Eating is not optional! Eating with a large group & making it affordable is a challenge! But it can be done. One word to remind everyone about eating with a large group (over 8 people) is gratuity. The restaurant will generally add a gratuity of between 15 – 18% onto your meal. Budget for it! They earned it with your group!
When the girls look at restaurants in your planning stages, they will get excited by all the choices – you will get shell shocked by the price ranges! When we were setting up our budget and the girls picked a restaurant that served al a carte (everyone can choose a different meal & there are various prices from $9 – 25) we choose to use the highest price on the menu. We didn’t want to get to the restaurant and then tell everyone they had a price limit what they ordered. We didn’t feel that was fair. This way there was enough money in the budget for one person to order the Seafood Sampler ($32) and another person to order a Pizza ($8). It all worked out and everyone was happy. There were also money in the budget for “extras”. Maybe the restaurant has an awesome dessert that some want to try (but that wasn’t in the original budget). With “extra” money, you have the flexibility to order it!
So, you ask with baited breath – what are the best places to eat in Savannah! I don’t think there is a bad place to eat! We stayed at a hotel that offered hot breakfast so that made that meal easy!
Lunch offers many different options. You can go “fast food” franchises (think Subway, Blimpies, etc.). We choose to try restaurants that were local. Some of the most popular lunch options in Savannah are Leopold’s Ice Cream, Smooth Cafe, & Mom & Pop Shoppe. All of these places offer Girl Scout lunch specials and are within walking distance of The Birthplace. They also are a great option for “snack” time – ice cream is an awesome snack for that mid-afternoon slump!
Dinner in Savannah is where you can break the troop budget! Unless you plan! There are lots of options in Savannah for Dinner – Pirate’s House, Lady & Sons, Tony Roma’s, and Casbah Moroccan Restaurant just to name a few. Most of them have Girl Scout prices. At Pirate’s House, if you have a large enough group, you can get a private dining room. You can also get a buffet option – something for everyone! Our group was not large enough to secure the private dining room initially, but when we arrived we were escorted to a private dining room with other Girl Scout troops from around the country! Lady & Sons offers a buffet on Sunday for lunch. The Birthplace Bound book – available from The Birthplace is a great place to start on your search for dining in Savannah.
We spent one whole day on Tybee Island so we were able to have lunch & dinner on the island. There are a couple of lunch choices – our pick was Island Picnic which offered to deliver our lunch anywhere on the island! We meet them at a park – tables to eat at & time for the girls to use some of their energy on the playground! If you’re on an island next to the ocean, you have to find a seafood restaurant! There are at least two on Tybee Island: Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House (Paula Deen’s brother) and The Crab Shack. Both have great food & also offer lunch. The Crab Shack boasts of live alligators! You can even feed them! We didn’t get to feed them because they were hibernating when we were there (a little cold for them!) but it was still a fun place to go!
I hope I have helped you narrow down you choices for dining in Savannah! At least I probably made you hungry!