Savannah is known for the excellence of its seafood and Southern restaurants. Assuming you are not stuffed by the constant round of breakfast, afternoon tea, wine and cheese, and evening desserts laid on by Savannah’s historic inns, food lovers will have a real ball here. The city’s restaurants are among the best in Georgia, rivaled only by those in Atlanta. The best dining is in the Historic District, and along River Street, bordering the water. Some of Savannah’s restaurants, like Elizabeth on 37th, are ranked among the finest in the entire South. Others, like Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, are places to go for real Southern fare. And then there’s TV celebrity chef Paula Deen, long-time native of the city and purveyor of much-loved Southern-style cooking. Some visitors still make the trip to Savannah solely to visit her feted restaurant, The Lady & Sons, despite Deen being dumped by the Food Network in 2013 after a controversy involving racial slurs.

Savannah’s Other Market

Unlike the old City Market, Forsyth Farmers’ Market ( is a genuine fresh-food market with a huge variety of local organic produce and poultry for sale. The market operates on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm, at the southern end of Forsyth Park. Think delicious nuts from Alake’s Pecans, sweet treats from the Chocolate Lab, local honey, and Cup to Cup Coffee Roasters.

Savannah's Jewish Food FestivalSavannah is probably the last place you’d expect to find a Jewish food festival, but the annual event—referred to locally as “Shalom, Y’all”—is a genuine celebration of all things matzoh ball, latke, and challah. The festival usually takes place at the end of October in Forsyth Park, when around 10,000 people trawl the various stalls selling snacks and small plates. Admission is free, and most snacks are $1.

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