My wife and I just got back from vacationing in Charleston and Savannah. Before leaving, I did my due diligence and reviewed several posts on Chowhound as well as other online sources and this research served us well.
I don’t have the time to describe each meal in detail, but think of the below as a short guide if you’re traveling in these cities and want delicious food.
We stayed at the Governors House Inn – beautiful, restored historic inn that served tasty breakfasts.
82 Queen: best she-crab soup we tasted during our stay.
Avoid Poogan’s Porch; food was just average.
We also had a surprisingly good lunch at the restaurant at the Middleton plantation.
S.N.O.B – incredible food and reasonable priced
Peninsula Grill – much more formal dining that SNOB; exquisite food and service
Fulton 5 – small Italian trattoria with simple, but refined plates and a nice change to the regional food
Plum’s – we stopped in Beaufort on our way to Savannah. The place was PACKED and the sandwiches were average. On a side note, the cashier at a seafood shack called Nippy’s shortchanged me; I needed smaller bills to pay for parking and didn’t count my change until we left.
We stayed at the Kehoe House – another restored inn that sits right in front of Columbia Square in the historic district. Breakfasts served here ran the gamut from gourmet pancakes/French toast to “designer” omelets. A fantastic place and not just because of the wine/ hors d’oeuvres served every afternoon.
Crab Shack on Tybee Island - Yes, it’s ultra touristy, but my friend said it was a must; think Jimmy Buffet, beer and boiled local shrimp. For a casual waterside lunch, what’s not to like?
Leopold’s – creamy, old fashioned ice cream is the perfect late afternoon snack.
Firefly Café – a decent stop if you’re heading towards Forsyth Park; the “hot” food looked better than the chopped salad I ordered.
Sapphire Grill – fine dining at its best in a relaxed atmosphere
Elizabeth’s on 37th – you’ll need to drive or take a taxi, but you’ll be rewarded with a phenomenal, elegant dinner set in a mansion and possibly, one of the owners (Gary or Greg) will wait on you. Let them pair wines with your meal, you’ll be quite happy.