Yes, Savannah has plenty of old, classic Southern restaurants and there’s always room for fried chicken and mac and cheese, but sometimes you want something a little more unique. When the craving calls and you’re in Savannah, head to The Grey. Or, just do yourself a favor and just make a reservation before you go—you don’t want to miss it.
The restaurant sits in a 1938 Art Deco Greyhound bus station (hence the name) that co-owners Johno Morisano and Chef Mashama Bailey carefully restored to its original elegance. As you look around you can still see elegant tiles and classy décor that gives the venue a totally unique, vintage feel.
Don’t think this is one of those joints where the atmosphere means lack of quality cuisine: chef Baily combines her passion for Southern fare with her New York City restaurant experience in a menu that’s based in the South but not remotely traditional.
Sure, there’s an impressive selection of raw oysters, but skip those and go for the pickled oysters: delicately pickled and topped with salty lardo, thinly sliced serrano peppers and crunchy cracklins, the flavors combine for a satisfying and distinct combination.
The small plates are where the menu shines. Who needs chicken and dumplings when you can have clams and dumplings?
If it’s available, you’re also going to need the Sizzling Smoky Pig—a little cast iron vat of delicious crispy pork topped with an egg and pepper jelly, which arrives as the name advertises, crispy and sizzling, alongside addicting little fried buns.
You also won’t want to miss the Country Pasta, which is a Southern take on creamy carbonara with shrimp, tomato and bottarga.
For dessert you’re in luck. If you didn’t make it the famous Leopold’s Ice Cream, you can get the Snickerdoodle, which tastes like the cookie you ate when you were little but 20 times better, topped with cinnamon and sugar.