Here are a few of my
latest finds for out-of-this-world breakfasts.
|Hole in the Wall just off the
square in Blairville
Hole in the Wall In
Blairsville, Georgia is a diehard traditionalist when it
comes to breakfast. They
believe in the old standards of ham, sausage,
eggs and biscuits.
And you can have it your
way any time of day. What makes this small restaurant standout
is the size and quality of its food. My favorite is the two eggs
and ham. That ham steak is a jumbo sized cover-your-plate steak
complete with the bone.
Their other offerings are also high quality
and very filling. For biscuits and gravy fans, their biscuits
are homemade and the gravy is very tasty.
All the food comes from
locals and you will find the place filed with friendly locals
every morning. That's a sure sign that a restaurant is doing it
right. The fact that Hole in the Wall has been in business since
1931 is another good indicator of its quality
food. They have been
voted "Best in Blairsville."
|One tasty grits bowl at
Lemongrass A Thai Bistro in
Macon Georgia is not
a place you would expect to find some wonderful southern
it's brunch there is too much food for a traditional breakfast.
My favorite here is a
true Southern original, The Gourmet Grits Bowl. You start out
with a good sized bowl of Red Mule stone ground grits. Then you
pick two choices from cheddar, goat cheese, andouille sausage,
sausage gravy, applewood smoked bacon, sauteed veggies, Cajun
spiced black tiger shrimp, 2 eggs any style. If that doesn't
fill your bill, you can add extra choices for a small sum. I
picked the andouille sausage and two sunny side up eggs and had
to add in the shrimp. Yummie!
Lemongrass is the brainchild of two
partners, Gary Schechterle and Tom Sarrtsud wanted something
vital and alive and vey fresh. Nothing is precooked. Tom who is
the chef, credits his wife in turning his attention to Thai
food. He was trained in French cooking so the many Cajun special
such as Crème Brûlee French and some very special Eggs Benedict
are no surprise. He
worked his way up from dishwasher in New York restaurants to
executive chef at the 4-Star InterContinental Hotel.
You will find great coffee and hot tea
choices here as well. I am a tea drinker and was so happy to see
several types of tea bags and a beautiful ceramic pot to keep
water hot for that second cup. For coffee drinkers, they even
stock New Orleans style coffee and chicory.
|Tried and true, the Breakfast
Breakfast Club in Tybee Island has no atmosphere to speak of
but you will find some of the most delicious and unique
breakfasts anywhere. In fact, the owner, Joseph (Jody) Savowsky,
a CIA graduate, is such
a great chef he was invited to cook for JFK Jr. at his secret
wedding on Cumberland Island. He didn't know who he would be
cooking for when he was invited to come there and perform his
culinary magic. He has won "Best Breakfast in Savannah" numerous
When you sample his PMS omelet, a two-egg
omelet filled with spinach, garlic, mushrooms, and parmesan
cheese served with grits, bacon, and home-made toast .or any of
the special dishes you will understand why this place is
special. If you don't like anything on the menu, Jody invites
you to create your own omelet choosing from over a dozen
additional ingredients mix it up with the whisked eggs. When I
told the waitress I was a grits connoisseur and theirs really
rated high, she let me in on Jody's special secret ingredient.
He cooks the grits in chicken stock instead of plain water. Try
it. You won't regret it.
|New kid on the block, Favorites
Southern Kitchen, comes up with one delicious
Perhaps you wouldn't think a casino would
be the best place to have a Louisiana style
Southern Kitchen at L'auberge Casino in
Charles, Louisiana is a sure winner. It's brand new and
sparkling like a jewel. It opened December 2014. On a recent
trip there, I enjoyed their Louisiana Seafood Omelet. It was
huge and tasty; filled with well seasoned shrimp and bluecrab
meat plus scallions, bell pepper and goat cheese and seasoned to
perfection. Their biscuits were light and served with homemade
blueberry/raspberry preserves and whipped butter. Their other
choices looked tempting as well.
Who wouldn't want to taste such delicacies as Crawfish
Frittatas or Cajun Casserole Breakfast. You don't have to drive
down to New Orleans to sample beignets. You will find them here.
Chef Kevin Thompson is an expert at
exploiting the flexibility of Cajun dishes. He certainly did
himself proud with his breakfast choices at Favorites Southern
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