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18 Sep 2023
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Aside from cooler weather, the most delightful thing about Autumn are the rich and spicy flavors, like pumpkin, pear, apple and pecan. Savannah’s restaurants and coffee houses serve delicious dishes and drinks that instantly bring back memories. 

We’re talking fresh candied yams and a seasonal cobbler at Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons on West Congress. Their family-style spread includes choices of down-home favorites and sides for the whole table.  

But let’s go back to breakfast. The Sentient Bean, 13 East Park Ave., serves a Farmer’s Market Brunch, Apple pie pancakes and a seasonal veggies quiche du jour. If fresh baked pastries are your jam, enjoy one of their mouth-watering selections with a hot apple cider served with a cinnamon stick.  

The Little Crown by Pie Society, 19 Jefferson St., serves savory pies like steak & ale and steak & mushroom. Other menu items include a pork & apple pie and the chicken & thyme pie on a buttery shortcrust pastry baked to perfection. For dessert, enjoy a slice of apple or pecan pie. 

Another cozy spot serving hearty British fare is Six Pence Pub, 245 Bull St. Order the “loaded Banger” as a starter, an English-style sausage stuffed with mashed potatoes, bacon and cheddar cheese. Then dive into the Shepherd’s Pie for a main meal, filled with ground beef, peas, carrots and onions and topped with mashed potatoes. Six Pence also has seasonal craft beers on tap. 

Speaking of seasonal drinks, Moon River Brewing Co., 21 W. Bay St., has happy hour from 4-7 p.m. every day, where you’ll find three hard ciders on its guest beverage menu: the Triple Jam; Honey Bee and Rose`.

For an upscale choice, head to Garibaldi Savannah, 315 W. Congress St., open Tuesday through Sunday from 5-9:30 p.m. The poached pear salad tosses field greens with toasted walnuts and goat cheese fritters. Their flounder is served with an apricot shallot sauce, while the veal chop au poivre is pepper-seared with a wild mushroom brandy sauce. 

At Vic’s on the River, 26 E. Bay St., order the pecan fried flounder served with Savannah River Farms andouille sausage and vegetable potato hash. Then there’s the braised beef short rib served with mashed potatoes and baby carrots. Basically, you can’t go wrong whatever you order.

You know what warms you up on a crisp fall day? Noodle soup. No one in Savannah does it better than the Flying Monkey Noodle Bar, 5 W. Broughton St. Their signature noodles are made fresh by hand daily, and the ingredients are local vegetables combined with exotic spices. Try the Pho with beef or chicken, beansprouts, fresh herbs, cilantro, scallions and onions. 

Are you hungry yet for fall fare?