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Three Excellent Hours in Savannah

By Guest Blogger, Shawndra Russell

Savannah Taste Experience has only been around for about a year, but they’ve made a big splash in that time. Currently holding the #15 spot out of 112 activities ranked and reviewed on TripAdvisor with an average 5-star review rating, Savannah Taste highlights the best of Savannah in a fun-filled three hours that combines the ease and beauty of strolling Savannah’s historic streets and a healthy sampling of some of Savannahians’ favorite dining locales into one informative, entertaining event—yes, event. Many have dubbed the Savannah Taste Experience a walking party not only due to many participants taking advantage of our fair city’s liberal to-go cup policy, but also because the tour guides share local lore that stirs laughter, shock and awe for Savannah’s nearly 300 year history.

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Savannah Taste is celebrating their 1st anniversary by launching a second tour called “East Side Secret & Famous Food Tour.” This brand new second tour is currently only being offered on Saturdays to start, and the six stops equal enough food for at least two lunches crammed into three delicious hours.  Starting at famed Pirate’s House—the oldest restaurant in Savannah—the festive crowd meanders to another historic (and haunted!) spot: 17hundred90 Inn & Restaurant. Next, guests get to try what some locals will argue is the best BBQ in Savannah from Wall’s BBQ before heading to Fire Street Food, Savannah’s version of an Asian-inspired food truck, since they’re prohibited from downtown.  Next, one of Savannah’s culinary TV stars, Zunzi’s, will offer a hearty sandwich sampling before your fabulous experience comes to an end at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.

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But Savannah Taste Experience’s founding tour will not be overshadowed by the new kid on the (cobblestone) block. The original, going by the name of First Squares Food Tour, derives its name from its winding path from Historic River Street up through Factor’s Walk, Bay, and ending on Broughton—with stops at each of the “First Four” squares laid out by General Oglethorpe: Johnson, Wright, Ellis and Telfair. But the food is the star of the show, with Bernie’s Oyster house as the opening act followed by Tondee’s Tavern, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub, B&D Burgers, The Salt Table, Mabel Francis Potter’s Cupcake Emporium, and Savannah Bee Company. Variety is definitely the spice of life on a Savannah Taste Experience tour.

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If an individual tried to recreate either of these tours, they’d wait for tables, have to pay for full meals, and miss out on the informational and sometimes wild stories along the way—let alone trying to accomplish all this in three hours or less! And on top of the pure awesomeness of the tour itself, the story behind the company is the icing on the cake. The masterminds behind Savannah Taste Experience are two hardworking brothers who wanted to stop overworking and start enjoying life more. Stu is a former partner at a law firm while Donald was a broadcast operations specialist for several Olympics and Super Bowls. So, they took a risk to enjoy their passions—food, family, friends and beautiful Savannah–with as many people as possible.

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Shawndra is a freelance writer and also helps small businesses tackle their social media. Read about her services and work at www.shawndrarussell.com.

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