“Eat my shorts.” Or rather eat omelets and waffles at The Breakfast Club on Tybee Island.
Located right off the beach, The Breakfast Club restaurant is like taking a step back in time. Not only because of the 1985 film reference (although the restaurant has been around even longer than the movie), but also from the look of the interior and the laid-back feel. It’s not upscale by any means – the dress code is beach-friendly and the decor kitschy – but the staff makes you feel as if you were a regular, which many patrons are. You can sit at one of the many tables or booths in the dining room or pull up a stool at the bar and watch your food being cooked right in front of you in the open-air kitchen. The cooks are always busily moving around, flipping eggs on the griddle and ringing up the large triangular dinner bell when they’re done.
The Breakfast Club has a unique menu, catering to the quirkiness of Tybee and the appetite of both tourist and local. Their breakfast options range from the PMS Omelet (“emotionally satisfying” with parmesan, mushrooms, spinach, and garlic) to the Chicago/tex-mex inspired Blackhawk Breakfast Burrito, to the popular Pecan Waffles. We advise, though, that you read the entire menu before choosing your breakfast, or you might miss some of the more interesting options and humorous offerings; for example, the fact that pancakes are only available December 14th and 15th.
The Dishes: French Toast, Smackwater Jack Omelet, Helen’s Solidarity
What’s Special About It?
Eleanor: “When dining at The Breakfast Club, you feel like an island local, whether you are one or not. The restaurant caters to the casual, with waitresses striking up conversation with the patrons and staff members knowing the names and stories of those they serve. It felt like the breakfast places I grew up going to as a kid, which is exactly the familiar feel I think they’re trying for.”
Kenda: ”Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, so starting the day out somewhere like The Breakfast Club is a good idea. The service is quick and done with a smile, and the food is pretty memorable. Whether you’re watching the sunrise on Tybee and in need of a hot, home-cooked breakfast or want to get out of Savannah and try something new, The Breakfast Club is a nice idea.”
What Did It Taste Like?
Kenda: “When breakfast is coming fresh off the hot griddle, you know it has to be good. Helen’s Solidarity is packed with flavor from the sauteed potatoes, peppers and sausage. It has a nice charred taste from the grill and is topped with melted cheese. The side of grits gave it a perfect southern touch to an already hearty meal. I’m not always good about eating breakfast, but The Breakfast Club makes me a believer in this all-important meal.”
Eleanor: “The sausage in my Smackwater Jack was a little on the spicy side and added some zing to the omelet, which was also stuffed with tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese. Served alongside rye toast and buttered grits, it was a traditional diner breakfast with just a little something special. And the French Toast was a far cry from the “world’s worst” – the dish was simple but satisfying.”
What Did We Say About It?
Eleanor: “It’s even better than the movie.”
The Breakfast Club
1500 Butler Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328