DineSouth ’22

Featuring the 14th annual south's greatest restaurants

Bohemian Savannah Riverfront

Savannah, Georgia’s food revolution is in full swing and us southerners are reaping the benefit. Never before has there been such a variety of amazing restaurants to choose from. pull up a chair and feast your eyes on these great southern dining experiences. 

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The Bohemian Hotel, Savannah Riverfront

Unforgettable experiences along the riverfront.

Drink in the view at Savannah’s iconic riverfront hotel which lives and breathes southern hospitality from its beautiful brick down to its mid-18th century inspired grandeur.

The Bohemian Hotel

Near the heart of Savannah’s historic district, the Bohemian offers unforgettable experiences on the banks of the Savannah River. Each of the Bohemian’s historic rooms comes with striking seashell lighting, luxury matelassé bed linens, marble bathrooms, and unique oyster shell chandeliers. 

Immerse in the energy at the street-level restaurant, Rocks on the River, with its scenic views, open garage-style doors and elegant dishes. Save room for a slice of key lime pie or flourless chocolate gateau, or head to Rocks on the Roof, the hotel’s pinnacle, and a marriage of eclectic beauty, ideal location and Southern hospitality. Sample an assortment of beer, wine and light bites, or indulge in one of the Bohemian’s swanky drinks, such as the aptly named Vieux Riviere.

102 W Bay St., Savannah, GA

Photography: Blake Crosby

Perry Lane Hotel

Luxury Experiences, Southern Roots. Bursting with vibrant energy, experiences at the Perry Lane Hotel are nothing short of absolutely incredible. 

A local gathering place boasting approachable, curated, and highly-diverse offerings, everything they do is based around the hotel’s muse, Adelaide Harcourt, an incredible woman who traveled the globe and was captivated by everything life had to offer. She brought back to Savannah an abundance of culture, and Perry Lane was born: a fusion of all her travels and aspects of Savannah.

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The Emporium Kitchen at Perry Lane is a celebration of locally sourced products showcased in bold originality, with  locally-inspired dishes from esteemed Executive Chef Daniel Herget and team, with a perfectly curated and ever-changing wine list compiled by Sommelier Amir Adane. 

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With the addition of Chef Herget, Perry Lane is taking steps toward the future and telling a story through a worldly lens, taking the guest on a culinary adventure. This new direction will be reflected both in their philosophy of food as well as the incorporation of a larger variety of offerings for those who have dietary preference such as vegetarian and vegan. Emporium intends to be the “it” place to venture to in Savannah.

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Nestled close to the pool, The Peregrin, Perry Lane’s esteemed rooftop bar overlooks Savannah’s historic district, offering its own fun flare, food and cocktails. And stop by The Wayward, the hotel’s offbeat but elegant cocktail bar and arcade for the perfect nightcap. 

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But it is Perry Lane’s dining experience and the emphasis on hospitality and service that really sets them apart. The offerings at each of their food and beverage destinations encapsulates the European essence of leisure — with dining being a treasured experience. Ranked in Travel & Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels in the world, the Perry Lane Hotel offers guests a refreshing new take on luxury and a genuine taste of Southern warmth.

256 E. Perry St., Savannah, GA

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Quarterdeck at The Sea Pines Resort

Refresh the spirit, encourage the unscripted and return to the classic family vacation as a guest of The Sea Pines Resort.

Photography / D. Paul Graham

An hour from Savannah, this quiet oasis is located along 5,000 oceanfront acres, and has been a high-end retreat for more than 50 years. Deliciously unique food and beverage spots can be found throughout the property. But it is the Quarterdeck that is the cornerstone of Harbour Town. Completely torn down in 2021 and opened in April of 2022, the all-new, world-class Quarterdeck offers 300-degree sunset views overlooking the Harbour Town Yacht Basin, Calibogue Sound and the famed 18th hole of Harbour Town Golf Links, making it one of the most sought-after dining venues on Hilton Head Island. The Quarterdeck’s Lowcountry seafood, including locally sourced oysters, clams and Blue Crab claws, counts among the finest in the world. The Quarterdeck cooks its seafare and other meats in two Josper charcoal ovens imported from Barcelona, giving the food a rich, earthy flavor. 

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From the Calibogue ‘Rita to Sunset on the Sound, enjoy the Quarterdeck’s plethora of wittily named specialty cocktails, over 25 beers, or the magnificent wine list.

Revel in the expansive wraparound deck, indoor bar and dining, as well as new rooftop oyster bar. Don’t forget to enjoy the Captain’s bar on the main floor and the outdoor Umbrella Bar, which features live music. Savor exquisite dining and drinking from a long list of specialty cocktails, premium wines and everything in between. “You can watch the sunset while having a drink, with a 100-mile view in almost every direction,” the resort’s Director of Food and Beverage, Matthew Roher, said. “I’ve been living down here for 25 years, in Savannah and Hilton Head. There’s just nothing like it.”

Fried street corn Elote fingers (with Cojita cheese, Tajin, cilantro aoli).

Executive Chef Ben Harris, head of the inviting cafés, vibrant lounges and award-winning restaurants at The Sea Pines Resort, and part of what makes a stay in the South Carolina Lowcountry exceptional and unforgettable.

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160 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Photography / Tiffany Goggin

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

A recipe for success: perfect steak and warm hospitality.

One of the world’s most legendary chophouses, Savannah’s locally-owned and independently operated Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse never lost sight of its name sake’s original recipe for success: perfect steak, warm hospitality and good times that never stop rolling. 

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Husband-and-wife team Jeff and Paula Conway run Ruth’s Chris out of the century-old, former Savannah Morning News building, who’s historic elegance lends itself to the restaurant’s identity, its steaks. Named for the “First Lady of Steak,” Ruth Fertel was something special, building a 60-seat steak house into a business that spans the globe. Along with Ruth’s Chris’ trademark 1800-degree oven and 500 degree-plates which are also something of a legend. (A tribute to its founder, the company still trades on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol RUTH.) 

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“It is all about relationships and we strive to develop a long-lasting relationship with you, our guest,” said the Conways. 

Go enjoy the best part of the day: getting together at Ruth’s Bar to sip and savor your way through a storied legacy, 57 years in the making. 

111 W Bay St., Savannah, GA

Photography: Michael Hrizuk


Contemporary farm-to-table cuisine that honors the traditional techniques and recipes of the Lowcountry.

a.Lure innovates Southern cuisine while honoring the down-to-earth, home-cooked meals enjoyed in the area for centuries. Located in the heart of historic Savannah, a.lure offers a farm-to-table concept, sourcing local and regional ingredients for every dish. Its namesake is inspired by a fishing lure, as the restaurant offers a new approach to seafood favorites. The menu reimagines the soul-healing recipes of the South, from nostalgic fried green tomatoes to comforting peas and carrots. a.Lure is where tradition and innovation go hand-in-hand.

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Creativity continues to flourish in the thoughtfully curated cocktails, including the Nuts & Grains Manhattan, a house specialty. Dating back to 1888, the building’s modern atmosphere and rustic details complement each other as the space mirrors the vision of its dining experience, a revitalization of history and tradition.

309 W Congress St., Savannah, GA

Photography: D. Paul Graham

Wiley’s Championship BBQ

Winner Winner, BBQ Dinner. A Sizzling Worldwide Favorite!

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You don’t get to call yourself a championship restaurant without having the wins—or the food—to back it up. You better believe Wiley’s Championship BBQ has both.

Ranked on Tripadvisor as no. 1 in Georgia, no. 3 in Savannah, and no. 4 in the country, Wiley’s has more than earned its claim to fame. As owner Nate Shaffer puts it, “We’re the only true championship restaurant in the area out of 26 barbecue restaurants.”

The newest contender in their line of Better Than Sex BBQ Sauce—Sweet Heat Hog Honey—is no lightweight, either. This sweet sauce puts a satisfying kick in your Q, perfect for taking wings, ribs, brisket, or Wiley’s world-famous burnt ends up a notch.

It’s a flavor experience you won’t get anywhere else because the sweetness comes from an exclusive partnership with a private honey label. Blended with classic chilli pepper heat, you get a Wiley’s-exclusive that’ll put you in hog heaven.

Come hungry and dine in, carry out, or have a picnic on the patio with a cold beer and see what makes this small Savannah restaurant a sizzling worldwide favorite.

4700 Highway 80 East, Savannah, GA


Photography: D. Paul Graham

The Ordinary Pub

Food Beyond Ordinary.

If you’re not paying attention you might miss the entrance to one of Savannah’s most imaginative gastropubs. That’s because The Ordinary Pub has an unassuming doorway that takes you downstairs to its unique basement location.

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Under the warm glow of Edison light bulbs, the historic basement of Savannah’s original Sears & Roebuck provides an intimate setting to enjoy reimagined pub fare. It’s where you’ll find jamocha braised short rib and country fried bison prepared by an award winning culinary team. From burgers and tacos to elevated dinner cuisine, this little basement pub will leave you smiling. 

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For brunch enthusiasts, the Ordinary is a must-visit. Try any of their custom craft cocktails—like house-made cold brew cocktails—or get the bottomless mimosas to go with the pork belly donut sliders or a chicken and waffle gyro. If you like to keep your brunch party simple, there’s nothing wrong with splitting the champagne and fries with your squad. There are no bad choices at The Ordinary Pub. Just award-winning food and cocktails.

217 1/2 W Broughton St., Savannah, GA

Photography: D. Paul Graham

Common Restaurant

Classic Dishes, Uncommon Style.

Saturated in historic charm and patina, The Common comes to life in this 140-year-old national historic building in the heart of downtown Savannah. Its stunning views of the iconic Marshall House Inn and Broughton Street act as an ideal backdrop to an experience featuring both a culinary and cocktail program that harnesses the talents of their entire team.

Common’s chefs work with fresh produce, meat and cheeses from local purveyors to present award-winning brunch and dinner services, while their bar team focuses on house-made shrubs, cordials, punches, juices and more to produce a truly unique experience.

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The Common also offers private event space: The Room, a 140-year-old open loft-like space on the top floor. Accommodating groups of 15-60 guests, The Room creates a charming backdrop for private parties that can be paired with a wine program that boasts over 450 district bottles and a “2 Glass Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator.

118 E Broughton St., Savannah, GA

Photography: D. Paul Graham

The Alida

Find Yourself at The Lost Square

From whiskey to wine to wish-list weekends, the rooftop bar at the Alida Hotel is the siren song of Savannah’s sultry southern riverside spot.

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Wondering what to do for the weekend? The Alida is crushing it, with Wine Crush Weekends at their Lost Square rooftop bar, pairing a lush list of wines and craft cocktails with a rotating menu of signature shareables for “chilled wines and chilled vibes” Fridays and Saturdays 2-6p.m. Their newest creation, the Port City Spritz (Nikka vodka, aperitif wine, strawberry, bubbles, soda) shows off with house-made fruit leather while their “cocktail for a cause” donates a portion of each served to Peletonia’s cancer research fund while you raise your glass to a horizon that spreads clear to the Carolinas. Sojourners and wanderers alike are called to gather by the river (especially as the sun sets) and find yourself at the Lost Square, the crown jewel of the Alida hotel with “no two rooms alike,” downtown’s only whiskey bar, and a convivial space where everyone “comes up and comes together.”

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412 Williamson St., Savannah, GA

Photography: Caroline Knopf

Frannie & The Fox

A Holy City Twist. Locally Sourced and Expertly Seasoned.

You don’t have to leave the cobblestone streets of the historic district to find Emeline—home to a wood-fired eatery and café with a bit of Charleston in every bite.

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Frannie & The Fox offers a great option for dinner, breakfast or weekend brunch where  you will always find regional ingredients with Italian sensibilities on the menu. Clerks Coffee Co. brings the buzz with their coffee– the perfect pairing with one of their house-made pastries and desserts.


“Executive Chef Tim Morton has done a wonderful job at making each menu item really stand out,” said Adam Jimenez, General Manager of Food & Beverage at Emeline and The Ryder Hotel. “Our Taleggio pizza featuring burnt honey and black pepper is one that many of our guests come back for.” 

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Using the herbs and spices of the Lowcountry, Emeline also gives their cocktails a Holy City twist. Drop by for a Closing Argument—featuring High Goal Gin, Midori, Génépy, and lime. Or if bourbon is your preferred spirit, go for a Mister Dexter: Virgil Kaine Rip Track Bourbon, Giffard Banane du Brésil, Demerara, lemon, and grapefruit. 

And if you didn’t know, Virgil Kaine Bourbon and High Goal Gin are made right in Charleston.

181 Church St., Charleston, SC

Styling by Muse at Perry Lane in Zimmermann Photography: D. Paul Graham

Edible Arrangements

An unforgettable gift, artfully arranged and dipped in molten chocolate to make any celebration delicious!

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Chocolate-dipped pineapple daisies and stars are a few of the eye-catching pieces in Edible Arrangements’ brilliant bouquets. Every creation is made-to-order with same-day delivery for ultimate freshness. A little fruit and chocolate are bound to brighten any occasion- from anniversaries, birthdays, graduations or just because! You can also stop by in-store for a delightful treat on the go. 

Owner of Savannah’s Edible Arrangements, Slade Dye, takes pride in her ability to give back to the community and ensuring the highest quality of standard. “We always put the customer first, making sure we gain their loyalty, and they have a wonderful experience. I also take pride in that I incorporated a one-of-a-kind mural into my shop by the lovely local Savannah artist Stephanie Forbes. She created a mural of our downtown skyline and incorporated chocolate into the Savannah River while adding fruit throughout the painting!”

10010 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA

Photography: D. Paul Graham


Taco Tuesday Any Day.

Family-owned since 1997, Jalapeños Authentic Mexican Grill has been the go-to spot for mouthwatering Mexican food in the Savannah area for over 20 years.

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With an extensive menu—all made with a dedication to using locally-sourced ingredients—Jalapeños serves up a wide variety of both traditional and Mexican dishes. Feed your cravings with enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos, and more. Just be sure to leave room for dessert; who could say no to churros, flan, sopapillas, or the Chimi Cheesecake? But the food isn’t their only claim to fame; Jalapeños also boasts a fully-stocked bar and incredible margaritas crafted with their own housemade mix.

You don’t have to go far to find them, either. With seven locations across the Savannah area—including downtown in the Historic District, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Rincon, Southside, Godley Station, and the Islands—a good time is always close at hand. Why wait for Taco Tuesday when Jalapeños is open every day?

7 E Broughton St., Savannah, GA

Photography: D. Paul Graham, John Alexander

Jazz’d Tapas Bar

Under new ownership, Jazz’d looks to curate a different vibe.

This below-the-street local favorite industrial restaurant has plans to spice things up in the coming months.

First opened in 2003 inside the heart of Savannah’s historic district, denizens know Jazz’d Tapas Bar an underground chic spot for delicious food, fun drinks and electrifying live music. A local hangout, Jazz’d offers a relaxed yet upscale venue to reconnect with friends over great food and service. Under new ownership, however, while preserving the restaurant’s character, the restaurant is looking to condense its menu to bolster the quality of its dishes, like the blackened salmon and mushroom soup with coconut milk. In late July, Karan Patel bought Jazz’d with a vision from owners of 19 years, Brian and Julie Curry. After visiting larger cities, Patel plans to transform the restaurant’s vibe into an upscale cocktail lounge, called the Finch, after 10 p.m. on select nights. The Finch will serve a menu of small-bites as the kitchen stays open later than usual. Stay tuned for this historic restaurant’s next chapter!

52 Barnard St., Savannah, GA

Photography: Miguel Mightygoodridge

Nine Line Apparel and Black Rifle Coffee Company 

Robust coffee and relentless patriotism on historic Savannah’s River Street.

Nine Line Apparel and their patriotic partners, Black Rifle Coffee Company, have joined forces, operating their second shared storefront adjacent to the luxurious JW Marriott Plant Riverside District – accompanying their first, flagship store located off the 204 & I95 interchange. 

Order one of Black Rifle Coffee’s signature sips, charmingly named after American revolutionary history. You can count on Old Glory, mocha raspberry latte, or the Betsy Ross, white mocha and blackberry latte, amongst other creative concoctions, as these drinks are to stay on the menu indefinitely. Seasonal lattes curated by the barista team are rotated to offer more delicious flavors for guests. Ready to brew at home? Shop the varied bold flavors like Liberty Roast or Silencer Smooth, or join their coffee subscription for more fresh blends delivered right to your door as often as desired. While getting a well-deserved caffeine fix, head over to the Nine Line side for a patriotic tumbler and other gear. Nine Line also offers a coffee subscription of their original blend Nightstalker, as well as their popular Patriots Club monthly subscription box of apparel, gear, and more!

305 W River St., Savannah, GA
450 Ft Argyle Rd., Savannah, GA

Photography: Tiffany Goggin

Chamacos Tacos & Surf

Tacos, Tequila and Tunes on Tybee.

Located just a block from the beach on Tybee Island, this zesty taco joint is rated within the top 10% of all properties reviewed on TripAdvisor.

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It is not every day that the stars align so perfectly for a restaurant. Open from noon to 9 pm every day of the week, Chamacos Tacos & Surf brings the tacos, the drinks, the live music, and most importantly, the taste to its customers. Customer reviews consistently note the Baja Fish, Barbacoa tacos, and Chamacos’s chip and guacamole combo. In addition to selling craft IPAs, happy hour hits every weekday from 4 pm-6 pm. Chamacos sells a variety of specialty drinks for under $10, like the Margarita Rocks or the Bloody Maria, in addition to soda products and craft IPAs. Chamacos brings in live music from 6 pm to 9 pm from Thursday thru Saturday. This lively spot features indoor and outdoor seating, making it perfect for families and couples looking to recharge after a day at the beach. Don’t forget to swing by the accompanying surf shop to pick up some merchandise to commemorate your experience at one of the best restaurants Tybee Island has to offer!

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1105 U.S. 80 East, Tybee Island, GA

Photography: D. Lawrence Barksdale

1540 Room at The DeSoto

Flavors 482 Years in the Making.

Inside The DeSoto, Chef Collin Clemons and General Manager Andrew Noye join creative forces to bring you the dynamic flavors of a dining experience 482 years in the making.

Paying tribute to the rich history of the global spice trade, the 1540 Room takes inspiration from international flavor profiles combined with local ingredients sourced throughout the coastal empire. Thanks to careful partnerships with Lowcountry growers and cultivators, every dish—right down to the imaginative desserts—is a farm-to-table delight served in an elevated yet comfortable dining room with an open kitchen. Even the herbs are picked daily from the garden right outside The DeSoto. It all comes together to create a delightfully delicious culinary showcase you can only find in Savannah.

A can’t-miss place for both locals and visitors, you’ll want to make your reservation while checking out the current seasonally-inspired menu online—as well as 1540’s extensive wine selection. While you’re at it, go ahead and plan your next visit to see what’s new as the seasons change. 

15 E Liberty, Savannah, GA

Photography: John Alexander

Le Café Gourmet

Come for the smells, stay for the authenticity.

This Parisian café in downtown Savannah attracts local and international visitors alike through traditional baking practices and ingredients imported from across the Atlantic.

The smells of fresh baguettes and pastries permeates the air from a private bakery each morning across town through the doors of this cozy, brick-lined café just two blocks South of Franklin Square. After purchasing the store earlier this year, Helen and Ian Hall have picked up the torch and continue to bring to the table Le Café Gourmet’s tight selection of authentic French baguettes, pastries and crêpes; while at the same time, expanding to farmers markets and planning for a food truck. Because they directly import butter, leavener, flour and chocolate from L’Hexagone, Le Café Gourmet consistently draws European customers through its doors. “It makes a difference,” owner Helen Hall said, of the way. Europeans are used to having their baguettes, “A little more done, really crispy, but soft on the inside.” Come try for yourself!

53 Montgomery St., Savannah, GA


Belford’s Savannah

Keeping it traditional while looking forward. Experience some of the south’s finest cuisine at this historic upscale locale.

One of Savannah’s most established restaurants, Belford’s prides itself on its excellent customer service and respect for tradition. Built in 1902 the building originally belonged to the Savannah Hebrew congregation. It was sold 21 years later to the Belford family to house their wholesale food company, and is the origin of the restaurant’s name. 

With strong roots to the past, the restaurant which opened in 1996 strives to be forward-thinking. Its classy ambiance and heart pine floors are interspersed with modern decor. The focused menu shines with USDA prime aged steaks and a comprehensive wine list to pair. “People understand that they’re going to get a quality meal,” Manager Andrew Hill said. “It’s an upbeat, fun, comfortable setting.” 

Belford’s puts a twist on traditional shrimp and grits by including a crispy fried grit cake and soulful Southern greens.  You’ll find plenty of favorites that will have you coming back for more.\

315 W Saint Julian St., Savannah, GA

Tequila’s Town

A modern take on traditional Mexican cuisine.

From humble origins in Morelia, Michoacán, Tequila’s Town continues to capture Savannahians with a modern interpretation of the traditional. 

With a flagship location in downtown Savannah, this restaurant sets itself apart from the competition with a focus on ingredients. Tequila’s Town sources all steak, chicken, pork and seafood locally, and employees grind and tailor the famous tableside guacamole in molcajete bowls, with fresh Mexican avocados. Enjoy delectable Tex-Mex bowls, delicious parrilladas and countless taco creations, and over 35 premium tequilas and counting to wash it all down. Tequila’s Town’s mixologists hand-pick the bar’s ever changing selection from well-known family distilleries and artisanal houses. Alongside its friendly service, Tequila’s Town continues to be one of the best Mexican eateries in South Georgia.

109 Whitaker St., Savannah, GA

Photography: Tiffany Goggin

PS Tavern

Your neighborhood bar away from home.

This relaxed establishment strives to make every patron a recurring customer with its friendly service, popular drinks and delicious bar food.

After moving from Colorado in 2016, husband-and-wife Scot and Paisley Minshall combined their names and opened PS Tavern in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. PS Tavern prides itself on its laid-back ambience, popular Bloody Marys and made-from-scratch pizza dough and sauce. While it’s home to many bachelorette parties and bar crawlers, its late night kitchen serves up a variety of all-American grub and appetizers. 

“What people don’t know about us is how good our food is,” said Scot Minshall. “Whether its burgers or wings or more traditional American food, we take a lot of pride.”

Home of the Green Bay Packers Watch Party and signature drink “invisible pants” (two types of rum), the tavern’s priority is making customers feel welcome within its walls either downtown or at its satellite restaurant at the new Enmarket Arena. Paisley Minshall coined the term “your neighborhood bar away from home,”which is what PS Tavern tries to be “even though there’s not really a neighborhood around us,” said Scot Minshall. “If somebody comes in for a weekend visit, we see them three or four different times. If you sit at our bar long enough, you’re bound to see something you’ve probably never seen before.”

11 W Bay St., Savannah, GA

One of Chef Kirk Blaine’s favorite dishes to make is General Tso’s Dove, a meat that Blaine says tastes similar to duck. Photography / John Alexander

Chef Kirk Blaine Catering

Savory Memories and Flawless Delivery.

For Chef Kirk Blaine, there’s so much more to being part of the Southern food scene than the gourmet creations that go on your plate.

That’s why he expanded beyond restaurant kitchens and added full-service catering to his repertoire of culinary services: to be a part of people’s lives beyond a quick meal.

“Take any special event. ” Chef Blaine said. “You want to paint a picture of it, and it’s the food, the decor, music, and ambiance. It’s all these nuances that come together to create these memorable experiences.”

When it comes to catering, those nuances include having the organization and leadership skills to flawlessly deliver the entire food operation system off-site. But Chef Blaine has been building those skills throughout his life, having been raised by local business-owning parents to have a strong work ethic long before he began his career. And those skills enable him to look at the crew in the kitchen and know where to place them to get the best result.

“Catering for an event—it’s more than just a dinner. It’s a memory you’re going to treasure forever.”


Photography: Tiffany Goggin

Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery

Bringing a scrumptiously unparalleled new menu.

Located inside Hyatt Regency Savannah, this spacious hotel has a front seat to the best the city has to offer.

Hyatt Regency Savannah’s greatest allure is its view and proximity to the heart of Savannah. Squarely overlooking the Savannah River, River Street runs through it, putting patrons an elevator ride away from everything the city’s historic district has to offer. To fuel guests and locals, Moss + Oak Savannah Eatery is serving up delectable fare for lunch from blue crab fritters to a fall arugula salad. For dinnertime, you can enjoy Moss + Oak’s redesigned fall menu including sautéed mussels and Chorizo or the blackened flounder finished off with crawfish Étouffée. Dishes served using sustainably sourced and local ingredients and to be remembered long after they are devoured. 

2 W Bay St., Savannah, GA

Rusty Pig BBQ

Family Recipes, Casual Dining.

Cindy and Neal Anderson started Rusty Pig more than 13 years ago to share the best barbeque with friends and family, quickly growing into two restaurants and they’re not done yet.

With a passion for bringing quality food to the neighborhood, they look forward to “having you and your family as our guests,” said the Andersons. Plan a visit to the Glennville or Rincon locations soon, but if you can’t make it out, there is a way to bring Rusty Pig to you. You can order any of their BBQ sauces — or a frozen gallon of their Brunswick Stew! — shipped to anywhere in the USA. Put it on pork, chicken, beef — whatever you’re barbecuing — or enjoy it straight from the jar with a spoon. It’s that good!

600 N. Veterans Blvd, Glennville, GA / 912.654.4744
360 S. Columbia Ave, Rincon, GA / 912.826.4233

Photography: John Alexander

Wright Square Bistro

Throwing a dinner party every day.

“When making a dish,” Michael Higgins and Tod Whitaker tell their team, “make sure it’s something you would serve to a guest in your home.”

Their uniquely Southern menu triumphs by teaming with local businesses like Wicked Cakes, Donna’s Delicious Delites, Auspiciuous Bakery, Carlstedt’s Flowers, Davis Produce and Rive Gauche Wines. “Jason Restivo from Rive Gauche guided us in creating an amazing core wine list from organic, artisanal vineyards in California and Europe.” Boutique wines meet low riding pups as the owners’ champion Pembroke Welsh corgis are meal namesakes: Robust Clark is roast beef sandwich, the house salad is a Locket, who never lost the baby weight, Alice can be kind of fishy, Gertrude is a little chicken and Fredo is cheesy, all of which translate, but grand matriarch Beatrix is the bleu cheese wedge for how she wedged herself into people’s hearts. “We’ve also extended Friday-Saturday hours,” Higgins invites, “when the room looks and feels amazing – Southern feel with a little European ambiance.”

21 W York St., Savannah, GA

Photography: Tiffany Goggin

Salt Island Fish & Beer

Refresh and recharge beach-goers days.

The perfect spot to recharge after a day on the beach or connect with someone on a first date.

Located a strong stone’s throw away from Tybee Island’s waves, Salt Island Fish & Beer puts the sea in seafood. Striving to be modern while honoring the past, it’s named in part for the 14th century inhabitants of the region, the Euchee Tribe, who’s word for “salt” was “Tybee.” This seafood-forward establishment sources the freshest local ingredients, and serves them up with a cozy beach cottage vibe, local craft beers and curated cocktails. Fresh, made-from-scratch dishes like the fried shrimp platter and beer-battered fish sandwich are crowd favorites, and patrons can become VIP members to get updates on exclusive events, secret menu items, discounts and loyalty rewards. 

101 Lovell Ave, Tybee Island, GA

Photography: Tiffany Goggin

Poe’s Tavern

Moody ambiance with delicious dishes.

This all-American restaurant makes all of its menu items in-house while modeling its design and menu on the life and works of Edgar Allen Poe.

Located in Savannah’s Yamacraw Village, nestled close to the waterfront, Poe’s Tavern opened its fourth location at the start of August. Open daily, Poe’s cozy booths and bar are surrounded by a brooding color palette and several pictures of the man himself, Edgar Allen Poe. The menu shines with its seafood tacos and gourmet burgers like the “Amontillado,” a guacamole, jalapeño jack cheese, pico de gallo and chipotle sour cream burger named after one of Poe’s most iconic stories. The tavern grinds all of its beef in-house, and makes its veggie patties from black beans. This restaurant follows up its food with an array of wine, 24 selections of draft beer, and signature cocktails like The Poe’s Punch. Their space is a newly renovated fire station with two garage doors and a large, dog-friendly patio. While Poe’s life was mysteriously cut short, one of Savannah’s newest restaurants seems set for a long and healthy life. 

7 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA

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