7 of The Best Sandwich Shops in Savannah

If you're going to Savannah, you're bound to be walking around. And if you're looking for the perfect on-the-go meal, add these delicious stops to your itinerary.

Thanks to its historically preserved southern charms and coastal Georgia terrain, Savannah is a city adored for its natural and architectural beauty. So unsurprisingly, it’s the perfect place for those who like to get out and about for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. And there’s no shortage of sandwich shops to choose from.

But as we all know by now, not all sandwiches are created equally. This foodie fact is especially true in a city like Savannah. Don’t get me wrong; there are wonderful places to eat here. Unfortunately, in a city frequented way more often for its good looks than its food scene, falling into a tourist trap when you’re hungry is as easy as pecan pie.

As a current resident, I come bearing good news for sandwich lovers. This historic city’s food scene is evolving for the better. Savannah is now taking its food game more seriously, and the lunch crowd is benefiting the most.

These are the 7 best spots to grab a sandwich in historic Savannah, as it stands.

Little Duck Diner

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The Little Duck Diner calls itself a “vintage chic diner” where “youthfulness meets refinement.” They’re all about contemporary twists on American classics. And the only thing sweeter than their 1920s-style charm is their decadent dessert options, like the Tuxedo Bomb made with silky vanilla and chocolate mousse.

While this sandwich shop is reminiscent of a classic dining car, it boasts a full bar. Great for brunch, lunch, or dinner, try something from the gourmet grilled cheese menu. The cheddar, Havarti, American, and mozzarella topped “Fancy Schmancy” is major a crowd pleaser for obvious reasons. Everything is served with fries or tomato soup, and at any time of the day it’s all delicious.

Al Salaams Deli

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Al Salaams Deli is rarely on tourists’ radar, making it one of the local’s longest-kept sandwich secrets. For decades, this laidback authentic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean market has been serving up some of the best falafel, pita wraps, “delight platters,” and Philly cheesesteaks in sleepy Savannah.

Al Salaams has consistently been voted a “Best of Savannah” pick for its fast, fresh, and budget-friendly delights. And it’s located on the more local side of the historic district, only adding to its low-key, hidden gem appeal.

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Betty Bombers

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Come for a hearty sandwich and stay for a milkshake. In the heart of the historic district, this no-frills, 1940s-style diner is located right beside the ever-so-beautiful, 30-acre Forsyth Park. It’s also inside the American Legion. The food at Betty Bombers is notably heavy, but don’t let a big lunch deter you from this local legend. Savannah is a charmingly southern city designed to be strolled, especially following a heavy serving of comfort food.

When you enter the Legion, follow the smell of juicy burgers and classic patty melts being flipped on a griddle. You’ll find Betty Bombers and its many mouth-watering sandwiches tucked away in the back of the historic landmark. Since 2012, the all-American eatery has remained beloved among tourists and locals.

The Black Rabbit

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Distinctive and dive bar-like, this hip brunch, lunch, and happy hour hot spot offers a rare Savannah opportunity to eat as the locals eat without getting caught in the crosswalks of tourism. Whether you order from the rotating specials or the house staples, the sandwiches are consistently some of the best in the city. The same is true of the rotating soups. Just be sure to get the potato salad as a side with your sandwich.

Go when the weather is nice, sit outside, and feel free to bring your furry friends. In addition to its sandwiches, The Black Rabbit is buzzed about for its innovative cocktails and mocktails, as well their freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and flaky croissants from another local darling, Auspicious Bakery.

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Zunzi’s

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Zunzi’s is one of the most beloved eateries in the entire region. This grab-and-go sandwich shop turned restaurant with dining on the rooftop has made a big name for itself over the years. It’s sought-after for its sloppy, flavorful sandwiches, spicy soups, and coveted secret sauces.

Zunzi’s has long worn the sandwich crown in Savannah. It was voted the best sandwich in Georgia for many years in a row. These days, you can dine in at this South African-inspired eatery. But to experience a Zunzi’s sandwich in all of its lasting glory, order your sandwich to go, try the jasmine sweet tea, find a nearby park bench, and make a delicious mess.

Starland Cafe

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Located in the artsy and ever-evolving Starland Neighborhood, Starland Cafe is open only during lunch hours (from 11am to 3pm), and they’re forever serious about making good sandwiches.

For about 20 years, this Victorian home-turned-colorful cafe has served up farm-fresh ingredients, homemade paninis, creamy soups, local flavor-filled salads, and freshly brewed iced tea. It also offers outdoor seating options in the most eclectic neighborhood in the city.

Goose Feathers Café

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Once you’ve reached City Market, make your way to this Ellis Square eatery. Open for business since 1986, the European-style cafe “fuses the dining ambiance found in Lower Manhattan’s urban Greenwich Village and the Left Bank in Paris.” In other words, they can get very busy due to their popular location and savory sandwiches.

Goose Feathers Cafe offers up fast, tasty, and non-fussy options in the middle of a tourism-heavy part of town. While it’s won its fair share of “best of” awards, this quaint cafe has remained humble and consistent. If you’re in the middle of everything and craving a lox bagel or egg-topped breakfast sandwich on a croissant, Goose Feathers is the place to dine (with much less of a line) in bustling downtown Savannah.

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