The mysterious eatery One Broad Street opened its doors last month to a crowd of casual brunchers and Waterfront passersby and has since added dinner service.
The lack of a website or reservations could not be more fitting for the concept being curated by owner Mike Ray and baker Ben Johnson, which is a casual, new-age breakfast/lunch/dinner joint that’s serious about food and drinks.
Walking in, patrons will feel as if this place has been a fixture for years, as diners either line the bar or chatter at the communal tables. The space is located at the corner of Broad and East Bay in the first floor of the former state bank building that recently underwent restoration. On weekends, One Broad Street is a place to either grab a quick coffee from the high-tech espresso machine or saddle up with friends for mimosas and that essential Charleston brunch, which is served until 4 p.m. This South of Broad spot can also make for a casual dinner any night of the week.
The entire restaurant is hip, spacious, and full of sunlight shining through the large windows. The menu has some funkiness showing through with items like the omelet tamagoyaki with kimchi, crispy rice with pickled ginger, and scrapple on a hard roll. Don’t miss the shakshuka in the morning. As expected, the Normandy Farms Artisan Bakery crew is doing their thing with fresh baked bread, bagels, and other delightful pastries available for takeaway. And forget the plain cream cheese — One Broad offers smoked trout and salmon spread instead — also available to-go. Stop in to see what all the Broad street buzz is about from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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