There are two types of Savannah vacations: the grown-up kind (couples, girl trips, guy trips) and the kind with wee ones in tow (Griswold-esque). Both vacations have their share of fun times, great memories and unique experiences but make no mistake, they are very distinct excursions. Unless your tike is a natural-born foodie (and if so, I’m jealous) chances are you’re going to need to select restaurants that will appeal to their pint-sized palate as well as your more adventurous one. Sound familiar? Then save those goldfish crackers for the trip home and choose any – or all – of these kid-friendly Savannah spots designed to leave the whole family delightfully satisfied!
Breakfast anyone? More like breakfast everyone – who doesn’t like breakfast? Well the folks at Funky Brunch Café have taken that winningest meal and added a heaping helping of fun – as in tables with built-in griddles! You choose the batter, from old-fashioned buttermilk to gluten-free and multi-grain varieties, and your toppings, like granola, fresh fruits and even chocolate chips, then you cook them right at your table for hot flapjacks like no other.
Prefer Funky Brunch to do the cooking? Then order up an omelet or any number of breakfast staples sure to fill you heartily. Going for lunch? Salads, sandwiches, and soups round out the menu to ensure there’s something for everyone. And since the kiddos are so happy, you can treat yourself to a mimosa, care of the restaurant’s full bar. Optional outdoor seating means you can relax if your bunch gets a little rowdy, and with all the fun you’re bound to have, you just might get a little rowdy, too! Funky Brunch Café is open daily from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm and if you’re going on the weekend, you might want to get there early as a line typically forms at peak times.
If it’s past breakfast time or you’re just in need of some afternoon caffeine – but you also want the kids to be happy – then look no further than Henny Penny Art Space and Café. Located south of Forsyth Park on Bull Street in downtown Savannah, Henny Penny is the creative combination of local coffee shop Foxy Loxy and Scribble Art Studio providing a haven of creative art projects for kids to enjoy while the grownups recharge with top-notch coffee and fresh-baked goodies (including the vegan variety).
“I’ve run Scribble Art Studio for eight years and several years ago it just struck me there was no connected space for parents and kids to be together,” shared owner Carrie Christian, who also operates the art space at Henny Penny. It was that realization that gave life to Henny Penny and today, the art space and café is buzzing with activity seven days a week from animal portraits on Saturdays to Play-Doh on Thursdays and even Petite Picasso on Fridays. “We always have open studio projects from 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week,” said Carrie. “For example, this week we’re building a little terrarium and we also have embroidery projects, which are great for older kids.”
Carrie is also planning for some upcoming special events including a book fair with a local publishing company and Superhero Saturday with instruction from a real-life comic book artist. To find out about those special events as well as the calendar of available art projects while you’re here, be sure to visit Henny Penny’s website and Facebook page for the latest updates.
Arrrrrgh you ready for an eating adventure? Then grab yer’ mates and head to The Pirates’ House for a truly legendary dining experience. “The restaurant was established in 1953 by Herb Traub whose vision was to create a place where families can gather, enjoy good food, and create memories,” said a spokesperson with the restaurant. One way the restaurant maintains Mr. Traub’s vision is with Pirates who roam the restaurant, visit your table, and take pictures with your crew of buccaneers. The menu is filled with tried-and-true go-to menu items like shrimp, chicken fingers, hamburgers, and pasta and when the ordering is done, the First Mate’s menu turns into a fun pirate hat to boot! After your meal, be sure to visit the gift shop upstairs where treasures abound to help commemorate your visit.
And then the best part – dessert! You’ll spot this next restaurant when you see the line that winds out of the front door and down the sidewalk on Broughton Street. Leopold’s Ice Cream has been serving patrons (including famed singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer) since 1919, offering award-winning ice cream, from-scratch soups, sandwiches, salads and freshly baked treats. The decor inside is a fun mix of nostalgic soda shop paired with movie memorabilia (care of owner Stratton Leopold’s illustrious 50-year career in the film industry) and you can’t help but smile as you walk around and take it all in. Get a head start on choosing your ice cream flavor and read all about Leopold’s history by visiting the website.
Rounding out our list of family favorites are two casual eateries you don’t want to miss: Vinnie Van GoGo’s and Crystal Beer Parlor. Vinnie’s is THE spot in City Market for New York-style pizza served with an artsy Savannah twist. Most seating is outdoors (great for kids to be free!) and it is a cash-only restaurant, but for laid-back pizza deliciousness, Vinnie Van GoGo’s is your go-to!
While you might question whether you want to take your kids to a “beer parlor” – trust us, you’ll be glad you did! Crystal Beer Parlor dates all the way back to 1933 and will absolutely transport you to those bygone days. The kids’ menu checks all the necessary musts (burgers, chicken fingers, spaghetti, and more) and for the grownups, there’s seafood, sandwiches, salads, and any number of house specialties that are all worthy of a clean plate. Of course with “beer parlor” in its name, you can be sure the full bar and other adult libations offer no shortage of lively spirits to choose from.
From pancakes to pirates to pizza and more, Savannah is filled with family-friendly establishments to please even the pickiest of eaters. So round up your crew and bring them to the Homewood Suites Savannah Historic District/Riverfront, an all-suite hotel that has a fully equipped kitchen and full-size refrigerator in each room to go along with a complimentary hot breakfast every morning and a year-round heated rooftop pool, for a kid-friendly stay in Savannah that will leave everyone full of good food and great memories.