Savannah has lots of choices when it comes to dining and in our virtual culinary/restaurant tour of Savannah Georgia, we take you to some of our favorites in this city of culinary creativity.
The photo to the left features Soho South Cafe, a delightfully funky cafe located on Liberty Street in the middle of the historic district. Soho serves a popular Sunday brunch menu in addition to their regular lunch and dinner menus every other day of the week. The cafe shares this gigantic space with a gift shop, a vintage book store and another tiny shop in the back. The actual colors of the restaurant are not quite as garish as the ones shown here, but they do convey the fun and funky spirit of the place better than the colors in the original raw photo.
This page will load very slowly. We wanted to share our restaurants photos with you in as large a format as possible, so you could get a better feel for some of the restaurants in this great city.
In this group of photos, we processed many of the images with Paint Shop Pro in order to allow the people in the photos to have a little more privacy, and just to have an excuse to work creatively with some of the images.
The main feature photo above was taken in 2006 on our vacation in Savannah. The funky cafe that is pictured here is Soho South Cafe. The cafe has to be one of the most quirky dining rooms in the entire city, if not the best funky restaurant in town. Yes, Gallery Espresso and Sentient Bean are delightfully different, but they just cannot compare to the overall strangeness of Soho Cafe. The space was once a very high ceilinged auto repair shop or machine shop with huge steel beams. Surprisingly, the space is quite intimate with the space being broken up with half walls, screens and banners that hang from the ceiling. The other thing that makes this place unique is the artwork that makes the entire space come to life.
The first photograph to the left shows a friend waiting for breakfast in Belford's sunlit dining room on Congress Street. This marvelous space was once a warehouse and was transformed into a spacious and rustic dining room by the owners when they rehabbed the building. The photo is in black and white, because I had just discovered (by mistake) that my camera would do black and white photographs when I took this picture. We love the somber quality of black and white, so it made it into this photo feature.
The second photograph to the left shows the huge 12 foot windows that allow Belford's Steak and Seafood to be such a bright welcoming space in the morning. This light and a great breakfast buffet, make Belford's a great place for breakfast or brunch. They also have sidewalk cafe tables on their porch for alfresco dining on the other side of the building.
The third photograph to the left shows another view of Belford's facing the other direction in sepia tones that seemed to fit the age of the building.
The forth photo to the left shows my traveling companion and in-house model hiding behind a patio umbrella and a Bloody Mary at Tubby's Tank House on River Street. Tubby's has a gigantic raised open air porch on River Street facing the Savannah River, the Convention Center, and the grand Westin Harbor Resort. Tubby's is an incredible place to watch the river, the river boats, tugs, and tourists along River Street. Their food is very down to earth, reasonable and well done. It is one of our favorite places in Savannah.
The fifth photo was another one we processed in Paint Shop Pro. It features Garibaldi's Cafe on Congress Street. This building that the restaurant resides in shows wonderful age and when you walk in, you just know that this building has lots of stories to tell. It was built in the 1800's as a grand ballroom for a fire company. Inside you'll find humongous chandeliers, walls covered with oversized mirrors and upstairs probably one of the grandest spaces in Savannah with floor to ceiling arched windows, coffered ceilings, opera chairs and even more chandeliers.
The sixth photo on the left is one of our worst photos that we took on vacation, but we are showing it because of the outlandish popularity of the restaurant, Paula Deen's The Lady and Sons. Just a tip based on our experience there, go mid afternoon to avoid the long lines. We walked right in with no waiting. We got there I guess about 2:00 in the afternoon. I think that the hostess was shocked we didn't have to wait because she still sent us outside to get a number, and then greeted us like real humans when we came back with a number, 60 seconds later. We can't guarantee that you won't have to wait arriving at this time, but it is worth a try. Also be aware that Paula closes for an hour or two every day starting at 3:00 in the afternoon so the staff can get ready for dinner.
The seventh photo shows one of our favorite restaurants in all of Savannah, the historic Olde Pink House on Reynolds Square at Abercorn Street. This photo shows a view of one of their historic dining rooms with gold opera chairs, white table linens, a colonial era fireplace, historic portraits, elegant window treatments and crystal chandeliers.
The eighth photo on the left of the page was chosen because it reminded us of something out of an old foreign film. It shows the front of the Olde Pink House and somehow seems to convey the spirit of mystery that is associated with this grand old building.
The ninth photo on the left is the same darn photo sent through a ton of filters to portray the Pink House in Pink. I know that's silly, but I couldn't resist it.
The tenth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth photos to the left portray a passage of time as this gigantic cargo ship passed by Tubby's Tank House as we were sitting there having a light casual lunch and cocktails. This container ship must have stood 5 stories high and weighed thousands of tons, but it flew up the Savannah River with no hesitation and very little noise. It was simply amazing.
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