If you've made your way through the essential brunch restaurants in Charleston and still yearn for another mimosa in a different setting, we present this list of the new spots servicing the early crowds. To be on the Brunch Heatmap, these establishments must be less than a year old (with some consideration for those barely over the mark or changes in the kitchen).Read More
12 Newest Brunch Spots in Charleston, September 2023
Brunch in the Lowcountry includes acai bowls, breakfast burritos, and plenty of bagels
Millers All Day - James Island
Fans of brunch fun spot Millers All Day should take notice — you no longer need to fight the downtown crowds for a chance to order the hot honey chicken doughnut, shrimp and grits, or a lobster roll, because there’s a second location on James Island now. Go hard with breakfast shooters — try the tequila-based, French-toast-flavored one.
La Bonne Franquette
Charming French restaurant La Bonne Franquette offers the classics like salmon Benedict, croque monsieur, quiches, and plenty of bubbles for brunch. Sit on the sunny patio if its not too hot outside.
Filipino restaurant Kultura now has permanent residence in the former Baguette Magic space on Spring Street. This has given chef Nikko Cagalanan a chance to experiment with brunch on Sundays. The menu includes ube lattes, guava “Pop-Tarts,” egg sandwiches with pork belly adobo, and pancit with local lump crab.
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Sunny spot Island Provisions serves breakfast and lunch, so technically it isn’t a brunch spot. However, you could definitely believe it’s brunch if you order a few glasses of bubbly to go with your salmon toast with chive cream cheese or a slice of quiche with a side salad.
2022 James Beard semifinalist Orlando Pagán, of tasting menu spot Wild Common, created the breakfast and lunch menu for Alcove Market with health and well-being in mind, so go here if you want a brunch on the lighter side, like a rainbow quinoa bowl or crispy falafel sandwich. Though, there is a fried chicken sandwich with bacon jam on the menu, for those who might need a bit of heft to start their day.
Party bar Palace Hotel now offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu has fun morning items like cinnamon roll waffles, bananas foster French toast, and a breakfast hot dog with scrambled eggs and maple syrup.
If your only requirements for brunch are a giant egg sandwich to soak up a hangover or a breakfast burrito to take to the beach, then George Street stop Legend Deli has your back. The creative sandwich shop offers bagel sandwiches all day long, every day, and the burritos are stuffed full of egg, cheese, grilled onions, and hash browns.
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European cafe Azur serves hearty brunch items like the Azur burger (beef burgundy, tomato, and Emmental cheese on a croissant bun) and lighter plates, like the shrimp salad on avocado toast. There’s plenty of quiches, frittatas, and mimosas to go around too.
Have brunch on the rooftop terrace at the Habit. Take in views of the harbor with a mimosa and a breakfast sandwich, shakshuka, or hash browns and caviar.
Brasserie La Banque
Broad Street restaurant Brasserie La Banque now serves a brunch full of French classics. Look for croque madame, French toast with fresh berries, an expertly prepared omelet, and steak frites in a stunning setting. It feels like a sophisticated way to start the day.
Ruby's New York Style Bagels
Proprietor Kevin Roach set out to make New York-style bagels in Mount Pleasant, and many people (including NYC transplants) are saying he succeeded with the opening of Ruby’s Bagels. The doughy creations are kettle boiled and baked for an exterior with a snap and a chewy inside. Find over a dozen varieties, including a bloody mary bagel, plus housemade cream cheeses.
New Mount Pleasant addition Spread Bagelry offers wood-fired Montreal-style bagels, which are thinner than the New York style and with a larger hole. There’s plenty of choices of bagels and spreads, but the stacked sandwiches are the way to go for a really filling meal — the melted pimento cheese with bacon and tomato is a standout star.