Looking to dine out locally for Thanksgiving? Here are a few top picks

Brussels sprouts at Erica Davis Lowcountry

We’ve reached that point in the calendar when food begins to take over the landscape. On a lot of fronts. For a lot of people Thanksgiving is the green flag on “eat whatever you want and sort it out later” season. Some of us are a little more measured in our overindulgences, but the temptations will be everywhere beginning next week.

We’ve gotten a good amount of inquiries from our followers asking for input on the best places to do Thanksgiving if you don’t want to cook or you are going to someone else’s house and would like to bring something. You’ve got a number of options in and around Savannah, and we don’t have the time or space to list them all. What I am doing is sharing my top picks. You can sort it out from there. We cook at my house every year, but if I weren’t, I’d be making a call to one or more of these Savannah eateries.


Erica Davis Low Country

Erica Davis has some of the best Southern comfort food in the city. If you haven’t tried it yet, shame on you. Maybe Thanksgiving is your perfect opportunity. They are going all out too. You can order turkeys, hams, beef tenderloins or Boston butts. You can choose from 9 different sides (I’m team brussel sprouts). The crab stew is excellent as well. Find them at ericadavislowcountry.com or call (912) 544-5544.


Cohen’s Retreat

Ive been a Chef Will Herrington fan for a number of years. He orchestrated a couple of our Fried Chicken and Champagne dinners a while back to rave reviews. He’s a Georgia Boy who loves to draw on his grandma’s secrets when he gets into the Southern staples. The offerings at Cohen’s aren’t nearly as extensive as what they are offering, for example, at Erica Davis, but I’d bet this stuff is really good as well. Turkeys, a few sides, sauces and desserts. email nikki.davenport@cohensretreat.com or call (912) 355-3336.


J Thomas Kitchen

All Josh and his crew have done is create maybe Wilmington Island’s most popular neighborhood eats restaurant. They bill themselves as downtown food without the downtown price tag. His regulars would agree. Their menu is pretty extensive. Turkey, ham, a ton of sides and sauces. I even saw a French Toast Casserole if you are putting out some breakfast to keep people out of your kitchen. It all helps right?   Find the menu at Jthomaskitchen.com or call (912) 349-5411


Fork and Dagger Latin Diner

Don’t let the name fool you, Brian and Sky have been doing traditional Thanksgiving sides for years. He tells me this they are streamlining what they do just a little bit but they will still be taking special orders. Of course, they are probably most known for Savannah’s best cheesecakes. Call them at (912) 495-5859.  I will also quickly mention if you want an excellent cheesecake and don’t want to all the way downtown Savannah, give Riverboat Pizza a call. They are on Highway 17 near Georgetown. You will not be disappointed. (912) 777-6788. 


Finally, another quick mention for dining out. A lot of restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving. But I’d make sure Emporium Kitchen at the Perry Lane Hotel, Rhett at The Alida and Fleeting at the Thompson Hotel are all on your short list to consider. They are all doing some special spreads for the holiday. 


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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