Who’s running Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah? Where are y’all planning on eating? My very first time running the event my fiancée and I did what every other runner did – show up at Lady and Sons the night after the marathon and we stood in line like everybody else – even though we ALL had reservations. The next morning we headed down to River Street and found ourselves waiting for almost three hours for a table for breakfast, with all the other runners. 15,000 of us all had the same dining plans for the weekend.
But don’t you worry! I’ve got you covered- here are 5 hot spots away from the general tourist spots area worth the visit- before or after the race.
1. Foxy Loxy Cafe | 1919 Bull Street Savannah, GA
A great spot for the morning after the race. Or the morning before. Cinnamon Rolls, Muffins, Huevos Rancheros Quiche, Black Bean Soup and Horchata. What’s that you say? Black bean soup and pastries? Yes my friend, a little something for everyone. The Huevos Rancheros Quiche is amazing. Amazing.
And don’t forget to pick up a Kolache, a Czech pastry traditionally filled with sausage, cheese or fruit. They are fresh, warm and you just ran a marathon, don’t you deserve a pastry?
2. Green Truck Pub | 2430 Habersham Street Savannah, GA
If you choose not to splurge on a pastry, how about a burger? Many locals will argue the burgers at Green Truck Pub are the best in town. While I can’t vouch for the meat burgers, I can vouch for the veggie burger. Seriously. None of those frozen flat cardboard mass-produced burgers here – just a big, moist and super-healthy patty with veggies and beans. If a veggie burger is just too healthy for you, order it with a layer of pimento cheese. How very Southern of you.
3. Leopold’s Ice Cream | 212 E. Broughton Street Savannah, GA
OK- if you insist on staying downtown, then you must give this old-fashioned ice cream parlor a try. The homemade ice cream here takes the cake…er cone here but since you can’t have dessert before dinner you’ll have to eat a sandwich first. How about something simple like a cream cheese and olive sandwich or the always popular ham and cheese? Then you can have ice cream. I hope they are serving the lavender flavor during race weekend.
4. Your Pie | 7360 Skidaway Road Savannah, GA
Have you ever tried pecans on your pizza? You southern your pie up here at Your Pie. Think Chipotle but for pizza. You choose your crust and sauce and move down an assembly line of toppings like peaches, pecans and blue cheese before your pizza is baked in a hot brick oven. Of course, you can also go normal and order pepperoni, onions and mozzarella. The creativity and possibilities are endless.
And save room for the bacon gelato. Or the Butterfinger gelato. Any of the gelato. There is also a second location downtown for you non-wanderers.
5. Georgia Peach World | 1834 GA Hwy 99, Townsend, GA
Ok – this is not in Savannah. BUT, if you are driving from the south you must stop here and get a peach slushy. This is not optional. You will never have anything more Georgia peach-ish better ever in your life.
And you must try the peach fudge. This is optional but worth the splurge.
So listen- you guys enjoy Savannah and enjoy the race! Enjoy all the wonderful food and hospitality the city offers – Savannah is a wonderful foodie town. Run big y’all and I will be the one chugging peach slushies and sweet tea during the race. See you there!