Eating around the world in Savannah

Savannah / Hilton Head

Savannah may be known for Southern fare, with dishes like fried chicken and shrimp and grits, but visitors will be surprised at the variety of food they can find in the city once they leave River Street. When you’ve had your fill of home-style eateries, make sure to check out these local favorites for some global flavor.

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The Conquistador at Zunzi’s

Zunzi’s, South African

You’ll know Zunzi’s by the South African flag flying above the entrance. The sandwiches are the main attraction here, like the Conquistador, a massive French loaf topped with baked chicken and a Thousand Island-esque secret sauce. The Boerewors on a Roll is made with homemade South African sausage, onions, mustard and gravy for the perfect mix of savory ingredients. There’s not much seating, so grab a spot outside under the rainbow umbrellas or on a bench at nearby Wright Square.

Flying Monk Noodle Bar, Asian

When you’re in the mood for a heaping bowl of noodles, seek out Flying Monk Noodle Bar. There are noodle house staples like pho and ramen, but the White Elephant, a Laotian chicken soup, is a standout, made with fresh white noodles, chicken and caramelized shallots for that punch of sweetness. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, try the Master Shifu Noodles, with braised short ribs, yellow potatoes and wide rice noodles.

Pie Society, British

Opened by two Brits out to escape the English weather, this shop proves that no one does savory pies better. Everything is baked fresh daily, from the steak and mushroom pie to the chicken curry pasty. You can dine in or take out to enjoy lunch in warmer-than-London Savannah, and the afternoon tea service is a great pick-me-up, especially if you need some non-sweet tea caffeine.

Sweet Spice, Caribbean

Sweet Spice brings the island flavor to the Savannah area with a location near Thunderbolt. You can fill up on Caribbean staples like curry goat and fried dumplings, but this spot shines because of its fresh seafood, showcased in escovitch fish and curry shrimp. After the spice, take advantage of the sweet, with coconut cake and key lime pie.

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Sweet Spice

Persepolis, Persian

Persepolis is an eatery tucked behind the chaos of River Street, and it’s a surprising find in the historic district. Despite the humble look, it’s far from a typical Mediterranean hole-in-the-wall, offering rack of lamb and marinated filet mignon, with herb-heavy Persian flavors and golden raisin-studded rice.

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Persepolis

 

Back in the Day Bakery, Southern

End your culinary trip around the world back in the South. This James Beard Award-nominated bakery has been a Savannah treasure for almost 15 years. There are seasonal lunch offerings, like the Jambon Trois sandwich, with French ham, cornichons, red radish and butter, or the Pimento & Pig, with house-made pimento spread and applewood-smoked bacon. Back in the Day’s biggest draw is its menu of sweets, including lime cream bars, banana pudding and even sweet tea pie, which combines the flavor of Georgia’s signature drink with butter and lemon.