Breakfast of Champions
Savannah is one of those towns where you can not really go wrong. Booze and food tend to be uniformly good – with better than average options. That being said, there are a few standout places. B. Matthews happens to be one of them. I first heard about the place on Youtube. Several videos mentioned them as a go-to place for brunch. Upon further research, we discovered they do breakfast every day till 11. We decided to visit.
The wife and I are decidedly in favor of good breakfast places. We both *love* breakfast. On my days off, I usually do breakfast as a given. When we travel though breakfast tends to be hit or miss. Blame me for that, I like to drink on vacation and getting up early is generally not my idea of fun while on vacation. That being said, we knew we would be in downtown Savannah early enough for breakfast and I decided to try something new.
Boy howdy, am I glad Anna agreed to my suggestion.
Let me apologize up front. I got exactly one picture from breakfast. We were all hungry (the minis were in
attendance and rather demanding) and when the food came out we all dug in with a vengeance. B. Matthews focuses on Southern breakfast at it’s finest. I went with the Bay Street Scramble (Eggs, Biscuit, Gravy, Home fries, bacon, Mornay), while Anna went with the Lamp Post (Eggs, Home Fries, Biscuit, Gravy, Turkey Sausage). We got the kids pancakes.*^*
Everything was fantastic. I ended up eating Anna’s gravy with my biscuit. I think they might have the best sausage gravy I have ever had. Great eggs. Stellar biscuits. Damned fine pancake. Just an all-around great breakfast. Nice place as well, and stellar service. Also, full bar – all day. Kudos!
On our way home, we needed road fuel. I wanted breakfast at B. Matthews again. It was that good. Only place the entire trip we went to twice. This time around, we changed things up a little. Anna went with the Shrimp and Grits (Southern classic), while I went with the Chicken and Biscuit with Pimento Cheese and 2 eggs. This time around the minis got the Lamp Post (they like the basics).
Again, kudos to B. Matthew for their bar. Anna got an amazing cocktail with rosemary, lavender, and gin. I got a coffee-based cocktail that was amazing (Anna’s was better).
I have to say, thanks to the staff at B. Matthews. My younger son was having a morning and was exceptionally fussy. The staff throughout was excellent and helpful – thank you ever so much for your patience! Also, kudos for having an actual changing table and pad in the bathroom. Unexpected and amazingly awesome for anyone with small kids.
Back to the food! Anna’s Shrimp and Grits were amazing. Killer cheese grits along with superbly cooked shrimp and andouille. She let me have exactly 2 bites. Further pursuit would have resulted in a loss of limb. My biscuit was fantastic – it combined fried chicken, pimento cheese, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, and a stellar biscuit with a side of fresh fruit. I ate every bite. My only change would be to add extra gravy next time (I forgot I could have stolen the boys’ gravy until after I was finished).*^*
Eggs on every dish were excellent. Biscuits were some of the best I have had anywhere (including my own).
Love this place. In a town where I wander from place to place (I’ve been to Savannah about a dozen times) I went here twice in one trip – a rare feat outside of bar visits. On both visits, my family and I received excellent service and food. I think our service was better on the second visit, but I also had a fussy toddler on my hands. The wife and I will be back. Every time we visit Savannah if I have anything to say about it…