The breakfast sandwich is a simplistic concept that leaves room for imagination, and it’s something that is sought after, especially after a late night out on King Street. Before getting to the components, eateries must first decide if a bagel, English muffin, biscuit, or some other type of doughy creation will hold the sandwich together. From there, they attempt to craft the perfect egg-protein-cheese ratio, and several Charleston establishments are upping the ante with specialty ingredients. Some are meant to be savored, while others are fit for a meal on the go--either way, these are the 22 go-to breakfast sandwich destinations in Charleston.Read More
22 Must-Try Breakfast Sandwiches in Charleston
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1. The Junction Kitchen & Provisions
Park Circle’s quirky breakfast destination offers a varied take on some of the dishes we all know and love like their B.E.L.T., which is served on warm sourdough and topped with an over easy egg. Their more classic breakfast sandwich is served with Swiss cheese, and patrons can choose from a variety of meats like ham or vegan shiitake “bacon.”
2. Mixson Market
This quaint market features a spicy version of the beloved breakfast sandwich. The menu item is constructed with two fried eggs on toasted ciabatta with Barber’s cheddar, arugula, and Sriracha mayonnaise (or a balsalmic reduction). It’s sure to awaken you and your taste buds.
3. The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery
With an aesthetically pleasing interior filled with the aroma of fresh baked goods and coffee, The Harbinger is a great place to start any morning. The kitchen crew — who can be seen working away behind the counter — caters to the vegetarian crowd with their breakfast sandwich, which includes an herb frittata, white cheddar pimento cheese, and house-pickled jalapenos on ciabatta (they also offer gluten free bread).
4. The Park Cafe
The Park Cafe’s fried egg sandwich has a loyal following of breakfast enthusiasts. The avocado, egg, cheddar, and bacon stack makes more appearances on Instagram feeds than Kim Kardashian. And, why not, the natural lighting in the restaurant is perfect for food photos.
Huriyali’s California breakfast sandwich of course has avocado, and vegan diners have the option to substitute turkey bacon for chickpea mash or tempeh. Enjoy out back in the sunlit Huriyali garden.
6. Eastside Bagel
Those craving that classic bagel breakfast sandwich should run not walk to Eastside Bagel where the handhelds come with creative titles like the Urban Sombrero, which is filled with ham, scrambled eggs, and pepperjack cheese. Guests shouldn’t be scared of the words “fried bologna” — it’s the star of the fan-favorite known as the Screen Powers.
7. The Daily
The Daily offers breakfast pitas, tacos, and avocado toast, but don’t miss their breakfast sandwich, which arrives on an English muffin and is filled with smoked onion jam, bacon, and pimento cheese before it’s topped with a fried egg. Enjoy inside or out alongside a macchiato or cold pressed juice.
8. Vicious Biscuit
This new Mount Pleasant eatery offers numerous biscuit creations that arrive open-faced sandwich-style. The counter-serve spot’s namesake, the Vicious, is topped with fried chicken, and other variations arrive filled with anything from a crab cake to house-made bacon jam.
9. Johnny's Hot Dogs
Believe it or not, one of the most filling and affordable egg sandwiches in Mount Pleasant comes from a hot dog stand. Stop by Johnny’s off of Ben Sawyer Boulevard for a sausage egg, and cheese or a Taylor ham, egg, and cheese for under $5.00.
10. Mozzo Deli
This renowned Charleston deli, which has two locations in the area, offers a morning menu featuring omelettes and “create-your-own” two-egg breakfast sandwiches. Patrons can look forward to each stop into Mozzo, as the friendly staff makes everyone feel welcome.
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11. Daps Breakfast & Imbibe
Westside hotspot Daps offers four folded egg sandwiches that arrive on doughy English muffins. Piled high, these sandwiches often require a fork and knife, meaning it’s probably worth it to hunker down with a mimosa on tap. Those after something a little different should try the chickpea, which has a sweet and salty flavor thanks to a creamy sorghum mayonnaise.
12. Vintage Coffee Cafe
Try green eggs and ham—minus the ham—in sandwich form at this cozy Mount Pleasant cafe. Vintage combines two fried eggs, avocado, a roma tomato and pesto inside doughy ciabatta, forming a complex, albeit messy bite.
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13. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
Find a line at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Upper King Street most weekends, as visitors wait for the famous biscuits. Check out the sausage, egg, and pimento cheese for a true taste of the South.
14. Early Bird Diner
This classic West Ashley diner offers patrons the chance to create their own scrambled egg sandwich. The cheese, bread, and topping combinations are vast—they even offer Texas toast.
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15. Tricera Coffee
Tricera Coffee takes its breakfast sandwiches seriously, and it even offers them all day long. Keep it basic with the egg, cheddar and bacon or try a more inventive option like the European, which is topped with brie, prosciutto and arugula pesto.
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16. Marina Variety Store Restaurant
For just $3.50, Marina Variety Store will serve you a “Famous Breakfast Sandwich” with egg and cheese while you stare at the harbor. It’s $5.59 if you’re looking for a bacon addition.
17. Queen Street Grocery
This Queen Street corner store offers a variety of breakfast crepes and sandwiches including the Greek-inspired Queen’s Brekkie Sammie. Country sausage, scrambled eggs, roasted red peppers, and spinach are held together with melted feta cheese and topped with Tzatziki sauce—basically, this sandwich is a breakfast gyro.
18. Millers All Day
Millers All Day has mastered the bacon, egg, and cheese in their lively Lower King Street space that’s highlighted by a glowing sign that reads “Prescriptions” above the bar. Make sure to order a side of hash browns, which are boiled then fried, creating a crispy yet tender bite.
19. THE CO-OP Sullivan's Island
Stop by the Co-Op for a classic fried egg breakfast sandwich on the way to the Sullivan’s Island beach. The market/cafe/deli also offers avocado toast and nitro cold brew on tap.
20. Hen and The Goat
This James Island sandwich shop offers build-your-own breakfast sandwiches to grab on the way to Folly Beach. Choose the bread and meat before adding pimento, cheddar, or one of three other available cheeses.
Breakfast sandwich lovers can find weekend bliss on Folly Road, where former FIG pastry chef Melanie Durant has parked her food truck since 2017. Eggs arrive in fluffy puffs or in between doughy buns, and fillings include anything from pimento pepper jelly to ham and gruyere.
22. Lost Dog Cafe
The bagel sandwich choices are classic at Folly Beach’s Lost Dog Cafe. Try the egg and cheese (add bacon, ham, or sausage) or the cream cheese and lox, capers, and tomato.
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