Hi Savannah locals! This will be our first trip to your beautiful city, but we'll only have 18 hours or so to take in all the great food and architecture, and would greatly appreciate your help on finding non-touristy CASUAL restaurants within walking distance of the historic district that really showcase the local flavors of Savannah and/or the south. We'll be staying at AVIA Hotels (14 Barnard St. and W Bay Ln) in the Historic District North, and we won't have a car.
Keep in mind we're 1 New Yorker and 1 Californian, so we're not interested in anything that we can get back home, e.g. Italian, French, New American, any type of Asian, fine dining/haute cuisine. We just want to soak up the local flavors of the south!
Would love your recommendations on:
1) What are the quintessential Savannah foods/dishes or southern fare that one must sample when in town? Biscuits? Shrimp & grits? Pulled pork? BBQ? Fresh Oysters? Catfish?
2) Where to get casual dinner/drinks after 10pm on a Friday night? Our train will be getting in late.
3) Where to get a casual lunch or brunch on a Saturday? Would have picked Lady and Sons but probably won't now due to mixed reviews and an impatient boyfriend who refuses to wait in line for anything.
Unfortunately we won't be able to check out the famous Mrs. Wilkes since we'll be arriving late on a Friday night and leaving Saturday afternoon for a week in Hilton Head Island.
Thanks in advance!