Alex: Our trip was finally coming to a close. We’d walked Savannah’s beautiful boulevards, picturesque parks, and enjoyed a healthy variety of its cuisine. Only one area remained unexplored for us; the historic riverside district. Our initial plans had us just driving through to enjoy the scenery, but at the last moment we spotted a parking spot and slid right in.
We meandered around Emmet Park a bit and walked down to the cobblestones in the Riverfront Plaza. Just as we decided to leave for Jacksonville, we spotted B. Matthews Eatery. Both of us had heard great things from our friend Caron, and we’d tried unsuccessfully to secure reservations throughout the weekend. A few hurried scrambles back and forth across Bay St and we were in the wait list for a table; no small feat early on Mothers Day.
Once we were called to our table we could take a moment to appreciate the décor. Art adorned the walls, and even with the hustle and bustle of several large families enjoying brunch at once it was still a relaxing environment. There was a maginificent wooden bar that took up the entire opposite wall, and their private dining area could be divided off by a simple drape. Once we got the menus, making the final decision was pretty tough; they had at least a half dozen variations on eggs benedict. I ordered the Bay Street Scramble, which is basically every kind of delicious breakfast item topped with hollandaise sauce. Heather stuck with the biscuits and gravy, with a mind towards comparing it to some of our local favorites in Jacksonville.
My scramble may not have looked pretty, but it was incredible. I’d never had hollandaise sauce on anything other than eggs benedict. This is definitely another great way to enjoy it mixed in with the bacon, potatoes, and scrambled egg. On top of that, everything was perfectly cooked, nothing ruins a breakfast more than underdone bacon, overcooked potatoes, or rubbery eggs. Heather’s biscuits and gravy turned out excellent, the biscuit was more of a buttery/crumbly biscuit as opposed to Maple Street’s flakey goodness, and their gravy was much meatier and had a bit less of a kick to it. It would be a hard call to declare a victor, because they were both tasty in different ways.
Heather: I ordered my biscuits and gravy to go. After I had stolen a few bites of Alex’s breakfast I was full. Our waiter was absolutely fantastic and boxed up the biscuits and gravy separately so as not to end up with a soggy meal. It only took about 10 minutes into the car ride before I delved into them. I absolutely loved the gravy. There was definitely enough meat in there to be filling and make you feel you are eating a meal. The biscuits were divine and I would definitely want another order of the biscuits and gravy when we visit Savannah again.
Alex: It was great to leave Savannah happy and with a full stomach knowing we wouldn’t have to subject ourselves to whatever we would find on the trip back. Traffic was nightmarish trying to get back out of the crowded riverside district, but it was completely worth dropping in to have such a great meal at B Matthews. Next time we’re in the area, we’ll be sure to swing by to try their lunch or dinner menus if they are anywhere near as tasty as their breakfast was.
B. Matthew’s Eatery
325 E. Bay St