Inside a charming, 145-year-old building near Ellis Square is a spot where guests report feeling transported to a different time and place.
Founded in 1986, Goose Feathers Café is a Savannah institution. But Savannah locals and tourists aren’t the only ones that rave about it. It has also been voted one of the Top 10 Georgia Bakeries by Atlanta’s Scoutology, made the list of Urbanspoon’s “101 Top Breakfast Restaurants” and their bread pudding has been labeled the “South’s Best” by Taste of the South.
If the thought of French bread, flaky croissants and bread pudding bubbly out of the oven, then topped with an apricot glaze, gets your appetite going, wait until you hear what else is on their menu.
There is Southern fare like:
- homemade pecan pie
- cornbread-jalapeño waffles topped with sausage gravy
- Bird’s Nest with eggs, salsa and cheese grits
Breakfast also features classics likes sticky buns, fluffy Belgian waffles and Eggs Benedict. Their pastries — including those airy, buttery croissants — are made fresh each day from scratch. “It all starts with fresh,” says owner Michael Meeks. “We make 2,000 croissants by hand every week.”
Lunch is also a feast for the senses with nostalgic favorites such as:
- Barnard Street Club, made with Black Forest ham, hand-cut turkey, hickory smoked bacon, Swiss cheese and crisp lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers
- Honey Dijon Chicken Sandwich
- Chicken Bacon Mushroom Melt
- Smoked Turkey Reuben
Whether you’re looking for iconic sandwiches, homemade pastries, desserts for the soul or delicious vegetarian fare, Goose Feathers Café is a must.
But it’s not just the food that patrons rave about.
Goose Feathers also gets top marks for cleanliness, efficiency and especially its friendly service. Their motto, Michael says, is this: “We are going to treat you like a regular visitor to the café, whether we see you again or not…we treat tourists like locals and locals like family.”
Goose Feathers has eat-in and takeout options. It’s a pet-friendly café with outside seating, and though there is often a line out the door, it moves quickly. To keep customers and employees safe, Goose Feathers has implemented social distancing, is requiring face masks, is cleaning menus after each use and employs contactless payment. And, since the café bakes fresh daily, handmade pastries are 50% off beginning an hour before closing time!
Goose Feathers Café is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Goose Feathers Café
39 Barnard St
by Dani Ray