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June
1

Business in the front, party in the back! That seems to be the motto for Savannah's newest one-stop shop for coffee, cocktails, breakfast and burritos. (Yes, you read that right.) 'Java Burrito' is now open at 420 E Broughton Street and is serving up all the above.

If you were to ask any Savannah local what they like best about the Hostess City, one of the most likely answers would be the ever growing "foodie" scene. Locals and tourists alike are constantly on the lookout for the next best place to gather over shared food and drinks.

While 'Java Burrito' is new to Savannah, they've been around for about a decade on Hilton Head Island. What began as a coffee shop that served tacos and burritos, quickly expanded into a go-to coffee spot, farm to fork favorite, reliable caterer, and happy hour haven. Thanks to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' Bay Street Realty Group's own Graham Sadler, 'Java Burrito' has found a new place to call home on our side of the Savannah River. However, the transition from long-time favorite mexican restaurant, 'Juarez', to 'Java Burrito' didn't come together overnight.

Java Burrito Company

"We were actually planning on breaking ground on a location in Bluffton, SC shortly before the COVID lockdown. When that happened, everything was put on pause," said Java Burrito owner, Frederika Fekete. "I have always loved Savannah, so when our Bluffton project was placed on a hiatus, we began poking around across the bridge." Fekete and her husband, Michael, identified downtown or the 'Starland' district as their target areas. Thus, the hunt for the perfect location began.

"When I called Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' Bay Street Realty Group, I was directed to Graham. We spent about an hour on the phone talking about restaurants and COVID, the impact on the industry, and the buildings changing hands during this time," said Fekete. "I let him know that we were open to taking on a building downtown, if the opportunity presented itself."

Sadler searched high and low, sending them possible restaurant spaces both for sale and for lease. This included 420 E. Broughton, which was not on the market, but was owned by a client (Gaslight Group) who were making changes to their business operations as a result of COVID.

"About a month after our initial phone call, the 420 E. Broughton Street location arrived in my inbox. I looked at Michael and said…should we go check it out?! The rest is history!" Fekete exclaimed.

Negotiations on the Broughton Street space began in late 2020, and the building was put under contract in early 2021. After some protracted negotiations in which Sadler was able to assist, the sale was to include the restaurant space, some furniture, fixtures and equipment, and an upstairs residence/apartment.

Due to unforeseen complications during the inspection process, the project was placed on hold while engineers looked at load bearing walls and environmental testing was carried out. The costs of testing had to be negotiated between the parties, in which Sadler happily facilitated, and the closing was delayed until September of 2021. While the renovation proved to be more complicated than originally assessed, 'Java Burrito' finally opened its doors in April 2022.

"I enjoyed working with Michael & Frederika - they have good vision and attention to detail. I also enjoyed working with the Seller, who was able to open another 5-Spot location in Sandfly," says Sadler.

Inside Java Burrito Company

As they say, good things come to those who wait. The renovation of the space is beautiful. It's bright, modern, and welcoming to folks of all ages. 'Java Burrito' provides a fast, fresh, casual dining experience, coupled with a priority on customer service. Their philosophy promotes positive change within the sustainable farming initiative, supporting farms and individuals with like standards.

"Hands down, my favorite part about working with Graham is how available he is. If I ever had any questions/concerns he was always a quick text or email away. knowing he had a handle on the things I was inquiring about made my job a lot easier," said Fekete.

The Team at Java Burrito Company

"We are in our 5th week…so far it has been incredible! The neighborhood has been so nice, and the students and locals are so welcoming and friendly. We could not have asked for a better start," said Fekete.

With Summer well on its way, 'Java Burrito' is destined to become a favorite for locals and tourists alike seeking refuge from the heat. Whether you're craving a coffee, burrito, or even an espresso milkshake, 'Java Burrito' has you covered!

Bar at Java Burrito Company

June
30

5 Lifestyle Trends Embraced by Millennials

Millennials are a driving force in today's luxury real estate market. If you want your house to appeal to this demographic, then it's important to understand how they live and what they look for in a home. Here are a few lifestyle trends that have come to define the real estate preferences of millennials.

Health and Wellness
They've been called the "wellness generation," so it should come as no surprise that millennials enjoy taking good care of themselves. From home gyms and meditation studios to saunas and massage rooms, they pay equal attention to the mind and body when it comes to personal wellbeing. Homes that are designed to accommodate this lifestyle will surely be in high demand among these buyers.

Outdoor Living
Any homeowner can appreciate a luxurious outdoor living space, but for young and affluent buyers, this is frequently the number one priority. This generation has an affinity for spending their free time basking in a private, outdoor oasis equipped with high-end features, such as a resort-like swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and al fresco dining area. 

Convenience
Perhaps more than anything, millennials are defined by how strongly they value convenience. As a generation accustomed to the instant gratification of the digital age, they gravitate toward homes that are optimized for efficiency and provide easy access to nearby amenities. Time is a treasured commodity for millennials, and they want a living space that is designed to protect it.

Socially and Environmentally Conscious
As a generation that came of age just as sustainability became a mainstream issue, millennials have largely embraced the idea of an environmentally friendly lifestyle. They seek to minimize their impact on the planet and, as a result, prefer homes that are designed to lower energy and water consumption. Furthermore, they want to know where their home's materials come from and how they were sourced. Certifications that signify ethical and responsible labor practices are an important part of their desire to live in a socially conscious manner. 

December
11

Savannah's restaurant scene is constantly growing and changing, but some of our favorite places to grab a good meal are the ones that are simple establishments hiding in plain sight. Frali Gourmet is located on Liberty, across from the Savannah Civic Center. This family-owned and operated restaurant and food shop offers fresh and dried homemade pastas, homemade sauces, infused olive oil and other authentic Italian pantry items.

Try taking home fresh cut pasta with a jar of house-made sauce at Frali for an easy dinner during the busy holiday season. Frali Gourmet offers fresh, cut-to-order linguine, tagliatelle and pappardelle by the pound. The pasta and sauces at Frali Gourmet are prepared in an artisan way without preservatives or artificial fillers and are made with all natural ingredients.

Frali Gourmet also offers homemade, flavored dry pasta. The dried pasta is naturally dried for 48 hours. This process allows the pasta to fully lock in flavor and yields rich flavors of pasta like Beet Gemelli, Tomato and Basil Pappardelle, and Chocolate Conchiglie. These pastas are available for purchase in the shop and can be bundled in as part of gift sets and baskets.

House-prepared and packed vegetables under oil are also for sale in the shop. These vegetables, which include bell peppers, eggplant, Giardiniera, and Baby Bella mushrooms, are jarred not packed in brine. Instead, the are jarred in high quality olive oil. These jarred vegetables make for great antipasti and salad toppers, and the oils can be used as a dressing to any salad.

The cafe' at Frali Gourmet is open for lunch and dinner, and the menu offers mouthwatering pasta dishes and sandwiches. Stop in for an Old World lunch with the Parma Melt sandwich, made with a prosciutto crudo that has been aged 18 months.

Or, stop in for an authentic pasta dinner, served with homemade bread and house infused olive oil. Our favorite pasta dishes include the Veal-Stuffed Tortellini in butter and sage, and the Georgia shrimp ravioli with lobster cream sauce. If you happen to be unable to find a pasta specialty on the menu, you can create your own pasta dish by selecting pasta, sauce, and your protein.

Visit Frali Gourmet for your holiday needs — you can buy some unique and delicious infused oils, pastas and sauces as gifts, grab a sandwich to fuel up for the rest of your shopping, and take some fresh pasta and sauce home for dinner. If only all holiday planning were this easy!

October
21

Everyone always says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, Savannah has no shortage of places to enjoy a breakfast meal and get your day started off right. Folks love the idea of brunch, but sometimes you want to grab a no-frills early morning meal before you begin the day. Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy a breakfast meal.

 

Coffee Fox

 
 
 
 
 
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The Coffee Fox is on Broughton Street, in the very heart of Historic Downtown Savannah. This coffee shop is pretty simple and is a favorite of locals. The Coffee Fox offers iterations of locally-roasted Perc coffee, but make no mistake--you will find no flavored syrups on this menu. The Coffee Fox serves quiche and a variety of pastries, including homemade kolaches. Kolaches are pastries with either savory or sweet fillings. The Coffee Fox has a couple of standby kolache flavors like egg and cheese, sausage and cheese, and cream cheese, as well as a rotating special savory flavor and special sweet flavor. Past special flavors include mushroom and swiss; ham, goat cheese, and chive; guava and cream cheese, and key lime and cream cheese.

 

The Grey Market

 
 
 
 
 
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The Grey Market is another of our favorite breakfast stops. This Southern twist on a bodega has tables as well as a diner counter where customers can pop in and grab a quick breakfast. Again, coffee here is simple and standard, and the food is the star. Homemade biscuits and pastries by local baker Natasha Gaskill fill the bakery case at the front of the shop. Those looking for something on the savory side should check out the Board for the Melt of the Day, or, on the weekends, the Brunch Blue Plate of the Day. Or, stick with a classic Grey Market menu item and go for The Smoky Pig. With pulled pork, egg, and pepper relish on a kaiser roll, this breakfast sandwich always hits the spot.

 

Cafe' M

 
 
 
 
 
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If you're looking for something a little more sophisticated, check out Cafe' M on Bay Street. This cafe' has been one of our favorite places since it opened a few years ago. The atmosphere and menu is evocative of a Parisian cafe', making Cafe' M the perfect place to grab a bite and escape the average day-to-day routine. Pop in for a coffee and a breakfast sandwich, tartine, or a sweet croissant. On the weekend, Cafe' M offers brunch and bottomless mimosas.

 

The Collins Quarter

 
 
 
 
 
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The Collins Quarter is another impressive spot that offers an escape from the ordinary. This café is modeled after the eateries located on Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia. The Collins Quarter has a full menu of coffee-based beverages, as well as cocktails and wine. Weekenders can stop in for the Short Rib Hash or Crab Cakes Benedict, and pair either of those with a mimosa or two, but we enjoy stopping in for a midweek breakfast of a cortado and a croissant.

 

Wright Square Café

 
 
 
 
 
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Just around the corner from The Collins Quarter is Wright Square Cafe' and Chocolatier. If you want to get a slightly elevated breakfast sandwich to go, then this is the place to visit. The bacon, egg and gouda croissant, paired with a cappuccino, can easily chase away the Monday blahs and still get you going on your way for the week.

 

Henry's

 
 
 
 
 
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If you're in the mood for good old diner food served with no fuss or frills, then Henry's is your place. This diner is located behind the Planter's Inn on Drayton Street and opens at 6:30am seven days a week. Menu items are standard diner fare, such as eggs and toast, breakfast sandwiches, and pancakes. But, the food is consistently delicious and filling, and the service is friendly and efficient, which probably explains why Henry's is bustling 7 days a week and has a steady stream of regular breakfast customers.

 

These are only just a few of our favorite places in Savannah for breakfast, and many of those we have listed are open for lunch as well, and some even for dinner. Whatever you're in the mood for as your first meal of the day, these great places in Downtown Savannah have you covered.

 

 

 

August
2

Coco and Moss Bar

Sushi, Bowls, and Salads, Oh My! 
Coco & Moss: The Asian-Flare Eatery trending in Downtown Savannah

Attracting locals, tourists, instagrammers, and health food enthusiasts, Coco & Moss is what's trending with the food scene in downtown Savannah. Located just south of Ellis Square, this chic eatery sits on the corner of Congress and Barnard streets and certainly livens up the streetscape. 

This boutique restaurant offers healthy gourmet food and drink options in a bright, sleek setting. It's the latest endeavor for Ele and the Chef.  This well known power team is a local restaurant group who also runs, Little Duck Diner, The Vault, Flying Monk Noodle Bar, and Shuga Bar. Coco & Moss is perfect for a light, but filling, lunch or dinner. The modern, welcoming bar also invites guests to stop by for a refreshing, after work cocktail or to try their selection of sake, beer, and wine. 

Coco & Moss Bowls

Their asian-flared menu is rather reasonably priced, and offers sushi, bowls, salads, and paninis.  Edamame is a must. The bowls are a delicious mixture of protein, veggies, rice, and other ingredients all beautifully seasoned. They offer a wide variety of sushi options that are mouthwatering good. 

Our founder and CEO, Cora Bett Thomas, is nothing short of a Coco & Moss regular. She goes by the name of "shiso salmon lady," because she orders the exact same item off the menu every time so goes. If you guessed that Cora Bett's favorite dish is the shiso salmon bowl, then... you're right!

The dishes are what millenials would call, "instagrammable." Snap a photo of your meal on white marble tables, with pretty natural light, and you're sure to share with your friends. They're colorful, and equally delicious.  

coco & moss

So where does the name of the restaurant come from? According to their website, "coco" represents the tropical paradise that raised the owners, and "moss" imbues the atmosphere within which it is set, nestled into Savannah's historically laced squares. It's the perfect "people-watching" spot! Grab a table on the sidewalk or in any of the windows, and you'll surely soak in the hustle and bustle of Savannah while enjoying a delightful meal. 

 

July
22

It's no secret that Savannah is one of the best places to visit in the South, but to really appreciate all that the Hostess City has to offer, it's important to plan accordingly. Savannah is obviously known for it's history and architecture after being spared destruction in the Civil War, but is also a city that has quirky residents, beautiful marshes, and many late nights. We've put together a list of some of our favorite places in Savannah for eating, imbibing, and taking in the sights. 

Thursday, Settle In

 
 
 
 
 
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Start off your trip by checking into your home away from home in the Historic District. Be sure to stay on Jones Street, named one of the "7 Most Beautiful Streets in America." Cora Bett Thomas Realty and Associates offers Savannah vacation rental properties throughout the Historic District. Many of these properties are located within historic buildings full of charm and amenities. Jones Street is in the heart of the Historic District, so you're within walking distance of plenty of shops, sights, restaurants and late night fun.

Happy Hour 

Savannah has no shortage of rooftop bars, but you're within easy walking distance to Perch Rooftop Bar. Perch is located on the south end of Savannah's famous Forsyth Park. Have a stroll through the park, and then settle in on one of the bar's comfy outdoor loveseats with a cold glass of rose' and watch the setting sun filter through the oak trees. 

Dinner at Local 11Ten

Hungry? Wander downstairs to Local 11Ten. Located under Perch, Local 11Ten is housed in the old Savannah Bank building. The building's renovated interior is one of casual elegance. Local 11Ten's menu showcases the flavors of the Lowcountry with seasonal ingredients. Sit back and enjoy the seafood special of the day while taking the activity surrounding Forsyth Park. 

Late Night

If you're looking to squeeze in a bit more fun on your first night, call a pedicab for an evening ride through the park over to McDonough's Lounge. McDonough's, as it's locally known, doesn't have craft cocktails or a wine list. But if you're looking to truly experience Savannah as the locals do, then this is the place to do it. Order a cold beer, people watch and pick your song for karaoke. 

Friday, Get Out and Explore

Morning Start

Before you head out of the Historic District, swing by the Mate' Factor. This cafe' features drinks made from Yerba Mate and homemade baked goods. An Egg and Cheese Sandwich and an Iced Green Drink will fuel you up for the day ahead. 

Local History 

 
 
 
 
 
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Stroll down the wide avenue flanked by majestic oaks draped in Spanish moss to Wormsloe Historic Site. The tabby ruins of Wormsloe are all that is left of the estate of Noble Jones. This is also the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Wormsloe hosts programs and events at various times throughout the year, and a nature trail is open during the site's regular hours. 

The community of Pin Point is located off the banks of the Moon River, and has been for 100 years. Experience the richness of the Gullah/Geechee culture and community, and check out the Pin Point Heritage Museum in the old A.S. Varn and Sons Oyster and Crab Factory. 

Lunch

It's time for a drink and a bite to eat, so get both at The Wyld Dock Bar. Enjoy a Frozen Pain Killer or homemade sangria at a table overlooking the marsh. If you're hungry, enjoy some scallop corn fritters, crab chowder, or steamed banana leaf fish tacos. Eat and drink, and soak in the tranquility. Or, if you're feeling a sudden burst of energy, join in on one of the corn hole games held out front.

Dinner

After returning from your day exploring, and resting up at your home a bit, enjoy an evening walk through town. Head out for a wander with a to-go cup with your beverage of choice and find a bite. There are plenty of options: Public Kitchen, Six Pence Pub, Chive, Circa 1875, CO, 1790 ... A slice of pizza at Vinnie Van Go Go's in City Market or the famous fried calamari at Olympia Café on River Street, are both classic Savannah choices.

Late Night — A Cocktail At Alley Cat Lounge

If you try to look up Alley Cat's address, Google will tell you that it's located at 207 West Broughton Street; don't fall for that. Instead, head down Barnard Street and duck down the lane right before the First Chatham Bank, and look for the door topped by the black awning — that's the entrance.  From classic cocktails, to beer, and small batch spirits to non alcoholic concoctions, Alley Cat has something for everyone.

Saturday, Wander the City

Morning at the Farmers Market

In the morning, head back over to Forsyth Park for the Forsyth Farmers Market, featuring vendors from all over the Lowcountry selling a variety of produce, meats, dairy, and homemade goods. Sample some cheese from Bootleg Farms or some Sweet and Spicy Pecans from Clark and Sons Organics. Treat yourself to a tasty breakfast at the market: a homemade danish from Gottlieb's and a bottled cold brew from Perc.

Historic District Shopping and Museums

 
 
 
 
 
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After breakfast, spend the morning the walking around Downtown. Do a bit of shopping in the Downtown Design District, not missing Custard Boutique and PW Short General Store. Then head north to Telfair Square. This square is home to two of Savannah's most popular museums. The Jepson Center is home to exhibitions of classic and modern art and is ideal for those looking to set their own pace on a tour. It also offers educational programs and workshops for adults and children.

48 hours in Savannah

The Telfair Academy is a stately two-story mansion, designed by William Jay in the Neoclassical Regency style and built in 1819. It houses nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art from the museum's permanent collection including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts. Admission to the Telfair or Jepson is interchangeable and also includes the Owens Thomas House, making it a great bargain.  

Lunch

By now you've probably worked up an appetite, and you're in luck because The Grey Market is just around the corner. This neighborhood bodega is the newest offering the team who brought us the world-famous The Grey. The Grey Market has a full menu as well as an array of snacks and beverages. Enjoy an Egg Cream or an Ice-Cream Float, or, if you're feeling something a little stronger, grab a can of wine from the cooler. 

Dinner

 
 
 
 
 
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For a dining experience enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, reserve a table at The Collins Quarter. This Melbourne, Australia inspired café is in the very heart of the Historic Downtown District and features an Australian-influenced menu. The Collins Quarter has craft beer, wine, cocktails, and a coffee bar. Order up "The Perfect Fit," which pairs well with the Pan-Roasted Barramundi. The desserts and Collins Quarter change often and are outstanding to enjoy in the low-it evening atmosphere of the meticulously renovated historic building. If you are moe interested in sipping  dessert, opt for the CQ White Russian. Trust us when we say it is the best White Russian you'll ever have. On the way home, stop by The Peregrin Rooftop Bar for a nightcap and a bird's-eye view of Downtown Savannah.  

Late Night 

Pinkie Master's is a longtime local favorite of Savannahians. A couple years ago, ownership changed and the bar received a needed facelift and cleaning. Make no mistake, this is still the place to spot locals and all changes were subtle and for the good of the bar and its guests. Get comfortable and talk to some locals. Just bring cash as that is the only payment accepted at Pinkie Master's.

Sundays are for Brunching

Brunch at Hush

 
 
 
 
 
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Before catching your flight home, have brunch at Husk Savannah. In a beautifully renovated historic home-turned-apartment-building shuttered for over a decade, Husk is known for its commitment to ingredient-driven cuisines and the menu captures the essence of Southern cooking with a modern flair. Go for a fully Southern experience and try the White Lily Biscuits with Red Eye Sausage Gravy, or the Husk Hot Fried Chicken with Grits and Shishitos. You'll be heading back home with both a full belly and a full heart. 

June
26

The Grey Market

Downtown Savannah has been in desperate need of a "little shop to grab a few things." Most of us who were born and raised in the South might equate this with a grocery store or a five and dime. But, there is a more accurate term for what has been missing in the ever-expanding Downtown Historic District: a bodega. A bodega is, at its simplest, part neighborhood diner and part convenience store. The Grey Market is Savannah's bodega.

The Grey Market 

The Grey Market is the second and latest offering from Johno and Chef Mashama, the geniuses behind Savannah's The Grey. Johno and Mashama, recently awarded a James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast, have taken their love of New York bodegas and created The Grey Market. The Grey Market is located on Jefferson Street and is open Monday-Saturday from 8am to 8pm, and on Sundays from 9am to 5pm. Better still, it's open 30 minutes early for coffee and pastries, which is ideal for those of us who work downtown and want a tasty treat. Besides outdoor seating, a few high top tables are scattered indoors, as well as prime spots at the diner counter. 

The Grey Market offers a bevy of baked goods, courtesy of beloved local baker Natasha Gatskill. The bakery case is filled with sweet and savory croissants, the biscuit of the day, and sweet rolls. Some of our favorites include the blueberry and cream cheese croissant and the pimento cheese biscuit. If you're looking for something  a little more substantial to start off your day, try The NYC or The Smoky Pig. The NYC is a classic breakfast sandwich on a kaiser roll. The Smoky Pig offers the same, but with pulled pork and pickle relish. The Miami is also a great breakfast option if you're looking to fuel up for the day without overdoing it. It is chicken, egg whites, and spinach wrapped on roti bread. 

The Grey Market

For lunch and dinner options, try one of Chef Mashama's take on Southern classics, such as the Blue Plate Special and the Fried Catfish Po'Boy and Fish 'n' Grits. Looking for a little snack? Grab a side of potato wedges and a "pup" of beer. The Grey Market Burger is also a must-try. It made our recently updated list of favorite burgers in Savannah. The lunch and dinner menu features daily specials, including a Melt of the Day.  We have had the Mortadella and it was fantastic. The Grey Market also comes to the rescue for at-home dinner plans. With its Daily Chicken Dinner, you get a rotisserie bird (roasted in-house daily), two sides, bread, and a bottle of red or white wine, all for $39. As stated, it will "feeds two people well."

Thirsty? Besides NYC diner classics such as ice cream floats and egg creams, The Grey Market has a selection of wine, cocktails, and beer. Canned wine and beer are available, too. Grab one to go with one of the fresh deli sandwiches available in the to-go case, and you have yourself a ready-made picnic. The Market also sells baguettes and cheese and meats by the pound. 

Shirts, hats, cookbooks, coffee cups, water bottles, are all available for sale. The Grey Market offers sundries and toiletries for the weary traveler or for the local who might have missed a trip to the store before work. The Grey Market is not one-stop shopping, but regardless of what you need, it's a stop that you definitely need to make. 

The Grey Market

109 Jefferson St, Savannah, GA 31401

 

June
5

Savannah Summer Fun

Hot… that's certainly one way to describe summers in Savannah! But you're never too far from the water or a good time to truly enjoy the Hostess City. We've compiled a list of Summer "Hot Spots" perfect for locals to enjoy, or for those just passing through to get a taste of Savannah.

 Savannah Summer Fun

Unwind and Sunshine

What says summer more than a trip to the beach? A 20-minute drive from downtown Savannah gets you to a little slice of paradise, also known as "Savannah's beach", Tybee Island. Feel the ocean breeze, the sand between your toes, and the time slow down just enough. If you're visiting without a car, hop on a shuttle, and it'll get you to and from the beach with ease!

A Grand Slam Experience

Conveniently located and fun for the whole family, a Savannah Bananas Baseball game is a summer must, and you don't even have to like baseball to enjoy it. Their season runs from June through August, but tickets sell out fast! It's truly just a fan-first experience: you'll be dancing and singing, eating and drinking, and truly enjoying every inning… while cheering on the home team.

Savannah Summer Fun

Ice Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Leopold's

There's no better way to cool off, than with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Award-winning, homemade ice cream that will melt in your mouth (or on the cone, if you don't eat it fast enough). Located on Broughton Street, Leopold's Ice Cream is a perfect place to take a break from all the shopping and indulge in a sweet treat that's been a Savannah tradition since 1919.

Savannah Summer Fun

Boat Ride with a Porpoise

Soak in Savannah from its historic waterways. Hop on a boat from River Street, venture through the water towards Tybee Island, and don't forget your camera! Dolphin Magic guides guarantee you'll catch a glimpse of our friendly dolphins and leave with a rich history lesson too. What's better than a sunset cruise, dolphins, and entertainment along the way?

Good Eats & Drinks

No matter the season, Savannah has a food scene that's perfect for any palate. Fresh caught seafood, fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits, pasta dishes to die for, fried green tomatoes, and plenty of dining options for that sweet tooth. Locally sourced and locally owned Savannah restaurants are easy to come by and certainly a must. We also suggest that you "rooftop bar hop"! From Peregrin in the historic district to Top Deck right along the Savannah River, and everywhere in between… be sure to catch the Savannah sunset with a drink in hand.

May
31

Based on Rigorous Science

We have previously listed our top 5 burgers in Savannah north of Gaston, but because the dining scene in Savannah is always evolving, we try to update our list accordingly. Some things don't change though. We still realize that the best burgers in Savannah is a pretty hotly contested topic, which is why this isn't some sort of definitive ranking. This is just a new list of our favorite places to get amazing burgers based on a variety of factors such as service, atmosphere, the bun, and, of course, the burgers. Again, this list is in no particular order, so don't fret if your favorite place is near the bottom of the page. 

The People's Champs

We'll start with 3 places that according to many Savannians, arguably have THE best burgers in Savannah. On the weekend — well, just about any day really — you can encounter a lengthy wait depending on the size of your party at  The Crystal Beer Parlor and Green Truck Pub. The list of available beers are both of these local pubs is great and the food quality is excellent and consistent; and in Savannah, consistency matters. Circa 1875 is a French bistro and pub; while the bistro side is lovely, the pub is where we go to get one of our favorite burgers in town. The 1875 Hamburger Au Poivre is a treat — just be sure to order the green peppercorn brandy mustard sauce on the side, and dip your burger into it.  These restaurants have burgers ranging from simple to extraordinary and are always at the top of Savannians' favorite burger lists..

 
 
 
 
 
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Simply Smashing.

Smashed burgers are some of latest, and in our opinion, greatest burgers to grace food menus. In the interest of providing quality research and informed opinions, we've tried a couple of versions of this diner classic. The Grey Market, which is the latest and greatest from Johno and Mashama of The Grey fame, is Savannah's answer to a neighborhood bodega. Among other tasty offerings, the menu at The Grey Market features The Grey Market Burger. This burger has a smashed beef patty, caramelized onions, and comeback sauce, and is served on a housemade potato bun. Belly up to the counter and order one with potato wedges and a cold beer.

Rhett is one of the newest restaurants in Savannah and is housed in The Alida Hotel off of River Street. The restaurant's sleek retro-diner vibe is echoed in its menu, especially in the Burger American. 2 double smashed-beef patties are served with cheddar cheese, red onion, pickles, and Norfolk sauce. This particular burger is incredibly delicious, but unless you're especially ravenous, I recommend sharing with a friend. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Winner Winner Burger Dinner.

The Fitzroy, sister restaurant to The Collins Quarter, was recently awarded "Best Burger in Savannah 2019." The Aussie Burger is so popular that it's on both the Brunch and Dinner menus. The patty is an 8 oz. Certified Angus Beef patty. Like The Collins Quarter, The gang at The Fitzroy hand-patties their burgers. The Aussie Burger comes topped with cheddar, arugula, tomato, an over-easy egg, sweet pickled beets, bacon, pineapple, yellow onion and BBQ Sauce.  

 
 
 
 
 
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As with The Collins Quarter, The Fitzroy's space has been transformed from its former self. The restaurant is located on Drayton Street. While the space has been home to other bars and restaurants, they were nothing like The Fitzroy in terms of atmosphere. Dark blue walls and turquoise banquettes gives the feel of easy sophistication. The Fitzroy also features live music and an upstairs, rooftop patio. Like its sister restaurant, The Fitzroy is one of those places where if you do have to wait for your food, you don't mind too much because you can't stop admiring the craftsmanship surrounding you.

A Little Different, A Lot Delicious.

Our friends over at Fork & Dagger Eatery have recently expanded and opened a new location. Fork & Dagger Latin Diner is housed in the old Bobbie's Diner, off of Habersham. The menu echoes the visual aesthetic of the diner, but still has that Latin twist that has made Fork & Dagger so popular with locals. The Hamburguesa is a 1/3 pound beef and chorizo patty topped with pepper-jack cheese, grilled onions, Kachina Farm greens and tomato. It also comes dressed with Bravas sauce housemade Sofrito ketchup.  The result is a delightful combination of unusual and yet somehow familiar flavors. Perfect for those times when you're craving something a little out of the ordinary.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Bottom Line

So there you have it — as I said earlier, this is by no means a definitive list of the best burgers in Savannah,  and we didn't use a set standard to judge all of the places that we've tried. Instead, we looked for what tasted good, sides offered, bun, price point and the atmosphere in which they were served. Simply put, we wanted to share our favorite places to enjoy one of our favorite foods. But don't take our word for it — get out and try these places for yourself and see what you think. Get out, eat, and decide which place has your favorite burger in Savannah.

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May
24

Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market

As we've mentioned before, just because you live in Savannah, doesn't mean that you can't play at being a tourist while being at home. Our favorite way to do this is to stop in at one of the restaurants at the local hotels. Unlike the hotel restaurants of yesteryear, the new kids in the Historic District of Downtown Savannah focus on creative dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients.  

Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market is located in the ground floor of the Perry Lane Hotel. This boutique hotel is located on Drayton Street, in the heart of the Historic District, and is also home the Peregrin Rooftop Bar. The location of  Emporium makes it a hub of the Historic Downtown District. The dining space of the Emporium is usually abuzz with activity, but this makes it no less inviting. Both tables and bar seating are available, and meals can be enjoyed at the bar, too. 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Emporium serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, as well as a weekend brunch. The Emporium also offers a Happy Hour menu Monday-Thursday. The menu at Emporium offers signature classic dishes such as Bouillabaisse and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. More eclectic options like mushrooms from local forager Swampy Appleseed, Duck Liver Mousse, and Grilled Octopus are also available. The menu showcases the seafood of the Lowcountry with dishes like Roast Barbecue Oysters, Smoked Fish Rillettes, Pickled White Shrimp, and the Fruits de Mer Tower.

Besides a full bar and a menu of seasonal craft cocktails, Emporium also features local craft beers and wine selection covering a variety of price points and palates. The wine list at Emporium is carefully selected to pair well with the menu. But many of the wines available can also be purchased by the bottle and enjoyed outside the restaurant. 

Besides a memorable dining experience, Emporium also offers cooking classes and wine tastings. Whatever you're looking for, whether it's brunch with some friends, a glass of wine and a cheese board, people watching or dinner for two, Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market is a place worth checking out. 

254 E Perry Street
Savannah, GA 31401

April
22

Visit The Hotel Bars and Restaurants

It's no secret that Savannah is a great place to visit and and an even better place to live. Savannah's boutiques, historic architecture, restaurants and live music shows mean that there is never a dull moment. And when locals want to feel like they're on vacation, they can visit any one of the hotel bars scattered throughout the Historic District of Downtown Savannah. Read on to discover some of our favorite places to visit when we want to play tourist in our home.

Rue de Jean

Rue de Jean is located in the Embassy Suites, off of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and West Oglethorpe Avenue. This French cafe' and bar offers its take on a classic French brasserie menu. Rue de Jean is one of our favorite places to enjoy Happy Hour, as they offer some truly great wines on special, as well as a food menu that features mussels for $8 (and with 6 varieties of preparation). The Happy Hour menu also features a burger and short rib sandwich that are both equal of Saturday-night dining acclaim.

 
 
 
 
 
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July
18

Husk Savannah

Few restaurants have been greeted as eagerly as Husk Savannah. The work that has gone into remodeling the restaurant's space at 12 West Oglethorpe was enough to pique the neighborhood's interest. Add to that the notoriety of Husk's founder, Sean Brock, and the rapidly improving and evolving Savannah food scene, and you have all the ingredients for super high expectations. And believe me, the results were worth the wait. The building was beautifully restored, especially the upstairs level featuring a large u-shaped bar and high ceilings. Conveniently, Husk's raw bar is also on the second floor.  

We decided to pay Husk a visit on this weeknight for a round of celebratory drinks and to try a few of the menu's offerings. We had been waiting to visit Husk after it first opened — mostly due in part to the previously mentioned expectations — and  also we had heard that there were some adjustments occurring internally. We are glad we waited. Upon arriving we were greeted by a number of familiar Savannah faces. We opted for seats at the bar and I immediately remembered that it was Negroni Week. Husk decided to take simple yet sophisticated approaches to their takes on Negronis: the classic Negroni and a frozen Negroni slush. I opted for the classic, which did not disappoint. The hubs elected to try one of Husks's original cocktails, the Boogie Shoes, a tequila-based drink featuring egg white, melon liqueur, Chartreuse and shiso. Let me state that the beverage program at Husk is on point. 

Husk Savannah

Husk Savannah

We started our  menu sampling with some offerings from the raw bar, with, of course, raw oysters (that were delightfully delicate and briny). The oysters were accompanied by the some of the best homemade cocktail sauce that I've ever had. We also decided to sample the swordfish crudo — after the rave review of our bartender Eric — which is topped by peaches and padron peppers. Divine, especially with the Cava we had with the course. 

Next we tried General Tso's pork belly lettuce wraps, which did not disappoint. We also tried, again at Eric's suggestion, the Carolina ham with pepper biscuits. This ham is cured and served in paper-thin strips, much like proscuitto, and the biscuit was dense yet still fluffy — just the way I like them. We also discovered that rosé pairs really well with this ham and the peppery biscuits. 

For dinner we decided to share an entreé: the duo of beef with peas, sweet peppers and horseradish. Both cuts of beef were cooked perfectly, and the glasses of Slovenian red wine enhanced the flavors of the beef. A couple of amari, and slice of buttermilk pie, and we headed out into the Savannah twilight with full bellies and an air of satisfaction.

Husk Savannah

12 W. Oglethorpe Ave.

Savannah, GA 31401

912.349.2600

June
26

Jefe Has Good Taste in Tacos

Bull Street Taco is one of the newest restaurants to open in the Starland District of Savannah. This addition has become one of our favorite places, because, no, you cannot have too many places to grab tacos in Savannah. Better still, Bull Street Taco has a large outdoor patio and is dog-friendly. They even have an Instagram account devoted entirely to their canine customer. The restaurant shares space with a couple other businesses in a renovated warehouse, and has indoor table seating, a bar, and a stand-up taco bar. The atmosphere has a cozy and funky neighborhood feel that is very Savannah with West Coast style. 

Of course, the best thing about Bull Street Taco is the food. The tacos are served on organic masa and flour tortillas made from scratch. The crew uses traditional ingredients and methods to make their food, incorporating their own flair and quirks here and there making for unique and extremely crave-able flavor combinations. Taco varieties include classics such as Carnitas, house-made Chorizo, and Chicken, as well as non-meat options like Roasted Mushroom and one of our favorites, the Red Chile Tempura Roasted Cauliflower. The tempura cauliflower is topped with roasted poblano peppers, chile de arbol salsa, basil crema and sesame seed. The tuna poke tostada has onion, cabbage, lime zest, jalapeño and sesame ginger dressing and is not to be missed. If you're feeling like sharing — or you are simply very hungry — go for the "Taco Party," which features 10 tacos of "Jefe's Choice." Trust us, Jefe has good taste in tacos. 

tacos

If you're feeling like something other than tacos, there is a wide selection of equally delicious non-taco options such as salads, tortas, quesadillas and rice bowls. So far, on several visits, a salad along with a cold drink on the patio has been a wonderful lunch time escape. Classic appetizers of chips and salsa, queso fundido, and street corn do not disappoint. 

If you're feeling thirsty, Bull Street Taco has a variety of beers, as well a selection of craft tequilas and mezcals. If you're feeling especially classic, try one of the specialty cocktails or margaritas, such as the Smoke and Fire Margarita or the Basil Paloma. Spanish wines are also available by the glass and bottle.

Whatever you're looking for, a casual dinner, a snack, or a happy hour drink (or 2 or 3), Bull Street Taco is definitely worth checking out. Your wallet, stomach, and taste buds will all thank you. 

Bull Street Taco

Located at 1608 Bull St.

Bull Street Taco is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Photo Credit www.BullStreetTaco.com

 

April
23

Savannah's New Tex-Mex Spot

Many people may recognize the location of El Coyote as the former home of The Florence, which was a place that Savannah either loved or barely regarded. These 2 restaurants have shared a building, and that is where the similarities end.

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El Coyote is brought to you by the team that has been providing delicious food with a view at the Wyld Dock Bar the past several years. El Coyote's interior is nicer than that of your typical Savannah Mexican restaurant, but not so nice that you feel underdressed in shorts and a T-shirt. Think large, open dining room with the over-popular exposed-filament-edison bulbs, dark and distressed wood and stone. This along with Tex-Mex curated knickknacks and a retro, 70s-style multicolored graphic  visually tie it all together. Nothing terribly original, but it works well, giving the space a livelier feel than the previous inhabitant. And to be honest, I prefer a restaurant with less emphasis on style and more on the delicious food rather than vice versa.

An extensive list of tequilas and mezcals dominate half of the drink menu. The Mezcal Old Fashioned is not be missed. Those looking for something milder can indulge in a glass of Spanish wine or choose from a nice selection of Mexican beers. Margaritas and craft cocktails are of course, also available. I will say that the $8 I paid for the best paloma I've recently had the pleasure of drinking, was well worth it. 

El coyote savanna

Many of the appetizers are in the $3-$10 range and feature classics such as corn elote (aka street corn) and queso fundido. Another must-have appetizer are the Sappelo Bay Clams. For $15, you are served a heaping mound of clams in a michelada broth flavored with chorizo and sofrito. Also not to be missed is the Philli Relleno, El Coyote's cheeky take on a chile relleno and consists of a local blistered poblano pepper stuffed with cheesesteak and topped with mushroom mole.

The street tacos are $4 each and are served a la carte, mostly because there is no need for these tacos to be accompanied by a heap of gluey beans or dry rice. For those with larger appetites, traditional and seasonal sides such rice and black beans — or charred spring onions — are available and they are neither gluey nor dry. A tasty and unexpected side dish is Pam's Hot Pickled Mexican Carrots — for $2, you get a spicy condiment that tastes great with anything else on the menu.

The fajitas, a classic Tex-Mex dish, was hands down better than anywhere in the city. The steak version was an actual grilled steak, cooked medium rare and then cut and served on a hot cast iron plate. Accompanied by roasted poblanos, onions, portabella mushrooms, blistered tomatoes and house made tortillas, this was a welcome return to steak fajitas' roots.

We see El Coyote becoming a local favorite and a new staple for many in Midtown and Downtown Savannah. The cost of grabbing a delicious taco and a cold beer at El Coyote may not be the cheapest taco and beer you've ever seen, but it is without a doubt among the tastiest in Savannah.

El Coyote

1 W Victory Drive

Savannah, GA 31405

www.elcoyotesav.com

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