Brunch in Charleston

We had two glorious brunches during our honeymoon in Charleston, South Carolina. The quintessentially gorgeous southern town showered us with its legendary hospitality every meal that we enjoyed in the Holy City, but the brunches were truly special. 

The first morning of our honeymoon we walked from our great hotel, the Ansonborough Inn, to Toast! based on reviews from Urban Spoon. 

Toast! serves a classic Southern brunch every day of the week, including unlimited mimosas (yes, you read that correctly) on a Monday morning. We split a double order of the Eggs Meeting Street and added on a couple of extra pounds sides (hello extra bacon, made-from-scratch biscuits, and skillet potatoes) to make sure we had plenty to share. That we did. 

The Eggs Meeting Street as a delicious, unique taste of Charleston. The dish consists of “a fried green tomato topped with a crab cake, poached egg and Lowcountry remoulade sauce, served with biscuit and home fries or grits”, according to the menu.

I think I could have fried green tomatoes and crab cakes every single day for the rest of my life and never tire of them. The creamy remoulade sauce was the perfect finishing touch to all of the salty flavors. 

The waitress was beyond friendly and wrote down a list of places for us to see when she learned it was our honeymoon. She then told her manager who gave us our food for half price! 

On the last morning of our honeymoon, we had brunch at another “must try” in Charleston: the James Beard award-winner Hominy Grill. Hominy Grill is a laid-back, quaint restaurant set in an old Charleston house. The decor is white and simple and in great taste, not too themey or kitschy. Better than the ambiance, though, was the legitimately fantastic fare. As the restaurant’s website puts it “this is the food we wished our grandmothers could cook.” Hominy Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a weekend brunch. 

I sipped mimosas and had the best shrimp and grits of my life. The dish is served with sauteed shrimp, scallions, mushrooms, and thick-cut bacon over flavorful but simple cheese grits. 

My groom tried the Mexican coffee, laced with brandy and liquor. He ordered the “Big Nasty,” which is a made-from-scratch “mile high” biscuit loaded with cheddar cheese, fried chicken and sausage gravy. Every component of that biscuit was exactly spot-on and unpretentious. 

Our first and last meals in Charleston were my precious brunches and I was beyond pleased with the city’s offerings in the weekday breakfast department! 

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