The Ordinary Pub- Brunch
For the longest, I have seen an advertisement on my Facebook feed about this pub on Broughton Street that gloated about its $10 bottomless mimosas and “brunch life”, “when brunch isn’t just another meal but a lifestyle that defines your weekends”. I followed the restaurant, The Ordinary Pub, so I would remember to check them out one weekend. Sure enough a few weeks later, a friend and I made our way there to see what they had to offer. Located next to Free People, the pub is a short flight of stairs below the door entrance. It was close to 1 p.m. when we arrived. The front seating area already had five tables filled, so we were sat in the back where their bar is located. Our waitress quickly got our drink orders, and I made sure to let her know I was there for the bottomless mimosas. She made sure my glass didn’t stay empty for too long during our stay!
The Ordinary Pub serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 p.m., their brunch menu consists of starters like shrimp and grits with prices ranging from $10 to $12 and brunch entrees. Most the menu items were typical of those you’d see on any brunch menu like French toast and omelets, but Ordinary also carries some unique finds like their Mac & Cheese in the Morning and Bacon Sausage Donut Sliders. Neither I nor my friend were too hungry, so we both choose starters. She order the Bacon Sausage sliders. I went for the Loaded Fritter Tots, their house made tater tots smothered in Gouda cheese sauce, bacon and chives. As it got closer to 1:30 p.m., the pub really began to pick up with millennials like ourselves who were ready to get their afternoon buzz going and fill up their empty stomachs.
Our food was served, and I dug in with a fresh mimosa. The tots were crispy throughout the meal which can be difficult when ingredients like cheese sauce are added resulting in a mushy texture. The bacon added a more savory taste to the Gouda cheese. Overall, our food was filling. My meal was $24 including tip which is not too bad for 3 glasses of mimosas and an appetizer. Another waitress stopped by our table and gave us coupons for our next visit. One was for their $2 Taco Tuesdays and another that was 10% off our next meal. She let us know they had hard to beat happy hour prices and even more delicious food that they serve throughout the week. We said we’d be back…and three days later we were seated at our newly dubbed “spot” in the back bar.
The Ordinary Pub- Dinner
We entered the pub on a Wednesday night. Now familiarized with the layout, we requested a seat in the back where, to our surprise, we found a young woman was setting up for her set. The basement pub does live music every Tuesday and Wednesday night. Since it was Wednesday, we had Emily, her acoustic guitar, and smooth voice to entertain us as we waited for our food.
We took in the music and the college basketball game on the TV screen across from us. Ordinary’s dinner menu is Monday through Friday 4 p.m.-until with reasonably priced starters, soups and salads, and entrees with the highest priced items being $16. Since macaroni and cheese is my favorite dish, I knew their Low Country Mac & Cheese was going to be the winner for me.
The three cheese sauce mac and cheese is both kid and adult friendly mixing the traditional dish with shrimp and Andouille sausage. My friend opted for their Shrimp & Stone Grits, a bit hesitant because of the Savannah tomato gravy. Our food was served, and we agreed that both
were scrumptious. My mac and cheese was creamy, the tender shrimp and the smoked sausage took this ordinary dish to the next level. It was overall just how I would want my favorite dish served. My meal total was $20, including tip. We left with full bellies adding this not-so-ordinary pub on our ever growing list of places to return to. Next time you’re shopping on Broughton, save your receipt (they offer 15% off your bill if you show you’ve shopped at one of the stores on the street) and head down to The Ordinary Pub.
Until the next dish is served….