Charleston Brunch Spots: Top 8 Restaurants for a Weekend Meal
Charleston’s raved about food scene has earned the city accolades among the best American cities for foodies by Conde Nast Traveler. The city houses hundreds of award-winning restaurants, and what better way to try some than with a special brunch?
Going out for a mid-morning or afternoon meal provides a way to avoid lunch and dinner crowds as well as fills up visitors before they explore the town. Read on to see which restaurants we picked for the top Charleston brunch spots.
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This neighborhood favorite features Low Country flavors combined with a homestyle approach. Hominy Grill serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start with something light and try homemade bread or fried green tomatoes with ranch dressing. Those with hearty appetites should order shrimp and grits, Charleston Nasty Biscuit – a Hominy staple with fried chicken breast – or the Low Country omelet with red rice.
In addition, the restaurant serves traditional breakfast favorites, such as buttermilk pancakes, country-style breakfast and fresh granola with bananas and yogurt.
Another Southern favorite is Poogan’s Porch, one of Charleston’s oldest independent restaurants. For over 40 years, this restaurant has welcomed visitors, including celebrities, to enjoy comfort food in an elegant setting. Poogan’s serves brunch seven days a week: Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come hungry, enter the Victorian-style house and sit down to select your meal.
Guests can keep it simple with a pimiento BLT or chicken and waffles. To fill up, order the Ike’s down home breakfast, pulled pork Benedict, or delectable French toast topped with champagne macerated raspberries, mascarpone cheese and toasted almonds.
Five Loaves Cafe
With a focus on healthy dishes, Five Loaves Cafe offers brunch in a casual, friendly setting. Five Loaves feels more like a neighborhood cafe, and each menu item is made fresh every day using locally sourced ingredients.
The restaurant serves Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering a large menu for most diet types. Salads and sandwiches are always a popular choice, but Five Loaves also offers chef’s brunch specialties. A few options include country skillet, Southern Benny and the chef’s omelet of the day. In addition, Five Loaves serves as a top kid-friendly brunch spot. Young eaters can select from waffles, sandwiches, egg plates and grilled chicken strips.
For local ingredients paired with French and Creole influence, head to LowCountry Bistro. This top among Charleston brunch restaurants offers comforting Southern foods in a casual atmosphere. Visitors will find slightly longer brunch hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Appetizers include she crab soup, a Charleston food staple, crab cakes, mussels, and Low County street corn. For the main course, try croque madame, the market breakfast or Low County hash. In addition, the bistro offers several full entrees, including the fish of the day, breakfast burger, and shrimp and crawfish succotash.
Family-owned and -operated Halls Chophouse has a long-standing reputation as a top brunch restaurant in Charleston and ranks high on TripAdvisor, and OpenTable for fine dining. For starters, try the she crab soup, Lowcountry fried green tomatoes or oysters Rockefeller. Those looking for hearty servings should try the Chophouse omelet, farmer’s omelette or crabcake Benedict.
Halls Chophouse is also one of the top steakhouses in Charleston, with those brunch options including ribeye Benedict, filet mignon and barbecue ribs. Want something sweet? Try the sweet potato pancakes or French toast.
The Hall Family, owners of Halls Chophouse, also own High Cotton, which offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., complete with live music. The High Cotton brunch menu features she crab soup and buttermilk fried oysters to start. Entrees include Carolina shrimp and grits, High Cotton burger and farmers market omelet.
For over 25 years, Magnolias has served upscale Southern cuisine with traditional ingredients and a modern twist. This longtime favorite has even earned press from the Food Network and Food and Wine.
Visitors can enjoy brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with a full menu from which to choose. Appetizers include salmon deviled eggs, down south egg rolls and peach fritter poppers. Other options include classics, such as shrimp gumbo omelette, Magnolia’s filet frittata and shellfish over grits.
Seafood lovers are happy to find that Magnolias operates Blossom, a sister seafood restaurant in Charleston. At Blossom, brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sample some of the city’s richest foods with the Holy City sampler, which includes pimiento cheese, hummus and deviled eggs. For a main course, order the Blossom Benedict or crawfish and shrimp etouffee.
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