Ah Savannah, Georgia; a city as sweet as its tea. Known for its large oak trees dripping in Spanish moss that fill every square in downtown and it’s thriving rich history thanks to General Sherman, who in the civil war spared Savannah, saying the city was just too beautiful to burn.
You’ll feel cultured enough just taking in the southern scenery and eating some shrimp and grits. But if you’ve had enough of Paula Deen’s cuisine for one life time or the sound of fried okra is less than mouthwatering, rest assured Savannah has a decent international scene.
Home to the second largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in the US, the city pays tribute to more than just the Irish. There is also an annual Greek Street Fair and Jewish Food Festival.
But if you visit during a time with no festivities these restaurants will satisfy any ethnic palate:
My personal go to restaurant in Savannah. Noodle and Rice dishes from various Asian nations including Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Korea, Laos and others. This narrow eatery offers an urban feel or sit outside and people watch on Broughton Street. This place is great for lunch or dinner, the average dish here is just $10.
Go down to river street and you will find a Greek café. You’ll know you’re in Savannah with all the exposed brick and a view of the Savannah River but this Mediterranean Restaurant is serving up some serious traditional fare.
Another one that will quickly steal your heart and jerk your taste buds. Zunzi’s serves you up counter side. Although their claim to fame is their globally inspired cooking, I recommend the South African Sausage. Not only is their food amazing but you must experience their version of Southern hospitality. You and your stomach will leave smiling.
This dual venue offers a casual pub with a wine cellar and a sit-down bistro featuring a Parisian carte du jour. While it’s only open for dinner, this vintage style restaurant makes for a great date night destination. Reservations are recommended.
If you are feeling more of a Latin Vibe this Cuban restaurant is the spot. A local favorite with award winning dishes that offers live Latin Jazz music every Friday and Saturday night. They also have free parking in the back which is always a plus in any city.
A sophisticated Italian restaurant that showcases its seafood. Great for groups or a table for 2. This two story location is a former fire house which offers an ambiance that’s sure to set the mood for any occasion.
Persepolis Lounge and Grill
Savannah’s highest rated Persian. Dine at the bar or in their lofted seating area. If you’re looking for late night dinning this Lounge is open until 1AM Monday to Saturday. Enjoy a hookah session at the bar to top off your middle eastern inspired fare.
Although they admit to being Americanized this Jazz bar still serves some great tasting Spanish inspired Tapas that are great for sharing. They also have some classy cocktails and offer live entertainment multiple times a week. You’ll find them below street level between Broughton and City Market.
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By TND contributor Danielle