The Collins Quarter

It’s wildly popular for brunch, with a line out the door on busy days, and it offers a small menu of delightful dinner entrees, but it is first and foremost a coffee bar, with a dizzying selection of specialty coffees, patterned after the coffee cafés on Collins Street in Melbourne.

According to Collins Quarter owner Anthony Debreceny, if Savannah’s Broughton Street were relocated to his hometown in Australia, it would be teeming with coffee cafés and everybody who lived there would have a favorite, that place where they know your name and what you like to order before you even sit down.

Debreceny and his wife Rebecca spend about half the year in Savannah, and they could never find a coffee shop that felt the same as their regular spot in Australia, so in 2014 they opened their own, calling it a “coffee-centric café” with good food, rather than a restaurant with good coffee.

A bright red custom La Marzocco machine makes the espresso beverages and cold-filtered coffee is courtesy of a handmade Korean Coffeega brewer. You can order at the coffee bar and pair your beverage with in-house pastries or brunch, or you can order outside from the walk-up window.

Specialties include the Flat White, the Australian version of cappuccino, and Spiced Lavender Mocha, with espresso, dark chocolate, spices, lavender and steamed milk.

Coffee is available daily from 6:30 a.m. to closing (Tuesdays through the window only). From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch is available.

Brunch options are creative takes on Australian and American dishes, like the Avocado Smash, served on artisan bakery toast with feta cheese, heirloom tomatoes, and shaved radishes, and topped with a poached egg. Their # Tag Hash is braised pot roast, potato hash cakes, a scoop of smashed avocado, an egg over medium, topped with chimichurri.

After 11 a.m., try the Collins Big Burger, a brisket burger on house-made brioche bun, with caramelized onion, aioli, cheddar cheese and cabbage slaw, and served with their handcut French fries.

Wednesday through Sunday, the café transforms into a candlelit restaurant from 5:30-10 p.m. Offering change with the seasons, but you might try My Lil Mona Lisa, which is paella with mussels, clams, spicy sausage, and a U3 “Ginormous Prawn,” with a white wine chipotle sauce, or the Truly Simple Fish, a seared branzino sea bass filet served with a four cheese risotto cake, tomato, basil, garlic, white wine and basil, and truffle beurre blanc. There are a variety of small plates too.

If you find yourself out on Tybee, try their new sister restaurant, The Deck, offering fresh bites (like seafood, shrimp tacos, burgers) and frosty drinks on Tybee’s only oceanfront dining deck. You can sip your cocktail with your toes in the sand, and the twilight views are spectacular. 

The Collins Quarter, 151 Bull Street, at the corner of Oglethorpe. (912) 777-4147. Dinner reservations available through Open Table.

The Deck, 404 Butler Ave. (912) 786-4745. Open Thursday through Monday Noon – 9  p.m.

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13 Nov 2017

By Tiffany Altman