Food & Drink

Looking for a new brunch spot? Get an inside look at one of the Coast's latest offerings

Are you looking for somewhere new to have brunch on the Gulf Coast?

One of the most iconic buildings on the Coast, White Pillars, recently reopened. And in March, executive chef and owner Austin Sumrall announced that he'd start serving brunch in March.

“We’re super excited about it,” Sumrall told the Sun Herald in March.. “We’ve really enjoyed testing out the dishes the past couple of days.”

Those a la carte dishes include “a really cool take on chicken and waffles,” with cornmeal waffles, Alabama white barbecue sauce and hot honey; brioche French toast, with house-baked bread and Louisiana strawberries; grits and grillades, featuring Mississippi-made grits; sausage made in-house and house-cured bacon, as well as their own biscuits, and Sumrall’s signature shrimp and grits.

“I’ve been working on my own recipe for shrimp and grits for the best part of my life,” he said.

Starters include a “flight of deviled eggs,” channeling a beloved Southern dish and Sumrall’s grandmother’s must-have brunch dish.

“We’ll also have large-format cocktails, with a bloody Mary bar, and brunch cocktails such as our Pineapple Brunch Punch and Pimm’s Cup,” he said.

The veranda opened on the same day as brunch, so guests can dine outside.

““We have 30 seats on the front porch, which I like calling the veranda,” Sumrall said.

There’s plenty of inside seating, too — for 175, which will be an option when the weather is inclement and when temperatures start climbing.

Brunch hours will start out at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sumrall strongly suggests reservations by calling the restaurant: 228-207-0885. Or go to