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