Most of us love to eat. Whether you are a foodie or just enjoy a good meal, it’s hard to find bad food in Charleston. We have an abundance of good restaurants and wonderful chefs. From casual to upscale, there’s something to suit every taste and satisfy every craving. When you take a trip to Charleston, you might want to sleep late and enjoy brunch. Here are just a few of the places you won’t want to miss.
In a random and unofficial poll, High Cotton , at 199 East Bay Street, was mentioned as a favorite of locals for brunch. It was also named the best brunch spot in Charleston by Martha Stewart Weddings. This upscale restaurant, with its big ceiling fans and Dixieland Band, is relaxed, and gracious– just the sort of Southern Hospitality you would expect to find in Charleston. They specialize in Lowcountry cuisine and place a great emphasis on using local foods grown with sustainable methods. How about some sweet corn johnny cakes or a southern breakfast cassoulet? You won’t be disappointed. You can make reservations online or call 843-724-3815.
Hominy Grill is another favorite of locals and visitors alike. Located at 207 Rutledge Avenue, in a historic Charleston single house, Hominy Grill has been serving Lowcountry favorites since 1996. You can enjoy such brunch items as strawberry rhubarb pop tarts, smoked duck and asparagus hash, grilled shrimp and rice salad, and cornmeal pancakes. They accept dinner reservations only, so get there early! Saturday and Sunday brunch begins at 9am.
If you are looking for good food with a view, you can’t beat Fleet Landing. Located at 6 Concord Street, Fleet Landing is on the Charleston Harbor in a renovated 1940s retired naval building. It was once used as a debarkation point for sailors but it ended up vacant after WWII and was later used as storage by the State Port Authority. A young man with a vision purchased the building and Fleet Landing was born. Not only will you have unobstructed views of the harbor here, but you will enjoy tantalizing Southern style seafood , which has been recognized by Food and Wine Magazine. Their brunch menu includes such delectable items as pan roasted crab cakes, pulled pork barbecue with buttermilk biscuits and fried eggs, quiche of the day, and crème brulee french toast. Reservations are encouraged by going online or calling 843-722-8100.
The Grocery, at 4 Cannon Street, is a delicious, warm, and comfortable place with cuisine made from the freshest local produce and seafood. Once a furniture warehouse, The Grocery now boasts a wood burning oven that creates a friendly atmosphere in the dining room. Hungry for some good, innovative Lowcountry cuisine? How about Southern fried quail, with cornmeal brioche and orange-sorghum syrup? Or what about ginger-sage sausage, scrambled egg, cheddar cheese and dijonaise on an English muffin? Or maybe you’d like to try duck confit with fennel, new potatoes, spring onion, greens and a sunny side up egg? Whatever you choose, you are sure to leave happy and satisfied. Reservations can be made online or by calling 843-302-8825.
Obviously this is not an exhaustive list of the fine places to dine for brunch in Charleston, but it should give you some ideas of what is available. As you make plans to visit Charleston, why not stay in a Bed and Breakfast? The Governor’s House Inn is one of the most classic bed and breakfasts and has received numerous accolades from many travel magazines and Southern Living. This historic landmark lets you experience pre-Revolutionary Southern grandeur and comfort. When you plan that special trip to Charleston, don’t forget to check here for availability at the Governor’s House Inn!
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