A few months ago Dan and I went to Savannah for a college friend’s wedding. When I found out that the wedding was in Savannah, I was super excited because it was a city I had always wanted to visit. After hearing so many good things about it, Savannah definitely did not disappoint. All of the streets are lined with oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, which was absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite things about the city. I could have spent all day walking around and taking pictures of the trees. Savannah is also home to a number of great restaurants and bakeries, many of which we got to try during our visit.
Our first stop in Savannah was Leopold’s Ice Cream. I don’t think I have ever seen such a long line out the door of an ice cream shop. I ordered a cup of chocolate chewies and cream, which was somewhat of a combination between cookie dough and cookies and cream. So good!
Although we were pretty busy with pre-wedding festivities, we did find some time to explore the city and of course try some of the food. On our first morning we had breakfast at J. Christopher’s. Dan ordered the banana bread french toast, something I really need to try making at home. Anyways, he loved it and I also loved the few bites he let me try.
I ordered their famous blueberry crunchcakes, a stack of blueberry pancakes topped with crunchy granola. I enjoyed my breakfast, but overall I think I preferred Dan’s banana bread french toast. It was that good. J. Christopher’s was a great way to kick off our weekend in Savannah and is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the city.
After breakfast we walked around the city for a few hours. We stumbled upon a tiny macaron shop called Maison de Macarons and decided to sample a few macarons. We tried the tybee turtle macaron, a flavor that was recommended by the cashier, as well as the chocolate-covered strawberry macaron. They weren’t quite as good as my favorite macarons from Bouchon Bakery in New York City, but still pretty good.
Savannah’s historic district has 24 squares, all of which are equally as beautiful as the rest. Our friends actually got married in one of the squares and it could not have been a more perfect setting for their big day.
The famous River Street is lined with restaurants and pubs, but also worth a visit are two amazing candy stores, River Street Sweets and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. They are both filled with homemade candy and sweets, most notably the pralines and turtles.
Both candy stores give out plenty of free samples. Make sure to go hungry because you are able to sample almost all of their most popular homemade candies. I especially loved the pralines and went back for more samples a few too many times.
I decided to bring home a big box of pralines to share with my friends and parents. If you only buy one thing at either of these candy stores, you must buy a bag of pralines. It is a must.
How good do the candy apples look? I am lucky that I managed to make it back to Boston without buying more candy than I did.
Also on River Street is another really great restaurant we had lunch at one afternoon, Huey’s on the River. Many of the tables have great views of the river and all of the food is truly exceptional. But what I recommend most is that you order a plate of beignets. By far those beignets were the best thing we ate in Savannah. Many people walked by our table and commented on how good they looked. I seriously want to fly back to Savannah and order another plate of those beignets right now. Add Huey’s to your list of must-try restaurants in Savannah!
The next day Dan and I had a few hours to kill before the wedding so we went out to grab breakfast and explore the city a bit more. After reading a lot of really great yelp reviews, I decided that we should eat at Goose Feathers Cafe. When we showed up, there was a long line down the street. It ended up taking about 30 minutes before we got inside and ordered our food. Keep in mind that you have to stand in line the entire time- it is a counter service restaurant so there are no pagers. Although the wait was long, I thought that the food was definitely worth the wait. I order the Belgian waffle with bananas and pecans. It was one of the best waffles I have ever had.
On Sunday we had breakfast at Clary’s Cafe. I looked up their menu prior to our visit and and was really excited to check it out. I was torn between ordering an omelet or french toast (their menu includes everything from strawberries and cream french toast to an Elvis-inspired peanut butter and banana french toast). Overall, it was really good, unfussy food. Clary’s Cafe is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area.
Around the corner from Clary’s Cafe is the famous Jones Street, voted one of the most picturesque streets in the country. Lined with large Oak trees, I really enjoyed walking down Jones Street and looking at all of the old homes.
So going back to our first night in Savannah, we had dinner at Moon River Brewing Company. The food was decent, but what I really loved were the sweet potato fries. They were served with the most amazing dipping sauce made from three ingredients- vanilla extract, cinnamon and frosting. All sweet potato fries should be served with this dipping sauce, don’t you think? I ordered these sweet potato fries again on Sunday because they were really that good.
For dinner Dan and I ate at the Pirate’s House. Although I heard good things about the food, I was a little worried that the Pirate’s House might be a tourist trap. We were visited by one pirate during our meal but it ended up being a really great experience and one that I definitely recommend.
Our meal started off with a basket of bread and butter. Best. buttermilk. biscuits. ever. Seriously, they were really good and so was the cornbread. I could have eaten just bread for dinner. But luckily my entrée was just as good. I ordered their award winning pecan fried chicken and Dan ordered the steak. The portions were huge and all of the food was excellent. The Pirate’s House is actually one of the most historic places in Savannah. After dinner, guests can choose to take a guided tour of the house to learn more about its unique history.
And that brings us to the end of our Savannah trip. Dan and I had such a great weekend- do you have any places you love in Savannah? We would love to hear about them for our next trip!