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The Hostess City Invites Guests to Dine in Some of Its Most Notable Historic Homes: Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, The Olde Pink House & Elizabeth on 37th.

The South is full of rich history and beautiful architecture. We explored some of Savannah’s most historic buildings that are now home to some of the city’s greatest restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a classic Southern meal or something a bit more modern, there is something for everyone to enjoy in some of the most beautiful houses of the Hostess City.

 

The Olde Pink House

23 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401, 912.232.4286, 

 

The Olde Pink House, located right off of Savannah’s historic Reynolds Square, was built in 1771 and boasts one of Savannah’s oldest and most uniquely pink homes. Originally owned and constructed by the Habersham family, The Olde Pink House is just as full of history as it is of delicious food and breathtaking architecture. At first, it was much smaller with fewer rooms, but that changed when the building was converted into a bank in 1812. It wasn’t until 1992, when the DeLoaches, a prominent family from Charleston, South Carolina, purchased the property that it became The Olde Pink House that we know and love today. Known for its unique dishes– such as the Blackened Oysters with Watermelon Relish, Pear and Apricot Chutney with Green Tomato Chow Chow–The Olde Pink House continues to keep visitors guessing about what they will come up with next.

The Olde Pink House editor’s picks;

Appetizer: l Lump Crab Hush Puppies with Spicy Peach Remoulade

Entree: l Braised Pork Shank with Pineapple Glaze, Macaroni and Cheese and Collards

Dessert: l Praline Basket with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

 

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room and Boarding House

107 W Jones Street, Savannah, GA 31401, 912.232.5997

 

In 1943 when the young Mrs. Sema Wilkes took over the management of the boarding house that is now fondly known as Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room and Boarding House. Fast forward to November 24, 1965, when the house at 107 West Jones Street was purchased by L.H. and Sema Wilkes. The couple decided to make the purchase during a time when the area wasn’t too popular. Jones Street was considered the slums, and the Wilkes family took a huge risk buying in that area. But, much to their delight (and ours!), the area picked up, as did traffic in Mrs. Wilkes’.

Eventually, word got out that this unique boarding house offered solace as well as delicious Southern meals. With everything from fried chicken to candied yams, Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room is the place to go for a good old-fashioned Southern meal. You’ll feel right at home in the cozy family-style setting, and you certainly won’t leave hungry.

Mrs. Wilkes’editor’s picks

Appetizer: l Okra and Tomatoes A Southern Classic!

Entre: l Fried Chicken Town’s Most Famous

Dessert: l Changes daily, so there’s something to look forward to during your meal!

 

Elizabeth on 37th

105 E 37th Street, Savannah, GA 31401, 912.236.5547

 

Right in the heart of Savannah’s Victorian District, Elizabeth on 37th is, hands down, one of the greatest restaurants in Georgia. The food, service, atmosphere and location are all impeccable.

Originally opened in 1981, the restaurant has long since become a staple to the restaurant scene in Savannah. It was also nominated for a James Beard Award in 1995 for best chef in the Southeast. The elegance of Elizabeth on 37th is simple, yet refined; it offers guests a unique atmosphere as well as a world-class cuisine. While you peruse the menu of fresh local seafood, organic meats and fresh local produce, try a Mint Julep; the restaurant has mastered the art of making them. Kelly Yambor, the executive chef at Elizabeth on 37th, pairs fresh local ingredients to make mouthwatering delectable dishes that put an innovative twist on classic dishes. No matter the occasion, this is the place to indulge.

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Events Calendar

  • Designer's Showcase: Dressed for the Season

    Nov 12, 2018
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Kaminski House Museum

    The Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown, South Carolina will be dressing the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum this holiday season with...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Bonaventure Cemetery: After Hours Stories Eternal

    Nov 17, 2018
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Bonaventure Cemetery

    Savannah's only after hours cemetery tour awaits! Few places are more invoking of Easter and life's great questions and mysteries than that...

  • Lights of the South

    Nov 16, 2018
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

  • License to Chill Snow Island

    Nov 16, 2018
    All Day @ Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

    Margaritaville at Lanier Islands is preparing for a winter wonderland makeover that will surprise and delight local residents and travelers...

  • Toddler Touch Tanks

    Dec 06, 2018
    All Day @ UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium

    Explore the coast with your child in a unique setting perfect for inspiring wonder and curiosity! During select Thursdays in January and December,...

  • Skatefest

    Dec 07, 2018
    All Day @ Savannah Civic Center

  • Santa's Wonderland

    Nov 14, 2018
    All Day @ Bass Pro Shops

    The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops and Savannah-area families are invited to enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering FREE 4x6...

  • 2018 National Gingerbread House Competition™ Display

    Nov 25, 2018
    All Day

    What started as a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992 has evolved into one of our most treasured traditions at The...

  • Girls' Night Out: "Meet Me in St. Louis"

    Dec 20, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Not many movies rate 100 % on the Rotten Tomatometer, but this 1944 classic MGM romantic musical comedy does. So that’s why we’re screening it...

  • Big Bon Pizza Pop Up

    Dec 21, 2018
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Henny Penny Cafe

    Join us as we host a Big Bon Pizza Pop Up. Grab a slice (or two, who's counting?!) and take a breather from all the holiday hustle bustle. Big...

  • Stardusted Circus Winter Solstice

    Dec 21, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    An Evening of Light, Magic, and Wonders to Behold!As you walk up to the enchanting Tybee Post Theater you will be greeted by a Festival of...

  • "Green Book"

    Dec 22, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    There’s a lot of Oscar buzz around this new film about a working-class Italian-American bouncer, who becomes the driver of an African-American...

  • Holidays on the Big Screen

    Dec 22, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Ellis Square

    A family friendly event, bring everyone down along with chairs & blankets and watch a favorite holiday movie under the stars in Ellis Square. This...

  • Holidays on the Big Screen

    Dec 22, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Ellis Square at City Market

    Bring everyone to downtown Savannah along with chairs & blankets and watch a favorite holiday movie under the stars in Ellis Square. This is an...

  • Gregg Russell Christmas Concert

    Dec 23, 2018
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Harbour Town

    Relish the spirit of the holidays with an evening in Harbour Town. Listen as Gregg Russell plays his guitar and sings songs of the season for...

  • Christmas Eve Lunch Cruise

    Dec 24, 2018
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Savannah Riverboat Cruises

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  • Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

    Dec 24, 2018
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Savannah Riverboat Cruises

    CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER ENTERTAINMENT CRUISE Join Savannah Riverboat Cruises this Christmas Eve, along with family and friends, for a...

  • Cocktail Classes in Cocktail Street Up

    Dec 24, 2018
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Congress Street Up

    Are you looking for something a little bit different, but still totally unique? Cocktail Classes in Congress Street Up are sure to wet your...

  • Islands Christian Church Christmas Eve Service

    Dec 24, 2018
    All Day @ Islands Christian Church

    Come join Islands Christian Church for a great Christmas Eve service!  Service times are 3, 4:30, and 6 P.M.


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Scenes of the South

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

Savannah's 39 Rue De Jean celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine.

A Chefs Collaborative

This five course dinner held at Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar allowed guests to taste exceptional flavors steeped in tradition. Included were the culinary skills of Chef Adam Barnett of The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, Winston-Salem, NC, Chef Robert Hoffman of Angeline’s Charlotte, NC, Chef Daniel Gorman of The Henley Nashville, TN, Chef Sebastien Rondier of Brabo, Alexandria, VA, and Chef Lauren Teague of PACCI Italian Kitchen + Bar.

East and West BBQ

A whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. Hosted by Alida Hotel this event was a fabulous juxtaposition between Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Western Tennessee style. Made possible by the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Savannah Food & Wine Fest

Hundreds came to experience Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah Style. The South's best culinary happenings - one exceptional week in Savannah. Iconic and historic coastal venues provided the perfect backdrop for gourmet and fun. South magazine captured the experience at the VIP tent.

Big Wig Boat Bash

Savannah's Riverboat, The Georgia Queen set sail to host the final fundraiser for the 2018 class of Big Wigs, together raising over $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Foundation. This evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction, music and dancing and a contest to crown the Biggest BigWig! Contest categories included: The Biggest Wig, The Pink Ribbon Award and Best Pink Personality.

Boo Bash

This spooktacular evening included hors d’oeuvres, “spirits,” music and dancing, a Halloween costume contest with cash prizes, Halloween-themed entertainment, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and talent contest. Contest categories included: Dancing, Singing, Rapping, Stand-up Comedy and Lip Syncing.

Masquerade at the Mansion

Plenty of patrons donned masks and beads for an unforgettable Mardi Gras at the Mansion. There unique entertainment, food, and decor including magic fire, beignets, king cake and a photo booth, plus music and dancing, libations, late-night treats, and lots of surprises.

DineSouth After Party

This year's DineSouth ended in a blast. Dozens headed over to Barrellhouse, who hosted the after party. They enjoyed great drinks and live music by Individually Twisted.

DineSouth 2018

This year's DineSouth sponsored by Fulfillment.com was the greatest yet! South magazine has once again put on a night filled with fantastic food and entertainment. Guests enjoyed delicious food & drinks in the city while getting the opportunity to meet and mingle with the best chefs in the South. The entertainment was amazing with American Idol winner Candice Glover, unique band Velvet Caravan and the acoustic sounds of Annie Allman. The event supported the local Salvation Army.

Grand Opening of 201 Seafood

Mixing the traditional tastes of the south with the local flair of the city, 201 Seafood and Tapas Lounge showcases Savannah's culinary community and their grand opening now gives us full access to some of the best seafood in the Coastal Empire.