Delectable Dining in Savannah

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By Heather Turk

Savannah’s dining scene continues to be one of the most buzzed about in the country thanks to several local restaurants making headlines nationwide. Visit any of these establishments to see why the city is emerging as a culinary destination.

THE COLLINS QUARTER

Recognized as a must-visit Savannah destination by such notable outlets as Travel & Leisure and the New York Post, this breakfast and lunch favorite at 151 Bull St. recently began serving dinner. Offered Tuesday to Saturday starting at 6 p.m., the menu features such fresh, innovative selections as the Duck entrée made with duck breast, duck crépinette, apple wasabi gelée, Tokyo turnips, bok choy and pickled blueberries. The flavorful dinner dishes perfectly complement The Collins Quarter’s robust daytime menu items, which include such palate-pleasing options as the Red Velvet Pancakes topped with cream cheese mousse, balsamic macerated strawberries and shaved dark chocolate.

THE FLORENCE

Located at 1 B W. Victory Drive in the Starland District, a neighborhood The New York Times dubbed a must-stop when you’re in Savannah, this is a newly opened restaurant. Chef Hugh Acheson (5 & 10 and The National in Athens, and Empire State South in Atlanta, Ga.) serves an enticing mix of Italian cuisine made with Southern ingredients that are locally grown. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch, many items change frequently based on what’s in season from local farms. Regardless of what’s on the menu, though, taste buds are in for a real treat! Favorites include the Black Bucatini and the Cider Glazed Pork Ribs for dinner and the Pork Belly + Egg Pizza Napolentana for brunch.

THE GREY

Occupying a 1938 art deco Greyhound bus terminal that’s been restored to its original luster, this chic restaurant at 109 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. recently celebrated its first anniversary. Known for its modern Southern cuisine, guests can enjoy such mouthwatering dishes as the Fish Tagine served with chickpeas, bell pepper and preserved lemon for dinner. Feast upon a menu of items like sandwiches, snacks and sweets at the delightful Diner Bar. During the spring and summer, guests can savor chef Mashama Bailey’s cooking for just $7 a plate Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. on the outdoor patio, The Yard, which hosts a variety of special events open to the public. That’s genuine Southern hospitality

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