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14 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 brings dim sum to brunch at Jackrabbit Filly. Regular menu items include crab ragoon toast, dumplings, shumai, karaage, and more.

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.

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The dining room at Butcher & Bee.
Robert Donovan

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.

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.

Leslie Ryann McKellar

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.

A dining room with an “Order Here” counter.
Daps is always a good time.
Erin Perkins

Little Line Kitchen & Provisions

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Petite shop Little Line Kitchen & Provisions offers a tight menu of brunch specials on the weekends. There’s always a vegetarian option alongside a meaty selection and usually a chicken biscuit thrown in. Recent specials included a caramel apple French toast and a brunch burger.

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.

European-looking seating.
The romantic dining room at Chez Nous.
Erin Perkins

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.

A dining room with tile floor.
Try a bloody mary topped with a crab claw at the Darling.
The Darling

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.

Basic Kitchen
Basic Kitchen feels light and bright.
Leslie Ryann McKellar

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.

Millers All Day

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Millers All Day excels at the brunch game, because that’s the entire menu — every day and all day. There’s something for everyone, from chicken biscuits to shrimp and grits to waffles.

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.

The Obstinate Daughter interiors take influence from the ocean.
Andrew Cebulka

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.

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Jackrabbit Filly

Chef Shuai Wang brings dim sum to brunch at Jackrabbit Filly. Regular menu items include crab ragoon toast, dumplings, shumai, karaage, and more.

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.

A dining room with yellow chairs.
The dining room at Butcher & Bee.
Robert Donovan

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.

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.

A dining room with an “Order Here” counter.
Daps is always a good time.
Erin Perkins

Little Line Kitchen & Provisions

Petite shop Little Line Kitchen & Provisions offers a tight menu of brunch specials on the weekends. There’s always a vegetarian option alongside a meaty selection and usually a chicken biscuit thrown in. Recent specials included a caramel apple French toast and a brunch burger.

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.

European-looking seating.
The romantic dining room at Chez Nous.
Erin Perkins

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.

A dining room with tile floor.
Try a bloody mary topped with a crab claw at the Darling.
The Darling

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 feels light and bright.
Leslie Ryann McKellar

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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.

Millers All Day

Millers All Day excels at the brunch game, because that’s the entire menu — every day and all day. There’s something for everyone, from chicken biscuits to shrimp and grits to waffles.

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.

The Obstinate Daughter interiors take influence from the ocean.
Andrew Cebulka

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.

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