The following food crawl was formed as a collaboration of maps from our hotel, Adam Richman’s America The Edible, walking into places that sounded intriguing, and local recommendations. After completing our itinerary, it is not recommended that you try all of the following in one day. Side effects from this day included stomach pain, sleepiness, excessive tummy rumbling, and an increase on the scale.
1) Breakfast: B. Matthew’s Eatery– a simple restaurant with all of the classics. I had the yogurt and granola that left more to be desired. Ryan indulged in the white chocolate banana bread French toast. The cinnamon sauce was creamy and the banana bread was soft and served piping hot. The portions are a little small for the prices, but it’s a nice place for brunch with breakfast cocktails.
2) Mid-Morning Sugar Buzz: The Peanut Shop and River Street Sweets– walk along River Street for a beautiful view of the water. Visit The Peanut Shop, which offers dozens of samples of their sweet and savory products. The wasabi dusted peanuts are spicy and tear jerking but worth a bite. Most important for a visit to the south, sample pralines at River Street Sweets. They are made right in front and are creamy morsels of nutty goodness. They make a great gift if you don’t eat them before you make it home.
3) Lunch Part One: SubDogs Hot Doggery– This tiny restaurant serves a menu of unusual and outrageous dogs. We were recommended to try the Super Brah- a dog with pulled pork, spicy mustard, coleslaw and pickles. The coleslaw cuts the density of the meat and the spicy mustard adds a great punch. A caloric disaster and culinary masterpiece.
4) Lunch Part Two: Zunzi’s– We came to this by was of Adam Richman’s book for a taste of African fare. We split a salad that came with chicken and two kinds of homemade sausage. I don’t know if it still counts as a salad with 60% meat, but the sausages were full of flavor and snap. One is more traditional and has a crumbly texture; I preferred the sausage with more spice that had the appearance of a traditional hot dog. Skip this stop if you are set on barbeque and southern food.
5) Mid-Afternoon Sugar Buzz: Leopold’s Ice Cream- Established in 1919, this quaint ice cream parlor should be the first date of every couple in Savannah. After introducing Ryan to pralines earlier, we tried a scoop of butter pecan and a scoop of coffee ice cream. Rich, homemade, and to die for.
6) Dinner: The Lady and Sons– Readers may have heard of Paula Dean’s famed restaurant and may even travel to Savannah to catch a glimpse of the Southern queen. Lady and Sons does not take advance reservations. You have to stand in line in front of the restaurant at 9 am the day you want to eat. By this point we weren’t starving, otherwise we would have dived head first into the buffet. It’s very reasonable ($15 for all you can eat) and filled with mac and cheese, fried chicken, collard greens, and a choice of desserts. Ryan had an appetizer size portion of crab-stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon- no calorie spared there- and the chicken potpie. It’s creamy, buttery and filled with FRIED chicken. The flaky puff pastry crust makes it heavenly and probably a good choice to share with a salad. I had the cornucopia salad with bananas, tomatoes, raisins, sunflower seeds, and the rest of the kitchen sink. Despite the multitude of ingredients it tastes light and refreshing. A meal fit for a king.
7) As If Another Dessert Was Necessary: Sweet Potatoes- another Adam Richman recommendation that was a solid 10 miles off the beaten path. We came for the banana puddin’ and also ordered a peach cobbler. The pudding was a little thick for my taste (Ryan thought it was to die for) and as with most banana desserts, I want lots of banana taste, less vanilla. Next time I would come for lunch or dinner to try the peach glazed bbq chicken with a side of sweet potato salad. Traditional dishes with a contemporary twist.