Breakfast is not a very prominent meal in Savannah, unless you're on a culinary vacation or intrigued with southern breakfast cuisine. Many of the hotels have their own breakfast and brunch selections, so be sure to check. The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort on Hutchinson Island has a nice brunch and a fabulous view of River Street. You could drive or take the water ferry to get there.

Locals as well as "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" devotees fine Clary’s Cafe at Abercorn and Jones Streets a favorite. They serve breakfast until 4 p.m. (5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Lots of southern selections, great prices.  Easy to get a fresh bowl of cheesy grits to accompany your eggs. Expect a line during the prime hours. New to the area is J. Christopher’s on 122 Liberty Street. It is much closer to Bay Street if you're coming from the popular hotels. Great options with a bunch of seats in what used to be a garage.

The artful innkeepers at the historic Savannah bed and breakfast inns blend southern breakfast into a quintessential Savannah travel experience.   Two Savannah bed and breakfast inn associations point to the historic district's 40+ B&Bs --  Association of Historic Inns of Savannah and Romantic Inns of Savannah.  Most historic mansion inns include in the lodging rate a tantalizing draw of homey-to-gourmet southern breakfast specialities, such as new southern cuisine at Azalea Inn & Gardens near Forsyth Park, Savannah's central park.   Breakfast is an anticipated event even in the smallest of the historic Savannah inns, such as the top-rated four-room Green Palm Inn (with breakfast personally prepared by corporate-executive-turned-personal innkeeper Diane McCray), as well as at another TripAdvisor guests' favorite, McMillan Inn with Cindy Celento.  B&B signature breakfast cuisines are discovered at the parkside B&Bs which dot the architectural and lush landscapes around the infamous Savannah squares [garden parks].  Check out " Dessert Begins With Breakfast" at Lafayette Square's Hamilton-Turner Inn, Chippewa Square's Foley House Inn, celebrated for Chef Quita's nationally acclaimed Low Country favorites, and Oglethorpe Square's The Presidents' Quarters Inn, featuring al fresco breakfast in the courtyard or a breakfast tray in-room.

For lighter fare, the coffee shops (other than the ubiquitous Starbucks) include the Galleria Expresso on Bull Street, Sentient Bean at the end of Forsyth on Park Avenue, and Harris Baking Company (Drayton Street @ Liberty).  Hosted by one of Savannah's legendary restaurant families, Harris Baking's chic (yet affordable) cafe serves fresh-daily artisan breads, savory breakfast tarts and picture-perfect dessert pasties. There are plenty of tea and coffee shops that serve fine pastries around town; you're sure to bump into one on a morning walk. Both the Galleria and “The Bean,” as it is known locally, have fresh pastries, fruit selections and an abundance of beautiful coffees and teas. "The Bean” is known for some delicious quiches. FYI, most of Savannah is wired for free WiFi, just in case you need your morning e-mail fix.

Weekend brunches - A few hotels offer jazz brunches with different buffet offerings.  Consider the following:

  • 700 Drayton (at the Mansion @ Forsyth Park)
  • The Mulberry Inn at Washington Square
  • The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort on Hutchinson Island

In addition to breakfast/weekend brunch offerings from the major hotels, consider the following: (NOTE: check hours as some are closed Mondays/Tuesdays! )

  • The Express Cafe on Barnard street - great fare/ breakfast & Lunch
  • B. Matthews Bakery  - Affordable / B & L / Great croissants,Quiches,coffee, yummy cinnamon rolls
  • The Cobblestone cafe: located on Factors Walk- affordable breakfasts!
  • The Firefly Cafe: Terrific B/L/D - and outdoor seating available
  • Huey's Creole style - Beignets, All sorts of spicy offerings - available til 3:00pm
  • The State Street Cafe.
  • Belfords - breakfast/brunch
  • J. Christophers - 122 E Liberty - 7am to 2 pm - free WiFi
  • Papillote - 218 W Broughton - French bistro - Saturday and Sunday brunch - starting at 9:30 - www.papillote-savannah.com

If you're out at the beach - Tybee Island - try The Breakfast Club.  It's absolutely wonderful.

These choices should provide lots of opportunities for those who love breakfast!