As my time in the Southern city of Savannah was on the shorter side, I wanted to choose wisely where eating was concerned considering that it’s known as being an incredibly delectable foodie paradise. So even though Huey’s had more New Orleans style (as opposed to just Southern) fare, the positive reviews I read sold me on it and that’s where we ended up eating dinner on our first night in Savannah.
Located right on River Street, depending on where your table is, you’ll most likely have prime people and river watching to all of the activity taking place before you. We got there just after 5 PM on a Friday and while we were some of the only diners for the first part of the meal, by the time we left, the place was packed. They don’t take reservations; however, they do serve food all day starting in the morning with breakfast/brunch offerings, so for that reason alone it’s a place I would recommend dining at depending on what your schedule in Savannah is like.
We both got drinks to start. I opted for a glass of the red sangria, while D went with a local beer brewed right in Savannah, Compass Rose IPA.
Even though it was hot as Hades outside, to start I ordered one of my favorites that we ended up sharing-a cup of the gumbo which consisted of chicken, andouille sausage, okra, and tomatoes cooked in a dark roux (a type of sauce that’s a mixture of fat and flour) and served over rice. Originally I requested a bowl but then realizing how much food we’d be getting, not to mention in hotter weather I get full much quicker, I downgraded to a cup and it was definitely the right choice (cup-$4.95, bowl-$6.95).
D’s entree came with a plate of some of the most delicious corn bread I have ever eaten. For me there was no need to apply any butter as it was sweet and moist enough as is.
For my entree I went with a love of mine that dates back to 2007 when I first visited New Orleans, a muffaletta, which is basically the king of all sandwiches ($12.95). While it was slightly different from other ones I’d had (it was hot versus cold), the combination of Genoa salami, Cappicola ham, provolone cheese, and house made olive salad on freshly baked bread made it a winning item. All sandwiches come with a choice of one side and being in the South, I went with Parmesan and garlic grits. They were incredible.
D ordered a favorite of his, shrimp and grits ($20.95) and like everything at Huey’s, the portion was enormous. It featured shrimp sauteed with diced tomatoes and scallions in Huey’s own unique Cajun sauce atop a bed of Parmesan garlic grits. All seafood dishes also come with a house salad.
At the hotel we’d picked up a promotional card from Huey’s for a free beignet with any entree. Although according to our waiter we could have each had our own, by that point we were so utterly full that one was quite all right. It was massive and also sinfully delicious; the praline sauce just put it over the edge in a calorie ridden sort of way.
It may be hundreds of miles from the Big Easy, yet Huey’s serves some incredibly delectable fare and so it’s easy to see why it’s been in business for almost 30 years. You can’t go wrong dining here on a trip to Savannah!
115 E River St | Savannah, GA | 31401