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Apr 25, 2007 10:30 AM

Chowing in Charleston and Savannah

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.

For lunch

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.

For dinner

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.

For lunch

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.

For dinner

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.

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  1. Been several years since we've been to Charleston, but my wife and I always made a point to go to Poogan's Porch, and thought it was great! If it's gone downhill, I'm sorry to hear that!

    In Savannah....Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House beats the Lady and Sons every day, and twice on Sunday. Paula has gone too commercial!!

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    1. re: Foodman53

      Well, I would never say that based on one visit a place has gone downhill, but it was average when we were there.

      I forgot to mention that another great dinner spot in Savannah is Alligaor Soul; inventive low country cuisine set in a downstairs tavern atmosphere.