Contributed by @kirsten_al
As an American, I’m certainly not immune to the love of beer and pizza. During my recent trip to Savannah, I was overwhelmed with happiness when I discovered that the city had so much of both to offer. As an added bonus, a To-Go cup policy allowed pedestrians to drink alcoholic beverages in public as long as it was in a 16 ounce plastic cup! What can I say to strolling through one of Savannah’s 22 public squares with a slice in one hand and a beer in the other? Yes, please!
After four days in Savannah, I ended up with two favorite pizza places: Vinnie Van GoGo, located in the touristy City Market area but retains all the charm of a classic hole-in-the-wall pizzeria, and Mellow Mushroom, a place farther back from the river on shady West Liberty Street.
At Vinnie’s I was enticed by the ability to customize any slice of pizza. Instead of having to order a whole pie, I could order by the slice and enjoy each slice with a different topping. Vinnie’s has a good beer selection and features both indoor and outdoor seating.
Mellow Mushroom offered amazing pizza but I also devoured the best Caesar salad I’ve ever eaten. It’s been a few weeks and I’m still craving it! Mushroom has an extensive beer selection on tap and an even more extensive collection on bottles. As the name befits, the vibe is mellow, artistic and evocative of the period that produced “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles. There’s a saying at the Mushroom, “Happiness is expressed in pizza.” I couldn’t agree more!
To complete my experience of eating and drinking my way through Savannah, I asked my pedicab driver (a student at SCAD) to recommend a bar loved by locals. He enthusiastically drove me to a Scottish Pub, Molly MacPherson’s. Besides an extensive beer selection, Molly’s also offers the largest selection of Scottish Malt Whiskey on the East Coast. It features at least one whiskey from every producing region in Scotland. The vibe at Molly’s makes it an enjoyable place to spend the evening. Even dessert was unique – a sticky toffee pudding to rival all my usual dessert favorites. I went back a second time just for the pudding!
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Kirsten Alana is a photographer and travel writer currently in the Midwest who is planning a late 2010 move to the East or West coast. She always has a quote ready and waiting to share. She’s an avid Jane Austen fan, adventure & experience junkie, Francophile, passionate fan of Mexico, Apple and Canon geek, New Englander by birth and the daughter of an artist. Kirsten also loves to support charities and her current favorite is “Charity:Water”.