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Trendy and contemporary spot with cozy breakfast dishes and rosé all day
1Kept is one of the many restaurants in Charleston that proves that being in a hotel doesn’t preclude you from having fantastic, quality food. Having opened last July, they only introduced their brunch menu in January of this year, which features shareable dishes like the dippy egg (with toast points for, you guessed it, dipping), hearty dishes like the Southern Benedict (with rice cakes and Benton’s ham), or lighter dishes like a quinoa bowl (with grapefruit supremes and dried cranberries). Add in some rosé all day for $25 or a DIY Aperol spritz bar and some live music, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a stellar brunch party.
The Park CafeAddress and Info
Fresh neighborhood cafe with greenery-lined walls & a menu of international influences
Park Cafe is arguably one of the prettiest restaurants in all of Charleston. But PC’s not just a pretty face; it’s got some of the freshest, tastiest food north of Calhoun. The space is bright and airy, and the offerings tend to be a little on the lighter side (like the The Park Lettuces salad with pickled shiitake), perfect for those of you who still need to be, ugh, productive afterwards.
Caviar & BananasAddress and Info
A one-stop shop for coffee, gourmet grocery items, and grab-and-go fare
This little gourmet market & cafe is nestled just a block off of King St near the College of Charleston’s campus. The newly introduced brunch features an eclectic variety of options for different diets and tastes -- but nothing can beat the crispy chicken buttermilk biscuit (Southern fried chicken topped with scrambled egg, aged Cheddar, and tasso gravy on a flaky buttermilk biscuit). It’s not on anyone’s diet list, but it sure is tasty.
Edmund's OastAddress and Info
A wall of beer and dry-aging meats set the tone in this New American-style brewpub
The first thing you’ll notice when walking into Edmund’s Oast will be the giant wall of beer. The second thing is all the meat hanging around (probably not the best place to bring your vegetarian friend). When it comes to brunch at this sophisticated brewpub, you’d be an idiot not to try some of the charcuterie that Edmund’s does so well (is it ever too early for charcuterie? Nope.) paired with an order of the cornbread w/ honey butter, and maybe the PB&J beer if it’s on tap.
Lost Dog CafeAddress and Info
Beachy, hound-friendly diner serving up American classics
If you want to try the best biscuits and gravy you’ve ever eaten in your life while surrounded by hundreds of pictures of puppies, then you need to change into your stretchy pants and hightail it (pun intended) to Lost Dog Cafe on Folly Beach. The cozy cafe is a favorite of locals and tourists alike, and is perpetually busy, so be prepared to wait for a while to get a table. Help pass the time by grabbing a Mason jar mimosa or Bloody Mary from the bar to sip on while you wait.
Isle of Palms
Sea Biscuit CafeAddress and Info
Down-home breakfast joint where eggs and bacon are king
When you’re looking for a solid, no-frills brunch that satisfies your need for grease and eggs, Sea Biscuit Cafe definitely hits the spot. It's been a staple on IOP for more than 27 years, so it must be doing something right. But be warned! It’s cash only, so leave the plastic at home. We recommend trying the crab cake Benedict with a side of shrimp & gravy.
Low-key neighborhood tavern with elevated pub food & a fantastic outdoor patio
If you think all brunch food should be served in little cast-iron skillets, then you need to get to The Lowdown on James Island, stat. While not every single menu item is served in a skillet, the frittata, cornbread, and Dutch baby all are, and each one is more delicious than the last. The menu has a wide variety of options, ranging from sweet to savory, and all are hearty enough to make you want to go home and nap afterward. But hey, isn’t that what Sundays are for?
Fat HenAddress and Info
Casual bistro where French and Southern cuisine come together harmoniously
Johns Island might be off the beaten path a bit, but Fat Hen makes it worth the drive. Marrying the best of Lowcountry cuisine with French classics results in culinary masterpieces like the pulled BBQ duck sandwich, topped with house-made BBQ sauce, bacon blue cheese slaw, and pommes frites. C'est magnifique.
The GranaryAddress and Info
Modern American fare with a heavy emphasis on farm-to-table ingredients
Chef Brannon Florie’s cozy farm-inspired restaurant just got a major facelift in the form of a brand new location and updated menu in Mount Pleasant. Luckily, it also just reintroduced its brunch menu’s which features creative fare like the duck & waffles with pickled peaches, apples, jalapeño-peach jam, buttermilk brown butter waffle, sorghum syrup, hot sauce. Pair it with a zesty Moscow Mule made with house-made ginger beer, if you’re feeling a little frisky.
Madra RuaAddress and Info
Cozy, Irish-style pub with authentic recipes and cold beer
Located in the coolest neighborhood in North Charleston -- Park Circle -- Madra Rua is an Irish pub that’s a favorite among locals for its authentic Irish recipes and ice-cold layered drafts. On Saturdays & Sundays, it serves one of the best and heartiest brunches in North Chuck, featuring favorites like the Irish eggs Benedict w/ house-made corned beef, or the giant breakfast burger.
Obstinate DaughterAddress and Info
Bright space with nautical flair and a menu full of pastas, pizzas, and seafood
One of Sullivan’s Island’s newest and most popular restaurants, Obstinate Daughter’s brunch menu has a bit of everything. For those of you needing your sugar fix first thing in the morning, we recommend the French toast with local berries. If you’re more into the savory options, you can’t go wrong with the OD skillet, chock-full of potatoes, chorizo, mushrooms, and eggs. Or get both. We’re not the boss of you.
Italian- and Southern-influenced bites and a build-your-own Bloody bar
Palmetto Flats is the kind of restaurant that you’d expect to find in downtown Mayberry, complete with kindly neighborhood servers who take your order as if you’ve been friends your whole life. Brunch is served every Sunday from 10am-3pm and runs the gamut from various versions of eggs Benedict, to pecan French toast, to biscuits and gravy. There’s also a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar, complete with a variety of juices, Fat and Juicy and Charleston Bloody Mary mix, fresh fruit, and various vegetables for your Bloodys that are just as fun to make as they are to drink.
Early Bird DinerAddress and Info
Funky neighborhood joint serving up classic diner food with a modern twist
Early Bird Diner is frequently found on “best of” lists when it comes to Charleston dining, and it really lives up to the hype. It’s classic Southern cooking done right, with breakfast being served all day (meaning until 4am on Friday & Saturday nights). The true star of the EBD brunch menu are the chicken and waffles (pecan-encrusted fried chicken and a cinnamon waffle drizzled with honey mustard and syrup), which might just change your life.
ProhibitionAddress and Info
Prohibition-themed spot (duh) with heavy jazz and Southern influences
At first glance at speakeasy-style restaurant Prohibtion’s menu, you might think it was your typical brunch fare, but the great thing about Chef Greg Garrison is his ability to take a classic and give it a new and unexpected twist. Take, for example, the huevos rancheros, which are served with jasmine rice, black bean salsa, chorizo fried eggs, and a lime cream. Or the stuffed French toast, with sweet cream, apricot, and macerated berries. You can also get unlimited mimosas or a fantastic cocktail to quench your thirst during your meal (and you don't even need to do a secret knock to get it).
King Street Historic District
492Address and Info
Alice in Wonderland-esque restaurant with an open kitchen and a must-have burger
Not only is 492’s Sunday brunch menu full of mouthwatering favorites, but the morning setting allows you to truly enjoy and appreciate how breathtakingly gorgeous the space is. Both inside and on their ivy-lined courtyard, the attention to detail in this space makes for a great venue for your brunch fix. Since Chef Josh Keeler (formerly of Two Boroughs Larder) took over in the kitchen, diners can't get enough of their food. Dishes like the double bacon cheeseburger with house-made mornay sauce, and the sourdough sticky buns with caramel and SC pecans are house favorites and almost always sell out. Pair that with a fabulous brunch cocktail for a truly transcendent experience.
King Street Historic District
Virginia's on KingAddress and Info
Classic Southern cuisine with heavy low country influences
Named after a sweet local woman known for her fantastic Southern cooking, Virginia’s on King keeps that rich tradition alive during their popular weekend brunch. The menu is chock full of Southern-inspired dishes, like tomato pie, fried chicken livers, and fried chicken. The real star of their brunch menu is the shrimp and grits Benedict, which marries Charleston’s quintessential dish, shrimp and grits, with everyone’s favorite brunch item, eggs Benedict and features fried grit cakes and Tabasco hollandaise. Talk about Lowcountry flair!
Crave Kitchen and CocktailsAddress and Info
Award-winning mac & cheese that’s worth the drive to Mount Pleasant
One of Mount Pleasant’s best-kept secrets sits tucked away in the unassuming Target shopping center on the way to Isle of Palms. Whether you eat inside at the impeccably decorated dining room or outside on the open patio, you're all but guaranteed a great experience. For brunch, we recommend The Charleston (fried green tomatoes with house-made hollandaise, Bering sea crab meat, and poached eggs) or Chef Landen Ganstrom’s famous mac and cheese -- because what's the point of being an adult if you can't eat mac and cheese for breakfast?
A haven for the passionate grits connoisseur
Although seafood and Southern fare feature heavily on the menu, it’s Grace and Grit’s namesake that is the true shining star at brunch. The grit flight offers four distinctly different ways to try the South’s favorite grain: with pimento cheese, blueberry, peaches and cream, and Brussels sprouts pesto, giving your tastebuds new ways to try an old staple. But the grits flavor combos don’t stop there! Order your grits a la carte and you can choose from 14 different flavors, like smoked pecan and maple, coconut cream, and gumbo. (Gr)it’s all good!
Bay Street BiergartenAddress and Info
Lively, German-influenced sports bar with a huge beer list and themed brunches
If you're looking for a brunch that doubles as a party, Bay Street Biergarten is definitely the spot. On the second Sunday of each month, BSB hosts a themed brunch complete with drink specials, delicious food (we recommend pretzel bombs, crème brûlée French toast, or the breakfast burger), and a DJ pumping out tunes all morning long -- popular themes have included Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and the upcoming Beyoncé brunch. Plus, the last Sunday of every month lets you brunch for a cause with Puppies & Pints benefiting Lowcountry Animal Rescue (with the added bonus of being surrounded by puppies).