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The 7 Best Brunch Spots in Charleston
Busy day of sightseeing ahead? Start it off right with a yummy Southern brunch, Charleston style.
Brunch at The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits is served Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.(Courtesy of The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits)
Rule No. 1 before a full day of Charleston, South Carolina, museum hopping, boutique browsing, historic house visiting or beach-going: Fuel up. Fortunately in this food-centric city, there are plenty of delicious options for enjoying a weekend brunch. Take caution, however, because the art of mixing a bloody mary in the South is serious business. Brunch is also a terrific way to sample low country fare from some of the city’s celebrated chefs at a lower price point than you might find at dinner. U.S. News talked to local experts for their top brunch recommendations.
Halls Chophouse's Sunday Gospel Brunch
Halls Chophouse(Courtesy of Halls Chophouse)
Make reservations early (i.e., when you first book your trip) because as soon as the word “brunch” was mentioned, every concierge U.S. News spoke with offered Halls Chophouse's Sunday Gospel Brunch as their top recommendation. The soulful live music from an array of performers, including gospel stalwarts The Plantation Singers, is just part of the appeal.
“Halls has an excellent menu, and is known for their impeccable service, VIP treatment and true Southern hospitality,” says Jess Segall, front office supervisor at the HarbourView Inn.
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The gospel brunch is served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with music until 3 p.m.
If jazz is more your style, High Cotton, a sister restaurant to Halls, also serves up live music during its popular weekend brunch. A tony spot on East Bay Street, High Cotton offers a brunch menu featuring decadent Charleston she-crab soup and fried oysters Florentine, among other standards. Waterfront Park is just a block away, so you can walk off some of that indulgence.
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cannon Green(Andrew Cebulka)
Venture up to Spring Street to see where the new creative energy in Charleston is blossoming amid galleries, designer studios, restaurants and bakeries, with Cannon Green leading the way. Boasting one of Charleston’s most unique interiors (the airy contemporary dining room is built around a restored Charleston single house facade) and one of its most charming courtyards, Cannon Green is a delight for the senses and taste buds. Brunch, often accompanied by a DJ, showcases executive chef Amalia Scatena’s fare, ranging from the decadent French toast custard to the healthy Power Bowl, with steel-cut oats, coconut milk, chia seeds, berries and almonds.
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Brunch is served Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Grocery(Andrew Cebulka)
The Grocery, just off Upper King Street, offers an excellent sense of why Charleston’s local food scene is noteworthy – and has a stellar brunch, according to Elliott Wright, assistant innkeeper and concierge at the Wentworth Mansion. Executive chef and owner Kevin Johnson’s brunch menu highlights local meats and his house-made charcuterie. Order the Hangtown Fry, an entree that stars the house-made bacon, for a taste. The beverage menu also is sure to please. Try the Death by Mimosa or the charred tomato bloody mary.
The Grocery serves brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Macintosh(Andrew Cebulka Photography)
Just a few blocks away, The Macintosh has emerged as a steady favorite where you can have a “definite Southern culinary brunch experience,” says Richard Burton, head concierge at the Belmond Charleston Place. This is the go-to place for a bacon bloody mary, and beware the Mac Attack, an entree of pork belly, bone marrow bread pudding, hollandaise and a poached egg. Afterward, a nap will be in order.
The Macintosh's brunch hours are Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits
The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits(Courtesy of The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits)
If you’re looking for sunshine and unbeatable rooftop views with your huevos, brunch at The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits, located on the top floor of The Restoration, is a sure way to elevate your morning meal.
“The shrimp and grits made with fresh local shrimp is fantastic, and it’s a bit less expensive than some other brunch spots in town,” says Devon Brusseau, concierge at the hotel.
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Brunch is served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Obstinate Daughter
To beat traffic and snag good parking, getting out to the beach early is always a good idea, and beginning your beach day with a hearty brunch at The Obstinate Daughter is even better. The popular Sullivan’s Island eatery highlights seasonal vegetables in its frittata, and local berries top its sorghum waffle.
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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