Millers All Day pushed its doors open this past Saturday to a crowd of Charleston brunch-goers. Read up on the highly anticipated Lower King destination before stopping in.
Step inside to a clean, modern atmosphere with a walk-up coffee bar to the right. Grab a nitro cold brew or a coffee roasted especially for Millers by Springbok Coffee Roasters, who also serves up a blend for Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer. The group plans to set up a seating area for patrons looking to grab a strawberry cream scone, post up, and get some work done.
The Mill at the Heart of Millers All Day
Eater spoke with co-owner Greg Johnsman, who also operates Geechie Boy Mill in Edisto Island, South Carolina. Johnsman’s family purchased their mill from sea island farming legend Raymond L. Tumbleston, who was known locally as the “Geechie Boy.” They kept the name as a nod to Tumbleston’s 40 years of service to the state farming community.
Johnsman mills corn into grits and cornmeal and ships them around the country — fine dining establishments like Husk and FIG are among his many customers. He explained that Millers All Day is just one of a couple concepts that he and his partner Nathan Thurston discussed.
Brunch All Day
The group wanted to bring Charleston’s favorite meal to patrons all day. Grits are, not surprisingly, a highlighted menu item, as the Guinea Flint variety served with shrimp and a cornbread crumble to make up the signature Lowcountry dish. Millers also offers a daily grit — this past weekend, it was decked out with collard greens and cauliflower.
Find three varieties of bloody marys at Millers, one of which is filled with Cannon Distillery grit vodka and roasted corn. Other libations are creative and often breakfast-themed — like the gin breakfast martini or yogurt daquiri. For tea-lovers, the Chai Greyhound is a funky combination of chai vodka, grapefruit, cinnamon, and ginger.
Other Can’t Miss Items
Start the meal off with the buttery biscuits with fried chicken or ham and fig. The bacon, egg, and cheese, and B.E.L.T —a breakfast spin on the BLT — come layered on doughy bread. Fluffy pancakes are made with cornmeal and topped with sweet hickory syrup. For sides, head for the homefries, which are boiled before being fried, creating a crisp, yet tender bite.
Hours of Happiness
Stop in from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily for happy hour, which features wine, mimosas, “brunch punch,” and, of course, Miller High Life. Go big with the patty melt, or snack on the caramel popcorn with peanuts.