Back in the Day Bakery

A neighborhood favorite, this local bakery declares as its mission to “slow down and taste the sweet life.” For breakfast, there are biscones (biscuit/scones) in flavors like cinnamon and apple-smoked bacon cheddar. At lunch, you can order delicious sandwiches on ciabatta bread such as madras-curry chicken, rosemary chicken salad and tomato and basil. However, the real musts are the cupcakes and sweets. It’s hard to choose among such treats as lemon-coconut, red-velvet and chocolate-heaven cupcakes, lemon bars and pie bars. Everything is made from scratch and based on beloved tried-and-true recipes. It may be too much of a hike from the Historic District for a quick break, but if you are in the area, be sure to stop by.

Food at Green Truck Pub, Savannah, American South - Courtesy Hunter McCrae

Green Truck Pub

Since it opened in 2010, The Green Truck Pub has garnered a devoted following of diners who come for its honest farm-to-table cuisine and mouthwatering burgers. Most of those burgers are made with naturally-raised beef from a nearby ranch, except for when they are made with an equally tempting veggie patty called the Mighty Veg. Chef Josh Yates works with a handful of local purveyors to create everything from scratch, including the ketchup, and with a whole lot of love. You’ll find dozens of small brewery beers to choose from, and a thoughtful wine selection. After having “The Whole Farm” burger with bacon, cheddar and a fried egg on top, you may be tempted to skip dessert, but do leave room for the pecan pie.

Ice Cream at Leopold’s Ice Cream, Savannah, American South

Leopold’s Ice Cream

Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in 1919 by three Greek brothers and resurrected by one of their sons, a local-turned-Hollywood success story. (Stratton Leopold left Savannah to become a major movie producer. His blockbusters have included Mission Impossible 3, The Sum of All Fears and The Big Chill.) But in 2004 he and his wife returned to reopen Leopold’s with the original black-marble soda fountain and banana-split holders as well as all the original family recipes. An Academy Award-winning designer helped pull together period details from the ’50s and movie memorabilia to create a fantasy soda fountain. Burgers, sandwiches and salads are served, but the real draw is the homemade ice cream, in such flavors as rose-petal cream, strawberry shortcake, tutti-frutti (apparently Johnny Mercer’s favorite) and Girl Scouts thin mints ’n’ cream.

Interiors at Soho South Café, Savannah, American South

Soho South Café

A former garage just off Bull Street has been transformed into a lively café so popular you will likely wait for a table for lunch unless you show up before noon. Lunch features soups, salads and such sandwiches as the portobello burger, the Waldorf tuna pita and Mom’s meatloaf. There is a kids’ menu as well. Sunday brunch draws long lines for favorites like pecan waffles and shrimp ’n’ grits.

Street View - The Pirate’s House, Savannah, American South

The Pirate's House

Pirate lore and sunken treasure are the themes here, and you can expect costumed waiters with peg legs serving drinks in tankards. It’s pure theater, but kids find it fun and memorable.

Food at Zunzi’s Take Out, Savannah, American South

Zunzi’s Take Out

Reportedly one of the best sandwich shops in the South, Zunzi’s brings together the owners’ diverse cultural backgrounds, with such options as the South Africa-inspired Jo Burg burger and the vegetarian curry sandwich. Even before being profiled on the Travel Channel, Zunzi’s lunch line went out the door.

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