Whether it's your first time in the “Hostess City of the South” or you've been here many times before, one of the best ways to explore Savannah is with your stomach! From their excellent Low Country cuisine, to flagship dishes like shrimp ‘n grits, fried green tomatoes, crawfish beignets, southern fried chicken and other epicurean delights, Savannah is a foodie heaven.
One of the best ways to indulge in all the tastiness the city has to offers is by embarking upon a Savannah Taste Experience food tour where visiting local restaurants, specialty food shops and ethnic eateries is just the beginning.
The company offers two delicious tours, both offering a dash of this, a dollop of that, and a nibble of something else, all while strolling through the picturesque and historic Savannah squares, districts and neighborhoods.
Peppered with history, local lore, fascinating city tidbits and intimate insights through the company’s excellent, professional tour guides who possess a real zest for life and love of good food, the tour delights foodie participants with the tastes and places that make Savannah one of the most popular culinary destinations in the world.
The First Squares Tour is a wonderful sampling of six scrumptious stops highlighting the overall Savannah food scene while traversing through the city’s original squares during its early founding.
Fitting the Prohibition-era and its influence in Savannah and across the nation is, well, Prohibition, a cozy 1920’s speakeasy-style eatery serving creative cocktails and upscale American eats (no secret knock required!). Located in the Andaz Savannah Hotel you’ll find 22 Square, serving modern Southern inspired cuisine made from locally grown produce and sustainable ingredients in a trendy yet relaxing atmosphere.
An eclectic mix of tacos and noodles, and reimagined gastropub fare topped with a taste of the familiar is part of the foodie adventure at a truly anything-but-ordinary place called The Ordinary Pub, while the stop at Savannah’s only Scottish pub, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub, is a flavorful exploration of traditional Scottish foods freshly prepared with local ingredients, mixed with a taste of the South.
The Savannah Bee Company may seem like an unusual stop on a food tour, yet it’s this Savannah-born and bred company with locations now in six states (with three in Savannah) that offers an authentic connection to the symbiotic relationship between bees and life—and as such, our food sources—through their award-winning, world-class honeys and honey products.
And as a touchstone to when Savannah was under the control of the British until the late 1700s, authentic British Bakery Pie Society shares that legacy through its savory and sweet handmade British pies, breads, pastries, and desserts.
The Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour completely lives up to its name (and reputation as their flagship epicurean adventure) as the tour for those who live and die by adventures of the fork!
The “secret” parts of the tour are the gastronomic experiences throughout the more residential areas of Savannah’s Historic District, coupled with exclusive sampling opportunities at several establishments before opening to the general public. Add a bit of ghost lore and brief stops at historic markers and clandestine spots (like The Old Pirate’s House and Colonial Park Cemetery, just to name a few) and you’ve got a recipe for some of the finest the Savannah culinary scene has to offer.
Local farm-to-table restaurant Cha Bella is an historic attraction in itself, the building constructed in the early 1900s and frequented by the sailors and day laborers who were the backbone of society back in the day. The restaurant is unique in not only does it source EVERYTHING from the freshest local and organic ingredients, but its owner and head chef uses absolutely no refrigeration or frying (as a matter of fact, there are no freezers or a microwave on the property either) and all of their menu items and beverages are scratched to order, and therefore changes DAILY.
Another great example of the ethnic flavors that are so much a part of Savannah’s culinary landscape is Zunzi’s Take Out & Catering, where the menu is influenced by the rich South African, Swiss, Italian, and Dutch heritage of the proprietors at this walk-up, take-out window eatery where the locals line-up for hours (and you get the VIP, front-of-the-line treatment).
And who could pass up a visit to a back-alley barbecue pit? A Savannah favorite since 1963, family-owned Wall’s BBQ delights tour participants with their finger-lickin’ barbecue and southern soul food cuisine.
The icing on the cake (well almost, but you get the idea!) is the last stop - Leopold's Ice Cream. No trip to Savannah would be complete without a lick or two at this famous hometown tradition since 1919 where the flavors of the rainbow literally come alive.
Think ingredients like roasted Georgia pecans, honey almond and cream made using Savannah Bee Company honey, lavender, and vanilla syrup, among other fresh elements. The offerings and varieties of ice creams, sorbets, sherbets, milkshakes, parfaits and sodas (they also make great fresh sandwiches) here will satisfy everyone from the dairy-hearty to the lactose intolerant and vegans among us.
For foodies, or even those who just want a little bite (pardon the pun) of Savannah's early and contemporary culinary flavor, flair and history, the Savannah Taste Experience is a must when in the Hostess City of the South.