The 14 Best Places for Brunch in Charleston

For the second year in a row Southern Living Magazine has recognized Charleston as the South's Best City. The lowcountry has seen remarkable growth in many areas the last 10 years, one of the biggest being the food and beverage scene. Whether you are an early riser or a late sleeper, looking to continue the party or have a laid back morning we have compiled a list of our 14 favorite brunch spots all over the Charleston area. 

1. The Shelter Kitchen + Bar

The Shelter Kitchen + Bar is one of Mount Pleasant's favorite brunch hangouts. The Shelter located in the heart of the Shem Creek area is all around a great place to go with the family or a group of friends after a night out. They have a huge selection of indoor and outdoor dining options along with outdoor hangout areas and games. Shelter is open for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9 am - 3 pm, and offers all your traditional breakfast items at affordable prices! 


2. Tavern & Table

If you're looking for Sunday brunch with a view check out Tavern & Table on Shem Creek! It's a fantastic place for brunch this summer. Watch the boats, kayaks and more float by on Shem Creek while you enjoy french toast and pancakes. Check out the Brunch Menu here. 


3. Fat Hen 

Located in the heart of the Johns Island farming community, Fat Hen is owned and operated by nationally acclaimed Chef Fred Neuville and his wife Joan. Serving dinner daily and brunch on Sundays from 10 am - 2:30 pm the Fat Hen offers wonderfully prepared meals with a large variety of local, regional, and national wines and beverages. They have indoor and outdoor seating, so don't forget to try out this great spot for your next brunch trip! 


4. Millers All Day

One of Charlestons trendy new hot spots, Millers All Day opened in the beginning of March and serves breakfast all day (7 am - 7 pm) seven days a week .Originating from an inspiration that all great days start or end with a great breakfast, Millers All Day is run by a team of passionate Southern Chefs. Greg Johnsman co-owner of Millers also owns Geechie Boy Mill located in Edisto Island. Geechie Boy Mill has been producing and supplying small batched grains such as grits, farro, and much more for years to some of the country's most well known restaurants. Millers All Day has a great hipster aesthetic including a lounge area with vinyl records on display and even a Polaroid Picture booth.


5. Lost Dog Cafe

A laid back beach breakfast spot, Lost Dog Cafe on Folly Beach is a long time favorite for the locals and tourists of the greater Charleston area. The owners, a local couple with a love for dogs decided to name their venture and mascot after one of their own furry four legged friends, Hocus a golden retriever known for taking off running whenever the chance arises. Along with being a dog friendly restaurant, and holding a dog wall of fame, Lost Dog Cafe is known to have one of the best Bloody Mary's in the area. Open early each day at 6:30 am and serving a huge breakfast menu all day, Lost Dog Cafe is a must try! 


6. Three Little Birds Cafe

Three Little Birds Cafe is the definition of a cute and casual breakfast spot. The small space with vibrant yellow walls and bright blue painted ceiling offers an extremely laid back vibe to those looking for a casual brunch. Owned by a local couple who understands the struggle on the weekends of getting to breakfast at a decent time, Three Little Birds offers breakfast all day long! They pride themselves on putting a twist on the normal breakfast and lunch offerings always using fresh and local ingredients. Three Little Birds offers a variety of homemade smoothies and fresh squeezed juices! 

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7.  Marina Variety Store

If you are an especially early riser this is the brunch spot for you! The Marina Variety Store & Restaurant is one of the locals favorite breakfast spots, and opens at 6:30 am, 7 days a week. Stop in Marina Variety Store for a simple but delicious stack of pancakes, build your own omelet, or just enjoy a cup of coffee while you soak up the beautiful waterside view. 


8. Bay Street Biergarten

If your looking to keep the party rollin' from Saturday night Bay Street Biergarten is where you and your crew want to hang. Located on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, Bay Street Biergarten is known for having wild themed brunch parties one or two Sundays per month. Backstreet Brunch was held last month and The Backstreet Boys drummer, Jonathan Mookie Morant even made an appearance! Next up is The Taylor Switch Brunch it Off party on April 15th starting at 11 am, tables are first come first serve. 


9. Halls Chophouse

If your looking for a great place to splurge Halls Chophouse is the place to be on a Sunday morning. Every Sunday starting at 10 am Halls Chophouse hosts Sunday Gospel Brunch. Enjoy great food, drinks, and Gospel songs until 3 pm. Halls is a great choice if the family is in town or for a special occasion. 


10. The Park Cafe 

The Park Cafe is one of my personal favorite spots for breakfast any day of the week. If your looking for a thoughtfully prepared, fresh, and healthy meal The Park Cafe in Charleston is where you want to go! They successfully whip up delicious farm to table style meals at affordable prices. 


11. Grace & Grit

Southern soul food with a modern twist, Mount Pleasant's newly opened restaurant Grace & Grit is owned by a local "Charlestonian". Chef and Owner Frank Kline, prefers to use the term "Chef to Table" and has followed his passion to provide the people of his hometown with true southern hospitality, including an authentic environment and food such as in house smoked bacon and of course 14 different flavors of grits! You can even order a flight of grits to go along with a mimosa flight!  


12.  The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

A breakfast sandwich served on a doughnut!? YES, you read correctly a doughnut! The Junction Kitchen & Provisions located in Park Circle in North Charleston is a must go for brunch. If doughnuts are not your thing no worries, The Junction also features brownie pancakes, shrimp and grits, and a daily version of chicken and waffles on there brunch menu. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9 am - 4 pm, breakfast and lunch served Tuesday-Friday 7 am -3 pm. 


13. Angel Oak Restaurant

Did you say $10 bottomless mimosa bar?! Yes, Angel Oak Restaurant is a locally owned farm to table restaurant on Johns Island and offers a bottomless mimosa bar for Sunday brunch. With a huge menu and numerous options for the whole family Angel Oak is a great place for great food on a laid back Sunday morning. One of their top menu items, homemade beignets, come dusted in powered sugar and with house-made chocolate or caramel sauce for dipping. YUM!  


14. The Palmetto Cafe

Located in downtown Charleston, The Palmetto Cafe is apart of the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel. This laidback Charleston cafe offers a stunning garden style atmosphere with a large windowed indoor cafe and outdoor courtyard dining. The Palmetto Cafe offers southern Lowcountry style cuisine, serves breakfast daily, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 8 am. 

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