Green Truck Pub
2430 Habersham Street, Savannah GA 31401 (map); 912-234-5885; greentruckpub.com
Cooking method: Grilled
Short Order: A no-nonsense burger that's just plain awesome
Want Fries With That? Definitely! Tasty skin-on fries come standard
Price: Classic with Cheese, $8
If a trip to Savannah is in your future and you'd like to seek out neighborhood favorites where the locals go instead of shiny tourist traps, take note of Green Truck Pub. I'm aiming this advice specifically at visitors not to exclude locals but because, if the local weekly's "Best Of" awards plastered above the door are any indication, Savannahians are already well aware of the burger achievements of this friendly little spot.
Tasty things between bread dominate the menu. There is a smattering of sandwiches, ranging from pimento cheese to a veggie reuben, but for obvious reasons, I only let my eyes graze over that section before focusing on the burgers.
There, you'll find 11 different options, from a simple classic cheeseburger ($8) to more embellished options like the Greek Style burger topped with feta cheese, olive tapenade, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, onion, and cucumber slices. If you don't want beef, you can always substitute it for a grilled chicken or housemade veggie patty at no extra charge.
The classic cheeseburger emerges from the kitchen open-faced, topped with melted provolone and accompanied by a stack of lettuce, thick slices of tomato, thinly sliced red onion, and spicy-sweet pickles (made in-house). If you want to dress it up any further, there's hot sauce and housemade ketchup at each table.
The 1/3-pound patty is made from grass-fed, all natural, hormone-free beef from Hunter Cattle Company in nearby Brooklet, Georgia. You get three choices for doneness: bloody, cooked, or burnt. If you want a medium-rare burger, go with "cooked." That's how I ordered mine and it came out nicely browned with a warm, pink, juicy center. The loosely-formed patty had lacy edges that reminded me of a fried egg, and it was seasoned with salt, pepper, and a pinch of garlic powder—not enough to overwhelm it but just the right amount to set off the subtle sweetness of the clean, straight-forwardly beefy flavor.
The lightly toasted bun was soft and squishy to the touch and provided just enough cushioning for the beef. With brioche now dominating so many burger shops, it's a relief to see that not everyone has jumped on that bandwagon. Sometimes simple isn't just good, it's better.
Burgers come with fries or slaw, but you can also upgrade to a cup of soup or the black bean-riddled vegan chili for an extra $2. I found absolutely no fault with the skin-on spuds, but I did get a chance to sample the chili, and it's excellent.
If you're going to eat a burger in Savannah, I'd make it one from Green Truck Pub.