Hominy Grill

Row 1

207 Rutledge Ave (at Cannon St)
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 937-0930
Southern / Soul, Breakfast
$ $
Mon–Fri: 7:30 AM–9:00 PM Sat: 9:00 AM–9:00 PM Sun: 9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Unpretentious, classic Southern dishes are key at downtown Charleston’s Hominy Grill, where chef/owner Robert Stehling serves stone-ground cheese grits (and deep fried grits!), house-made sausages, and fried green tomatoes (with ranch) in a one-time barbershop. The classic 1950s diner signage, extra-comfortable wooden chairs, and seasonal desserts like persimmon pudding embody everything comfort food stands for. Be sure to sample a few items from the part of the menu labeled “Charleston Classics,” where you’ll find dishes including she-crab soup with sherry, sautéed chicken livers with country ham gravy, catfish Creole, and chicken country captain. Speaking of chicken, supposedly, when chef Stehling first opened, he didn’t make that iconic dish fried chicken — he was worried about reinforcing the idea that that’s all Southern food is. Now he’s about to open Chick’s Fry House, a spot dedicated to pressure-cooker chicken, and at Hominy you can find a fried chicken basket with pickles and pepper relish among the appetizers, and a "fried chicken and smoked ribs" section that includes Charleston nasty biscuit with fried chicken breast, Cheddar, and sausage gravy; half-fried chicken with country ham gravy; your choice of two pieces of white or dark meat; and even a rib and chicken combo. Absence makes the heart cook fried chicken? 

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Try the Big Nasty Biscuit - delicious! As seen on Man v Food: Charleston.
  • Hominy Grill is about as southern as southern can get. Its a must stop for tourists and locals alike, which is a rare achievement for a restaurant. [Eater 18 Member]
  • Go with the Big Nasty. You won't be sorry.
  • Try the Big Nasty...its amazing!!
  • The chocolate pudding is better than the best chocolate mousse I had in Belgium
  • saw this place on man vs food. went there when i was in charleston and the scrimp and grits did not disappoint
  • The shrimp and grits are not "amazing" as so many people claim. They must not be from the South. They're ok, but overpriced and I've had much better for cheaper. Shop around for Southern food a bit.
  • You have to try the chocolate pudding. Best I've ever tasted!
  • The Big Nasty Biscuit and Gravy is awesome. Try the fried green tomatoes. The sweet tea is one of the best I've had. This place has been featured on all the big Food and Travel shows.
  • Big Nasty with an egg is the TRUTH.
  • The grits are as good as they say
  • Sweet tea is perfect.
  • Double cut bacon!
  • The Lee brothers took Andrew to a restaurant known for serving a traditional southern comfort food --boiled green peanuts. As seen on Bizarre Foods America.
  • Excellent fried green tomatoes. And free parking!
  • Get the Buttermilk Pie. You won't ever forget it.
  • After 2 seems like the best time to come to Sunday brunch without having to wait.
  • The Big Nasty is great. Just get that and leave - nothing else is remotely as flavorful
  • Great grits, biscuits, home fries, and brunch cocktails. About a 20-30 min wait for Sunday brunch. But service was quick and drinks were readily available at the window bar while waiting.
  • The food is amazing. Bog Shrimp, Big Nasty, shrimp grits, and 4 veggie platter.