Where to Eat- Savannah & Tybee Island, GA
Well, our summer all of a sudden got super busy!
We kicked summer off once school got out with a trip back West to Utah to see family and see my baby sister get married. After getting home our schedule slowed down, and we were enjoying being lazy and laying around the pool everyday. But middle of July hit and it has been nonstop since! We are booked for a new adventure every week until school starts up again in August.
To start it all off, we drove to Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia for some much anticipated beach time. We had heard tons of wonderful things about Savannah and the surrounding area, and it lived up to everything we had heard! I fell in love with the charm and beauty of the historic streets, the trees, and the buildings. So, stay tuned because there will be much more about our time there!
While on our wonderful beach vacation in Savannah, you better believe we ate some good food! And it wasn’t hard to find it, either.
We love finding unique, local, and different places to eat while on vacay. That’s part of the experience, right?! You gotta eat, so why not eat somewhere new or try something you’ve never had before. I do have to admit, I’m not the best at trying really different dishes. I usually stick to what I know I like, or find something similar to it on the menu, but every once in a while I’ll branch out!
So, below I’ve listed our favorite food places in Tybee and Savannah, Georgia. In no particular order (because they are all delicious in their own ways), we highly recommend stopping at any, or all, of these eateries on your next visit!
Lizzy’s Tequila Bar & Grill
Located on River Street in Savannah, Lizzy’s is considered Tex-Mex with a fun, but also family-friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is housed in a 1800’s trade warehouse, and has two stories of seating with optional outdoor tables. It’s colorful and lively, with local artists performing for background music while you eat.
We arrived for dinner, and everyone easily found something they wanted to eat from the menu. With options from a kid’s menu, Sis was able to find her favorite, chicken fingers, and Bubs went with an extra cheesy quesadilla. I also went with a quesadilla, but with chicken, spinach, and tomatoes, while Troy had the fajitas. I was a little jealous, I gotta say.
And, this is what you get when you ask your husband to take a picture of his food, haha! He was more concerned with eating it than presentation.
Tip: Make a reservation, or be prepared to wait! We just walked up, but then waited for almost an hour before our table was ready.
The Sugar Shack
You can find this diner on Tybee Island, and it is a perfect place for a pre-beach meal. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner items, as well as ice cream, milkshakes, malts, and other yummy treats.
I went with a classic hamburger and fries for lunch. Cooked perfectly and loaded with toppings and condiments of your choice, it was a great amount of food. The kids had grilled cheese and a kid size burger, and Troy settled on the cheeseburger.
We didn’t get ice cream or a treat during that visit, but next time we definitely will! We watched a couple walk out with their cones, and they looked soooo good.
Tip: Opt for outdoor seating once you order, and be prepared for “island time” service. Don’t get me wrong, the service was great, everyone was very friendly, and the food was delicious, but everything ran a little slower, hence “island time.” 🙂 So plan to spend some time relaxing and enjoying some family time.
Fannie’s On The Beach
Also on Tybee Island, this great beach side restaurant serves anything from pizza, burgers, salads, and ribs, to shrimp and other seafood selections. There was something for everyone, and something for any mood you’re in!
Located right off of Tybee Beach, it’s a fun, friendly atmosphere with good food and a great view of the ocean. You also have optional indoor and outdoor seating, and live music on the weekends.
The kids stuck to their usuals and had grilled cheese and chicken fingers. Troy surprised me and ordered a steak quesadilla, which he said was the perfect amount of cheese to steak. I took the picture this time, haha!
I went with a basic, personal sized Margherita pizza. Bubs ended up helping me by eating a slice or two, because it filled me up! The crust was wonderful and had that stone fired taste that I love.
And, question… Does anyone else add parmesan cheese on top of their already cheesy pizza like I do??? Gotta have it!
Tip: Hit this place for a late lunch or early dinner, not your traditional eating times, because it gets swamped with hungry beach goers!
Wild Wing Cafe
Right in the heart of Savannah’s City Market, Wild Wing Cafe has all things wings, salads, burgers, and wraps. We just happened upon it while walking around downtown, figured it was a safe bet for the kids picky tastes, and were pleased with our meals. With a very kid and family friendly atmosphere, Bubs and Sis were given coloring pages and crayons to pass the time. We were seated promptly, too, but I mention it was a Monday for lunch.
We were all so hungry, I didn’t even think to take pictures of our food until after it was gone, haha. But, the kids had mini cheeseburger sliders and a pepperoni pizza. Troy and I both opted for the Fajita Fiesta Salad, because it was so hot outside and we just wanted something refreshing, and it hit the spot!
Tip: Sit indoors if you’re there during the summer for lunch. It’s hot out there on the pavement and being in downtown there isn’t as much river/ocean breeze to cool you. Take all the AC you can get!
Now, on to the dessert/treat stops! Really I don’t know why I didn’t just start with these… We love our treats!
Peaches and Creme
Technically, the ice cream shop associated with the Olympia Cafe (located just next door), this charming little place has 32 flavors of gelato and ice cream, including Haagen-Dazs flavors! I love Haagen-Dazs, just fyi 😉
We needed a cool treat while walking River Street in Savannah, and the bold blue and white awning caught our eyes. I wish we had known about their main restaurant before we ate dinner, because it looked and smelled amazing! Next time, for sure!
We all picked out our flavors and took our overflowing cups outside to enjoy and devour. I chose strawberry cheesecake and underneath was Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche. So creamy and delicious, but in the Georgian heat and humidity it was melting fast, so we had to eat it fast. No one really complained there, though!
Tip: Order you gelato or ice cream and walk across the street to enjoy it while sitting on a bench in front of the river. There is always some sort of ship, tug boat, or ferry cruising by, and the breeze from the water is quite welcoming!
Savannah’s Candy Kitchen
This is a MUST STOP while in Savannah! Right there on River Street, it’s hard to miss! With multiple windows filled with candy, sweets, ice cream, treats, popcorn and more, it’s impossible not to go in. We got inside and it was an instant overload of yumminess. Troy and I told the the kids they could pick one thing they wanted, and it was probably the hardest decision of their little lives!
After walking the entire store (we passed popcorn, ice cream, candies of all kinds, an entire section just for jelly beans, and more), they settled on something from the chocolate counter, but even then look at all the options!!
Sis chose a chocolate covered pretzel, Bubs went with white chocolate dipped marshmallows on a stick, and Troy and I split a cookies and cream caramel apple (3rd one back on the right!).
The kids got a front row seat to watch the candy man put the giant blob of taffy into the taffy machine, too! So fun watching it be twisted, cut, wrapped and trolleyed around the store before it was dumped into it’s spot with all the other taffy flavors.
After purchasing our treats, we took them outside, found a bench by the river, and dug in. Everyone was satisfied with their choice and sufficiently sugared up for our drive back to the hotel, haha.
Tip: There is no “slow” time at this place, so be prepared to brave the crowds. We had a stroller, which we folded down, but it was still difficult to move about with it. Opt to leave the stroller outside, look around, make your purchases, and then head back outside to enjoy!
Byrd’s Famous Cookies
Also, a MUST STOP while in Savannah, Byrd’s is one of the cutest, and most delicious, shops I’ve ever stepped foot in. While there is a location on River Street, we visited their location on Julien in the City Market area of downtown Savannah.
Specializing in miniature cookies of all sorts of flavors, Byrd’s lets you taste test FREE samples of any of their cookies that they have out for the day! And as you can see below, there were quite a few flavors available for tasting 😉
We sampled pretty much all of them, I think. We had triple chocolate chip, key lime cooler, Georgia peach, shortbread, peanut butter chocolate, classic chocolate chip, and many more! The kids were in heaven, HECK, I was in heaven! They are the perfect little bite of yumminess that keep you going back for more.
We left with a bag of Triple Chocolate Chip and a snack box (it was all they had left!) of their most popular cookie, Key Lime Cooler. And oh man, Key Lime Cooler is a dream! They were gone much too fast.
Tip: You don’t even have to buy anything to taste test their free samples, but I guarantee you’ll leave with cookies! Pop in and let the kids go wild trying samples, then buy a few bags for the road and eat them, just you and the spouse, while they sleep on the drive home 😉
We passed so many yummy looking places while on this trip, I’m sure you can’t really go wrong, BUT, we highly recommend all of these, and know you’ll leave “fully” satisfied 😉
Leave me a comment below if you’ve ever eaten at any of these places OR if you have any other places for recommendations! We’re always down for trying new eats, and I can guarantee we’ll be visiting Savannah/Tybee Island again someday.