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With so much to do in historic Savannah, fueling up on brunch is an essential part of the daily routine. These top restaurants cater to everyone from visitors looking for a simple breakfast to people craving fancier midday feasts.
Once a former ice factory, the location is now home to some of the best Italian food in Savannah. Owner and chef Hugh Acheson has opened several renowned restaurants in both Atlanta and Athens, Georgia. He’s also written his own cookbook and has been featured as a contestant and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. His most recent project was opening up The Florence in the summer of 2014. If you want a chef you can trust to make the best Italian food and pizzas in the region, look no further. Brunch offers breakfast-style pizzas, baked goods, and other dishes influenced by Mexican, Italian, and Southern flavors.
The Florence, 1 W Victory Dr. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 234 5522
Conveniently located next to Forsyth Park, The Sentient Bean is one of the hottest coffee hubs in Savannah. There is always something going on at The Bean. This diverse coffee shop is also Savannah’s only vegetarian restaurant. In the morning and afternoon, enjoy sipping, munching, and socializing with friends. Their Sunday farmer’s market brunch is a must-try, full of fresh ingredients from the Forsyth market the day before. The Sentient Bean has a little bit of everything, from home-baked goods and meals, to Campesino fair-trade coffee and live entertainment.
The Sentient Bean, 13 E Park Ave. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 232 4447
“Slow down and taste the sweet life” has been Back in the Day Bakery’s motto since opening its doors in 2002. The bakery is a great place to get freshly made breads, coffee, breakfast and lunch orders. The genuine service and whimsical atmosphere also make Back in the Day a great place to hang out, or work and study. In 2015 the bakery was a semifinalist for the national James Beard Outstanding Baker award. Bakeries were considered from all over the country and Back in the Day is considered the crème de la crème of American bakeries. They’ve also been featured on The New York Times, The Martha Stewart Show, Food Network, Southern Living magazine, and more. So come by this family-owned business and see what the buzz is all about.
Back in the Day Bakery, 2403 Bull St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 495 9292
Cotton and Rye provides a sophisticated dining atmosphere but without the fancy expectations. Their innovative food embodies influences from the deep South, New England, the Southwest, and the sea. Ingredients and drinks are purely American and always fresh. The brunch menu offers New England lobster rolls, sorrel quiche, salted caramel French toast, and more. Enjoy Sunday brunch in their hip space or outdoor patio.
Cotton and Rye, 1801 Habersham St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 777 6286
Enjoy a contemporary meal in this sleek restaurant right next to Bar Food and the Habersham shopping center. The 5 Spot is a great place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an evening cocktail. To start off the day, they offer classic entrées like French toast, breakfast burritos, omelets, pancakes, and huevos rancheros. These quintessential breakfast meals are substantial in both size and taste.
The 5 Spot, 4430 Habersham St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 777 3021
A popular lunch spot in Midtown Savannah, Butterhead Greens is an environmentally and locally conscious cafe that serves classic lunch entrees and tasty breakfast sandwiches. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, owner Patrick Zimmerman opened Butterhead Greens back in 2010. The cafe has been a neighborhood favorite ever since. The menu offers local bottomless coffee, build-your-own salads, soups, sandwiches, and daily specials that are posted on their website. Butterhead Greens is located in a black- and green-colored historic house with a newly remodeled interior. This is a great spot for a quick breakfast or casual lunch.
Butterhead Greens Café, 1813 Bull St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 201 1808
Forsyth Park is the choice hangout spot for locals and visitors in the Midtown area. So why not have brunch here and relax in the sun for a few hours? The Park Café gives customers a perfect view of the cast iron fountain and performance stage while they converse among simple, light brunch snacks and pastries. They also serve Starbucks coffee and provide plenty of tourist information on Savannah.
Forsyth Park Café, 621 Drayton St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 233 7848
Coffee Deli is a back-to-the-basics restaurant serving in-house roasted coffee and all-day breakfast options. Customers make this a regular spot to get a good caffeine fix with sides of eggs, bagels, or hot and cold sandwiches. Sandwiches include a half pound of meat for those who are really hungry. Coffee Deli is a great location to beat the Savannah downtown crowds but still get some of the best coffee in town.
Coffee Deli, 4517 Habersham St. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 352 7818
There’s nothing too fancy at this breakfast establishment, but it still remains an undeniable favorite to locals. Customers can expect the delicious smells of coffee, buttery entrees, and pancakes to waft through the air at this simple diner. But simple doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a try, if you’re looking for a cheap breakfast that will fill you up before a long day of activities, then The Breakfast Place is the place to be. Plus, they open at 6am daily for early birds.
The Breakfast Place, 2130 E Victory Dr. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 234 6778
A no-frills brunch restaurant, Sunny Side Up offers heaping dishes cooked by true Southerners in an open kitchen. This restaurant is always buzzing with locals who want an efficient meal or nice conversation over refilled coffee.
Sunny Side Up, 800 E Derenne Ave. Savannah, GA, USA +1 912 354 2289