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18 Essential Spots to Eat Brunch in Charleston

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Who among us has not rolled out of bed late on Saturday or Sunday and texted the one word question to the contact list "brunch?" The breakfast/lunch/mimosa meal isn't supposed to be complicated, so to reduce any and all work behind the decision, here is the recently updated Eater Charleston brunch map.

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Jackrabbit Filly

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Chef Shuai Wang adds Asian touches to brunch at Jackrabbit Filly. Regular menu items include breakfast okonomiyakl, a omu rice bowl, and breakfast banh mi.

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The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

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The Junction Kitchen & Provisions offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday — and it starts at 9:00 a.m. for early risers. While the coffee-rubbed bacon and egg sandwich on a doughnut gets lots of hype, the fish and grits or Mexican hash with cactus-braised pork are worth a try.

Butcher & Bee

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Sunny spot Butcher & Bee is open on Saturday or Sunday for Middle Eastern-influenced plates, Southern comforts, pastries, and scrambles full of local produce. Popular items include the double cheeseburger, a crispy rice bowl with avocado, shakshuka, and whipped feta with fermented honey.

Edmund's Oast

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Diners looking for a super hearty brunch should head to beer hall Edmund’s Oast. Specials range from fried catfish and grits to a chorizo with poblanos and a fried egg — foods guaranteed to soak up any booze still left in your system from the night before.

Grace & Grit

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Like grits? They are obviously the main player at Mount Pleasant restaurant Grace & Grit. Flavors include pimento cheese, truffle, jalapeno cheddar, smoked bacon, coconut cream, and many, many more. There’s also benedicts and biscuits for non-grit people.

The Park Cafe

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The Park Cafe can offer something light, like picture-perfect avocado toast or something a little more substantial like the Park burger with bacon and spicy mayo. The sunny patio is always full of family and friends basking in the sun as they dine on brunch.

Big Bad Breakfast-Charleston

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James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence brought Big Bad Breakfast to Charleston a few years ago, and it has been serving solid examples of Southern and diner cuisine at a brisk pace. There is truly something for everyone on the extensive menu. This restaurant might just have the best flapjacks in town.

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Daps Breakfast & Imbibe

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Daps puts the fun back in brunch. The menu can satisfy anyone from families with young children to hungover hipsters. The menu is full of breakfast items like poutine hash, egg sandwiches, patty melts, Fruity Pebbles pancakes, and plenty of mimosas.

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Chez Nous

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The brunch menu at European bistro Chez Nous changes every week, but the comforting embrace of the dishes from chefs Jill Mathias remain the same. Patrons can usually count on soft boiled eggs with tartine du jour or fromage blanc with honey and granola on the list of offerings.

Nico | Oysters + Seafood

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French-influenced seafood restaurant Nico offers a wealth of choices for brunch. Guests can choose from a croque madam croissant to a steak and eggs tartine to a lobster roll to a duck crepe with bechamel.

The Darling Oyster Bar

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The Darling Oyster Bar offers an Instagram-worthy afternoon with a crazy bloody Mary topped with a giant crab claw garnish. Ballers can go for the seafood frittata with lobster, while those with a hangover may appreciate the fried chicken biscuit.

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Basic Kitchen

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Bright and airy restaurant Basic Kitchen offers a veg-heavy brunch with grain bowls, roasted squash salads, avocado toast, beet margaritas, vegetable burgers, and more.

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Marina Variety Store Restaurant

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Marina Variety Store is basically Denny’s by the sea, but it has the best views of any brunch spot around. Grab a booth by the windows facing the marina and order the shrimp and grits.

There's fresh-shaved ham in the bloody marys here — what other convincing do you need? Visitors come for super Southern dishes like shrimp and grits or a butchers’ omelette with cured meats.

The Obstinate Daughter

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Italian-influenced chef Jacques Larson cooks up some of the best brunch at the beach. Customers come for the bucatini carbonara or the Old Danger pizza with pancetta and a runny farm egg.

Baguette Magic

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Super cute spot Baguette Magic offers carbs on carbs on carbs. Patrons rave about the recovery baguette — a hangover-curing combination of scrambled eggs, bacon, prosciutto, white cheddar, tomato jam, and arugula. For those in search of something sweet, check out the homemade Pop-Tarts or the chocolate croissant.

Tattooed Moose, Johns Island

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Where else can you get a proper garbage plate with meat, cheese, scrambled eggs, and veggies on a bed of duck fat fries smothered in sausage gravy? Stop by Tattooed Moose for greasy spoon food and an optional side of sausage gravy with every dish.

Black Magic Cafe

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Black Magic Cafe likes to say it embodies a “hippie-healthy-naughty vibe,” which is accurate. There’s a little bit of everything here: granola, omelets, sandwiches, salads, coffee, cocktails, and more.

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Jackrabbit Filly

Chef Shuai Wang adds Asian touches to brunch at Jackrabbit Filly. Regular menu items include breakfast okonomiyakl, a omu rice bowl, and breakfast banh mi.

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The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

The Junction Kitchen & Provisions offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday — and it starts at 9:00 a.m. for early risers. While the coffee-rubbed bacon and egg sandwich on a doughnut gets lots of hype, the fish and grits or Mexican hash with cactus-braised pork are worth a try.

Butcher & Bee

Sunny spot Butcher & Bee is open on Saturday or Sunday for Middle Eastern-influenced plates, Southern comforts, pastries, and scrambles full of local produce. Popular items include the double cheeseburger, a crispy rice bowl with avocado, shakshuka, and whipped feta with fermented honey.

Edmund's Oast

Diners looking for a super hearty brunch should head to beer hall Edmund’s Oast. Specials range from fried catfish and grits to a chorizo with poblanos and a fried egg — foods guaranteed to soak up any booze still left in your system from the night before.

Grace & Grit

Like grits? They are obviously the main player at Mount Pleasant restaurant Grace & Grit. Flavors include pimento cheese, truffle, jalapeno cheddar, smoked bacon, coconut cream, and many, many more. There’s also benedicts and biscuits for non-grit people.

The Park Cafe

The Park Cafe can offer something light, like picture-perfect avocado toast or something a little more substantial like the Park burger with bacon and spicy mayo. The sunny patio is always full of family and friends basking in the sun as they dine on brunch.

Big Bad Breakfast-Charleston

James Beard Award-winning chef John Currence brought Big Bad Breakfast to Charleston a few years ago, and it has been serving solid examples of Southern and diner cuisine at a brisk pace. There is truly something for everyone on the extensive menu. This restaurant might just have the best flapjacks in town.

Leslie Ryann McKellar

Daps Breakfast & Imbibe

Daps puts the fun back in brunch. The menu can satisfy anyone from families with young children to hungover hipsters. The menu is full of breakfast items like poutine hash, egg sandwiches, patty melts, Fruity Pebbles pancakes, and plenty of mimosas.

Erin Perkins/Eater Charleston

Chez Nous

The brunch menu at European bistro Chez Nous changes every week, but the comforting embrace of the dishes from chefs Jill Mathias remain the same. Patrons can usually count on soft boiled eggs with tartine du jour or fromage blanc with honey and granola on the list of offerings.

Nico | Oysters + Seafood

French-influenced seafood restaurant Nico offers a wealth of choices for brunch. Guests can choose from a croque madam croissant to a steak and eggs tartine to a lobster roll to a duck crepe with bechamel.

The Darling Oyster Bar

The Darling Oyster Bar offers an Instagram-worthy afternoon with a crazy bloody Mary topped with a giant crab claw garnish. Ballers can go for the seafood frittata with lobster, while those with a hangover may appreciate the fried chicken biscuit.

The Darling/Official

Basic Kitchen

Bright and airy restaurant Basic Kitchen offers a veg-heavy brunch with grain bowls, roasted squash salads, avocado toast, beet margaritas, vegetable burgers, and more.

Basic Kitchen
Basic Kitchen
Leslie Ryann McKellar

Marina Variety Store Restaurant

Marina Variety Store is basically Denny’s by the sea, but it has the best views of any brunch spot around. Grab a booth by the windows facing the marina and order the shrimp and grits.

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There's fresh-shaved ham in the bloody marys here — what other convincing do you need? Visitors come for super Southern dishes like shrimp and grits or a butchers’ omelette with cured meats.

The Obstinate Daughter

Italian-influenced chef Jacques Larson cooks up some of the best brunch at the beach. Customers come for the bucatini carbonara or the Old Danger pizza with pancetta and a runny farm egg.

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Baguette Magic

Super cute spot Baguette Magic offers carbs on carbs on carbs. Patrons rave about the recovery baguette — a hangover-curing combination of scrambled eggs, bacon, prosciutto, white cheddar, tomato jam, and arugula. For those in search of something sweet, check out the homemade Pop-Tarts or the chocolate croissant.

Tattooed Moose, Johns Island

Where else can you get a proper garbage plate with meat, cheese, scrambled eggs, and veggies on a bed of duck fat fries smothered in sausage gravy? Stop by Tattooed Moose for greasy spoon food and an optional side of sausage gravy with every dish.

Black Magic Cafe

Black Magic Cafe likes to say it embodies a “hippie-healthy-naughty vibe,” which is accurate. There’s a little bit of everything here: granola, omelets, sandwiches, salads, coffee, cocktails, and more.

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