni, Savannah, GA

We’re not food writers. Don’t pretend to be. Just two travelers who love to eat, but not on any kind of schedule. We eat as we go by dropping into an interesting place or trying out a recommendation from someone who’s been there, done that. Like re-acquainting ourselves with Gryphon (227 Bull Street), the little tea and sandwiches place run by SCAD students in a historic pharmacy that we recently wrote about — and loved for its service and charm.

Gryphon restaurant stained glass, Savannah GA
Servers at the bar of Gryphon, a little restaurant inside a renovated pharmacy

Our recent trip to Savannah was no different. We made reservations at Vic’s on the River (26 E. Bay St.) since good friends from Nashville recommended the jumbo lump crab cakes, spicy fried shrimp, and seared pork chop au poivre. But otherwise, we were happy to subsist on the gourmet breakfast , afternoon hors d’oeuvres, and evening dessert at our bed-and-breakfast inn, Eliza Thompson House (5 West Jones Street), one of the Historic Inns of Savannah.

Eliza Thompson House, Savannah, GA
Gourmet breakfasts from Eliza Thompson House kept us going all day!

But you can’t spend time in Savannah without finding good food on every corner. Here are some happen-upon places we remember for ambiance, good food, or both.

Two Cracked Eggs

Facing the Riverwalk and Savannah River, Two Cracked Eggs (301 W. River Street) is a little place we suspect stays full (Note: during the pandemic, seating is limited), but now we know why: there can’t be a bigger plate of food for starting your day anywhere else in Savannah! Order eggs (cooked any way you like), and you’ll get one gigantic biscuit that we dare you to finish! Two Cracked Eggs has it covered: friendliest wait staff, interesting presentation, and more food than you need even if you do over-extend your Fitbit’s recommended step count for the day! But here’s the best part: you can order breakfast all day long!

The Collins Quarter

Bringing a taste of Melbourne to Savannah, The Collins Quarter was a whirl of activity the day we had lunch at the 151 Bull Street location. It was Bachelorette Party weekend evidently, and pretty young ladies wearing tiaras and giggling over their bountiful plates of trendy food made us realize that this was THE place to be! The Roasted Chicken Sandwich was our choice — plump chicken breasts covered with Swiss ale onions and roasted red peppers — and a huge serving of fries on the side! You might not even need dinner after this.

The Collins Quarter, Savannah, GA
Photo credit: TripAdvisor

The Little Crown by Pie Society

Sometimes you just see a place that looks interesting — and, in this case,it was the iconic blue door at 19 Jefferson Street that got us into The Little Crown.

From what we could tell, most people came for the British fare — steak and kidney pie, chicken pot pie, bangers and mash, pork and apple pie — but we found that little pasties had a charm and great taste all their own. For the road, we grabbed a Millionaire Shortbread and headed back out to City Market with smiles on our faces. It’s a pub, a restaurant, and a take-out all in one.

The Little Crown by Pie Society, Savannah GA
Can’t miss that blue door: The Little Crown by Pie Society

Byrd’s Famous Cookies, City Market

We rarely head home without something for our kids, even though they’re grown-ups. After all, when you start a trend, you have to keep it up, I suppose, and when we found Byrd’s, we knew what “the kids” would love to have from this trip.

Since 1924, Benjamin Tillman “Pop” Byrd, Sr. has been baking Byrd’s Famous Cookies (423 East River Street) in Savannah. He began with Scotch Oatmeal, but the company expanded its offerings to include many sweet favorites like Key Lime Coolers (their best seller), Georgia Peach Cookies, and Almond Shortbread as well as salty fare like Cheddar Pecan and Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits. Best of all? You can get a free sample of just about anything in the store. And the friendly folks at Byrd’s will gladly bag up purchases for your kids.

Byrd's Cookie Company, River Street, Savannah, GA
Get a free sample of Key Lime Cooler cookies at Byrd’s on River Street!

Chocolat by Adam Turoni

We may have saved the best for last, or at least the most creative — artisanal chocolates from Chocolat by Adam Turoni at the Library, 236 Bull Street. Named one of 10 Top Chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professionals, Adam Turoni has made it his life’s work to create chocolates that indeed look like art.

Chocolat by Adam Turoni, Savannah, GA

We were pleasantly surprised to be see handmade chocolates like we have never seen before. Displayed in tall glass-fronted bookcases, the chocolates looked right at home in surroundings that rival shops in Paris. And the chocolates – oh, my.

Chocolatier at Chocolat by Adam Turoni, Savannah, GA
Hand dipping chocolates one at a time at Chocolat by Adam Turoni in Savannah, GA

Poured into handsome molds then gilded (See photo at top), the chocolates themselves entice you to select your favorites from those bearing images of animals or hand-rolled in pieces of choice nutmeats. Some even incorporate local products like honey from Savannah Bee Company. Pick up a tray, select your special sweets, and watch how they are made — it’s an event in and of itself. If chocolate makes you feel special, you’ll be royalty here!

Be sure to check out the website and then move quickly to one of their three locations in Savannah.

So, when in Savannah, seek good food and ye shall find. Whether you’re making a night of it or just grabbing a quick treat, there’s something that will entice you in this foodie Southern town!

Travel hungry,

Rusha & Bert

12 thoughts on “Sweet Savannah: Foodie Finds

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  2. Tina Schell

    Oh my goodness Rusha, I’m ready to jump in the car right now! Savannah is only about 2 hours south of us but we rarely go because we have so much in common. But it appears we need to get back there soon to sample some of your recommendations. Lovely choice for the week’s challenge.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks so much. You should go to Savannah – so much is unchanged (which we love) but new places and events are popping up. I’d love to rent a place there for several weeks just to try to see it all!!! Love the Old South!

  3. WanderingCanadians

    One of my favourite things about travelling is the food. We by no means consider ourselves foodies, but we always try to eat new things. Sometimes we do some research in advance in terms of restaurants to eat at or foods to try, and others we just stumble upon. I’m such a sucker for the desserts and sweets. This all looks and sounds delicious.

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      We’re the same way. We love trying new things, but we’re not connoisseurs by any means. It’s fun to see what’s out there, though, so we love blogs that show what people have selected. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Toonsarah

    I love the look of those chocolates in particular, but all the places you mention sound wonderful! When we visit the US we usually find that the size of the breakfasts means we rarely need lunch – maybe just some fruit or an ice-cream on the go 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    I like the gourmet breakfast approach when traveling, Rusha, and Two Cracked Eggs seems about my speed. I also confess a real weakness for big biscuits. Peggy, of course, would have to check out the Chocolatier. 🙂 –Curt

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