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Fancy toasts at Stevedore Bakery.
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8 Hottest New Restaurants to Check Out in Savannah

From fancy toasts to big burritos

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Fancy toasts at Stevedore Bakery.
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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What’s everyone talking about? While the Eater 18 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the “it” places of the moment. Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment or generating a big buzz. Folks are asking, “Have you been yet?” Try one of these newbies today.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Smol Bar

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Smol bar is a closet-sized dive from the folks behind Two Tides Brewing. The vibe is hip hole-in-the-wall hangout in under 300 square feet. The bar serves slushies, Jell-O shots, boozy seltzers, beers, and hot dogs.

Ukiyo Savannah

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Southern Cross Hospitality owner Anthony Debreceny lived in Japan for several years and always knew he wanted open a Japanese restaurant in Savannah — his vision is now realized with the opening of Ukiyo. Executive chef A.J. Benacquisto created a menu of Japanese street food, including ramen, bao, yakatori, and more.

Poe's Tavern

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Charleston transplant Poe’s Tavern is now in Savannah. Anyone who’s vacationed at Sullivan’s Island has probably raved about the Edgar Allen Poe-themed burgers like the Tell-Tale Heart with a fried egg, bacon and cheddar. Look for a number of gourmet burgers, loaded fries, and fish tacos.

When Rhett first opened, the focus was on new American cuisine, but the restaurant recently committed to Southern coastal seafood. Chef Javier Hernandez now offers seafood towers, stuffed rainbow trout, shrimp and grits, smoked fish dip, and more.

Smoked shrimp dip in a Mason jar.
Smoked shrimp dip at Rhett’s.
Rhett

Le Banh Cafe

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Adorable shop Le Banh Cafe specializes in banh mi but also offers lemongrass chicken bowls, Vietnamese coffee, and Thai iced tea on Barnard Street. It’s quick and affordable with a touch screen ordering system. The early standout seems to be the vegan banh mi with tofu and pickled vegetables.

Burritos Pantano

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Restaurateur Patrick Zimmerman (of sandwich shop the Black Rabbit) is now in the business of burritos. Recently opened Burritos Pantano is a chill spot to grab a hefty burrito, nachos, or a $2 PBR while in the middle of Drayton Street.

Stevedore Bakery

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It’s all about the caffeine and carbs at Stevedore Bakery in the Thompson hotel. Executive Chef Rob Newton and executive pastry chef Noah Whritenour (formerly of Husk) put out fresh-baked breads, irresistible sweets like a benne seed profiterole or a Georgia peach hand pie, as well as sandwiches and salads. Stevedore serves local coffee company Perc.

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.
Breakfast sandwich at Stevedore Bakery.
Stevedore Bakery

Fleeting

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Located in luxury hotel Thompson Savannah, Fleeting focuses on local flavors and produce in an upscale environment. This season, find menu items like Georgia shrimp with Carolina Gold rice, tomato, coconut, and okra or a market melon salad with fennel and pickled watermelon rind.

Pork shank in a white plate.
Pork shank at Fleeting.
Emily Dorio

Smol Bar

Smol bar is a closet-sized dive from the folks behind Two Tides Brewing. The vibe is hip hole-in-the-wall hangout in under 300 square feet. The bar serves slushies, Jell-O shots, boozy seltzers, beers, and hot dogs.

Ukiyo Savannah

Southern Cross Hospitality owner Anthony Debreceny lived in Japan for several years and always knew he wanted open a Japanese restaurant in Savannah — his vision is now realized with the opening of Ukiyo. Executive chef A.J. Benacquisto created a menu of Japanese street food, including ramen, bao, yakatori, and more.

Poe's Tavern

Charleston transplant Poe’s Tavern is now in Savannah. Anyone who’s vacationed at Sullivan’s Island has probably raved about the Edgar Allen Poe-themed burgers like the Tell-Tale Heart with a fried egg, bacon and cheddar. Look for a number of gourmet burgers, loaded fries, and fish tacos.

Rhett

Smoked shrimp dip in a Mason jar.
Smoked shrimp dip at Rhett’s.
Rhett

When Rhett first opened, the focus was on new American cuisine, but the restaurant recently committed to Southern coastal seafood. Chef Javier Hernandez now offers seafood towers, stuffed rainbow trout, shrimp and grits, smoked fish dip, and more.

Smoked shrimp dip in a Mason jar.
Smoked shrimp dip at Rhett’s.
Rhett

Le Banh Cafe

Adorable shop Le Banh Cafe specializes in banh mi but also offers lemongrass chicken bowls, Vietnamese coffee, and Thai iced tea on Barnard Street. It’s quick and affordable with a touch screen ordering system. The early standout seems to be the vegan banh mi with tofu and pickled vegetables.

Burritos Pantano

Restaurateur Patrick Zimmerman (of sandwich shop the Black Rabbit) is now in the business of burritos. Recently opened Burritos Pantano is a chill spot to grab a hefty burrito, nachos, or a $2 PBR while in the middle of Drayton Street.

Stevedore Bakery

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.
Breakfast sandwich at Stevedore Bakery.
Stevedore Bakery

It’s all about the caffeine and carbs at Stevedore Bakery in the Thompson hotel. Executive Chef Rob Newton and executive pastry chef Noah Whritenour (formerly of Husk) put out fresh-baked breads, irresistible sweets like a benne seed profiterole or a Georgia peach hand pie, as well as sandwiches and salads. Stevedore serves local coffee company Perc.

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.
Breakfast sandwich at Stevedore Bakery.
Stevedore Bakery

Fleeting

Pork shank in a white plate.
Pork shank at Fleeting.
Emily Dorio

Located in luxury hotel Thompson Savannah, Fleeting focuses on local flavors and produce in an upscale environment. This season, find menu items like Georgia shrimp with Carolina Gold rice, tomato, coconut, and okra or a market melon salad with fennel and pickled watermelon rind.

Pork shank in a white plate.
Pork shank at Fleeting.
Emily Dorio

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