I don’t know about y’all, but one of my very favorite things about visiting a new city is the FOOD. Visiting new restaurants, trying local specialties, and just getting to explore and learn about the city history and architecture. My mom and I took a girls’ trip to Savannah, GA, one year ago this week, and had the best time trying out new places! I realized that I never shared about our experiences there, so I’m taking it back to talk about my three FAVORITE brunch places that we visited on our stay.
I did a lot of research and planning before we left on this trip – combing through lists of things to do, historical tours, and local restaurants, all with claims that they are a “MUST”. It’s a little overwhelming to start planning, but I’m always glad that I took the time to do it in the end, otherwise we probably would have just ended up wandering around and eating at the first place we spotted. We tried to make reservations on OpenTable for whatever we could, and then just planned to fill in the rest as we went!
I was recommended this cute little place by my friend-now-boyfriend, so we found it on OpenTable and made a reservation for breakfast on our first morning! It didn’t really come up in any of the research I did on the city before our trip, but I’m so glad we decided to go! We arrived to Savannah late at night, so our walk to B. Matthews was the first we were actually getting to see of the city. We walked from our hotel to the cute little restaurant, taking in the beautiful streets as we wandered through part of historic downtown. I ordered the Lamppost Big Breakfast, and y’all, it did not disappoint. I’m not usually a biscuits and gravy person, or more accurately, I’m not a “foods that touch and/or get soggy” person, so I’m the girl who dips my pancakes into syrup, etc. But the biscuits and gravy at B. Matthews were PHENOMENAL. Like I still think about them to this day, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever have any that measure up again… Dramatic, but true.
I knew from the beginning that Husk was a must-do for me on this trip. I had just recently been to Charleston and it was booked so far in advance that it wasn’t even possible to reserve a table, so I was excited to get in at the Savannah location instead! We did make an OpenTable for this one, as well, to make sure that we could get in for brunch. The restaurant was in an old mansion, built in the 1800’s and remodeled on the interior with beautiful dining rooms, outdoor seating, and even a gorgeous bathroom, and it just opened at the beginning of 2018. The decor was modern and beautiful, but you could still feel the history in the old building. I ordered the low country shrimp boil with hominy and wild mushroom (I’m not much of a sweets for breakfast person). And my mom ordered the cereal-crusted blueberry and peanut butter french toast with chantilly cream (phew, that’s a mouth-full). We were both so pleased, and I could probably be converted into a sweets for breakfast fan because of that french toast.
Do a quick google search of “where to eat in Savannah, GA”, and this will more than likely show up near the top. We almost wrote it off as a “tourist trap” and didn’t try to go on this trip, but I’m honestly SO glad we did. If you don’t know, The Lady and Sons is Paula Deen’s restaurant that she opened with her sons, it’s right in the middle of Savannah, and it honestly IS a tourist trap. BUT if you’re willing to show up right when it opens, then I really think it’s worth visiting! We started our morning early and then showed up right when the doors opened at the restaurant. They’re used to all the traffic, so the staff was a well-oiled machine of getting people in and out as efficiently as possible. We ordered chicken pot pie and fried shrimp, and of course, sweet tea. The bread that they serve is AMAZING, I probably had 5 sweet tea refills, and I still think about the chicken pot pie more often than I’d like to admit. So, if you don’t mind a little wait, I recommend stopping by!
Overall, we ate like queens on this trip. We did a lot of planning ahead and made reservations where we could, but we also left a little bit of room to explore and stumble upon new places! I cannot wait to get back to Savannah again (hopefully sooner rather than later) because this city is one of my very favorites. Have you been to any of these places? Let me know your favorite places in Savannah!