City in a Spoon: Savannah, Ga
Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Three day weekends are a magical thing, aren't they? You often find yourself scrambling to find a plethora of things to do on what had been planned as a relaxing vacation. But if we know anything about traveling in the South, planning the menu is just as important as touring any museum.
Savannah is a Southern city full of rich history, literature, and you can't forget the ghosts that haunt the city at night. You can walk beneath the Spanish moss along the same street as George Washington did during his Southern tour in 1791. You can visit the historical churches, like the first African Baptist Church and the St. John the Baptist Cathedral.
But if we're being honest, nothing in Savannah is as transporting as exploring the rich, vast slew of places to grab a bite to eat. So here's your first look at a City in a Spoon.
Rise: Biscuits and Donuts
Let’s face it. Biscuits are a staple in the South. There’s nothing quite like biting into a flakey, butter-filled biscuit and being reminded of home. Rise: Biscuits and Donuts have branded themselves as the “Best Dang Biscuits” in Savannah, Georgia, and believe it or not they measure up to that mantra. These buttermilk biscuits are made fresh every thirty minutes and are served with what they call “Righteous Chicken.”
I tried their classic Honey Chicken Biscuit and a side of their Cheddar Tots. The honey- glazed chicken stuck to the deliciously crumbly biscuit as I sat on the side bar. This is the perfect place to go on a busy day in Savannah, whether you want to take a break from the summer heat on the bar or take your bag on the go. Regardless, their biscuits and sweets are a fulfilling treat to help you make it through the morning.
Soho South Cafe
First built as an automotive service station in 1945, Soho South Cafe has been serving the heart of Savannah’s Downtown District since 1997. This electric little spot is inspired by the New York City district of the same name. The staff serves lunch throughout the weekday and a savory brunch on weekends.
This restaurant is a great place to sit along the bar, or in their dining room during lunch hours. Whether you're with friends or are a lonely traveler, the staff is inviting, and the food is absolutely scrumptious.
For lunch, I sat across their teal studded barstools and ordered their Seared Salmon BLT with a side of fries. The salmon was a unique addition to an already great BLT. Along with the sandwich I had an afternoon sip of their Honey Bee Tea, a cocktail made with
Dixie Wildflower honey vodka, lemon, green tea, berries, and a splash of soda. If you’re looking for a fun drink without alcohol, Soho South Cafe also has a list of mocktails they’ll make especially for you.
Thank you Munch:
Rocks on the Roof at The Bohemian Hotel
If you’re a fan of rooftop bars with a glorious view look no further than Rocks on the Roof at the Bohemian Hotel. This hotel sits on the Savannah Riverfront and is the perfect way to end your day in the city. You can take a seat on one of their high top tables, sip a cocktail or two, and watch the Georgia Queen and other boats float down the river.
For dinner, I had the Bohemian Salad, a spinach based entree with grilled peaches, local berries, goat cheese, and drizzled with a cracked black pepper balsamic dressing. Because let’s be honest, you can’t go to Georgia without a taste of some of their legendary peaches. This salad was fresh, sweet, and savory all at once and a great meal to eat along the river.
Savannah Bee Company
If you have a Save the Bees sticker slapped on your laptop or are particular about what kind of honey you mix with your tea, you have to visit the Savannah Bee Company. I didn’t know a lot about honey, I didn’t really use honey in everyday life, but I did walk out of the store with a sample set of their 3 oz. bottles of raw honey. I came in a skeptic, and left enlightened.
This store does a great job of being open about their process, educating you on the process of honey-making and bee life, while also showcasing an incredible product. You can sample a variety of their honey with apple slices or diced cheese, but I think they’re good enough to stand on their own. I recommend tasting the Black Sage, Desert Blossom, or the Lavender honey.