Y’all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Savannah restaurants go all out in the wee hours of the morning, serving up heaping portions of grits, fluffy omelets loaded with fresh ingredients and piping hot biscuits cooked from scratch. If the sound of a hearty, traditional breakfast has your palette whet and your stomach growling, then head on over to Henry’s on Drayton Street or B. Matthew’s Eatery on Bay Street. These two Historic District restaurants are consistently lauded for their great food and quick, courteous service.
For a great atmosphere and plenty of tasty breakfast options, including many that are healthy, stop by J. Christopher’s, located in a converted mechanic’s garage on Liberty Street in the heart of Downtown Savannah. Other great choices in the Historic District include Goose Feathers, a reasonably priced café near City Market, and Huey’s on the River, a New Orleans-style eatery with a prime location on River Street.
Those with transportation and a big appetite may want to head down Highway 80 and take a place in line outside the Breakfast Club, a Tybee Island institution that’s known for its huge portions and delicious morning fare. Other great choices outside the Historic District include The 5 Spot, a Midtown eatery in Habersham Village, and Sisters of the New South, a soul food restaurant on Skidaway Road. You’ll put in a few miles to get to these establishments, but after refueling with a good breakfast, you’ll be ready to take on the town.
Fans of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil will enjoy this Downtown diner-style restaurant, which is featured prominently in the book and movie. Breakfast is served throughout the day and features standard dishes such as omelets, eggs Benedict, corned beef hash and hot griddle cakes, along with specialties such as French toast stuffed with peanut butter and bananas and homemade cheese blintzes topped with sour cream, applesauce, strawberries and cinnamon apples. A little trivia for Midnight aficionados: the actual Downtown location of Clary's was featured in the movie, though the eatery was transformed back into Clary's drugstore for filming. Midnight author John Berendt and star, the Lady Chablis, have been spotted dining at Clary's over the years. (912-233-0402)
The Sentient Bean
This hip coffee house, which is adjacent to Forsyth Park, serves vegetarian and vegan breakfast fare seven mornings a week, along with an outstanding brunch on Sundays. Coffee aficionados will appreciate the Bean's great selection of coffee, which usually includes freshly brewed single origin roasts from Africa and South America, along with an array of made-to-order espresso drinks. The breakfast menu features a vegetarian breakfast burrito with eggs and a vegan breakfast burrito with scrambled tofu, along with quiche, egg and cheese sandwiches, omelets and frittatas. The brunch menu boasts a rotating selection of specialties, among them tofu scramble loaded with fresh, seasonal vegetables and an outstanding breakfast burrito with spicy, homemade vegan sausage. (912-232-4447)
If you're longing for one of those unforgettable Sunday meals your grandma made, then head to Sisters, a family-owned eatery that specializes in traditional Southern fare. There's nothing fancy on Sisters' menu, just standard, hearty classics such as oxtails, fried chicken, smothered pork chops, barbeque ribs and fried shrimp, along with a panoply of side dishes including collard greens, candied yams, mac and cheese, and lima beans. Prices are reasonable, especially the weekday lunch special, which includes a meat and two sides. Sisters also serves a full breakfast seven days a week, including an all-you-can-eat pancake feast on weekends. In addition to the restaurant on Skidaway Road, Sisters also has locations on Mall Boulevard on Savannah's Southside and in nearby Pooler. ((912) 335-2761)
Huey's on the River
Brunch is served every day at this New Orleans-style eatery, which occupies a prime waterfront spot on River Street. Creole-inspired dishes populate Huey's brunch menu, among them Pain Perdu, a Louisiana take on French toast with powdered sugar and pecan butter, and the Pontchartrain Omelette, a hearty egg dish with creamed spinach, artichoke hearts, Swiss cheese and hollandaise sauce. Huey's beignets--sweet donut-like pastries that are coated in powdered sugar--are one of the most popular items on the menu. The addictive beignets can be ordered three at a time or by the dozen. For those who want to skip brunch, Huey's also features a variety of lunch and dinner fare, including fried green tomatoes, shrimp po' boys, crab cakes and more. (912-234-7385)
The 5 Spot
Located in Midtown Savannah's popular Habersham Village, The 5 Spot has quickly garnered a loyal following thanks to good food, reasonable prices and a sleek, modern atmosphere. Breakfast is served daily and is one of the eatery's most popular meals. The menu features classics such as buttermilk pancakes and eggs Benedict, plus fancier fare like grilled salmon served with tomatoes, spinach, hollandaise and poached eggs. Lunch and dinner share the same menu, meaning patrons can keep it simple even at night or splurge during the day. The extensive menu includes a good selection of salads and sandwiches, plus entrees ranging from shrimp and grits to grilled bratwurst. Prices are reasonable. (912-777-3021)
The Breakfast Club
This Tybee Island institution has been serving up homemade breakfast fare for more than three decades, drawing a steady stream of devoted local patrons. The always-packed eatery features traditional breakfast items, including eggs made to order, homemade sausage, waffles, omelets, grits and more. But it's the Breakfast Club's innovative dishes that get the most buzz, among them the Blackhawk Breakfast Burrito, a Tex-Mex bonanza with house-made chorizo sausage, onions, jalapenos, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and black beans wrapped in a chipotle tortilla. The PMS Omelette--a self-described "emotionally satisfying" dish with eggs, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, spinach and garlic--is also popular. Breakfast is served throughout the day, and a lunch menu is also available. (912-786-5984)
This regional chain, which began in the Atlanta area, is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Housed in a converted garage in the heart of the Historic District, J. Christopher's offers a wide range of breakfast fare, which is served throughout the day. Favorites include Blueberry Crunchcakes--fluffy blueberry pancakes made with crunchy granola--and Signature Breakfast Skillets, a tasty concoction of oven-roasted potatoes mixed with your choice of ingredients and topped with two sunny-side-up eggs. The restaurant also offers traditional breakfast items, including omelets, eggs Benedict, lox and bagel, French toast, crepes and more. Those craving a sandwich, burger, soup or salad have the option of choosing an item from the lunch menu. (912-236-7494)
Freshly made food, good service and reasonable prices all contribute to Henry's reputation as one the best places for breakfast in the city. This relative newcomer has wowed patrons with its all-day breakfast fare that includes traditional items such as eggs, grits, hash browns, biscuits, French toast, waffles pancakes, omelets and more. Fancier breakfast options include pork chops with eggs, shrimp and grits, and fried or grilled catfish served with two eggs, grits and toast. Henry's also offers a lunch menu that's available all day, for those who are craving a burger before they start their morning. On the weekends, the restaurant offers an affordable buffet with a terrific selection of breakfast favorites. (912-232-6628)
B. Matthew's Eatery
Whether you want a hearty breakfast before a day of sightseeing or have a hankering for eggs and grits at 2 p.m., B. Matthew's Eatery has you covered. The popular restaurant's breakfast menu is served in the mornings and afternoons and boasts standards such as eggs cooked to order, omelets, French toast, breakfast wraps, waffles and more. Looking for something with a Southern influence? The eatery's biscuits smothered in gravy and shrimp and grits are both outstanding. On weekends, B. Matthew's offers an amped up brunch menu that boasts innovate items, including a salmon BLT and a decadent apple, walnut and bourbon chutney waffle. The restaurant's lunch and dinner menu are also worth trying. (912-233-1319)
Goose Feathers an Express Cafe & Bakery
Just a few steps away from Ellis Square in the heart of the Historic District, Goose Feathers has been a favorite among locals for more than a quarter of a century. The restaurant serves breakfast all day, boasting a great selection of traditional dishes such as Belgian waffles, fruit-topped oatmeal, eggs, quiche and bagels. The casual eatery, in which orders are placed at the counter and delivered to patrons at their tables, also features an array of inexpensive, quick bites, such as stuffed croissants, sticky buns and muffins. In addition, Goose Feathers has an extensive lunch menu for those craving soup or a sandwich. (912-233-4683)
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