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In a town that prides itself on shrimp-and-grits, brunch comes naturally. Here are Charleston’s five best restaurants for brunch:
1. Hominy Grill. With a kitchen manned by James Beard Award winner Robert Stehling, Hominy dishes out the city’s original shrimp and grits — Stehling got his training at Chapel Hill’s Crooks Corner, where the dish is said to have originated. Still, don’t be afraid to order the ‘Big Nasty,’ a steaming fresh biscuit loaded with a fried chicken breast and a dollop of cheddar and sausage gravy. Waits are often long at the popular spot, but a Summer 2011 renovation added more inside table space and moved the waiting area off of the sidewalk and into a cozy patio.
2. High Cotton. In walking distance of the Market Street shopping district, this restaurant serves an excellent Sunday brunch. In addition to the requisite Carolina shrimp and grits and crab cakes benedict, the banana bread french toast (with bourbon aged maple syrup and bacon) will have you crawling back to your hotel for a nap.
3. Poogan’s Porch. For a true classic, pull up a table at this living-room-turned-dining-room on Queen Street. This is the place to try fried alligator (just $6.95 as an appetizer, with honey-jalapeno sauce) or the Charlestowne fry, an omelet laced with oysters, bacon, and remoulade. Just look out for the ghost in the bathroom (ask your server).
4. Fat Hen. Off the peninsula, chef Fred Neuville has garnered attention at this restaurant on Johns Island. Making the trek is a great excuse for a Sunday drive around the historic sea island, but it’s worth it alone for the crème brûlée french toast or the layers of crepes, egg, and sausage in the duck and apple sausage gratin.
5. Triangle Char & Bar. Just across the bridge from downtown on Highway 17 in West Ashley, this restaurant is a Charleston brunch staple. Don’t miss the Lowcountry eggrolls, packed with mustard-based pulled pork BBQ and collard greens. Still, it may be the $1 mimosas that bring in the Sunday crowds of locals.
Hominy Grill is amazing. It’s absolutely amazing. I love that place so much. I would say that’s my favorite. I know it’s terrible to say, but Husk has the most amazing brunch. It’s completely over the top.
Butcher & Bee is a great little restaurant. It’s a made-from-scratch place. It used to be a little hidden gem, but not anymore. It’s definitely doing it right. It has a relaxed atmosphere. Also Fat Hen on Johns Island is another good pick for brunch.