Brunch is a thing of beauty in the South, especially in Savannah. It’s the place to see and be seen, to people watch and to gossip about the prior evening’s events. After a big night out on River Street, there’s no better recipe for recovery than a batch of shrimp and grits.
Here are five favorite choices for the most important meal of the weekend:
Opened by Georgia-based chef Hugh Acheson, The Florence is named for the city in Italy, as well as for a local woman; Florence Martus served as the unofficial greeter to ships in the harbor in the late 1800s and is the model for “The Waving Girl” statue on the riverfront. The restaurant is located a 15-minute bike ride away in Savannah’s Midtown neighborhood.
Come Sunday, the menu switches from pasta and shared plates to items like brioche French toast and Anson Mill oats topped with fried egg. Peruse baked goods like the almond doughnuts, and grab a strong coffee while you wait for your table.
Breakfast Down Under
Inspired by the cafe culture of Australia, The Collins Quarter may just be the most Instagrammed dining spot in the city. Emphasizing farm-to-table ingredients, the restaurant features such brunch items as the Aussie Brekkie — a whopper of a plate that includes chorizo, smoked bacon, eggs, sauteed mushrooms, baked beans and grilled tomato — and trendy avocado toast, paired with drinks, like a drunken berry mimosa.
If you’re not ready to seriously imbibe, opt for a cold brew coffee or lavender mocha latte on the outdoor patio near Wright Square. Note: Brunch is served every day but Tuesday.
Originally a deli, B. Matthew’s has evolved into a popular full-service restaurant that now serves brunch daily. Shrimp and grits, pancakes (with add-ins like chocolate, blueberries or pecans), and fried green tomato Benedict are all worth the calories.
Make sure to order the signature Bellini, a mixture of peach whiskey and cava, alongside your meal. The East Bay Street location draws a crowd, so be prepared to wait around 45 minutes for a table on weekends.
(Not So) Ordinary Pub
Bottomless mimosas? Don’t mind if I do! At the The Ordinary Pub, you can pair your liquid refreshment with dishes like shrimp and grits and an epic concoction of macaroni and cheese, bacon and a fried egg that are sure to soak up whatever you ingested the evening before.
The bar, which serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays only, is also known for extraordinary cocktails made with Perc Coffee nitro cold brew using beans roasted locally south of Forsyth Park. Reservations are a must.
New Orleans-Style Decadence
For a more upscale experience, Huey’s has offered a taste of Louisiana in the “hostess city of the South” since 1987. The menu combines classic Southern with Creole and Cajun flavors.
Heaping plates of eggs Benedict (available with optional crabcake) and pain perdue (“N’Awlins-style” French toast with pecan butter) are two crowd-pleasers, as are customizable omelets and gumbo. Finish off the decadent experience with an order of beignets for the table as you admire views of the Savannah River from this former cotton warehouse.