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Brunch is a meal many food lovers enjoy, and Charleston, South Carolina has no shortage of great places for all styles, budgets, and locations. Here are our picks for the best places for brunch in the city.
Coleman Public House
Served Saturday and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., brunch at Coleman Public House is a favorite in Mt. Pleasant. The menu is short and simple but delicious, with dishes like the Rustic Scramble with eggs, Gruyère, black forest ham, mushrooms, and onions; biscuits and gravy; and the huevos rancheros, all aim to please. The menu is affordable, and best of all, pairs great with their impressive beer selection.
We wish their brunch items were available on the daily menu, but we look forward to Sundays when they offer it. Patrons can expect some of the regular plates offered daily, along with their brunch specialty dishes such as seasonal vegetable hash, corn and buttermilk griddle cakes, buttermilk fried chicken, and their excellent house-smoked bacon. Eat outdoors or in, and be sure to order a cocktail or beer with your meal.
The Glass Onion
We could go on and on about the Saturday brunch at The Glass Onion. The menu is large and has so many delicious items to choose from — dishes like Jennie Ruth’s Deviled Eggs, pimento cheese salad with crackers and pickles, overstuffed sandwiches mostly of some kind of po’ boy variety, and Cajun boudin balls with thunder sauce, grits, and two eggs. The meal is complete with a variety of desserts and floats.
One of the newer restaurants on the list, this eatery has one of the most creative brunch menus around. Order the duck and waffles; kale with smoked salmon, white anchovy, and hard boiled eggs; short rib hash; and truffle pomme frites. Chef Brannon Florie prides himself on supporting local farmers from around the state and the brunch is a true testament to this dedication.
The family at Hall's Chophouse are at the door to greet you when you arrive and are onsite to ensure you have an amazing dining experience. Not only do you feel at home, you get to enjoy a gospel accompaniment to brunch by Christal Brown-Gibson while you enjoy your meal. The menu is large and features a lot of steak options like their bacon-wrapped 8-ounce filet mignon with three eggs and pepper jack grits, and a prime rib eye steak benedict with creamed spinach. There is also a burger, BBQ baby back ribs, Caesar salad, and much more.
Heart Woodfire Kitchen
Owned by FIG alums, the food at this James Island hidden café gets good reviews around town and on the web. Their brunch is offered both Saturday and Sunday and the spread does not focus exclusively on eggs and bacon. You’ll find flatbreads, sandwiches, and even rotisserie chicken on the menu. You can also get a blueberry coffee cake, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, and a pork chili verde. They also offer an extensive beverage menu perfect for brunch, including mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice and a bloody Mary with pickled okra.
If you are looking for a quintessential Saturday or Sunday morning in Charleston, then you will want to visit High Cotton for their brunch. The restaurant offers a menu filled to the brim with Lowcountry favorites like fried oysters, Carolina shrimp and grits, and more. There is also live jazz music to complete the experience and make it one not to miss.
A favorite at the beach, this restaurant offers a Sunday brunch to those visiting or living on Sullivan’s Island. Several omelets are featured, alongside a crab cake and a beef tenderloin benedict. There is also French toast, salads, and a chicken hash with Italian sausage, poached eggs, home fries, and hollandaise.
Casual and off-the-beaten path, The Lot's menu is hand-written on a chalkboard each day. Chef Alex Lira relies mainly on local purveyors who frequently stop by his restaurant. The menu is unique and some “sample” items listed on the website include SC Porgy in a quinoa scuppernong salad; a pork belly benefit, and a house-made hot dog with French fries. Be sure to visit their Facebook page to get the menu of the day and check the Pour House to see if there is live music to enjoy after the meal.
Serving one of Charleston’s most popular brunches, movie stars and local celebrities alike can be found there Sundays for the famed meal. “The Mac Attack” is written about frequently in national food publications, as chef Jeremiah Bacon offers pork belly, bone marrow bread pudding, and poached egg all on one plate. The menu changes each week and some of the highlights include a peanut butter and jelly bagel with foie gras butter; a “garbage plate” with potatoes, corned beef, bacon, Fontina, arugula, pork gravy and a poached egg, and chicken and waffles. The bar offers some refreshing cocktails and those looking for the perfect burger can come in for “The Mac” 8-ounce house ground burger.
Known for its brunch, people travel from all over the city to enjoy a weekend morning meal at the Red Drum. The first thing you’ll notice is the “Rise and Shine” cocktail menu, which includes drinks like the Bellini and red voodoo bloody Mary. You can order a variety of Tex-Mex specialties like tortilla soup, fork and knife tacos, and chorizo migas. They also offer some great regional specialties like the S.C. quail and Texas venison sausage with a chile Cheddar grit skillet. They have a whole section of the menu dedicated to “sweet things and good coffee” like hot buttered rum cake and warm sugar and cinnamon doughnuts.
Two Boroughs Larder
Only offered on Saturdays, the Two Boroughs Larder brunch is a hot seat to get. With limited space, the menu is offered until 3:00 p.m. and changes weekly depending on what’s in season. A recent menu featured carbonara with bucatini, Nueske’s bacon, English pea, and egg; a fried bologna sandwich; and several breakfast sandwiches. Their drinks are as good as their food, with drip coffee, Khi-Khi Milk Co. Vietnamese cold press coffee, an elderflower and hops mimosa, and the “Burning Orchard,” featuring Bittermilk No. 3 and Foggy Ridge “Serious” Cider. Shop before or after you eat at their provision store.
Having recently celebrated its first anniversary in Charleston, this restaurant has quickly become a popular spot for brunch. The menu is appropriately titled “Sunday Funday” and they offer The Liquid Breakfast of house shots, all 16-ounce draft beers, and well spirits for $5 each. Aside from great drinks, the menu has some creative options like the Meyer lemon and poppy French toast, and Momma’s Smothered Cornbread with crispy breakfast tots.