Comfort-fare titans at The 4th of May Cafe conjure a hearty hodgepodge of overstuffed sandwiches on home-baked bread, local seafood, and fluffy omelets to fill regulars’ stomach vacancies throughout the day. The breakfast menu rousts slumbering appetites with seafood omelets ($7) that cradle fresh, local shrimp and crab together with onions and peppers. Chefs fry or grill the lunch-and-dinner menu's chicken fingers ($3.99) before dressing them in blackening seasoning, buffalo sauce, or an adorable onesie. Slices of meatloaf ($10) arrive at tables beneath blankets of brown gravy, and crab-salad rolls ($8.99) wield blue crab, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, and purple onions. Cuban sandwiches ($9) bridge hoagie-roll halves with roasted pork loin, honey-maple ham, monterey jack cheese, and a handful of suspension cables.
A hospitable staff welcomes guests to this eco-conscious hunting and fishing resort, featured in numerous publications, including Savannah Magazine. Traveling companions can launch their lavish retreat with samples of artisanal cheeses produced on-site, a glass of wine, or a quick game of pin the appropriate tail on various stuffed wildlife while settling into a rustic lodge room. Themed quarters are decorated with the doings of local artists, and each has an entrance to the veranda, which overlooks the lustrous waters of the main lodge lake. Over the course of a two-night stay, guests can fish for free in the catfish pond, or for an additional $50 fee, for bass, blue gill, or compliments in more than 240 acres of ponds, stocked with creatures indigenous to Georgia. Aquatic hunters can even convey their catches to the kitchen to have the chef custom-prepare the freshwater fruits, or diners may simply choose from a seasonal menu comprising many organic ingredients culled from the lodge's orchards and greenhouses.
From its spot in Statesboro, Georgia, Holidays Greek-Italian Restaurant has stood as a bridge over the Ionian Sea—the body of water that separates Greece from Italy—since 1991. Only this bridge isn’t constructed from beams and bolts, but instead from tightly packed grape leaves and stringy lasagna cheese. Indeed, the family-owned restaurant houses two very different culinary cultures under the same roof. The result is an eclectic spread that includes everything from ravioli stuffed with ground beef to souvlaki, or pork shish kebabs marinated in a house dressing.
Roberto's appeases weekday appetites with fresh, handmade Mexican meals. The restaurant's extensive menu is teeming with a diverse selection of south-of-the-border eats, mouthwateringly bookended with the guest-favorite guacamole ($1.99 small; $3.99 large) and finishing with crispy, golden brown sopapillas ($2.99). Sink veggie-loving teeth into chilies rellenos, poblanos stuffed with melted cheese, fried in egg batter, and tastily trebucheted onto waiting taste buds ($6.50). The el matador chicken dinner dresses itself in buttery batter, Spanish sauce, and melted cheese ($8.29) and crunchy corn chapulas dream of tummy vacations under comforters of refried beans, ground beef, guacamole, and shredded cheese ($6.99).
My Father's Place dishes out a vast menu of Italian classics including pizzas, pasta, subs, and calzones. Begin savory sojourns with garlic knots crafted from house-made dough ($3.99) by boy scouts apprenticing for epicurean sea captains. The Spud-Nick pizza allows eaters to bask in the innovation of Italian cuisine with sliced baked potatoes, crumbled bacon, chives, cheese, and sour cream ($15.99–$17.99). Other pizza options draw inspiration from Hawaiian, Texan, Mexican, and Greek fare, and a single slice of pepperoni pizza ($1.69) satisfies classic cravings. Gear up athletic-level appetites for the lasagna dinner, which opens with a preshow salad and arrives with garlic bread at the sidelines ($7.99). Thoughtful chefs cover genoa salami and spiced ham with a provolone blanket on the cold italian sub ($5.29).
The culinary crew at Amici Italian Café constructed a menu brimming with pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and calzones fit to stuff empty stomach canyons. Embark on mouth-filling journeys with a helping of hot wings ($7.95 for 10) or a saucy meatball sub ($8.50). House pasta creations include four-cheese lasagna ($11.95), and prosciutto ham and artichoke cappelini swimming in a savory sea of white wine, lemon, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and cracked black pepper ($11.95). Fresh spinach, mushrooms, and feta cheese mingle atop the blonde greek pizza ($12.95 for an 11"), but hungry inventors can also build their own pies, calzones ($8.95+), or edible cotton gins with more than 30 topping options.