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20 Essential Breakfast Sandwiches in Charleston

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Oatmeal and coffee are fine and all, but sometimes you need a super substantial breakfast — perhaps you were out drinking yesterday or skipped dinner the night before, that's when the only answer is the almighty breakfast sandwich.

This daytime delight comes in all forms, but it's usually carb-y, hearty, and dripping with egg — cheese, bacon, and sausage often come along for the ride. From Folly Beach to Sullivan's Island, we've selected a sampling of sandwiches to try around the Lowcountry. All of these choices are offered during the week, so you won't have to wait for brunch to indulge. Many times you can find these specimens after normal breakfast hours, which is good for those of us who like to sleep in.

Presented in geographical order. Didn't see your favorite sandwich? Let us know in the comments, and we'll check them out for our next breakfast sandwich update.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Baguette Magic

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Stop by French-style bakery Baguette Magic for the Recovery Baguette. It's two large eggs, bacon, ham, cheddar, lettuce, and tomato. If you're not in need of recovery, perhaps try the blue cheese, bacon, and arugula version.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

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There's a plethora of biscuit flavors and toppings to choose from at this King Street shop, so just decide how many you can handle — they're all delicious.

Caviar & Bananas

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All day eatery Caviar & Bananas does a brisk breakfast business, and can get you out quick with a lox bagel or healthy egg white and apple sausage sandwich.

Collective Coffee Co.

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Hungry commuters in Mount Pleasant should grab a Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwich from Collective Coffee. The breakfast item will keep you full far past lunchtime. They also serve a cream cheese bagel with house-cured lox if you're eschewing meat that day.

Early Bird Diner

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Go all in at West Ashley's Early Bird Diner and order the Early Burger. This hearty sandwich is a beef patty melt with bacon, egg, and cheddar cheese on Texas toast.

Hominy Grill

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Hominy Grill's fried chicken, sandwiched between flaky biscuits, and drenched with sausage gravy and cheese may no longer be called the "Big Nasty," but it's still the only way we recommend starting the day if you're dealing with a terrible hangover or voracious hunger.

Lost Dog Cafe

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The bagel sandwich choices are classic at Folly Beach's Lost Dog Cafe. Try the egg and cheese (add bacon, ham, or sausage) or the cream cheese and lox, capers, and tomato.

Marina Variety Store Restaurant

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For just $3.50, Marina Variety Store will serve you a "Famous Breakfast Sandwich" with egg and cheese while you stare at the harbor. It's $5.59 if you're looking for a bacon addition.

Mixson Market

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This quaint market features a spicy version of the beloved breakfast sandwich. The menu item is constructed with two fried eggs on toasted ciabatta with Barber's cheddar, arugula and Sriracha mayonnaise (or a balsalmic reduction). It's sure to awaken you and your taste buds.

Queen Street Grocery

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It's your choice at corner store Queen Street Grocery. Choose your bread (croissant, bagel, toast) meats, eggs, and cheese. The turkey on croissant with bacon and goat cheese is a favorite.

Artisan Meat Share

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Artisan Meat Share doesn't open until 11 a.m. during the week, but if you can wait, the breakfast sandwich there is a masterpiece of fried egg, sausage, "government cheese," bacon mayo, watercress, and a sesame bun.

Kitchen 208

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One of the few breakfast choices on Lower King, Kitchen 208 offers a wealth of sandwich options. The Colonial has maple sausage, while the Cobblestone boasts candied bacon.

The Daily

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Stop by The Daily for Stumptown coffee, a sausage biscuit, avocado toast, or a breakfast pita — perhaps the only breakfast pita in town.

The Park Cafe

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The Park Cafe's fried egg sandwich has a loyal following of breakfast enthusiasts. The avocado, egg, cheddar, and bacon stack makes more appearances on Instagram feeds than Kim Kardashian. And, why not, the natural lighting in the restaurant is perfect for food photos.

Gnome Cafe

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Vegan newcomer Gnome Cafe makes a hearty bagel sandwich with tofu scramble and portobello "bacon." The sunny space also offers a hemp "sausage" biscuit served with pepper jelly.

Mercantile And Mash

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Line up at Mercantile and Mash if you're in need of a fried boudin biscuit or shaved ham and egg on an English muffin. These hearty morning offerings may require a napkin and a nap afterwards.

The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

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Park Circle's Junction Kitchen and Provisions serves an elevated breakfast menu all day (Tuesday - Sunday), so you can sleep in and still order a bacon, egg, and Swiss sandwich for $4.75.

Vintage Coffee Cafe

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Quaint stop Vintage Coffee Cafe offers a farm egg sandwich with scrambled egg, cheddar, and tomato. The restaurant also boasts a toast bar.

North Central Deli

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Huger Street newcomer North Central Deli has a reputation amongst New York/New Jersey expats as the most authentic northern-style deli in Charleston. In the mornings, order a Taylor pork roll with American cheese and scrambled egg for $5.50.

The CO-OP

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Sunny spot The Co-Op serves hearty egg sandwiches just steps away from the beach. Try the Meat Lover's version with two fried eggs, bacon, and cheddar, served on a kaiser roll.

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Baguette Magic

Stop by French-style bakery Baguette Magic for the Recovery Baguette. It's two large eggs, bacon, ham, cheddar, lettuce, and tomato. If you're not in need of recovery, perhaps try the blue cheese, bacon, and arugula version.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

There's a plethora of biscuit flavors and toppings to choose from at this King Street shop, so just decide how many you can handle — they're all delicious.

Caviar & Bananas

All day eatery Caviar & Bananas does a brisk breakfast business, and can get you out quick with a lox bagel or healthy egg white and apple sausage sandwich.

Collective Coffee Co.

Hungry commuters in Mount Pleasant should grab a Taylor ham, egg, and cheese sandwich from Collective Coffee. The breakfast item will keep you full far past lunchtime. They also serve a cream cheese bagel with house-cured lox if you're eschewing meat that day.

Early Bird Diner

Go all in at West Ashley's Early Bird Diner and order the Early Burger. This hearty sandwich is a beef patty melt with bacon, egg, and cheddar cheese on Texas toast.

Hominy Grill

Hominy Grill's fried chicken, sandwiched between flaky biscuits, and drenched with sausage gravy and cheese may no longer be called the "Big Nasty," but it's still the only way we recommend starting the day if you're dealing with a terrible hangover or voracious hunger.

Lost Dog Cafe

The bagel sandwich choices are classic at Folly Beach's Lost Dog Cafe. Try the egg and cheese (add bacon, ham, or sausage) or the cream cheese and lox, capers, and tomato.

Marina Variety Store Restaurant

For just $3.50, Marina Variety Store will serve you a "Famous Breakfast Sandwich" with egg and cheese while you stare at the harbor. It's $5.59 if you're looking for a bacon addition.

Mixson Market

This quaint market features a spicy version of the beloved breakfast sandwich. The menu item is constructed with two fried eggs on toasted ciabatta with Barber's cheddar, arugula and Sriracha mayonnaise (or a balsalmic reduction). It's sure to awaken you and your taste buds.

Queen Street Grocery

It's your choice at corner store Queen Street Grocery. Choose your bread (croissant, bagel, toast) meats, eggs, and cheese. The turkey on croissant with bacon and goat cheese is a favorite.

Artisan Meat Share

Artisan Meat Share doesn't open until 11 a.m. during the week, but if you can wait, the breakfast sandwich there is a masterpiece of fried egg, sausage, "government cheese," bacon mayo, watercress, and a sesame bun.

Kitchen 208

One of the few breakfast choices on Lower King, Kitchen 208 offers a wealth of sandwich options. The Colonial has maple sausage, while the Cobblestone boasts candied bacon.