Image to the left taken from the Poogan’s Porch website.
Brunch. Charleston is famous for it. From overflowing Bloody Mary’s to bubbly mimosas and mouthwatering fried chicken and waffles (it’s a Southern thing) to spicy shrimp n’ grits, Charleston’s restaurants serve up THE best brunch in the South.
Below we’ve spotlighted just a few of our favorites (some more off the beaten path than others):
Triangle Char and Bar: From gooey cinnamon rolls to the best darn chipotle barbecue pork eggs benedict you’ll ever have, and locally acclaimed shrimp and grits to fluffy, house-made Belgian waffles, you will not find one thing on Triangle Char and Bar’s menu that doesn’t look amazing (maaaaaybe the chicken livers, but that’s just a personal preference!).
They also sell mimosas by the carafe and make some of the best, spiciest Bloody Mary’s.
Fat Hen: Does crème brulee French toast, country fried steak, and chicken pot pie sound good to you? Well those are just a FEW things on the Fat Hen’s delectable brunch menu!
Magnolias: Situated along bustling East Bay Street, Magnolias doesn’t just have an ideal location, but it’s also highly acclaimed for one of the finest brunches in town.
If you’re looking to spend a bit more than you would at a casual Charleston brunch, then this spot is definitely for you! Some of our favorite Charleston brunch dishes served up here include country fried steak and eggs, pigs in a blanket (yes, that just happened), blue crab benedict, and a fried egg sandwich.
Hominy Grill: A little side note for Hominy Grill. This is one of those super popular places where you have to get there 15 minutes before it opens to wait on line! So make sure to get their well in advance, because they fill their tables immediately after opening.
A MUST-try on the Hominy Grill menu is the Big Nasty Biscuit. It is FAR from nasty. It might just be the best thing you’ll ever eat. Essentially, it’s a piece of fried chicken, smothered in cheddar cheese and sausage gravy, accompanied by a biscuit . . . I’m not sure I even need to point out anything else on the menu . . . But you can check it all out here.
Each of Leaf’s tasty brunch dishes is served with a choice of a mimosa or house-made Bloody Mary, as well as fresh fruit or crispy baby red potatoes. Their brunch menu includes a selection of breakfast items, including benedicts and omelets, as well as specialty lunch items, such as the Leaf Burger.
Old Village Post House: Located in the quaint Old Village Mount Pleasant is the Old Village Post House. Here, you’ll find an elegant ambiance and exceptional brunch items, including Crab Cake Benedict, Croque Madame, and shrimp and grits.
And after brunch, walk it off along the water’s edge and through the charming neighborhoods.
Poogan’s Porch: As soon as you sit down at the famous Poogan’s Porch, you’ll be greeted with a basket of hot biscuits to indulge in before ordering from their Charleston brunch menu. You can’t go wrong with any of their brunch items, but some ones to point out include fried chicken and waffles (I’m telling you, they are a HUGE hit down here), pulled pork benedict, the Charlestowne Fry, a selection of omelets, and cinnamon French toast.
Morgan Creek Grill: Located on Isle of Palms, approximately 35 minutes from downtown Charleston is Morgan Creek Grill. This seafood restaurant is situated on the water, overlooking the bustling harbor.
They offer a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, which is always a huge hit, as well as wonderful mimosas and margaritas. Some of their amazing brunch dishes include Belgian waffles, French toast, specialty omelets, shrimp and grits, and one of our favorites, Huevos Rancheros!
If you think we’re leaving any of the best Charleston brunch restaurants out, definitely let us know if our comments section!