When we arrived in Savannah, Georgia, the first thing we did was parked the car in front of the meeting place of our Savannah Taste Experience Food Tour. The tour that we joined was their Famous & Secret East Side Tour where we explored the more off-the-beaten-path.
The starting location where we met was the first location in our food tour (421 E. Broughton St). We started at Capital Bee Company, a gift shop beautifully curated on all things bee. At their tasting bar, we enjoyed the different honey they have from bee farmers around the country. We also get to taste Savannah cheese straws (an acquired taste), Dr. Pete’s Chipotle Grilling Sauce (So good!), Raspberry honey that pairs well with cheese, and bee pollen (a tour group mate tried it).
After honey, we walked to one of the numerous squares of Savannah and tasted Sly’s Sliders’ pulled pork slider. The onion strips were crunchy and yummy, the pulled pork was juicy but the sauce lacks a little bit of oomph. Since we didn’t have any lunch, this was the first savory food in our tummy but a slider was not enough.
After introducing more of Savannah’s geography and squares, we passed by the Pirates House, a restaurant where they have actors playing a game of Whodunnit? It’s also one of the buildings saved by the local ladies from demolition in the 1940s. Our third food tasting brought us to Cha Bella, an imaginative farm to table restaurant with a hyperlocal seasonal menu. They served us risotto with Georgia shrimp. The meal size was small but the food was delicious! The sweet Georgia shrimp on top of the perfectly cooked risotto. It’s either that or we’re hungry that everything taste good.
After risotto and drinks by other members of the group, we walked towards Oglethorpe Avenue to Ashford Tea Company serving premium teas. The owner shared with us the different kind of teas and we enjoyed both warm and cold teas. The Cloud 9 Catcher herbal tea turned into a slight pink iced tea that was pretty refreshing and good. We had sweetened black iced tea which was perfect to carry and sip towards our next destination. The moroccan mint green tea was served hot with a touch of mint and was not bitter at all. While we’re having tea, our tour guide picked up some sandwiches from Zunzi’s Takeout. Sandwiches and iced tea are a perfect combination.
While walking to our next food stop, we passed by Colonial Park Cemetery, one of the oldest and most haunted cemetery. It was also desecrated by the Union Army that gravestones lie in one part of the cemetery wall. Our walk brought us back to East Broughton Street to Common Restaurant Bar, with their not-so-common reimagined pub food. They served us an oyster rockefeller and a slice of cornbread. The oyster was so good but the cornbread was one-of-a-kind. It’s not your typical cornbread that is cake like in structure, it was a bit sticky that they somehow use a combination of corn flour and rice flour.
After the oyster and cornbread, we went to our final food stop, Leopold’s Ice Cream. We were quite lucky that we were on a tour group as the line was quite long for this famous ice cream. We were given a cup of butter pecan ice cream. The ice cream was really creamy and thick but not too sweet. I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish one cup (roughly two scoops) but I did. We even went back the next day to try their other flavors.
Did we enjoy our experience? We did! We had a taste of Savannah food at the same time a guide to tell us a little bit of Savannah history. We would do a repeat of their other food tours.