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Burger from South of Heaven BBQ

We get asked all of the time where we find our favorite eats around town.

I’ve never been a fan of the word ‘favorite’ because when it comes to a great meal, it really depends on what you are in the mood for. Especially when you eat out as often as I do. I’m certain the same goes for you. 

If you enjoy dining around town, you are likely to be driven by a craving for a particular dish than you are a specific restaurant. It happens.

What you would be surprised to know is how often we get emails or DMs from people looking for a place to take a road trip for something different. Especially in the Spring and Summer. We get them very regularly, actually. 

A majority of them are from people looking for somewhere to drive ‘an hour or so’ for something completely different. 

A change of scenery for an afternoon never hurt anyone, right?

In the spirit of those requests and the Spring season that we find ourselves in the middle of, I thought I’d share a short list of casual eats you can enjoy within an hour or so of downtown Savannah. If I had unlimited time and space here, I could probably name ten. 

There is a lot of great food out there. However, for the sake of your time and mine, I will limit this list to three. North and South.

click to enlarge BBQ at South of Heaven BBQ
BBQ at South of Heaven BBQ

South of Heaven BBQ | Brunswick, GA

South of Heaven is maybe the best BBQ you’ve never had on the Georgia coast. Family owned and operated, Judd and Kate Foster are the power couple behind the creative dishes as well as straight forward BBQ. Their brisket is my favorite from the Savannah River to the Florida border. Their smash burgers are some of the best I’ve ever had. Yes, ever. They are open Wed-Saturday 11am-7pm. Keep in mind, get their early or risk them running out. It happens.

click to enlarge Gumbo from RIVER ROAD CAFE
Gumbo from RIVER ROAD CAFE

River Road Cafe | Bluffton, SC

Literally 33 minutes from the top of the Talmadge Bridge is Bluffton, South Carolina. Home to a ton of great eats if you know where to go. River Road is owned by a family from Louisiana. Monday through Friday they are dishing the best gumbo in the region. The shrimp po’boys are fantastic as well using bread flown in a couple of times a week from Louisiana. “I won’t serve them without this bread” the owner told me once upon a time. And you’ll know it too. Weekends they do a fantastic Brunch. I’d put their bread pudding up against anything for 150 miles. They are closed on Wednesdays. Breakfast and Lunch only for now.

click to enlarge Pizza at PIACE
Pizza at PIACE

Piace Pizza | Beaufort, SC

An hour or so north (and a beautiful drive at that) is Lady's Island, a hop and a skip from Old Town Beaufort. If you’ve not been to Beaufort in a minute, you owe yourself an afternoon there. A lot of shops and eats along their waterfront. About a six minute drive away is Piace Pizza. Owned by a Philadelphia guy who is obsessed with the flavors of the Northeast. He’s doing it right, too. The meatballs for the sub (and pizza toppings) are made from grandma’s recipe. One bite and you will know it is legit.  You know those times you take a bite of something to eat and you smile because of the nostalgia associated with that bite? That has happened to me a few times at Piace. Tiny spot. Only eight or so seats at the bar.

click to enlarge Meatball sub at PIACE
Meatball sub at PIACE

About The Author

Jesse Blanco

One of the most recognizable personalities in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island television market, Jesse Blanco is sometimes called "Savannah's Anthony Bourdain." His 'Eat It and Like It' show has become a major regional brand in the foodie world.
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