B. Matthews Eatery

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B. Matthews Eatery
By Cima Star








Although I rarely go out to lunch, the first meal I ever ate at B. Matthews Eatery was, in fact, lunch when Iíd dropped in for a bite after a meeting. That was about five years ago, shortly after they opened in the building that was originally Savannahís first tavern. What a surprise it was!

Out of curiosity, I ordered the Black Eyed Pea Cake Sandwich. Being a transplanted Yankee, .Iíd never heard of a Black Eyed Pea Cake. . In fact, I donít think Iíd ever heard of a black-eyed pea!

These ďpeasĒ (beans, actually) are mixed with onions, peppers and the chefís spice blend of seasonings into two cakes, then served with pepper jack cheese, red onions, remoulade, lettuce and tomato, just like a burger, on an amazingly delicious wheatberry bread. If, like me, you think you donít like whole wheat bread, youíve got a surprise awaiting you here. Both the hearty, rustic texture and sweet-savory flavor make this bread an extraordinary treat! The sandwich has the texture and meatiness of the best burger. As a side (they offer a good selection of sides for their sandwiches), I chose the bacon-blue cheese bowties. Perfect.

My companions chose the Apple-Pecan Chicken Sandwich, a huge portion of chicken salad laced with crispy apples and toasted pecan pieces, served with lettuce and tomato on that same great bread. The portions are beyond generous! We both took home plenty to save for lunch the next day.

In the years since, Iíve had lunch there or taken out from there several times with never a disappointment. The salads are all fresh, crisp, flavor-filled and large. The have several appetizers that are big enough for a light lunch, most memorable is the Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese strudel, served with arugula and a balsamic vinaigrette. You simply canít imagine a better strudel anywhere. Another exceptionally delicious sandwich is the Spinach, Bacon & Smoked Gouda with red onion and a balsamic aioli. All of the sandwiches come with a choice of side salad, soup, bacon-blue cheese pasta salad, fries or fruit.

Every day, there are wonderful specials on the lunch menu, often plucked from whatís on tap for that evening.

Dinnertime at B. Matthews brings another kind of magic. My favorite dish is their Braised Pork Osso Bucco. Iíve loved Osso Buco for 30 years, ever since I first ate it in Italy, but prior to B. Matthews, Iíd never thought of anything but Veal Osso Bucco. Rest assured, the pork version is every bit as good, and if you love pork, you might even like this better. The meat is incredibly tender, deeply flavored with herbs and garlic, and served with a giant potato pancake and ginger.

Whether you want pasta, meat, poultry or fish itís on the menu at this versatile restaurant. The lamb shank braised in its own natural juices and served with a white truffle risotto has a luxurious feel and luscious flavor. I rarely eat chicken because in most cases, it just seems boring. But the pecan crusted chicken breast here is exceptionally tender, juicy and of course, flavored with the lovely pecan crust! Along with it come homemade ravioli with wild mushroom filling and a tomato-chive cream. This is chicken at its best!

The yellow-fin tuna crusted with cumin and coriander and served with black pepper linguini with cilantro lime cream is a winner among the fish dishes, all of which are excellent.

Iím afraid I could go on much longer abut this delightful place, but suffice to say, it ranks in the top 5 of my Go To Restaurants, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner. Oh yes: thereís also an excellent Sunday Brunch.

B. Matthews Eatery
325 E. Bay St.
Tel: 912-233-1319
Open Monday - Saturday from 8am-3pm and 5pm-9pm. Open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Sundays open for brunch only from 9am-3pm
Full Bar
Entrees: $14 - $25
Lunch: $6 - $8.50

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