Savor Savannah: It All Starts With Fresh

Posted on June 27, 2018 by

Goose Feathers Cafe

Goose Feathers Cafe is well-known for the made-from-scratch breakfast options, and their delicious lunch menu. Photo by Andrea Six.

“It all starts with fresh” at Goose Feathers Café & Bakery, a cozy European-style eatery located in the heart of historic downtown Savannah.

A line forms early outside this family-owned and operated Barnard Street cafe, a local landmark since 1986 renowned for its breakfast items, freshly baked breads and pastries, quiche by the slice, scratch-made desserts and signature sandwiches named after Savannah’s streets and squares.

Layered with hand-cut smoked turkey, Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers on a choice of bread, The Barnard Street Club is a nostalgic favorite, according to owner Michael Meeks.

From corned beef and white turkey to smoked ham and chicken salad, both the traditional and overstuffed City Market sandwiches are served on your choice of croissant, multigrain baguette, flour tortilla wrap, pita, bagel, French, sourdough, rye, scratch-made ciabatta or gluten-free bread. For a healthy twist, try a wide range of vegetarian selections, including the Spinach and Feta Quiche, Black Bean Burrito and Veggie Panini.

Prefer a hot lunch? Meeks recommends the Chicken Bacon Mushroom Melt on a warm croissant, a Smoked Turkey Reuben drizzled with homemade dill Dijon vinaigrette on handmade ciabatta bread and lightly seasoned with rosemary and parmesan or the wild-caught Atlantic Salmon BLT.

A flavorful combination of pesto, panini oil, organic spinach, ancient sweet red peppers mushrooms and feta cheese, the Veggie Panini is a perfect choice for a meatless meal. An alternative is the ever-popular Eggs Benedict, prepared Savannah style on top of a homemade croissant rather than an English muffin.

Don’t miss new mouthwatering items, such as The Eggetarian and The Birds Nest, as well as expanded gluten-free options to feed the ever-growing gluten-free demographic. However, Meeks is quick to add that quality food at reasonable prices is the key to why the restaurant boasts a multigenerational, worldwide fan base.

“The café has been at its current location so long that we have people who came in when they were young and are now bringing their kids to the café,” he explains. “We have a saying here: We are going to treat you like a regular visitor to the café, whether we see you again or not. That’s the key. We treat tourists like locals and locals like family.”

Goose Feathers Café is open Mon.-Fri. from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are located at 39 Barnard Street. For more information call (912) 233-4683 or visit