REDEFINING SOUTHERN SOUL FOOD BRUNCH
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the good-for-your-soul Southern soul food of Georgia’s Restaurant, serving delicious comfort cuisine in Anaheim and Long Beach. And now, Georgia’s outpost at the Long Beach Exchange is serving up “soul-delicious” fare for brunch.
Brunch favorites include Fried Egg Sandwich with mayonnaise, bacon, and choice of cooked egg; the Hot Link, Bacon and Eggs served with blackened country potatoes and toast, or co-owner Nika Shoemaker-Machado's personal favorite, the hearty Steak and Eggs, featuring top sirloin steak and a side of blackened country potatoes.
For those that love a sweet start to their day, there is Grilled French Toast made the old-fashioned way and topped with powdered sugar and strawberries; and the Cinnamon Apple Waffle topped with warm sautéed apples in a finger-licking cinnamon syrup, and a dollop of whipped cream.
During our recent visit for brunch, we started with a very appropriate round of Bloody Mary’s—ever a brunch staple. And of course, the amazing corn bread with honey butter is a must-have.
Our brunch selections included the Chicken and Waffles, which stars Georgia’s signature fried chicken, a process that begins with co-owner Marlon Machado’s Brazilian buttermilk brine and ends with a seasoned crispy cornmeal crust served on a Belgian waffle with creamy honey butter, and maple syrup. It’s just perfect.
Another favorite of ours was the classic Shrimp & Grits made with Creole seasoned shrimp over a bed of savory grits. That so hit the spot.
And make sure to get a side of the Blackened Country Potatoes, which are an absolute must for a well-rounded, hearty breakfast.
Brunch beverages options include Bottomless Mimosas; Peach and Seasonal Sangria; red wine and white wine by the glass or the bottle; craft bottled beer; and Bloody Mary.
Get a jump start on your weekend at Georgia’s Restaurant with their New Weekend Brunch at the Long Beach Exchange where the soul of the South meets SoCal!
If you’re feeling like you really want to make it a hearty meal, go off the brunch menu and get the Smothered Pork Chops hand-tossed, pan fried and covered in bacon gravy. This is a regular menu option that is just out-of-this-world good.
Brunch doesn’t really get any better than this.
Georgia's Restaurant in the Anaheim Packing District became a fast-casual restaurant specializing in Southern comfort food for the soul before making Long Beach their second home at the new burgeoning Long Beach Exchange (LBX) where guests can dine al fresco on the new patio, enjoy shopping, and much more.
Georgia's Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange, located at 4101 McGowen Street, is open for Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 11 am. Call Georgia's Restaurant directly at 562-420-5637.
Story & Some Photography By: Jose Martinez
Photography Courtesy Of: Georgia's Restaurant