Foxy Loxy Cafe
A coffee shop meets an art gallery meets a Tex-Mex pit-stop at this two-story cafe in the Starland District. Owner Jennifer Jenkins has a background in fibers and printmaking, and she keeps the walls decorated with original prints for sale by both local and national artists. Order a bacon cheddar kolache or breakfast taco, and take a moment to mingle at one of the sun-soaked tables in the courtyard out back.
BTW: Stop by in the evenings to enjoy one of Foxy’s fire and wine nights, Vinyl Nights, or live music events.
1919 Bull St., Savannah, Ga. 31401.
Narobia’s Grits and Gravy
Narobia’s Grits and Gravy serves the best in Southern comfort food, from the classics in its name to seafood entrees such as crab patties, smothered shrimp and grilled or fried tilapia. It’s also famous for Hakiem’s French toast, which, as the hand-painted sign outside rightfully brags, is “so good it don’t need syrup.”
BTW: The restaurant space is small, so a lot of locals take their meals to go. But if you do eat in, it’s a treat to hear the cooks and servers at this family-owned spot joke and laugh with each other while they work.
2019 Habersham St., Savannah, Ga. 31401.
In 2011, Gary Gordon opened this quick and casual spot in the same Savannah neighborhood he grew up in. 520 Wings offers 15 flavors of chicken wings, as well as a host of chicken, fish and shrimp sandwiches and gyros. The service is fast and friendly, and the wings are well seasoned before any sauce is added — as they should be.
BTW: Walking here or ordering on Uber Eats is better if you can. The parking lot is small and opens up into a busy intersection.
2705 Bull St., Savannah, Ga. 31401.
Fork & Dagger Eatery
Although this bright diner also serves breakfast staples, Fork & Dagger’s a local favorite because of its lunch menu, quick counter service and family cheesecake recipe. The chipotle barbecue pork sandwich and the Fork & Dagger Cuban are popular picks for entrees, while the extensive, inventive cheesecake roster has everything from blue cheese and honey to hazelnut with fig and port wine.
BTW: Fork & Dagger is on the ground floor of the Chatham Apartments high-rise. Look for the entrance, which can be easy to miss, on the corner of Abercorn and East Huntingdon streets.
609 Abercorn St., Savannah, Ga. 31401
The Vault Kitchen and Market
This popular Asian-inspired eatery in the Starland District pays chic homage to the building’s former life as a bank, with an open kitchen, where tellers used to stand, and rows of lockboxes hanging behind the bar. The Vault specializes in sushi, offering the classic varieties alongside house rolls, such as the Local Red (tempura shrimp, asparagus, avocado, tuna, red tobiko) and the Bank (baked eel, tempura shrimp, asparagus, avocado, chipotle, eel sauce). But the tacos, curry dishes and stir fry are worth trying as well.
BTW: Don’t leave without sampling the signature blood-orange martini.
2112 Bull St., Savannah, Ga. 31401.
Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant
It’s fitting that this family-owned restaurant is nestled along MLK Jr. Boulevard, a Savannah street that has long supported family-owned immigrant businesses. Owner Juan Manuel Rodriguez and general manager Pablo Rodriguez work side-by-side to give Savannah a taste of Cuban culture, as well as cuisine from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Spain. Started in 1999, Rancho Alegre is famous for its lechón asado (roasted pork with mojo sauce), paella Valenciana, mojitos and sangrias, all from family recipes.
BTW: The atmosphere is colorful, family-friendly and buoyant with live music, and the space is often packed on weekend nights.
402 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Savannah, Ga. 31401.
Lone Wolf Lounge
One of the Starland’s District’s newer bars, Lone Wolf Lounge, from the outside, looks more like a small apartment. But inside, the atmosphere is what the owners call “Milwaukee bar vibes mixed with a sense of Caribbean escapism” — think wood paneling and vintage ads, with an extensive rum selection and overgrown greenery. Lone Wolf caters to locals, offering a range of cheap beer, shots and fine cocktails. (One menu item, dubbed “the Young Savages,” is simply a can of Hamm’s and a shot of Old Grand-Dad for $5.)
BTW: Some nights, you can catch one of Savannah’s food trucks parked in the grassy lot out back.
2429 Lincoln Street Ramp, Savannah, Ga. 31401.
Lulu’s Chocolate Bar
Voted as having the best dessert in Savannah for 12 years straight, this is the essential late-night spot for locals and tourists with a sweet tooth. Owners and best friends Rebecca Radovich and Janine Finn say Lulu’s is meant to be a “community of adventurous self-indulgence.” Between the “Lulutinis” (chocolate vodka, two chocolate liqueurs and homemade chocolate sauce), triple-chocolate mousse towers and other decadent desserts, it’s tough to choose which adventure to take.
BTW: If you’re coming with a party of four or more in the evening, you can “get in line” with the Yelp app. Everyone has the same idea, so Lulu’s can be packed post-dinnertime.
42 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Savannah, Ga. 31401.