Guest chef takes over the kitchen to serve a taste bud-melting Sunday Brunch at SuZara’s

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By Pamela Brownstein

I am of the opinion that brunch is the best meal of the day, a perfect combination of breakfast and lunch. So I was excited when Lunch Bunch was invited to try the new Sunday Brunch being served at SuZara’s Kitchen. During the week, SuZara’s serves their excellent lunch and baked goods, but on Sundays, Chef Anthony Fairbanks — former executive chef at The Tooting Egret — prepares brunch his way.

Shrimp and grits
Shrimp and grits

While scanning the mouthwatering menu, a satisfied patron at a nearby table told us, “Your taste buds are going to melt.” And she was right.

Chef Tony started us with a healthy Pea Salad — snow peas, sugar snap peas, carrot and sesame salad with Agave and sesame vinaigrette topped with steamed shrimp and shaved Bellavitano cheese. Although not what I would order on my own, the salad was delightful, especially the thinly cut shrimp in light vinaigrette.

Kim decided quickly on The Poached Eggs made with two poached Yard Farm eggs, creamed Brussel sprouts with diced bacon on toasted brioche and a side of home fries. She said hers was delicious.

Elizabeth tried The Baked Eggs, which comes with two Yard Farm eggs served with a

The Baked Eggs
The Baked Eggs

spicy tomato sauced in a bowl baked with olives and Feta cheese. It was expertly cooked and the housemade grilled pita bread was a side bonus.

Guest Lunch Buncher Daniel ordered the pancake breakfast — three buttermilk pancakes with pulled pork and homemade Bourbon syrup served with fresh fruit. It was a unique pairing that Daniel thoroughly enjoyed.

Although everyone’s meals looked good, I still think mine was the best, a must-have. The Shrimp and Grits are made

The Pea Salad
The Pea Salad

with sauteed jumbo local shrimp, fresh corn, green onions, country ham and cream over stone ground white cheddar grits. This seriously amazing dish sets a high standard for this Southern staple that will have you wanting more.

The fresh squeezed orange juice was a big hit, and mimosas, coffee and hot tea are also available. Brunch is $16 for adults; $10 for children.

SuZara’s is located at 1211 Newcastle Street in Uptown Beaufort. Brunch is Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 843-476-9387.