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Where’s the tofu! The Best Vegetarian Meals In Savannah

April 12, 2016 by Teresa Jacobson

Yes, barbeque is the southern classic but Savannah’s emerging restaurant scene offers even the most discerning vegetarian delicious options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Here are a few options of the best vegetarian and vegan in Savannah.


Vegetarian Breakfast –

Sentient Bean

Sentient Bean Breakfast Burrito

Collins Quarter
Smashed Avocado – artisan bakery toast with feta, heirloom tomatoes, micro herbs, and shaved radishes topped with a poached egg.
Vegan option / Oatmeal Served with a cherry poached fig, dates and prunes topped with dried apricot and roasted hazelnuts drizzled with honey.

Goose Feathers
Eggetarian – two poached eggs with cheddar, pesto, tomoato and hollandaise on croissant
In addition to endless fresh pastries, they have organic yogurt and homemade granola.

Sentient Bean
Several vegan baked goods. Vegan Breakfast Burrito – tofu scramble, spinach, black beans, secret spicy sauce.

Vegetarian Lunch –


Zunzi’s Falafel

Kayak Kafe
Tofu & Vegetable quesadilla – seared tofu, roasted eggplant, squash, zucchini, mushrooms & peppers with wilted spinach & melted mozzarella.  Can be made vegan.

Known to have the best sandwiches in Savannah, the vegetarian options are just as delicious.  Try the Portobello sandwich or the falafel.

Starland Café
Green Goat Sandwich – whipped herb-goat cheese, green apple, caramelized onion and honey.

Butterhead Greens Café
Quinoa Salad – Quinoa tossed with tomatoes, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil & fresh parsley
Build your own sandwich with a house made vegan veggie patty and tons of fresh options.

Vegetarian Dinner –



Smoked eggplant, garlic and tomato app
Market Vegetable Kebab with Ados Pulao Rice and sautée vegetables. The rice made with lentils, currants, almonds, and clarified butter.

Noodle Bowl
Shabu Shabu (Hot Pot) offers vegan and vegetarian diners a great option for a flavorful, custom meal.

There are a few chef’s in town that don’t maintain vegetarian items on their menu, but are very happy to make vegetarian and vegan meals with their fresh ingredients.  Don’t let the menu’s at Alligator Soul or Cotton and Rye keep you away.

And for a vegetarian breakfast, lunch, or dinner, go to B. Matthew’s Eatery.

Breakfast – Veggie Scramble.

Lunch – Black Eyed Pea Cake sandwich, Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Sandwich, or Wild Mushroom Ravioli.

Dinner – Squash Spaghetti – squash noodles, shiitake, white beans, mustard greens, cherry heirloom tomato, tossed in ancho creamed corn or Brown Rice Penne – brussels sprouts, fennel, anasazi beans, tomato, sesame-thai basil pesto.

Azalea Inn and Villas, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

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The Best BBQ in Savannah According to Everybody

February 26, 2016 by Teresa Jacobson

If there is one thing the South is famous for, it’s our slow cooked meat. Beef, chicken, pork, smoked,pulled, and sauced, we can’t get enough. So, where is the best BBQ in Savannah according to everybody?

The end all beat all of the best of everything in the south is in Southern Living Magazine and they’ll send you to Johnny Harris Restaurant. Johnny Harris opened in 1924 with BBQ so good you can now buy their tomato-vinegar sauce in grocery stores across the US.

Johnny Harris BBQ dsauce

Johnny Harris BBQ dsauce

Garden and Gun, another southern bible of style say’s B’s Cracklin BBQ is the best.

B's Cracklin' BBQ

B’s Cracklin’ BBQ

Angels BBQ gets the local vote from Savannah Readers of Connect Magazine winning best BBQ in 2015 and is the top ranked BBQ joint by folks on Four Square.

Angel's BBQ

Angel’s BBQ

USA Today gives Sandfly BBQ the top spot and so do the readers of Savannah Magazine. With two locations, one downtown and one in Historic Sandfly, they’ve got Savannah covered.

Sandfly BBQ

Sandfly BBQ

Travelers from across the world rank Wiley’s Championship BBQ #1 on Trip Advisor. Wiley’s also gets the top nod from Explore Georgia and Huffington Post.

Wiley's Championship BBQ

Wiley’s Championship BBQ

BUT, the REAL EXPERTS from The Azalea Inn & Villas will send you to Walls BBQ. Google also ranks Walls BBQ at the top and of course we all know that Google knows everything.

Walls BBQ

Walls BBQ

And THAT is the best BBQ in Savannah according to everybody!  Always look to Azalea Inn & Villas for the best in Savannah.  The BEST INN in Savannah!

Azalea Inn and Villas, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Villas on Facebook and Twitter, too!


Savannah Lights Up

November 30, 2015 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah lights up like no other southern city during the holidays.  Lights around the squares, in the gardens, one the water and in the sky.  Here are five of most beautifully lit places to be during the holidays in the hostess city of the South.

Downtown Historic District – Savannah’s historic beauty is magnified with festive decoration and lights during the holidays.  What is already a beautiful and unique stroll down cobblestone streets becomes magic among endless twinkling lights.  Saturday December 12th, enjoy the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Holiday Tour of Homes and experience the inside of Savannah’s most beautiful private historic homes lavishly decorated for the holidays.

Photo credit Visit Savannah

Photo credit Visit Savannah


Lighted Christmas Parade – The holiday festivities begin on River Street on Friday December 4th with fireworks lighting up the sky over the river.  Then on Saturday December 5th, River Street will be lit from end to end with a parade of lights that will move through downtown and end in City Market.  A great family friendly event that is an annual tradition and a local favorite.


December Night & Holiday Lights at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is an incredible display of lights using the garden grounds as the canvas.  From now until Christmas Eve, embark on a casual self-guided leisurely walking tour through differently themed garden areas.


Tours by Candlelight – Savannah lights up with a glow on December 18th & 19th Fort Pulaski commemorates the Confederate Nog party of 1861 each year during the holiday season with Candle Lantern Tours. The long-lived Savannah tradition provides night-time tours of the historic fort by candlelight and oil lamps.  The Davenport House Museum has tours by Candlelight from December 26th – 30th.  The Federal-style home glistening by candlelight welcomes visitors to experience celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation.


Stage Lights – If lights of the stage is what you’d like to see, Savannah fantastic options.  See a glitz and glitter production of Holiday Traditions at The Savannah Theater from now until Christmas.  Or join Savannah’s best local musicians at The Lucas Theater to hear your favorite holiday carols and jazz at The Lucas Theater Christmas Cabaret December 17th – 19th.

There is no better time to bask in the beauty that is Savannah than in the glow of the holiday lights!  Come see us!

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to follow Azalea Inn & Gardens on Facebook and Twitter, too!

5 Reasons You REALLY Should Visit Savannah During Black History Month

November 28, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

When you stay at our B&B in Savannah, we think of ourselves as your hosts, and that means we will direct you to the things and places that are REALLY worth it. Let me tell you 5 reasons why making a trip to Savannah for Black History Month is REALLY WORTH IT.  Technically Black History Month is celebrated in February, but we are running a Savannah vacation special in January AND February to celebrate the unique stage our city sets for you to come learn more about the history that is unique to the African American culture. We’ve got a lot of information for you here but don’t wait too long because to take advantage of our special, travel must be completed by the end of February.

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What Our Guests are Saying…

November 20, 2012 by Teresa Jacobson

I could rave and rant until I ran out of breath about all the things I love about this bed and breakfast, about Savannah. But I also love discovering what our guests are saying, perhaps even more! It’s important for us to LISTEN and HEAR and RESPOND to what the world is doing. That’s what keeps Azalea shining, growing, welcoming, beckoning…

We’re grateful (especially this holiday week – and by the way it’s not too late to spend your Thanksgiving in Savannah with us) for the guests that tell us about their experiences, and share them! That’s why today we’re bringing you some of our guest reviews – their own thoughts, in their own words.

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Azalea Inn’s Tomato Harvest WOW

July 10, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

We have had the most incredible garden treats from Azalea Inn and our tomato harvest has inspired our favorite (so far) WOW recipe: Tomato Jam.  I picked the last of our cherry and yellow pear tomatoes  to be turned into our infamous Tomato Jam.  We plan to serve the Jam on Rosemary shortbread at next week’s wine and appetizer hour.  As you can see from the impish faces of Kolin and Courtney, we love our tomatoes!  I am not sure how many of the garden harvested tomatoes made it into the jam, but there was enough for two more canning jars of our oft-requested jam recipe (compliments of Bon Appetite, April 2010).

The recipe itself calls for 5 large tomatoes but we have a plethora of the cherry and tiny yellow pear tomatoes and found that they worked as well, if not better, with the two-tone color. We did not skin these tomatoes as the recipe calls for, instead squeezing the seeds out whole and tossing into the saucepan, no boiling first necessary.

Tomato Jam:

2 1/4 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 5 large)

2 cups granulated sugar

Generous pinch of salt

Generous pinch of ground cayenne pepper

2 or 3 grinds of black pepper

2 or 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Using a paring knife, cut out the stem end of each tomato, then slice a shallow X in the bottom. Plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water until their skins loosen, about 30 seconds. Remove them with a slotted spoon and let cool.

When cool enough to handle, slip off the tomato skins. Discard the water, but save the saucepan for cooking the jam. Halve the tomatoes crosswise and gently squeeze out the seeds and juice. Chop the tomatoes into 1/3-inch pieces.

Return the tomatoes to the saucepan; stir in the sugar, salt, and peppers. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to ensure that the mixture is cooking evenly but not burning, until most of the liquid has evaporated. If foam occasionally rises to the top, skim it off with a large spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice to taste.

Ladle the jam into sterilized jars. Cover tightly, let cool, and refrigerate. The jam will keep for at least 6 months refrigerated, though it has not lasted that long at the inn!

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah, GA, historic inn.

Welcome to Our Garden of Eating – Part 1

April 5, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

[singlepic id=172 w=320 h=240 float=left]I spent a bit of yesterday trying to take pictures of our garden… of eating… but found that the pictures were not inspirational.  I squatted close to buds peeping from the grounds, noting the similarities between melon, squash and eggplant spouts.  Beans, whether purple bush, yellow bush or Kentucky Blue, were equally difficult to differentiate.  Thankfully, our consultant farmer, Adam, gave us a layout of the gardens.  But still… my excitement at planting produce for use in the inn was not being magically translated to these flat images.  I needed to be reminded of why we had undertaken such a large project for our tiny urban footprint.

[singlepic id=170 w=160 h=120 float=right]I pulled pictures of last year’s bounty, and it short-lived existence, which produced the desired effect.  I remembered.  I can now compare our minimalist garden plot of last year to Azalea Inn and Garden’s new mini-mini farm situated in the tight space that comprises the long narrow building lots of the downtown historic Savannah and the incorporation of the old plot in a new and more productive way.  Last year’s “Let’s give it a whirl” garden yielded an abundance of tomatoes (Sweet 100’s, Big Boy, Pink Brandywine, to name a few),  fragrant basil, tarragon, sage, dill, chives, garlic chives and lavender, a tiny crop of green peppers, one lone stalk of asparagus, scallions, and near the end of summer, six cantaloupes of varying sizes.

[singlepic id=171 w=160 h=120 float=left]We put our largesse to good use: roasted cherry and yellow teardrops tomatoes for Eggs Pomodoro, chopped herbes into everything imaginable, used up the bell peppers in two batches of Confetti Potatoes, left the asparagus for next year (hopefully), and served the cantaloupes proudly mixed with watermelon and topped with a ginger-lime syrup (house made, of course).  We were quite frankly sad to turn the earth over at the end of the season and return to buying produce.

In early March of  this year, we attended a “Met Your Makers” dinner at the local “earth-to-table” restaurant, Cha Bella, to meet the producers /growers of all things nurtured by the earth (or nutured in loving hands of dairy farmers and artisan bread craftsmen) and used at the restaurant.  There we met Adam Metzger of Adam’s Farm, the young up and coming hydroponics producer of all things vegetable for use at Cha Bella.   Adam was more than willing to take on an urban garden project in historic Savannah, as long as we were willing to get dirty too.

Part 2:  Design, build, plant.   Coming soon.

Romantic Escape, Savannah GA, a Travel and Leisure Top Spot

November 17, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Travel and Leisure Magazine has just published a list of America’s Favorite Cities with Savannah taking top spot as the Best Place for a Fall Destination!  But did you know we came second to only Honolulu as best place for a Romantic Escape?  It was no surprise we beat out Charleston in this category.  Don’t get me wrong, Charleston has a been a favorite destination for a long time, but finally, what we all know and love about Savannah is on a list to include (but not limited to):

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Geekend 2010, Historic Savannah, Georgia, November 4-6, 2010

May 14, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

Is it okay to be a geek? Ever? Well, if you ask the organizers/co-founders of Geekend 2009, Jake and Miriam Hodesh, the answer is foretold in the overwhelming response to Geekend 2009 by both presenters and attendees. The first ever interactive conference for digital media, Web and information technology professionals was held November 6 thru 9, 2009 at the Hyatt in Historic Savannah Georgia. A planned turnout of 100 morphed into 600 something. Thinking Cap, Inc and the Savannah Geekend Conference were born. But let me let them tell you What, Who and Why in their own words:

What is this Glorious Event?  Unleash the Geek!

Geekend is the annual gathering of the geek tribe in Savannah, Georgia. Geekend is what you might call an interactive conference with some truly awesome parties. It’s kind of the event that you’ll be texting, tweeting, and Facebooking from and all your friends back home will be super jealous.

Geekend is a mashup, a meetup, and a tweet-up all mixed together in a delicious low country boil of innovative ideas. It’s networking, Savannah style. It’s a veritable supermarket of fresh ideas. To sum Geekend up in one word is really quite impossible, but we tend to use this one: Fun.

Who Should Come to Geekend:  You Should!

Whether you are casually twittering, facebooking, texting or obsessively gaming, then you should definitely plan on coming. If you’re writing a super cool iPhone app, then you should come. If you are obsessed with all the digital aspects of music, film and art, then you should plan on breaking it down at Geekend.

Does the future of social media appeal to you? Does the direction of design, online and offline, grab your attention? Are you a creative who is just as adept at building your castles in the digital sandbox as you are at the beach? Then perfect, sign up now, because Geekend is for you.

Why is Geekend in Savannah, GA?  Because Savannah is Awesome!

The city is one of the most incredibly beautiful, cool, historic and fun places to live or visit. That’s because Savannah is a magnet for cool creative types who’ve come here for business, school, the weather, the vibe, the beach, the architecture, the Spanish moss, the friendly locals, great food and energetic nightlife (and the fact that you can legally walk down the street with a cold adult beverage in a to-go cup that we like to call a “traveler”). Oh yeah, we’re also the most haunted city in America, but we get along well with our ghosts. Be aware though, that once you come to Savannah and it casts its spell on you, you’ll probably want to stay.”

What else is there to say?  They’ve said it all – make your reservations early and with us!

Remembrance of Rainy Days Past

October 15, 2009 by Teresa Jacobson

It rained relentlessly yesterday, sometimes sputtering droplets on annoyed heads, and at times so heavy it washed the color completely out of the landscape.  This kind of weather usually means a power outage, and it put me in mind of a day last summer and a funny innkeeping story.

pat-and-robin-newlyweds-500-300x2251It was a wild week at the inn in mid-July, 2008. It began on Monday at about 7 a.m. with a bang – literally – as the transformer behind our carriage house (where Jake and I lived) blew out. Jake quickly donned his pants and keys and unlocked the gate to the back lane to investigate. The culprit didn’t even try to escape. At the bottom of the pole lay a Kamikaze squirrel who single-handily took out several blocks of electricity.

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