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The Newest Brunch Spots in Charleston, April 2021

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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).

A number of Charleston restaurants have resumed dine-in service both outdoors and, in some cases, indoors. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

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817 St Andrews Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 751-4001
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Baja restaurant Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is well known for margaritas and shrimp tacos, but now its jumping into the brunch pool. Look for chorizo and potato tacos, huevos divorciados, Mexicali burritos, churro doughnuts, and a Tito’s vodka and passionfruit cocktail served in a coconut.

2. Juan Luis

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464 N Nassau St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 805-9500
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Pitmaster John Lewis brings back his popular New Mexican concept Juan Luis to the Lewis Barbecue backyard. He’s erected a very stylish food truck to serve breakfast tacos, like the Juanito with crispy potatoes, avocado, egg, and cheese, with a chili sauce, or queso in the morning.

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3. Pink Cactus Charleston

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100 A Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 764-9343
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Oaxacan taqueria Pink Cactus recently added breakfast to its repertoire. Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., customers can order chilaquiles, rajas and huevos tacos, pancakes with a flor de jamaica compote, and more. There’s even an option for morning queso. Outdoor seating and takeout offered.

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Pancakes at Pink Cactus
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4. Bodega at Uptown Social

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587 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-1837
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Sports bar Uptown Social came to Charleston through the NYC Best Bars group, so it only makes sense that the team would also want to bring bodega breakfast sandwiches (ubiquitous in New York) to the Lowcountry. The menu includes classics like the egg-and-cheese sandwich, a Southern take with country gravy and sausage, and lunch items like a club sandwich and a house lox on a kaiser roll.

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5. Handy & Hot

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68 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 534-9032
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Award-winning chef/author/television host Vivian Howard brings a new cafe to Charleston. Handy & Hot is an extension of the online bakery that Howard started in Kinston, North Carolina. Look for hand pies, biscuits, shrimp salad, and more. Online ordering is available, as is outdoor seating.

Hot & Handy
Mike Ledford

6. Clerk’s Coffee Company

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181 Church St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 414-1673
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Inside the new Emeline hotel, there’s a bright cafe named Clerks Coffee Company. The daytime space offers Second State coffee drinks, pastries, avocado toast, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and more. Items are available for easy takeout.

Clerk’s
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7. Frannie & The Fox

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181 Church St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 414-1673
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Posh hotel restaurant Frannie & the Fox hosts an Italian-influenced brunch on Sundays with pizzas, cornmeal and buttermilk pancakes, wood-oven baked eggs with tomato, mushroom, and potatoes, and a steak and eggs with taleggio fondue. Sit on the patio if the weather is nice. Book early, because this spot is very popular.

Frannie & the Fox
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8. The Dime

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30 River Landing Dr
Daniel Island, SC 29492
(843) 216-3830
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Brunch with the Daniel Island set at newly opened cafe the Dime. There’s plenty of coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and a little bit of booze for the wine and beer lovers.

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9. Post House

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101 Pitt St
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 203-7678
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Old Village newcomer Post House has earned a lot of buzz for its dinner service, and it recently added brunch. The menu contains items like a vegetable frittata, a bodega-style egg sandwich, crab toast with poached eggs, shakshuka, cinnamon buns, and more.

Post House
Mike Ledford

1. Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

817 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407

Baja restaurant Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is well known for margaritas and shrimp tacos, but now its jumping into the brunch pool. Look for chorizo and potato tacos, huevos divorciados, Mexicali burritos, churro doughnuts, and a Tito’s vodka and passionfruit cocktail served in a coconut.

817 St Andrews Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

2. Juan Luis

464 N Nassau St, Charleston, SC 29403
Erin Perkins/Eater Charleston

Pitmaster John Lewis brings back his popular New Mexican concept Juan Luis to the Lewis Barbecue backyard. He’s erected a very stylish food truck to serve breakfast tacos, like the Juanito with crispy potatoes, avocado, egg, and cheese, with a chili sauce, or queso in the morning.

464 N Nassau St
Charleston, SC 29403

3. Pink Cactus Charleston

100 A Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403
stack of pancakes
Pancakes at Pink Cactus
Provided

Oaxacan taqueria Pink Cactus recently added breakfast to its repertoire. Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., customers can order chilaquiles, rajas and huevos tacos, pancakes with a flor de jamaica compote, and more. There’s even an option for morning queso. Outdoor seating and takeout offered.

100 A Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Bodega at Uptown Social

587 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Bodega/Facebook

Sports bar Uptown Social came to Charleston through the NYC Best Bars group, so it only makes sense that the team would also want to bring bodega breakfast sandwiches (ubiquitous in New York) to the Lowcountry. The menu includes classics like the egg-and-cheese sandwich, a Southern take with country gravy and sausage, and lunch items like a club sandwich and a house lox on a kaiser roll.

587 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Handy & Hot

68 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Hot & Handy
Mike Ledford

Award-winning chef/author/television host Vivian Howard brings a new cafe to Charleston. Handy & Hot is an extension of the online bakery that Howard started in Kinston, North Carolina. Look for hand pies, biscuits, shrimp salad, and more. Online ordering is available, as is outdoor seating.

68 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

6. Clerk’s Coffee Company

181 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401
Clerk’s
Erin Perkins/Eater Carolinas

Inside the new Emeline hotel, there’s a bright cafe named Clerks Coffee Company. The daytime space offers Second State coffee drinks, pastries, avocado toast, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and more. Items are available for easy takeout.

181 Church St
Charleston, SC 29401

7. Frannie & The Fox

181 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401
Frannie & the Fox
Erin Perkins/Eater Carolinas

Posh hotel restaurant Frannie & the Fox hosts an Italian-influenced brunch on Sundays with pizzas, cornmeal and buttermilk pancakes, wood-oven baked eggs with tomato, mushroom, and potatoes, and a steak and eggs with taleggio fondue. Sit on the patio if the weather is nice. Book early, because this spot is very popular.

181 Church St
Charleston, SC 29401

8. The Dime

30 River Landing Dr, Daniel Island, SC 29492
exterior of cafe The Dime/Facebook

Brunch with the Daniel Island set at newly opened cafe the Dime. There’s plenty of coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and a little bit of booze for the wine and beer lovers.

30 River Landing Dr
Daniel Island, SC 29492

9. Post House

101 Pitt St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Post House
Mike Ledford

Old Village newcomer Post House has earned a lot of buzz for its dinner service, and it recently added brunch. The menu contains items like a vegetable frittata, a bodega-style egg sandwich, crab toast with poached eggs, shakshuka, cinnamon buns, and more.

101 Pitt St
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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