By Bailey Laskowski
Quite possibly everyone’s favorite meal of the week is brunch. It combines the deliciousness of breakfast foods with the lazy mornings of a relaxing weekend. While you’re visiting the Charleston area, make time for a weekend brunch at one of our terrific restaurants. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of favorites.
Toast: Located in the heart of historic Charleston, you’ll find this cozy brunch spot. Not only are the biscuits the size of your head, but the mimosa carafes are definitely something to write home about. Enjoy some delicious homemade orange marmalade before heading to Market Street from some shopping in Charleston’s famous open-air market. 155 Meeting St.
The Park Cafe: This simple brunch spot offers a variety of unique menu options. The avocado toast will leave you so speechless that you’re almost guaranteed to visit again. The relaxed vibe and off-the-beaten path location will make you feel like a local. Try the “Mongoose” cocktail made with reposado, genepy and honey. 730 Rutledge Ave.
The Rarebit: While shopping on King Street, stop in for the best chicken and waffles you’ve ever had. Famous for its Moscow Mules served in copper mugs, the Rarebit is a great spot to relax and start your day. Check out the Art-O-Mat vending machine – drop in a few coins and get a piece of art to remember your new favorite brunch destination. 474 King St.
Hominy Grill: Featured on the Food Network, Hominy Grill is one of Charleston’s main attractions. Visitors don’t mind waiting in line for a plate of delicious comfort food. Arrive early to beat the crowd and order up the famous “Nasty Biscuit” – a fried chicken breast and cheddar cheese on homemade biscuits swimming in sausage gravy. You may even catch a glimpse of actor Bill Murray – Hominy is one of his favorites. 207 Rutledge Ave.
The Macintosh: Renowned chef Jeremiah Bacon – a three-time James Beard semifinalist – has put his special touch on this divine menu. This is a must try while visiting Charleston. Add some pork belly to the poutine fries topped with spiced cheese curd and gravy and your taste buds will never be the same. You’ll thank me later. 479 King St.
Early Bird Diner: Locals know the Early Bird is the best breakfast spot in West Ashley with its reasonably priced comfort food and friendly staff. You’ll be convinced you’re back in Mom’s kitchen with this home-style cooking and easygoing atmosphere. A little birdie told me the pancakes are to die for. 1644 Savannah Highway
Fat Hen: Known for its French-style Lowcountry cuisine, this Sunday brunch spot is well worth the short trip to Johns Island. The Crème brûlée French toast is quite possibly life-changing. If you’re not in the mood for breakfast food, try the barbecue brisket and mac ‘n cheese sandwich … enough said. 3140 Maybank Highway
Mount Pleasant/Isle of Palms
The Shelter Kitchen + Bar: Offering an outstanding view of Shem Creek, The Shelter is the hottest brunch spot in Mount Pleasant. The full bar and fun atmosphere allows you to enjoy yourself while trying some of Charleston’s best dishes. Grab one of the best bloody Mary’s you’ll ever have and prepare to show off your cornhole skills on the outside deck. 202 Coleman Blvd.
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen: My favorite brunch spot in Charleston by far, Acme is a triple threat with a great location, incredible food and outdoor seating. Located right off the Atlantic Ocean on the Isle of Palms, you’ll be able to hit the beach after enjoying fresh local shrimp paired with homemade grits – a Southern favorite. Locals like to keep this hidden gem a secret – oops! 31 JC Long Blvd.