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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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1. Jackrabbit Filly

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4628 Spruill Ave #101
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 460-0037
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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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2. The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

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4438 Spruill Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 745-9189
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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.

3. Butcher & Bee

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1085 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 619-0202
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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.

4. Edmund's Oast

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1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145
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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.

5. Grace & Grit

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320 Wingo Way #100
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 698-4748
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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.

6. The Park Cafe

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730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 410-1070
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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.

7. Big Bad Breakfast-Charleston

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456 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 459-1800
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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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8. Daps Breakfast & Imbibe

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280 Ashley Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 718-1098
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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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9. Chez Nous

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6 Payne Ct
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 579-3060
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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.

10. Nico | Oysters + Seafood

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201 Coleman Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 352-7969
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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.

11. The Darling Oyster Bar

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513 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-0821
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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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12. Basic Kitchen

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82 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-4568
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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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13. Marina Variety Store Restaurant

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9 Lockwood Dr
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-6325
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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.

14. Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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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.

15. The Obstinate Daughter

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2063 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
(843) 416-5020
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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.

16. Baguette Magic

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792 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 471-5941
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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.

17. Tattooed Moose, Johns Island

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3328 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 952-7591
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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.

18. Black Magic Cafe

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1130 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 576-4868
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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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1. Jackrabbit Filly

4628 Spruill Ave #101, North Charleston, SC 29405
Jackrabbit Filly/Facebook

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.

4628 Spruill Ave #101
North Charleston, SC 29405

2. The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

4438 Spruill Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

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.

4438 Spruill Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

3. Butcher & Bee

1085 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

1085 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Edmund's Oast

1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Grace & Grit

320 Wingo Way #100, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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.

320 Wingo Way #100
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

6. The Park Cafe

730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Big Bad Breakfast-Charleston

456 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Leslie Ryann McKellar

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.

456 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Daps Breakfast & Imbibe

280 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Erin Perkins/Eater Charleston

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.

280 Ashley Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Chez Nous

6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403

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.

6 Payne Ct
Charleston, SC 29403

10. Nico | Oysters + Seafood

201 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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.

201 Coleman Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

11. The Darling Oyster Bar

513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The Darling/Official

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.

513 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

12. Basic Kitchen

82 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Basic Kitchen
Basic Kitchen
Leslie Ryann McKellar

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.

82 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

13. Marina Variety Store Restaurant

9 Lockwood Dr, Charleston, SC 29401

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.

9 Lockwood Dr
Charleston, SC 29401

14. Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

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.

76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

15. The Obstinate Daughter

2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482

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.

2063 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482

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16. Baguette Magic

792 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

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.

792 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

17. Tattooed Moose, Johns Island

3328 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

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.

3328 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455

18. Black Magic Cafe

1130 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

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.

1130 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

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