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 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)

9 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)

8 Jack's Cafe
Head to Jack's Cafe on the College of Charleston campus for simple, cheap, yet tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch. Jack's is convenient to C of C, just a block off of King Street's shopping district, and close to Marion Square, and many downtown hotels. You'll get your full money's worth for breakfast here, with all the classic Southern favorites a la carte, so that you can mix and match to make your own perfect combo breakfast. Try the grits, eggs your way, made from scratch biscuits and waffles, as well as burgers and sandwiches. ((843) 723-5237)

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 Queen Street Grocery
Tucked into the corner of Queen and Logan streets in the beautiful Harleston Village neighborhood, Queen Street Grocery can be encountered any afternoon full of students or local business men and women on their lunch break, grabbing a quick crepe or deli sandwich. With a few outdoor tables, community style benches and an intricate wall mural, this pit-stop grocery and creperie is the ideal spot for a laid back lunch or small bite in between seeing the Charleston sights or a break from lower King Street shopping. Queen Street Grocery serves up freshly made crepes, sandwiches, wraps, and breakfast/brunch items, all with lowcountry inspired names, at decent deli-style prices. They also keep a small grocery and sundries area stocked, as well as a wide variety of wine and craft beer,so be sure to stop here for picnic supplies on your way to the Battery or Waterfront Park! Queen Street has also been voted best corner store for three years in a row, so you know you're making the right lunch or brunch choice! ((843) 723-4121)

5 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)

4 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)

3 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)

2 Poogan's Porch
Serving authentic Lowcountry cuisine for over 25 years, this Old Charleston restaurant is an easy favorite of the Holy City's who's-who. 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 shrimp Creole omelet, Lowcountry sweet potato pancakes, and crab cake benedict. (843-577-2337)

1 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)


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Cafe Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Boulevard Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: MOUNT PLEASANT
COST: $
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Jack's Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Southern
Neighborhood: Downtown
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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Queen Street Grocery 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Harleston Village
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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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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Fat Hen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French, Seafood, Southern
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Johns Island
COST: $$
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Poogan's Porch 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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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: $$