Let’s be honest: The Holy City has far more than six great brunch restaurants. Whether you live downtown or in West Ashley, Mount Pleasant or on James Island, delicious brunch eateries abound throughout our top culinary town. Even so, we have a steady six that we visit often and recommend to friends and family when they come to town. Read on for our short list of best brunches in Charleston (as well as why we love them), and let us know which eatery is your favorite in town!
Fat Hen (SOUTHERN / JOHNS ISLAND). In the mood for a satisfying Southern brunch? Here’s your spot. With a menu starring chicken and biscuits, country fried steak, and shrimp and grits, you’ll know you’re in the South when you take a seat at this popular Johns Island establishment. (Their traditional French dishes like pommes frites and crème brûlée French toast are fantastic as well.) Situated on Maybank Highway, we often stop here on our way out to Kiawah.
The Obstinate Daughter (UPSCALE / SULLIVANS ISLAND). Situated on Sullivan’s Island, The Obstinate Daughter is our favorite place to celebrate a special occasion; in fact, we often land here when toasting to a friend’s birthday before hitting the beach. The OD is known for fresh-as-it-gets produce (the local lettuces salad and peach and prosciutto small plate are phenomenal) and flavor-packed pizzas and pastas—not to mention its handsome coastal interiors. Make a reservation! They fill up fast.
Gnome Cafe (VEGAN / DOWNTOWN). Satisfy your cravings for sweet (think cinnamon pancakes and cinnamon buns) or savory (like a breakfast burrito, Southern grit bowl, or mushroom “B”LT) all while sticking to a plant-based diet at this light and bright vegan cafe. With delicious plant-based renditions of dishes like mac and cheese and cheddar biscuits, omnivores won’t even miss the meat or dairy.
Millers All Day (TRENDY / DOWNTOWN) One of the liveliest places to brunch in town is tucked on lower King—just slightly north of Broad. Millers All Day serves delicious Southern brunch fare and is nearly always packed with patrons. Sections of note on the menu include the biscuit list (they have sweet and savory options galore; our favorite is the ham biscuit with country ham, fig jam, and havarti) and the bloody Marys (the verde is super fresh, featuring tomatillo, cilantro, jalapeno, lime, and tequila). Don’t leave without snapping some pics in the photo booth!
The Park Cafe (CAFE-STYLE / DOWNTOWN). This Hampton Park eatery is beloved by many. It’s dog friendly outdoors, light and airy indoors, and delivers fresh, straight-forward fare and friendly service. Though we have a hard time straying from the egg sandwich (it’s our favorite in town!), it’s certainly worth exploring all corners of the menu (don’t overlook the creamy kale toast), and their specials always make in-season local ingredients shine.
Lost Dog Cafe (FAMILY-FRIENDLY / FOLLY BEACH). Perhaps the best place to fuel up before a beach day on Folly is this always-busy breakfast and brunch spot. As their website says: “Lost Dog Cafe is to Folly as a biscuit is to gravy.” You’ll find just that—biscuits and sausage gravy—on their Southern-inspired menu, plus daily quiches, satisfying egg benedicts, and coastal favorites like She Crab soup.