Breakfast/Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in Charleston and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Charleston's Café thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Hominy Grill, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast/Brunch.

10 Poogan's Porch
Serving authentic Lowcountry cuisine for over 25 years, this 'Old Charleston' style restaurant is a clear favorite of the Holy City's permanent residents and visitors. Enjoy the casual atmosphere, dining either inside or on the patio outside. Specialties range from Cajun-style duck and alligator to Lowcountry faves like she-crab soup and Southern-fried catfish. A traditional Southern brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday, featuring a Shrimp Creole Omelet, Lowcountry Sweet Potato Pancakes and Crab Cake Benedict. (843-577-2337)

9 Hominy Grill
Hominy Grill, at home in a historic 19th century house, features a giant wall mural of waitress "Rosie" serving up a steaming bowl of grits. James Beard Award winning chef Robert Stehling serves up classic southern staples for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, like the Catfish Sandwich, Pecan Crusted Pork Chop, and quite possibly the best Shrimp & Grits in all of Charleston. An addition was completed in summer of 2011 to add a full bar and courtyard, making long waits a little easier. Very popular with locals and visitors alike, be prepared to wait, especially during Sunday brunch hours. (843-937-0930)

8 Sea Biscuit Cafe
Despite its diminutive size, the Sea Biscuit Café has a huge reputation. Crowds gather for hearty weekday breakfasts and satisfying midday lunches, and weekend brunches are even more popular. Breakfast dishes are just fantastic, from Southern shrimp with gravy and biscuits to omelettes filled with crab or veggies, and pancakes to eggs Benedict. There's usually a wait, but things move fast enough a table shouldn't take too long to open up. (843-886-4079)

7 Charleston's Café
Enjoy a true Lowcountry breakfast at this cozy restaurant, formerly the Bookstore Café. You can order three-egg omelets prepared several ways, or classic shrimp and grits with eggs. Soups and salads, accompanied by homemade beer bread are served at lunch. (843-856-7796)

6 Fat Hen
While only open for breakfast during Sunday brunch hours, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Fat Hen is widely known on John's Island and in the surrounding lowcountry for its casual feel yet creative menu. Fat Hen is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of chef Fred and Joan Neuville, and serves up classic French fare with a lowcountry comfort food feel. For a hearty brunch, try the Creme Brulee French Toast, served with Grand Marnier strawberries, Country Fried Steak with bacon cheese grits and collard greens, or Charleston classic Shrimp & Grits. (843-559-9090)

5 Blossom
Blossom is sister restaurant to Magnolia's, located just next door, and Cypress, just further down the block on East Bay Street. House specialties include homemade pizzas, pastas and risottos. If the weather permitting, dine al fresco on the beautifully landscaped private courtyard patio.Sunday brunch is popular, with options such as crawfish and shrimp etouffee, honey-pumpkin stuffed French toast, a grilled salmon-fried egg sandwich, pulled pork hash, and a sausage and shrimp omelette. Great American and Seafood dishes in a and upscale yet inviting atmosphere. (843-722-9200)

4 Cafe Cafe
A wonderful choice for breakfast or lunch, Café Café serves tasty homemade soups and sandwiches, and tempting desserts. The convenient location makes it popular with locals as well as tourists, and the prices are quite affordable. Dinner on weekends is a little more upscale. (843-723-3622)

3 Tristan
A sleek, urban vibe pervades this top-of-the-line restaurant, where business travelers and local professionals gather to strike deals. Inventive bites — like hickory smoked lamb ribs with dark chocolate barbecue sauce and diver scallops with sautéed asparagus and prosciutto fricassee — and a wine list of 450 labels help make Tristan a destination unto itself for food and wine lovers. Brunch options include a fantastic grilled beef tenderloin with poached eggs and potato cake, shrimp and grits in smoky tomato ragout, and heirloom tomato quiche with herb salad. Top it all off with passion fruit pudding cake with Thai basil ice cream or the chocolate mousse with blackberries and burnt orange caramel. The striking bar is perfect for relaxing with a cocktail or appetizer and a number of private rooms are available for special events. (843-534-2155)

2 Atlanticville Restaurant & Cafe
Exceptional cuisine is the hallmark of this relaxed Sullivan's Island restaurant, and awards rain constantly upon its chef and kitchen. Regional dishes are fashioned from premium, local ingredients — for example, sesame-seared tuna over jasmine rice or cider-brined pork chops over sweet potato mash and collards. Sunday brunch features such dandies as corned beef and sweet potato hash, fried green tomato and lump crab benedict, and grilled salmon scrambler. A great wine list, impeccable service, and a gracious interior solidify the restaurant's reputation. (843-883-9452)

1 Boulevard Diner
Start your day off right with a heaping plate of bacon, eggs and grits at this Mount Pleasant hole-in-the-wall. Prices are hard to beat, and the kitchen's generously sized portions of homestyle eats ensure you won't leave hungry. If you come in the afternoon, dig into the hearty meatloaf or fantastic blue cheese and eggplant sandwich. (843-216-2611)


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Poogan's Porch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Hominy Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Local Specialty, Southern
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Sea Biscuit Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Isle Of Palms
COST: $
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Charleston's Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty, Southern
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: MOUNT PLEASANT
COST: $
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Fat Hen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French, Seafood, Southern
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Johns Island
COST: $$
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Blossom 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Cafe Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Tristan 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$$
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Atlanticville Restaurant & Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Southern
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: SULLIVAN'S ISLAND
COST: $$
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Boulevard Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: MOUNT PLEASANT
COST: $