Building on traditions of quality ingredients and customer service, The Cookie Bar and Grill is a vibrant lunch spot on Savannah's Southside. In a matter of months the eatery boasts a regular crowd, and guests continue to flock as word spreads around town. The menu is diverse and simple. Chef James Levens creates seasonal soups, salads, and sandwiches. His variety of small plates are a wonderful start to lunch, and ordered together, they make a great spread to share.
Chef Levens brings a unique perspective to the menu after tenures in Birmingham, Manhattan, and Charleston. Working with some of the most respected and celebrated chefs in the country at renowned establishments such as Gramercy Tavern, The Spotted Pig, and, most recently, McCrady's, he is well versed in farm fresh cuisine. Describing his menu, evens simply states — “I create food I would want to eat and I hope that people enjoy it too.” A native of Savannah, his palette stays charmingly familiar, while incorporating his travels and experiences.
Regional purveyors and local farmers provide the ingredients and inspiration for the menu. Levens makes all of the dressings, ricotta cheese, pickled vegetables, jams, spiced nuts and seasoned olives in house. Wine is cleverly paired with decadent internationally sourced cheeses. Fresh baked breads, on the menu and available by the loaf, stay true to Byrd's bakery roots. Coffee from Savannah's own craft roaster, Perc, is sold by the cup or in bags to brew at home. Weekly specials range from crostinis to quiche, and some are seasonal additions to the menu when customers just can't get enough.
Opening the restaurant is a natural progression of the growth of the offerings to the overall experience of visiting Byrd Cookie Company. Diners often leave with a gift for a friend or a treat for themselves. Whether it is scooping up some cookies by the ounce or shopping through the thoughtfully chosen entertaining and food related items, Byrd is a treat for the eyes and taste buds.
The Cookie Bar and Grill makes nostalgic nods current and fresh. Oversized, vintage photos of Ben T. Byrd's original operation fill the walls. Chalkboards about current charcuterie meats, cheeses and specials are as artistic as they are informative. Servers' aprons tout cookies' initials and birthdays e.g. KL 89, Key Lime Coolers born in 1989. Byrd makes their fan connections in person and through social media such as facebook and blogs.
The Cookie Bar and Grill's lunch service begins at 11am and goes until 3pm. Expanded seating inside and outside give guests many options, all with the same great atmosphere. Taking careful consideration to choose a selection of wines and beers that compliments the menu and overall ideals of the restaurant exemplifies the attention to detail and sourcing that makes the Cookie Bar and Grill so successful in just a short time. Wines all share the same organic and farmer driven characteristics and craft beers highlight different regions of the country. “I see people stopping by in the afternoon for a glass of wine and sharing a cheese or charcuterie plate” says Stephanie Lindley, CEO of Byrd Cookie Company. This vision is a reality with the expansion into small plate service until 8pm this summer.
Extending service with a limited menu keeps up with the demand of diners wanting more and more from their new favorite restaurant. The menu, both food and beverage, changes seasonally and there are plans for further expansion to dinner service by the fall.
6700 Waters Avenue
Savannah, GA 31406
Phone: (912) 355-1716