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One inquiry I field frequently concerns where to eat breakfast downtown – outside of a hotel. The choices used to be pretty limited, but have grown substantially in the past few months.

Of course, eateries like J. Christopher’s and Huey’s on the River have been staples. Others worth a look:

Tubby’s on River Street has just gone through a substantial remodel and now serves breakfast 7 days a week. On my recent visit, I had the basic breakfast plate – which at $7.99 was quite a bargain. My two eggs were scrambled to order, the fried potatoes (my choice over grits) were tasty and prepared well for what is obviously a frozen product.

I chose bacon, delicious bacon – but could have also selected ham or sausage. Toast or biscuit? Biscuit please!

There were just a handful of other diners the day I visited, so food came out hot and service was fast. I’ve had complaints from readers about the service time – which could be a problem, I suspect, if every inside and deck seat was full. Still, these guys are just getting their heads around a new menu and a new space. I’m anxious to return to try the eggs Benedict.

B. Matthew’s Eatery, corner of Habersham and Bay streets, is one of a handful of places that do all three meals. I’m partial to Habersham and Eggs, which scored one of 50 best breakfasts in America from Food Network magazine. It’s a value–driven plate with three eggs, smoked ham and biscuits and gravy – for under 9 bucks.

Goose Feathers Cafe, just off Ellis Square on Barnard Street, offers a variety of ways to break fast – pastries, fruit and cereals – and full, protein–rich plates of eggs and meats. Count on a short wait at this very popular breakfast destination.

And, even though it’s in a hotel, breakfast is worth the trip at Avia, facing Ellis Square. It’s a classic buffet, with custom stations for omelets, waffles and crepes on Friday and Saturday.

Of course, venerable Clary’s Cafe, 404 Abercorn St., teems with tourists and local alike for breakfast. It’s been a while, but I loved their housemade corned beef hash – and hope it has continued on the menu.

The foodie hotline lights up most often with questions about where to find a Sunday brunch.

The 500–lb. gorilla in this category is Aqua Star, at Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. The choices are seemingly endless – I’m partial to eggs Benedict – and always save room for freshly prepared banana’s Foster.

B. Matthew’s goes to a brunch style menu on Sunday – very different from its weekday breakfast menu.

Belford’s in City Market kicks up the brunch challenge on Sundays with a menu rich in Lowcountry–inspired dishes.

Soho South Cafe, 12 W. Liberty St., has a good–looking brunch menu served Sunday only from 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Lastly, don’t forget Firefly Cafe, 321 Habersham Street. Brunch begins at 9 a.m. I love the banana nut French toast!

A caveat: If it’s a cocktail you’re looking for with your Sunday brunch, remember Sunday alcohol sales don’t begin until 12:30 p.m. Sleep in if you want a Mimosa with your French toast! 

 

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Tim Rutherford

Tim Rutherford

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Tim Rutherford grew up in rural Kentucky – then left home to pursue more than three decades as a photojournalist and newsman. A ground-breaking meal in New Orleans in 1979 set him on a path exploring food and wine. Six years ago he changed career paths – now spending his time writing about the people and places... more

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