Southern: This approachable, budget-friendly West Ashley diner offers the true Southern experience to both locals and visitors to Charleston with a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night hot plates. The Early Bird Diner, living up to its name with late night service til 4am on weekends, is a dependable choice for affordable Southern food in the Charleston area. Look for such Southern menu items as their famous Chicken & Waffles, Fried Pork Chop with Pepper Jelly, Blackened Catfish and Meatloaf to satisfy your comfort food cravings. If you're heading out to Early Bird for weekend brunch, head there early! Lines often form in reflection of the demand for an Early Bird Diner hangover cure!
Late Night: Their name might be a shoutout to the early bird breakfast eaters, but this classic Charleston diner is open late (until 4am on weekends!) to feed and fuel local night owls, too. Walk into The Early Bird Diner, grab a booth or counter seat, and get comfortable--you're going to leave here happy, and most likely, stuffed and satisfied. The Early Bird is best known for those Southern diner favorites such as pancakes, chicken & waffles, biscuits and gravy, and of course, shrimp and grits. Dare to dream beyond the classic items with the daily Early Bird specials, usually a complex and creative take on a standard dish.
Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:
Southern: "Early Bird Diner is famous for its Chicken & Waffles! Get there early to order this classic Southern favorite."
Late Night: "Zone in on the Early Bird daily specials for Southern comfort food goodness!"
Best for Southern Because: Comfortable, unassuming, affordable and filling: simple descriptors of the traditional meal you'll enjoy at the Early Bird.
Best for Late Night Because: Breakfast for dinner? How about breakfast for late night? Early Bird is open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays - thank goodness for that!
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