After a wild night cavorting on the beach or cruising the bars on upper King Street, it’s time to cool down with a nice Sunday brunch. The mid-morning meal is a Charleston-area staple, so get to the eatery of your choice early and get ready to be inspired.
These are a few favored by the locals:
Poogan’s Porch, 72 Queen St., Charleston – Sit inside or on the balcony and enjoy traditional brunch fare along with some intriguing starters like toast with crab and caviar or pimento cheese fritters.
The Boathouse, 101 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms – Get your grits, hush puppies and fried green tomatoes with an extra helping of ocean. The Boathouse sits right on Breach Inlet with views out to sea.
Lost Dog, 106 West Huron Ave., Folly Beach – The favored brunch spot of those visiting the Edge of America. There’s always a line on Sunday morning because the breakfast burrito and huevos ranchero taste especially good when leavened by the laid back beach atmosphere.
Hominy Grill, 207 Rutledge St., Charleston — James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Rob Stehling offers a unique brunch menu that includes house granola and ginger pumpkin bread in a neighborhood bistro setting.
Water’s Edge, 1407 Shrimp Boat Lane, Mt. Pleasant – Brunch with the gulls and the terns on Shem Creek offers delicious sandwiches, benedicts and the usual egg-based fare. Enjoy a leisurely meal while watching the fishing charters and paddle boarders make their way into the Charleston Harbor.
The Obstinate Daughter, 2063 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island – Reservations are a must for this popular beach restaurant featuring pizza, pasta, small plates and a raw bar. Certified Green but difficult to park at, so hoof it if you can.
Butcher & Bee, 1085 Morrison Drive, Charleston – Like snowflakes, the food here is never the same twice. Fresh, seasonal, local, eclectic and bursting with flavors from around the world. Foodie brunch heaven.
Sweetwater Café, 801 Folly Road, James Island – Consistently good brunch dishes in a busy-diner atmosphere is the reason there’s a line forming every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Chocolate chip pancakes and a never-empty coffee cups might also by why.
Park Café, 730 Rutledge, Charleston – Like your brunch with a twist? Head uptown a bit to Hampton Park. Where else are you going to get avocado or creamy leek toast? Or the Danish pastry Æbleskiver?
Edmunds Oast, 1081 Morrison Drive, Charleston – “A brew pub with an elevated but approachable menu” where you can sit at the counter and watch the chef create your dish. The brunch menu features lox beets, pork belly roasted peaches and other delicacies.
Everyone’s list is different and you can hardly go wrong in Charleston, whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner. Enjoy your morning meal and then hop on our boat for a harbor cruise.