You might not find this little cafe, tucked away in midtown Savannah, unless you’re looking for it, but Joe’s Homemade Cafe, Catering and Bakery is definitely worth seeking out!
Newly established, the cafe is co-owned by Chef Ted “Joe” Paskevich and Don Holland and has a delightful selection of breakfast and lunch options, as well as sweets. Their menu includes paninis, soup, salad and sandwiches for lunch and quiches, breakfast sandwiches and pastries for breakfast. Their dessert counter is filled with an assortment of choices, rotating with each day’s baking. Located near St. Joseph’s/Candler and Memorial Health, the cafe is the perfect solution for a lunch break or taking a meal back to the office.
Albeit new to the area, Joe’s Homemade Cafe already feels like an integral part of the Savannah community, with the downtown squares-inspired names of the dishes and the owners’ active involvement in area nonprofits. Paskevich won the 2012 Ronald McDonald House’s Battle of the Bakers award for his Luscious Lemon Cheesecake, and they donate their own Gourmet Dining Packages to organizations such as Telfair Museum, United Way of Coastal Georgia and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The Dishes: Cream of Mushroom soup, The Lafayette sandwich, The River Street sandwich, Luscious Lemon Cheesecake
What’s Special About It?
Eleanor: “For a quick work lunch it’s so tempting to grab something less-than-healthy in the name of speed. Joe’s Homemade allows you to have a fast but still good for you lunch, made with fresh and local ingredients and healthy options.”
Kenda: “For such a tiny cafe, Joe’s Homemade offers just the right amount of menu items to keep breakfast and lunch fun meals of the day. Their attention to detail and quality ingredients, as well as impeccable service, makes it an enjoyable experience all around.”
What Did It Taste Like?
Kenda: “I have to admit – I partially ordered the Lafayette sandwich because of my favoritism toward the name Lafayette, which is one of my favorite characters in the HBO television show, True Blood. Most likely not named for Lafayette Reynolds of True Blood but rather named for Lafayette Square next to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist downtown, the Lafayette sandwich is a delicious chicken salad on croissant. It’s unlike other southern-style chicken salad sandwiches I’ve had, with a pleasant assortment of herbs and other seasonings, and light on the mayo – if in fact there’s any mayo in it at all. It’s a lighter, healthier take on the traditional chicken salad. We also sampled the luscious lemon cheesecake and were pleasantly impressed with the tart citrus flavor, delicate crumbly crust and billowy cream cheese filling.”
Eleanor: “The River Street sandwich was a new take on tuna salad, with its curry spices creating an Indian feel, but the croissant and mayonnaise keeping it mild and the capers and dill adding slight complexity. The Cream of Mushroom soup had an earthy flavor, making it hearty but light enough for a spring afternoon (especially a rainy one).”
What Did We Say About It?
Kenda: “Joe’s Homemade is midtown Savannah’s newest breakfast and lunch destination. Take your food to-go or enjoy in their small cafe quarters, but either way, you’re sure to get a delicious dining experience!”
5515 Waters Avenue, Suite B
Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm; Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm