Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, at least it is in my world. And few people know how to make a big hearty breakfast better than Southerners, especially those in Charleston, South Carolina. My love affair for this city started fifteen years ago when I first moved there as a college freshman. This once hidden gem of a city is now a full fledged international destination for it's unique architecture, Lowcountry culture, glistening beaches, and insanely delicious cuisine. Charleston is no doubt a foodie mecca, and you probably don't have the time or the patience to read about everything I reccommend here, so instead let's focus on starting our day off on the right foot. And don't worry, if your idea of breakfast is more coffee-based, I've got you covered too.
I could stop right here. This is, after all, my very favorite breakfast. But I will offer up an awesome list of alternatives in the event that the wait at Hominy Grill is beyond your patience threshold. Let it be known, however, that the wait is well worth it. This place has it all as far as I'm concerned : 1. a delicious bloody mary (with pickled okra garnish - a must) 2. amazing home made biscuits 3. huevos rancheros (or the big nasty biscuit pictured above). Check, check, check and check.
On the weekends High Cotton offers a delicious brunch including Lowcoutry staples like shrimp and grits, and is accompanied by live music.
Old Village Post House Inn
I love this picturesque little neighborhood located in Mount Pleasant. The Old Village Pose House Inn and Restaurant is right in the heart this little community, which offers a beautiful historical Charleston experience. They offer a delicious weekend brunch, so the perfect excuse for a little exploration outside of downtown.
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
If you haven't already figured it out, I love biscuits, and this place is pretty much as good as it gets. Get the pimento cheese sandwich...TRUST. And if you can't make it to Charleston, they also ship biscuits nationwide. (!!!!!)
Lost Dog Cafe, Folly Beach
You can't visit Charleston without taking advantage of their beautiful beaches. If you're headed to Folly Beach for the day, make sure to stop by Lost Dog Cafe for a bite to eat. Although they are praised for their bagel sandwiches (lox anyone?) they have a full breakfast menu. And this probably goes without saying, they are very dog friendly.
Co-owned by Bill Murray, it's fitting that the Charleston Post and Courier has described the food as "quirky". That being said, this place is seriously cool, and their weekend brunch menu is definitely something to experience.
Rutledge Cab Co.
Located about as far north on Rutledge as you can go, it's off the beaten path, but a welcome addition to this emerging neighborhood. Rutledge Cab Co. serves upscale comfort food, and does it well! (And also randomly co-owned by Bill Murray..)
Black Tap Coffee
I was excited to see that the once home of Bubba Slye's Deli was transformed into this cool little coffee spot. I might be biased, since I used to live right down the street, but this place just has good vibes. And the coffee's good too!
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer
Like I said, if you're idea of breakfast is a quality cup of coffee, Charleston has plenty of local spots to satisfy, and this is one of them! I love the coffee, my husband loves the beers. There's something for everyone, it's a win, win.
And last but certainly not least, if you're a Sean Brock / Anthony Bourdain fan...check out this clip from Parts Unknown and visit the Waffle House in Charleston sometime. Bon Appétit!