Friends eating pizza together outdoors in Starland District, Savannah GA
Group of young friends having fun outside and eating pizza in Starland District, Savannah, GA.

The lively area on the south side of Forsyth Park was originally known as a streetcar suburb in the 1950s, that is until suburbanization resulted in its disrepair. However, it was in the 1990s when two enterprising students studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design brought their ideas to life. A neighborhood called Starland District was formed, which was named after the Starland Dairy.

When you visit the area today, you will discover interesting record stores and vintage shops, which also include a wide number of delicious eateries within the city. Plus, you will find great restaurants and don’t have to worry about the Historic District crowds. So, what are some of the places you can go to when you are in this town? Continue reading to find out.

Back in the Day Bakery

If you are into the vintage aesthetic, then you will adore this bakery. It offers traditional bakery items, like cookies, brownies, artisan bread, and cupcakes. However, one unique feature makes this bakery one of Savannah’s favorites and that is their fun ‘Build Your Own Biscuit’ feature. You have numerous options to choose from, starting from classic, flavor everything, or a flaky buttermilk biscuit and then pick your own toppings for your biscuit.

Green Truck Pub

If you are looking for a scrumptious juicy burger and some delicious salty fries, then come on down to the Green Truck Pub. However, you will find a lot more than just burgers. They have a wide variety of salads, vegetarian options for burgers, different types of sandwiches, and decadent desserts for your sweet tooth. They are known for making simple food items taste like heaven, making them both a local and visitor favorite. Not to mention, you get to revel in the welcoming and casual atmosphere.

Big Bon Bodega

A corner store that was inspired by Korean shops, this bodega began as a pizza food truck back in 2016. It is set in an Art Deco building and it’s known for selling Montreal-style bagels that are boiled in malt and also honey water. Once boiled, they get filled with tasty schmears, such as lemon caper spreads and kimchi.

Also, you get to create your very own bagel sandwich with lox or pimento cheese. You will also find other items in that store like local art, cold drinks, and even essential things like toothpaste. This bodega is located near the Gingerbread House, which is one of the many most photographed homes of Savannah.

Starland Cafe

This lovely café used to be a home that was located on a residential side street. It has no sign outside, a person either knows where they are going or they don’t. This is the ultimate place to have lunch. They have delectable salads, sandwiches, soups (their tomato soup is to die for), and so many other food items you can delve in. Currently, they are only open from 11 am until 3 pm. However, there are plans to offer dinner service eventually!


The owner, Jason Restivo, said that not a lot of restaurants offer affordable luxury as they claim to, however, Atlantic is not like that. Also, their chef, Lauren Teague, believes in a simple approach. Her food creations are not all dolled-up or over-presented. The people at Atlantic believe that food should be presented as it is, meaning how food would be presented in a family neighborhood atmosphere in Savannah. Moreover, they don’t accept reservations; walk-in customers only, which can get tricky on the weekends.