No vacation is complete without indulging in the local cuisine. Food is my favorite part of travel. Before heading off to Savannah, I yelped, googled, and emailed my way to a list of the best places to eat.

Here are the top four best things I’ve ever eaten that also happened to be in Savannah.

It’s no secret that I love ice cream. It’s not just my favorite sweet,  it’s probably my favorite food. As a child, I never really had a dream job. I think that’s because I secretly hoped I would become a professional ice cream taster. There was a special on TV years ago about a woman who had that job. I remember her shedding light on what it was really like. She complained about having to eat spoonful after spoonful of ice cream. Oh, woe is her.

1. Leopold’s

This is the BEST ICE CREAM EVER. I’ve eaten a lot of ice cream in my life and I don’t take that statement lightly. It’s been rated one of the top ten ice creams in the world which makes me wonder what the other nine are and when I can start comparing. Let’s breakdown all the flavors I ate while there: Pistachio, Tutti Frutti, Peanut Butter Chippy, Chocolate, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, Chocolate Chewies and Cream, Pumpkin Spice, Honey Almond Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Raspberry. Some of those were just samples, I swear… Johnny Mercer’s song “Tutti Frutti” was inspired by the flavor at Leopold’s (inspiration after my own heart). If I were writing a song, it would be a giant Adele-style ballad to Pistachio. Actually, I could write a whole album to that flavor.

Did I mention we sat next to Paula Deen’s son Jamie while we were there? Did I also mention that I ate there twice on the last day?

2. J. Christopher’s

I dropped the ball in researching good breakfast locations. Thankfully, our hotel had Savannah magazine’s “Best of” edition. This was voted the best breakfast in Savannah and I could not agree more. I also consider myself a coffee connoisseur and their coffee was one amazing cup of joe. They bring a carafe to the table so you can drink and drink and drink to your heart’s content. Since we (of course) went here more than once, I sampled both savory and sweet dishes. Both were executed perfectly but my favorite was my omelet. Upon its arrival to the table, I was surprised to see it was stacked rather than stuffed. Normally when I eat an omelet, I just eat the middle. But with this omelet, there was no area the toppings didn’t reach. I ate it all. My combo– egg whites, goat cheese, turkey, and avocado. So good.

3. Zunzi’s

One thing was crystal clear when researching where to eat in Savannah: Zunzi’s was where the locals go. Zunzi’s is a mixture of international cuisines– South African, Italian, Dutch, and Swiss, that come together to create some amazing sandwiches. I enjoyed the falafel because I have been craving it ever since Paris. This did not disappoint. The falafel were huge and the perfect consistency. The yogurt sauce was a perfect accompaniment. I also stole a few bites of the Conquistador, a sandwich with chicken, lettuce, tomato, and special sauce. I don’t know what’s in that sauce but I should have bought a bottle. Don’t forget to order the Rooibos iced tea! It’s brewed with peach, coconut, and vanilla.

4. Savannah Bee Company

Next time you’re in Savannah, you have to stop by Savannah Bee Company and experience a honey tasting. We didn’t just sample honey (with apples and cheese); we ate honeycomb and slathered ourselves in beeswax products. The honey was phenomenal. My favorites were the Tupelo and Sourwood, both of which I brought home and have enjoyed drizzling on Greek yogurt in the morning. We actually used to sell Savannah Bee Company honey at Williams Sonoma when I worked there. Why didn’t I use my discount on it??

I ate a whole lot more than this, but these were the best. The runner-ups will just have to settle on this compilation photo.

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