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Apr 9, 2009 03:52 PM

Savannah Restaurants?

I will be in Savannah for 5 days in May. Can you make any suggestions for restaurants that won't break the bank but shouldn't be missed. Southern comfort food would be on my list. I won't have a car and am staying near the historic area. I'm looking forward to the trip and really appreciate any suggestions.

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    1. If you do a search on here, you will find lots of suggestions.

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        I did do a search but was unclear about what is within walking distance. I did get the message to stay clear of Paula Deen's place but that was a given for me anyway. I am looking for restaurants for dinner that locals would recommend. I will try Mrs. Wilkes's for lunch.

        1. re: beanodc

          I'm traveling to Savannah next weekend, staying in the historic district, and have researched restaurants within walking distance. Some of the places on my list to try include Clary's Cafe, Local 11Ten, B. Matthews, Angels BBQ, Jazz'd, Soho South Cafe, Leopold's Ice Cream and Zunzi's Express. Good luck!

          1. re: carolinadawg

            There is a Clary's Restaurant on Abercorn. What's the difference in the two.

            1. re: Littleman

              Clary's Cafe is located at 404 Abercorn. I'm pretty sure there is not a "Clary's Restaurant" on Abercorn, nor in Savannah for that matter. But, of course, you are the world travelling gourmand who has been in every restaurant there is and is intimately familar with every dish they serve, so I may be wrong. However, here is a picture of the menu from Clary's Cafe:

              1. re: carolinadawg

                There are two (2) Clary's Cafe's, one on Abercorn and one on Habersham. The Abercorn is the original and the Habersham is new in a strip mall.

                Clary's Cafe @ 4430 Habersham St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 351 - 0302. *

                Clary's Cafe @ 404 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 233 - 0402.

                1. re: Littleman

                  You continue to be a spewing fountain of wonderful information! So where is this "Clary's Restaurant" you speak of?

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    Excuse me Dawg. I thought there were two different restaurants. I know all about the original Clary's on Abercorn. I have two cousins in Savannah that are both doctors. I was told there was a new one. Actually I figured one of "Clary's" family members got tired of working at the original and left to open their own and called it Restaurant but my relatives that live in the Historic Dist. told me there were two Clary's Cafes. So accept my apology. There are a lot of old great family restaurants in Mississippi that were started after WWII and run by Italians as well as other foks that fled Europe during the war. When the kids work in these restaurant for a long time and never get to take over then some tend to go out on their own. Brennan's in NOLA is an example.

      2. You can break the bank on some pretty mediocre food very quickly in Savannah.

        Try Mrs. Wilkes for lunch, you can get there on foot, and it fills the bill. Fridays are fish days, the rest of the week is better. Don't get sucked into all that hoopla over the overpriced, poor quality Walls BBQ. Geneva's is pretty weak, just keep going to Mrs. Wilkes. If you are really adventurous and want real deal Soul Food, go to Little Kings on Abercorn at Waldburg. Little Kings is not for the feint of heart. Tripe, chicken backs, red hots, they got it all.

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        1. re: sarge

          I am definitely adventurous but tripe and chichen backs? I'll think about Little Kings. Thanks for the recommendations.

          1. re: beanodc

            Mrs. Wilkes is at 107 West Jones--just ate there for lunch today for the first time in over 20 years--I would agree with others that after one trip, you might consider coming back for a second visit before your trip is over. A Chowhound Paradise, for sure. The motto on the back of their T-shirts reads "If the Colonel had chicken this good, he'd be a General!"

            1. re: KyMikey

              Glad to read things continue at Mrs. Wilkes, with on-going hospitality and great food. A few years back, I seem to remember the future of the establishment was in doubt with the passing of Mrs. Wilkes. We met her a few times, met her daughter and discussed some recipes after a lunchtime stop there- years ago. Is one (or more) of Mrs. Wilkes' children running it now? Is there any back-story that locals may pass along re: transition of the business since the loss of Mrs. Wilkes? Just curious. We are overdue for a road trip back to Savannah and the tradition that is Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House.

        2. For southern type food try Clarys for breakfast or Sweet Potatos at any time. Uncle Bubbas is a better version of a paula Deen restaurant and much less crowded. Loal 11110, Noble Fare, and 700 Drayton are all good upscale restaurants. Firely is quite good, J, Christophers, Soho South are fine as well for breakfast and lunch choices. Zunzis Express is quite good. Screaming Mimis for pizza and subs. Molly McPhersons is a nice place for a bar meal or a good freiedly local bar feel place to get a drink. The bar upstairs at the Mansion at the Park is an excellent bar.

            1. re: curej

              I didn't care for Ciao Bella, but I have heard other folks say it is good - hit or miss? Who knows.

              A little pricey, though.

              1. re: Nazan Yar

                I think you're referring to Cha Bella, a foody kind of place that grows their own vegetable and uses primarily locally sourced ingredients. Ciao Bella is a southern Italian place in Habersham Village--decidedly not walking distance