The culinary team at Papa's Bar-B-Que & Seafood has honed the art of slow cooking pork loin and deep-frying shrimp through four decades of practice. After opening on West Bay Street in 1972 and spending nearly 20 years at Whitemarsh Island, the eatery arrived at its current spot on Charlotte Road. Although its location has bounced around, its food hasn’t. The same pit-cooked ribs, hand-breaded chicken fingers, and blackened tilapia pile onto plates to comfort stomachs so diners don't have to tuck teddy bears into their belts.
In keeping with this spirit of humble expertise, Papa's whips up housemade banana pudding and sells its own Bar-B-Que sauce by the gallon to drench homemade ribs or fill perfume bottles. They also sell barbecued pork, gumbo, and shrimp salad by the pint or pound. In addition to their dedication to hearty comfort food, owners Frank and Judy Ouzts have shown their commitment to the community with efforts such as a charity event, featured on WSAV-TV, that celebrated the eatery’s 40th anniversary while raising money for America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.
The spirit of a traditional Irish public house lives on at McGarvey's Wee Pub. Aside from serving up pot pies and amber brews, there’s a devotion to maintaining a rollicking, lighthearted atmosphere. The occasional sounds of Live music also fills he air on weekends, while a full bar boasts draft beer, premium ESPN and NFL programming plays on the big screens, and the kitchen dishes up onion rings and beer-battered fries. Boisterous crowds often spill over to the awning-covered patio dotted with picnic tables.
Parked on a high ledge next to a bust of Ronald Reagan wearing a party hat, a miniature DeLorean patrols The Wormhole, a sit-down coffee shop that doles out caffeine and pop-culture kitsch in equal doses. For children of the 1980s, the cafe delivers a "wormhole" experience, surrounding them in emblems of an era: Nintendo games (available for play), ET collectibles, plush gremlins, and Star Wars doodads. The menu also smacks of the 80s, although it frequently changes to accommodate seasonal tastes. In recent times, baristas have fused espresso with cocoa puffs, and dished out donuts encrusted with Fruity Pebbles. Select beverages come with a Nilla wafer-chaser. As for edibles, Fritz Pastries supplies homemade tarts (a gourmet variation of the kind that come in silver foil) and other handheld treats.
The 200-year-old White Hardware Building in downtown Savannah has served many purposes throughout the years, but today it contributes to the city's Southern ambience in a different way: by filling three floors with the rich aromas of classic comfort food. The Deen family and their culinary team dip their ladles into various corners of the South to compose the menu at The Lady & Sons. A team of servers navigate historic dining rooms and lushly appointed private banquet halls bearing hearty dishes such cheese biscuits, fried chicken, pork stew, mac and cheese, and candied yams. On Sundays, a diverse brunch buffet offers up still more Southern staples, from steaming trays of collard greens to country steak and gravy.
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Bub-Ba-Q founder William "Bubba" Latimer is no stranger to the art of Southern barbecue. He has earned Grand Champion titles in barbecue contests, and serves his well-honed recipes at three locations throughout Georgia. Diners feast on succulent beef brisket, tender chicken, racks of juicy ribs, and pulled-pork sandwiches, accompanied by traditional garnishes such as Brunswick stew, mac and cheese, corn fritters, and fried okra. The Brunswick stew serves as a topper to the mighty Hog-A-Chong-A?highlighted on the Travel Channel?a deep-fried tortilla stuffed with seasoned meat, sauce, beans, and pepper jack cheese. Bub-Ba-Q's participation in barbecue contests across the country has also graced television screens on Food Network's Great American BBQ Showdown and TLC's BBQ Pitmasters.
Bub-Ba-Q's Savannah location, opened in November 2013, boasts a full bar and a large outdoor area with live musical acts.
The delighted shrieks lead straight to Saddle Bags, where a bucking mechanical bull sends riders tumbling to the cushioned ground. Inside, boots scuffle against the hardwood floors of the expansive dance floor during free line dance lessons, and billiard balls clatter on pool tables like boulders on really, really big pool tables. Garbed in cowgirl boots, bartenders and servers dole out mugs of beer along with plates of southern-style finger foods and dinners. The bar hosts regular special events, including a Wednesday night bull-riding contest and monthly "Best Chest in the West" and "Boots and Bikinis" competitions with cash prizes.