21 Oct 2016
Located in the boutique shopping and dining area of Historic Savannah’s Broughton Street, this underground pub is far from ordinary...
One of the best parts of exploring a new city is discovering the local favorite go-to spots for amazing food, craft beer, cocktails, and of course, dessert. Today we’re taking you below ground to try the culinary delights found at The Ordinary Pub.
It would be easy to pass them by without a second glance if you didn’t already know they’re worth a look. Stretching out in a large space beneath Free People and Urban Outfitters, this gastropub pairs “classic favorites with modern twists...inspired by California, the Mid-West, and, of course, the Lowcountry.”
My first time here was for lunch with several co-workers, and I was immediately hooked. From the exposed brick walls — which they dutifully preserved during their renovation process, scraping away years of paint by hand — to the unique stained glass window created by local artist Dan Cole of Stained Class Glass, the Ordinary Pub seamlessly brings together the craft of art and food.
Dish: Shrimp & Stone Grits
The first time I went for dinner, I went with a Southern staple - Shrimp & Stone Grits. I passed on the Andouille Sausage, as the combination of cheddar and Gouda grits, blackened shrimp, bell peppers and a charred tomato sauce was more than enough to win me over. While it’s listed under “Start Here,” it was the perfect portion to keep me full.
Dish: Low Country Mac & Cheese
That evening my friend dug into a mountain of Low Country Mac & Cheese (more shrimp! More gouda!) that I couldn’t help but try. I was beginning to wonder if there was anything on the menu that wasn’t good. So far the answer is a resounding NO.
Dish: Pub Steak Wheels
Having already had such delicious meals, it wasn’t long before I was back again - this time with my sweetie in tow. While I am a big fish eater, he’s very much the “manly man” meat eater. I have to say, his Pub Steak Wheels - seasoned flank steak roulade with arugula, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, and goat cheese, served with mashed potatoes and julienned veggies over a charred tomato sauce - looked mouthwatering, and since he devoured his plate so quickly, I doubt he had any complaints.
Dish: Ordie Crab Cakes
Sticking with fish, I decided to try their Ordie Crab Cakes - 8 oz Maryland style crab cakes served on a warm quinoa salad with sauteed arugula and remoulade sauce - and had definitely found foodie heaven. Just thinking about makes me want to go back! Alas, this dish will create my only real conundrum with The Ordinary Pub. It was so good, the flavors so well balanced, the crab cake so well done, that it has become my go-to choice, thus preventing me from trying the remaining menu choices!
Brunch on Weekdays at The Ordinary Pub
What can I say? The foodie life is a rough life. The Ordinary Pub is one of my favorite places to eat at in Savannah. The only menu I haven’t tried is their brunch menu, which is nearly sacrilegious in Savannah. If you’re spending a weekend in the Hostess City, then having brunch is a must. You’ll have many options around town, but with $10 Bottomless Mimosas every Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., The Ordinary Pub stands out from the crowd.
Can’t wait 'til the weekend? They’ve got you covered with several Weekday Brunch options, including their Brisket Omelette: a 3-egg omelette with slow cooked brisket, provolone, Gouda cheese sauce, onions and peppers.