I first came to Savannah in August of 2015 to shoot the pilot for Z (more info on that here!). Nearly a year later, I was lucky enough to come back to shoot the series – and hit up all my favorite haunts. From old favorites to new discoveries, check out the list below for my top 10 BEST BITES in Georgia – and beyond!
Roasted Baby Eggplant from THE GREY.
Number one place I couldn’t wait to get back to? THE GREY. Chef Mashama Bailey has added a bunch of beautiful dishes to the menu, but the eggplant is (and was) a standout on the original small plates list. Sliced baby eggplants are roasted until smoky and soft, and served in a serrano peanut sauce, topped with chopped peanuts, scallions, sliced pepper and Thai basil. A shout out to Bailey’s Port City Southern roots, this dish is worth flying to Georgia for.
Peach Pie from CAROLINA CIDER COMPANY.
On one of our days off, my co-star Maya and I drove to Charleston, South Carolina. On the way there, we legitimately pulled a 180 on the highway after spotting this roadside shack advertising freshly-baked pies. Thank God we did! This peach pie, with oatmeal streusel topping and made with ripe Georgia peaches, is hands down the best I’ve ever had.
Vegan brownie from THE COFFEE FOX.
Indie coffee shop Coffee Fox brews great coffee (and turns into a cool wine bar at night) but the sleeper highlight is their vegan brownie. It’s unbelievably rich and chocolatey (no cake-y brownies for me, THANK YOU), but made with all natural ingredients like dates, 100% raw cacao and sweet potatoes. These babies kept me ALIVE during night shoots!
Creole Shrimp from DARLING OYSTER BAR.
I’m not exaggerating when I say this dish, from Darling Oyster Bar in Charleston, is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Fresh-caught shrimp and Carolina rice cakes served in a simmering Creole-mustard sauce and topped with sliced watermelon radish and scallions. The umami flavor and balance was so on point, we ordered an extra portion!
Bourbon Bread Pudding from BACK IN THE DAY BAKERY.
Have you ever tasted something so good that you feel like you’re having an out-of-body experience? No? Try the Bourbon bread pudding from Back in the Day, and I guarantee you’ll be floating up towards the ceiling in no time. BITD uses their house-baked French baguette bread, and soaks it in their Madagascar vanilla bean creme anglaise and lots and lots of bourbon. The result? A deliciously rich, eggy dessert with the perfect amount of sweetness and bite. You’re going to tell yourself you won’t eat the whole thing in one sitting, but don’t fight it.
Avocado Smash from COLLIN’S QUARTER.
Australian-inspired cafe Collin’s Quarter was another favorite from our first Savannah visit. Our go-to dish? The avocado smash. Yeah, yeah, it’s avocado toast – but there’s something about the crunch of the sourdough bread, the creamy sheep’s feta and the crunchy, egg-yolked radishes that make it worth coming back for.
Vegetarian Salad from KAYAK KAFE.
As delicious as Savannah can be, sometimes you need a break from all the rich Southern food. Enter: Kayak Kafe. Their eye-popping salads are huge, inexpensive, and chock-full of fresh, clean veggies. My favorite is the Vegetarian Salad, with sweet-chili tofu, hummus and superfood grain mix of Israeli couscous, quinoa and farro. Enough for two gut-friendly meals!
Peel-and-Eat Shrimp from COCO’S SUNSET GRILLE.
After spending all day on the beach at Tybee Island, Maya and I stumbled on Coco’s in search of a pre-dinner snack. The peel-and-eat shrimp are right-off-the-boat fresh, and served simply with lemon, Old Bay and tartar sauce. Get a side of hush puppies (and some extra Wet Wipes), and you’ve got it made!
Biscuit Sandwiches from BACK IN THE DAY BAKERY.
I know, I know…Back in the Day again. But honestly, I could make a whole LIST of “Best Bites” just for this place. It’s that good! BITD only serves biscuit sandwiches in the morning (and they run out, so come early!). You can choose to go sweet or savory from a variety of toppings including cheesy baked eggs, goat cheese & pepper jelly and butter & jam. The toppings are incredible (especially the egg bake, sharp cheddar and bacon combo) but the biscuits are the stars here. You’ll never find a flakier, more buttery piece of carb-loaded heaven in your LIFE. Trust me!
Sweet Potato Pie from THE GREY.
The Grey gets a second mention for this INSANELY good dessert. While I’ve never been a huge fan of sweet potato pie, this slice – served with toasted pecans, honey caramel, whipped cream and walnut creme anglaise – may have converted me forever. Guess I’ll have to come back and have it all again…!
Want more from Savannah? Check out my City Guide here! And, be sure to check out “Z” – full series coming soon to Amazon Prime!