Friday, March 1, 2019

The Collins Quarter

The depths of winter in Chicago are pretty miserable; icy winds and short days make one long for warmer climates. It was on a freezing cold weekend that we spontaneously booked flights to Savannah, Georgia, lured by the promise of good food and sunshine.

It was with great delight that we discovered this Melbourne-style cafe in the historical district. There's no doubt we miss Australia; sunshine, warmth, friends, and great coffee are just two plane rides away, but on the other side of the world.

The Collins Quarter was a comforting reminder that home will be waiting there for us when we wanted to return. With high vaulted ceilings, plenty of wood, images of Melbourne, and that all important slightly-too-loud-to-be-comfortable acoustics, I'd say they'd nailed the vibe pretty well.

Of course, when I excitedly said to M that we were going to The Collins Quarter for lunch, his first comment was "They'd better have Piccolos". While they didn't have piccolos exactly, they did have cortados which are pretty much the same thing.

Long Black & Cortado (Piccolo)
He deemed it decent (hooray!). I indulged in my first coffee in 20 days after a self-imposed ban, and it was good. Not perfection (where is the crema after all), but good enough, especially given this is America and not Melbourne, no matter how close we come.

Exceptionally pleased with my coffee
The menu was extensive, with the all-important smashed avocado on toast up on offer. Eggs Benedict also made an appearance, as well as Brioche French Toast.

We skipped on all those (I still prefer to make smashed avo at home, because, how else am I supposed to afford a mortgage) and ended up ordering very different meals.

Chicken Quinoa & CQ Burger  
M had the CQ Burger, with Angus beef, caramelized onion, garlic-onion aioli, cheddar, and dijon slaw on a brioche bun, with fries. It was a good hearty burger with an intense beefy taste and a decadent bun. He probably would have preferred it with a fried egg in true Aussie style.

I chose the Chicken Quinoa Salad with basil pesto marinated grilled chicken breast, smashed avocado (zing!), diced red and green pepper (capsicums), cucumber, cilantro (coriander), and quinoa salad, with cilantro cream dressing. A good healthy and filling salad, with a decent balance of flavours and freshness. My major criticism was that the ingredients were not appropriately named ;)

Overall we had a great time. We had coffee that was better than expected, the service was efficient for a super busy cafe, and if I just closed my eyes, I could almost pretend I was back home.

The Collins Quarter
151 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
Wed - Sun 6:30am - 10:00pm, Mon - Tue 6:30am - 3:00pm

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