Brunch in the 'Boro

Cheryl Nuzum

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about my first experience at brunch. I was on Spring Break with my friends, in beautiful St. Augustine, facing the waterfront view and enjoying the sunny weather. While not much could top that experience (I may be a little biased), ever since then I’ve been yearning to find a way to bring that experience back to Statesboro.
Brunch is a meal that is entirely underrated. It’s so versatile. A casual morning-after with your friends after a long night, a final send-off with your parents before they head back home, a post-church occasion with your loved ones. There’s really no bad excuse for brunch, so now all we need a good place to go. Here’s a look at two beloved spots here in Statesboro – one a little more fine dining, one a little more casual.

441 Public Kitchen & Bar

After suffering a terrible fire a year and a half ago, South & Vine Public House reinvented itself to the downtown destination 441 Public Kitchen & Bar. While it boasts wide range of cuisine for its lunch and dinner menus, it’s also a hotspot for Sunday brunch. Some of the the more popular choices include French toast, ham or crabmeat eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, pancakes and biscuits and gravy. Also, feel free to chat with owner and chef, Seni Alabi, who likes to make his rounds with customers when he gets the chance.
Brunch is served every Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm.
Yelp rating: 4 ½ stars

Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Cafe

Bearing a more casual atmosphere, Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Cafe serves a brunch menu on both Saturday and Sunday. While the menus differ respectively, some of the constants are classics such biscuits and gravy, waffles and French toast. The Saturday menu also includes quiche, housemade granola and assorted biscuits while the Sunday menu offers more eclectically-named dishes. Pulled pork hash is a plate of hash brown topped with a fried egg and toast. The mozzarella scramble includes eggs scrambled with cheese with a side of toast, pesto and fresh tomatoes. The peasant’s platter serves a toasted baguette with pecans, seasonal fruit and a selection of cheeses.
Assorted pastries served everyday include apple turnovers, bear claws, croissants and lemon bars.
Brunch is served Saturday from 9 am – 11:30 am and Sundays 10 am – 2 pm.
Yelp rating is 4 ½ stars.