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Bananas Foster French toast at Ruby Sunshine in Avondale.
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9 Newest Brunch Spots in Charleston, January 2023

From bananas Foster French toast to fresh bagels

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Bananas Foster French toast at Ruby Sunshine in Avondale.
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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).

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Ruby's New York Style Bagels, LLC

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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.

Owners of neighborhood restaurant Vern’s, Dano and Bethany Heinze, wanted customers to know that brunch is not an afterthought, so they started the weekend service as soon as they opened. Look for vegetable-heavy menu items, omelets, and sandwiches from the mind of a master chef.

A small chalkboard over a fireplace.
The dining room at Vern’s.
Mike Ledford

King Street restaurant Indaco now offers a hearty brunch items reflective of the rustic Italian items the establishment is known for. Look for burrata toast with prosciutto, ricotta toast with seasonal jam, and Eggs in Purgatory with spicy tomato sauce.

Baguette Magic

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Get brunch to go from the downtown location of Baguette Magic. Through the miracle of online ordering, an iced coffee, strawberry “Pop-Tart,” and scrambled egg plate can all be yours in a matter of minutes.

Holey City Bagels

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Can a bagel be considered brunch? It can cure a hangover, so maybe? Holey City Bagels has drawn crowds in Cannonborough/Elliotborough since it unlocked the doors. Grab a bacon, egg, and cheese on a fresh-boiled bagel with a cup of coffee and feel better.

Bodega CHS

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Bodega is the permanent outpost of the former Bodega pop-up at Uptown Social. The interiors have many nods to New York culture with subway tiles and a “Post No Bills” wall with graffiti. The menu offers items that can be eaten on the go, like the classic bacon, egg, and cheese on a hard roll or a giant breakfast burrito. Though you can also have a seat and try the extensive coffee menu and a full bar for those in need of a bloody mary. 

Bright murals cover the walls at Bodega.
The dining room at Bodega.
Mike Ledford

Ruby Sunshine

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New Orleans chain Ruby Sunshine is now open in Avondale with a big, big brunch menu. All the categories are there: biscuits, Benedicts, omelets, French toasts, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and everything in between.

Millers All Day - James Island

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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.

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The Longboard

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Sullivan’s Island spot the Longboard reworked its brunch offerings and now offers a bigger selection of comforting breakfast-y items. Look for the wood-grilled avocado bowl with crispy smashed potatoes and tomatillo salsa or the smoke fish toast with trout roe. On the sweeter side, there’s the banana waffle with whipped ricotta, pineapple lime curd, and tamarind sorghum syrup.

The Longboard
Mike Ledford

Ruby's New York Style Bagels, LLC

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.

Vern's

Owners of neighborhood restaurant Vern’s, Dano and Bethany Heinze, wanted customers to know that brunch is not an afterthought, so they started the weekend service as soon as they opened. Look for vegetable-heavy menu items, omelets, and sandwiches from the mind of a master chef.

A small chalkboard over a fireplace.
The dining room at Vern’s.
Mike Ledford

Indaco

King Street restaurant Indaco now offers a hearty brunch items reflective of the rustic Italian items the establishment is known for. Look for burrata toast with prosciutto, ricotta toast with seasonal jam, and Eggs in Purgatory with spicy tomato sauce.

Baguette Magic

Get brunch to go from the downtown location of Baguette Magic. Through the miracle of online ordering, an iced coffee, strawberry “Pop-Tart,” and scrambled egg plate can all be yours in a matter of minutes.

Holey City Bagels

Can a bagel be considered brunch? It can cure a hangover, so maybe? Holey City Bagels has drawn crowds in Cannonborough/Elliotborough since it unlocked the doors. Grab a bacon, egg, and cheese on a fresh-boiled bagel with a cup of coffee and feel better.

Bodega CHS

Bodega is the permanent outpost of the former Bodega pop-up at Uptown Social. The interiors have many nods to New York culture with subway tiles and a “Post No Bills” wall with graffiti. The menu offers items that can be eaten on the go, like the classic bacon, egg, and cheese on a hard roll or a giant breakfast burrito. Though you can also have a seat and try the extensive coffee menu and a full bar for those in need of a bloody mary. 

Bright murals cover the walls at Bodega.
The dining room at Bodega.
Mike Ledford

Ruby Sunshine

New Orleans chain Ruby Sunshine is now open in Avondale with a big, big brunch menu. All the categories are there: biscuits, Benedicts, omelets, French toasts, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and everything in between.

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.

The Partum Company

The Longboard

Sullivan’s Island spot the Longboard reworked its brunch offerings and now offers a bigger selection of comforting breakfast-y items. Look for the wood-grilled avocado bowl with crispy smashed potatoes and tomatillo salsa or the smoke fish toast with trout roe. On the sweeter side, there’s the banana waffle with whipped ricotta, pineapple lime curd, and tamarind sorghum syrup.

The Longboard
Mike Ledford

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