Leopold’s Ice Cream

What we ate in Savannah

My mom and I had a lot of fun scouting out different restaurants to try while on our trip to Savannah!

Exploring Savannah

We were thinking about eating at Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons, but heard from a few other travelers at our hotel that it wasn’t worth going to. We did check out her store, though!

On our first day, we headed to City Market (an open-air market with restaurants and shops) and got lunch at Cafe City Market. We both agreed that the food was just sub-par. I can’t even remember what we ate?!

We ended up eating at an oyster restaurant called Sorry Charlie’s twice because we loved it so much. We both got blackened fish tacos both times. Twins. I was so enamored with the tacos that I asked the waitress what type of fish they used and she told me it was swordfish. Yum.

Fish Tacos

Fish tacos from Sorry Charlie’s.

I also ordered a side of grilled corn and it was some of the best corn I’ve ever had. That started the theme of me trying to find corn at every restaurant while in Savannah. I got hooked! I’m now on a mission to learn how to cook corn on the grill in its husk.

Corn

While my favorite restaurant was Sorry Charlie’s, my mom’s favorite was Fiddler’s Crab House. We had lunch there one day and it was lovely. The restaurant is along the Savannah River, so we were able to eat outside and have a great view of the river as massive barges quietly floated by. We both had grilled fish there and it was cooked perfectly.

I also got… you guessed it… corn!

Corn 2

Enjoying my corn at Fiddler’s Crab House.

We also ate at a restaurant called 39 Rue de Jean. It was an interesting upscale restaurant that specialized in the odd combo of French food and sushi. My mom got French food and I got sushi. Everything was excellent!

When we visited Tybee Island, we ate lunch at Fannie’s on the Beach. It was a cute, beachy restaurant with a great view of the ocean. You can’t go wrong with a view of the ocean, right? I got crab legs, and my mom had a burger.

The crab legs were great! I had fun playing with my food and even tried to pinch my mom with one of the crab’s claws. She didn’t appreciate that too much 😉

Crab legs at Fannie's on the Beach.

Crab legs at Fannie’s on the Beach.

As we were planning our trip, every website I read about traveling to Savannah mentioned Leopold’s Ice Cream, which has been in Savannah for almost a century. We stopped by on a hot day and it was a fun little experience!

Coffee ice cream from Leopold's.

Coffee ice cream from Leopold’s.

So to sum up this post, I thought it would be helpful to jot down the restaurants we went to in case anyone reading this is planning on traveling to Savannah and wanted tips on dining!

Sorry Charlie’s –> Highly recommend the blackened fish tacos.
Fiddler’s Crab House –> Great views and delicious fish.
31 Rue de Jean –> Awesome French food and sushi, but pricey.
Fannie’s on the Beach –> Great view of the ocean and fresh seafood.
Leopold’s Ice Cream –> A Savannah classic. Go.
Cafe City Market –> Don’t recommend.
The Sentient Bean –> Organic, fair-trade coffee shop. I enjoyed the Ethopian blend coffee.

Three Days in Savannah

My mom and I ended up road tripping from Pittsburgh to Charlotte to Savannah instead of flying from Pittsburgh to Savannah and I’m so glad we did. We had a great time driving and talking, and we both loved our brief stay in Charlotte.

We arrived in Charlotte on a Saturday afternoon and stayed at the Crowne Plaza. We worshipped at Charlotte Church of Christ on Sunday morning, and then drove to Savannah. We arrived in Savannah the day after the Savannah College of Art and Design held their graduation and the city was wild. There were so many intoxicated people. It was just crazy. Thankfully the city seemed to calm down as the week went on.

The Savannah College of Art and Design

The Savannah College of Art and Design

We stayed at the Hampton Inn Historic District and I hate to say it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. On our first night, my mom and I got stuck on the elevator with eight other people for 20 minutes. We all started running out of air and had to be rescued. It was by far one of the scariest experiences of my life. Needless to say, I will never ride in an elevator again. Ever.

On our first full day, it rained from 8:00 AM until the next morning due to Tropical Storm Colin. There was some minor flooding, but nothing compared to how bad Florida was hit. We decided to visit the Oglethorpe Mall to get out of the rain and had a blast. It was a very clean mall and we both enjoyed it.

Oglethorpe Mall

We got cold at the mall so we bought matching hoodies, haha.

By Tuesday morning, the rain had cleared up and we were so excited to get out and really explore Savannah. It was a hot day, in the high 80s, but we didn’t let that stop us. We went to Forsyth Park, The Sentient Bean coffee shop, City Market, River Street, and Leopold’s Ice Cream. We also visited almost every square and took a trolley tour of the city.

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

View of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge from River Street.

View of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge from River Street.

City Market

City Market

Coffee ice cream from Leopold's.

Coffee ice cream from Leopold’s.

Hanging out in one of the squares. Yes, I am extremely pale.

Hanging out in one of the squares. Yes, I am extremely pale.

Sightseeing on the trolley tour.

Sightseeing on the trolley tour.

We spent the last day of our trip on Tybee Island, which I will blog about next. I’ll also be discussing the restaurants we went to, and sharing more pictures.

My mom said her favorite part of Savannah was taking the trolley tour and learning about the history behind everything. I would have agreed, but since I have hearing loss, I couldn’t understand the tour guide over the roar of the engine, haha.

My favorite part of Savannah was Forsyth Park. I absolutely loved how peaceful and beautiful it was! We both agreed that we enjoyed how walkable, clean, and dog-friendly Savannah is. I would go back in a heartbeat and I want to take Jimmy!

Have you ever been to Savannah?

What is your favorite city to explore?