One of the most highly ranked restaurants in Savannah is SOHO South Café. One visit and it is easy to understand why.
We decided, quite on the spur of the moment, that we would go to Savannah to celebrate Melanie’s birthday. We both love Savannah and Tybee Island, we spent our honeymoon there and it’s one of our favorite cities.
When we rolled into town Sunday morning, the GPS was going into fits (thanks, Google Android…) and it directed us to the rear entrance rather than the front of the restaurant. What we didn’t know, was just how fortuitous that was for us. I was still parking the car when Melanie called and said they told her the wait was an hour for a table. I asked her if there were seats at the bar where we could wait it out and she said there was. Once I got there we decided just to eat there instead of waiting another hour for a table. We ordered two cappuccinos and brunch for two.
TIP: Don’t wait in line for a table. We watched all of the regulars slide right up to the bar and be served immediately. BUT, seating is VERY limited!
One of the really cool things to note is that the restaurant is also an art gallery so there is plenty to look at and be amazed by. SOHO South Café occupies a building which was formerly a car garage and it’s décor mixes well with the rough urban tones of the structure. It has a very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere even when packed with diners.
I ordered the Cheddar Omelet but chose to compliment mine with sausage rather than the suggested ham. Melanie ordered the Greek Omelet, with spinach, tomato and peppers but swapped the feta cheese for cheddar. We also ordered a side of sausage gravy.
Cheddar Omelet with home fries and biscuit
Greek Omelet with grits and biscuit
The omelets were really great and cooked very nicely. I didn’t care for the home fries much. They aren’t cubed and they are baked rather than fried. I really wished I had gotten the grits because Melanie really loved hers. We both had flashbacks of Park’s Edge when we tried the sausage gravy. While it wasn’t quite as spicy as Park’s Edge Chicken Sausage Gravy, which Melanie really enjoyed, this was a strong contender to that and we were really blown away by it. You CANNOT go there and NOT order the sausage gravy. We even poured it over our omelets. It was dreamy (but a cardiologist’s nightmare).
Finally, we can’t end this review without mentioning the spectacular service given to us by Bonnie Jean, our server. She was really, really a sweet girl and took such great care of us. You know when someone has a heart for this business when even under the pressure of a busy rush they still take the time to simply be nice. Thanks, Bonnie Jean, you are a wonderful person!
We love to consider Savannah our home away from home and when you come to Savannah, skip Lady & Sons and come to SOHO South Café. It’s worth the wait. There’s a reason why this place has the reputation is does – the food is simply delightful. You will love it. Guten appetit!
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