Spanish Moss. Quaint Squares. Historic Homes.
If one is looking for charm in the South – it can be found right here.
Yet, nestled within this picturesque town, as any real foodie would be aware, there lies an endless selection of deliciousness – making Savannah not only a feast for the eyes, but a feast for the stomach too.
Exploring Savannah in what was quite extreme heat this past April – sitting under an air-conditioner was just not an option. But, enjoying a good meal and a thirst quenching drink was always on the itinerary here (and thankfully so!)
So where did my taste buds take me, and were they left as satisfied as I was promised? Read on to see what my favourite eatery options were for your next visit. I am so glad I was able to find so many little gems.
The Collins Quarter
151 Bull Street, Savannah
“Upscale Australian, With A Southern Twist.”
Since 2014, The Collins Quarter has been bringing the best of Australia’s cafe scene (particularly that of coffee capital Melbourne) to the people of Savannah. In what initially started as a place to offer great coffee, Collins Quarter expanded into a fully fledged enterprise, bringing the ultimate cafe experience to Savannah – quality food, combined with great coffee in a casual atmosphere.
Some would call me biased, given I know the owners of Collins Quarter from back home. However, as a foodie and coffee lover, I know a good place when i find it and this is one of them. Rebecca & Anthony Debreceny are truly doing something amazing in Savannah and everyone is noticing it here. It’s hard to find anyone in this town who hasn’t stopped by – and loved it!
Collins Quarter has such a welcoming atmosphere from the minute you arrive; one knows this is a place to sit and catch up with friends for hours. (Or just enjoy the street traffic, and the square views if you’re outside.)
With a modern red, white and brown colour styling tied into a brick signature theme, this cafe is unlike most; because it can feel both relaxed or high end depending on what you’re there for. Whether its a quick coffee, a relaxed lunch or an elaborate dinner, all your needs can be met here. I particularly liked the lighting choices throughout the cafe, because it just added to the cozy atmosphere that exists – but kept it interesting to look at. It simply made me feel good to sit and eat here.
What’s Good At Collins Quarter?
Some of my favourites were:
My Cousin Beni: featuring poached eggs, pancietta, english muffins, micro herbs, and a creamy hollandaise sauce. It comes served with a side salad for $14.
Swine Beni: featuring a brioche french toast, topped with pulled pork, tomato, poached egg, hollandaise, and crispy bacon for $16.
Tag This Hash: featuring a braised pot roast, potato hash cakes, a scoop of smashed avocado, egg over medium and topped with chimichurri. Served with sautéed vegetables for $14.
All in all, the value for money here is outstanding. If you’re not wanting to break the bank, but still want to feel like you’re eating high end, Collins Quarter gives you just that.
Collins Quarter Coffee Bar
Collins Quarter also has a coffee bar and coffee to go (at the window) for those wanting a quick espresso hit (which delights the locals from what I could see.) A must try is the Madagascar Vanilla Latte: made up of espresso, vanilla drizzle and steamed milk. This was a definite hit for me, and i didn’t have to add an ounce of sugar to it (or take any away – as Americans do like their sugar here!) It was sweetened just perfectly. I am still yet to find a Vanilla Latte that beats this one, it was that good!
It is extremely hard to find decent coffee in the United States on any day, so to see Savannah raving about the coffee that makes my home town of Melbourne famous was a real taste of home here. If you love coffee, this is a must stop. If you love GOOD coffee, this is a definite stop.
Collins Quarter is open 7 days a week (coffee window only on Tuesday’s), with varying Coffee, Brunch and Dinner times depending on the day. Check out their website for more information.
If you want Southern Charm with a modern edge in Savannah, it is at Collins Quarter that you will find it.
Soho South Cafe
12 W Liberty St, Savannah
“Rustic Warehouse With An Upscale New York Vibe”
I was recommended the Soho South Cafe by the Savannah Tourism Board – and I was definitely not left disappointed.
Soho South Café has been serving lunch/brunch to the people of Savannah since 1997 and it continues to be a hit more than two decades later.
Originally built as an automotive service station in the 1940s, it was left vacant for many years until the space was transformed into a restaurant. In recent years it was acquired by Daniel Reed Hospitality, which has given this eatery top billing as one of the best lunch spots in Savannah.
Soho South’s design has been inspired by New York City, which is also where it drew it’s name; with large interiors, exposed industrial elements like their steel windows, ironworks and its wooden garage doors. The overall feel of this eatery is one of casual elegance, making it one of the cities most desired places to dine.
The restaurant itself is quirky and fun, with an assortment of chairs and tables bringing both splashes of colour and variety into the space. The addition of trees in a few areas gives Soho South a more cozier feel, by making the space feel a lot smaller than it actually is. But, it all comes together really nicely.
What’s Good At Soho South Café?
With a menu full of upscale American style cuisine, its not hard to find something everyone likes here, and the prices are very wallet friendly too.
On my visit I was drawn to the Grilled Cheese immediately…because who doesn’t love one of those – so I settled for a Classic Soho Combo for $10, which featured a Grilled Cheese Sandwich with pimento aioli, alongside a cup of Soho tomato basil bisque soup, and a side (which for me was the Pickled Coleslaw.)
This Grilled Cheese was by far one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever had the pleasure of eating! It was creamy and delicious. The soup was also very good, as was the coleslaw, so it was an overall fulfilling meal.
Soho South Café is open weekdays from 11am-3pm and weekends 10am-3pm. You can visit their website here.