Georgia native, Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser, is a ServSafe certified, professionally trained private chef, culinary TV personality and author who has called Savannah home since 2016. Featured on Food Network, ABC, Forbes and The VeryVera Show, she is the longtime Statesboro Herald food columnist and blogger at SomeKindaGood.com, your one stop shop for Southern coastal cuisine, locally sourced and in-season. If you love live cooking segments, cooking tips, dinner ideas and more then be sure to follow Some Kinda Good on Facebook and @SKGFoodBlog on IG.
Also grab a copy of Rebekah’s first book which is a memoir with recipes and restaurant reviews centered around faith, family and food. It’s filled with ideas for boosting flavor, such as practical ways to cook with fresh herbs and how to make compound butters. A culmination of Rebekah’s food adventures in culinary entertainment thus far, the book has been described as “well-produced with excellent photos, lively writing, and many practical suggestions,” “a book to savor” and “the perfect recipe of personal experiences blended with cooking tips and life lessons, seasoned with her own blend of Southern sass.”
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Your favorite place to grab a cocktail in Savannah and why?
Savannah has some of the best rooftop bars with the most beautiful views of the city. For a night on the town, I enjoy The Lost Square on top of The Alida hotel or Top Deck above The Cotton Sail. One more that’s a bit tucked away with excellent service is Perch just above Daniel Reed Hospitality’s, Local 11 Ten. They often have acoustic live music and the Berry Basil Gimlet is on point. I love all the private little nooks and crannies there to curl up for good conversation with friends. I also love the deck and live music vibes at Molly McGuire’s. This is a great place to enjoy some drinks and hang out with friends on the weekends.
The restaurant or restaurants you eat out at the most?
Belford’s Seafood and Steaks does a mean Sunday Brunch – They have these amazing fluffy, small buttermilk biscuits they only serve on Sundays. They bring them out in a little basket with whipped honey butter and orange wild berry jam. It’s worth the trip downtown if you don’t already live there. I went to culinary school with the head chef, Marlow. Tell her I sent you!
If you’re new to Savannah and really want the inside scoop on where the downhome locals go, don’t miss these long standing family restaurants:
Barnes Restaurant – Famous for their pit-cooked BBQ and Southern sides. This is one of those places you go because you know it’s always consistent. When you leave, there’s no chance of being hungry!
Carey Hilliard’s – Nobody does a four piece chicken tender plate better. And who doesn’t love a drive in? Order the fried pickles for an appetizer. Bonus: They have great to-go cups.
Spanky’s Southside – Order a mouthwatering pizza – the dough is to die for. My favorite is the Hawaiian with Canadian bacon and pineapple; add a light sprinkling of bacon. Don’t forget Ranch on the side for dipping that crust.
The best place to get Southern Coastal Cuisine?
Pearl’s Saltwater Grill – Hands down one of the classiest, waterfront dining locations in the city. Exquisite service and beautiful views. No reservations? Grab a seat at the bar for oysters on the half shell with saltines and housemade cocktail sauce. They bring these miniature little warm hushpuppies as a starter with three different compound butters – herb, honey and whipped, and this attention to detail is applied to every aspect of the experience.
Paula Deen’s Creek House Seafood and Grill – I visit here on the regular to sit on the marshfront patio and savor fish tacos with a key lime martini and graham cracker rim. The fresh baked bread is served warm with butter before the meal and is otherworldly. Please don’t deny yourself this pleasure.
Erica Davis Lowcountry– Excellent fried shrimp po’ boy with mac and cheese in a cool atmosphere indoors and out. The low country boil also earns a thumbs up from me!
Where do you go to get your comfort food fix?
When it comes to comfort food, my husband and I are far from pretentious or high maintenance. After church on Sunday, we visit Sunny Side Up off Derenne Ave. It’s affordable and delicious with efficient, friendly service. There’s always a crowd, and I love their grilled chicken tenders served with a pecan waffle and a side of extra crispy hashbrowns. Nothing beats familiar diner food when you need a comfort food fix!
Where do you go to unwind?
Saturday afternoons find me with Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens magazines or a good novel and cocktail by the pool. The beach is my happy place. I also enjoy getting away to my little container garden in the backyard. I grow tomatoes and fresh herbs and this year I’ve added watermelons. It’s so rewarding to nurture food, watch it grow and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Do you have a retail store or stores that you can’t live without?
Paris Market – I could browse around in this shop for hours. The books, the scents, the decor and design makes you feel like you’ve stepped away into France. They have the most charming and quaint café where you can eat fleur de sel caramels and sip on lavender tea. I channel my inner Ina Garten here.
A Savannah business that you find inspiring?
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee – This business is more than a coffee shop. The owners are advocates for the value, inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I admire the heart behind this business and have so much respect for what they’re doing to employ this community and make the world a better place. Support the cause – stop in for a cup of coffee and a unique customer service experience.
What is your favorite sweet treat in Savannah?
Wicked Cupcakes – I’ve loved cupcakes from the time I was a child. Wicked Cupcakes does an incredible job with decorating and has inspired flavors, like lemon blueberry and salted caramel.
Anything from Baker’s Pride Bakery – Cream horns, cookies, pies, oh my.
Leopold’s Ice Cream – Peanut Butter Chippey in a waffle cone.
If someone was visiting Savannah for the first time, what’s the one thing they should not miss?
Visit the Forsyth Farmer’s Market on Saturday Morning – When I shop at the farmer’s market, I come home with pungent peppery arugula, fresh baked baguettes, buckets of strawberries, Wild Georgia shrimp and the most delicious vegetables in season. When you cook with quality ingredients, they’re hard to mess up.
Take a dinner cruise on the Georgia Queen – My husband surprised me with a birthday cruise and dinner for two on the beautiful Georgia Queen. They made it so special, even writing my name on a personalized cake! We’ve also enjoyed cruises around the holidays on this boat – there’s no better vantage point to watch the fireworks over the river. It is so much fun to take a boat ride up the Savannah river and breathe in the salt air. The food is Some Kinda Good, and it’s an experience to remember.
Attend a Savannah Bananas Baseball Game – This isn’t your average baseball game experience. From the dancing dads to the live bands and wild and crazy audience interaction, you’ll be entertained from the time you enter the stadium until the time you leave. Order the Garbage Can Nachos!
Tour Plant Riverside District – The larger than life dinosaur that hangs from the ceiling inside the J.W. Marriott is something to see. There are so many inspired spaces from gorgeous art installations to Australian-themed lounges; there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Be sure to valet park – it’s worth every red cent.