Good Eats

Eat Like a Local in Savannah

Cheryl and Griffith Day’s before- and after-work haunts

photo: Amy Dickerson; Squire Fox; Amy Dickerson

Savannah is rocketing out of its moss-draped past, as we pointed out in our recent profile of the historic port city. Long before big-name chefs were anchoring their new projects here, one shop was earning accolades from the New York Times and the Food Network: Back in the Day Bakery, where locals have lined up for Cheryl and Griffith Day’s cupcakes and buttermilk biscuits since 2002. Planning your trip to the Hostess City of the South? Here’s where you’ll find the Days in their free time.

Angie Mosier

Tricks Barbecue

2601 Bull St, Savannah

“This is just a block and a half from the bakery, so we can smell them smoking the meat when we come in early in the morning. It’s just an old-school joint with delicious sticky-sweet ribs and smoked chicken. It’s a jewel, and it’s open late. People come by and get food to take to parties.” — (912) 655-1068

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The Breakfast Club

1500 Butler Ave, Tybee Island

“The guys here know what they’re doing. We like the homemade sausage and pecan waffles, but this is really good hole-in-the-wall food all-around—like, the best hash browns you’ve ever had. Sometimes there’s a long line, but it’s totally worth it.”

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102 E Victory Drive, Savannah

“They’re doing wonderful things with vegetables. Sweet potato enchiladas with rice and beans, a mushroom bolognese that’s killer… We like to go here after work. It’s not fancy. It’s neighborhoody.”

Amy Dickerson

The Wyld Dock Bar

2740 Livingston Ave, Savannah

“You all might know about this one, but as locals, we have to say that it cannot be missed. It’s on the water, down a gravel road. This is the freshest seafood in town. You can grab a beer and some fish tacos and sit there watching people on their boats. The kitchen makes its own everything, down to the tartar sauce. They even catch their own shrimp, so we try to get something with shrimp.”