A Local’s Guide to the Best Breakfast in Charleston, SC

A local's guide to the best breakfast in Charleston by BoozingAbroad

Charleston, SC is known for its southern hospitality and that definitely extends to their food scene.

Luckily for us, we have family that lives in Charleston so we know all the best spots for breakfast in Charleston.

Check out our guide on the best breakfast in Charleston to help you narrow down the choices with 100% input from our local family members!

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The Best Breakfast in Charleston

(in no particular order)

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1. Miller’s All Day 

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  • Breakfast Hours: all day (as their name states); specifically Monday-Friday from 8 AM-3 PM; Satuday-Sunday 8 AM – 4PM
  • Reservations: Sorry folks, no dice.
  • Must try dish: crab fried rice bowl

Miller’s All Day believes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (and we can’t argue with that – especially a yummy breakfast in Charleston).

Located on Lower King Street, this downtown brunch spot gets packed fast so get there early or late in the afternoon (peak time is between 10 AM – 12:30 PM). Don’t forget to try one of their Bloody Marys. We suggest the Big Bourbon!

 

2. Poogan’s Porch 

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Photo Credit: Poogan’s IG

  • Breakfast Hours: Everyday from 9 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Reservations: Yes – recommend a reservation for a larger group
  • Must try dish: anything with their buttermilk fried chicken in it – it’s their signature dish

Hidden away on Queen Street in a classic Victorian House, Poogan’s Porch is another good spot for breakfast and brunch in Charleston.

Established in 1976, Poogan’s Porch is one of the oldest independently-owned restaurants in Charleston which means you will find the best of southern charm here.

Wash down your delicious meal with Poogan’s Salty Dog cocktail – vodka, grapefruit, lime, and ginger beer – it makes for a heavenly combination!

3. Grace & Grit 

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Photo Credit: Grace & Grit Facebook

  • Breakfast Hours: Sunday only 10AM – 2PM
  • Reservations: Yes, look for a tab on their website
  • Must try dish: Grit Flight 

A local family-run restaurant, Grace & Grit is in Mount Pleasant right over the bridge so if you are in downtown Charleston, it isn’t hard to get to.  And it’s a great way to kick-start your weekend in Charleston.

Grits are staples in the south and if you haven’t tried them before, this is definitely the spot. With good prices and locally-sourced food, this place offers a coastal homey feel which is only amplified by their home cooking.

Make sure you grab the creative Peanut Brittle Old Fashioned or the Honeysuckle Martini to add to your scrumptious meal.

 

4. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits 

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Photo Credit: Callie’s Facebook

  • Breakfast Hours: 8AM – 1PM everyday, closed Tuesday
  • Reservations: No, since there isn’t really seating. Be prepared to wait in line and eat on the go.
  • Must try dish: Pimento Cheese Biscuit

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits makes the list for best breakfast in Charleston despite the fact that there are only 6 chairs for seating. A family-owned establishment, Callie’s makes handmade biscuits daily to deliver the most amazing breakfast sandwiches.

There are 6 sandwich options (1 is a build-your-own) as well as gluten-free biscuits so all members can enjoy a sandwich! Did you even really go to the South if you didn’t eat a southern biscuit (and have picture proof of it)? 

Since they don’t serve alcohol, we stopped here as a base layer for our self-guided alcohol tour in Charleston. However, the coffee is amazing and a great pick-me-up addition to your sandwich!

 

5. Page’s Okra 

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  • Breakfast Hours:  Served daily during the week until 10:30 AM and brunch on the weekend until 3 PM
  • Reservations: yes, recommended
  • Must try dish: Cinnamon Bun Waffle Breakfast

With over 6,000 Google reviews at the time of writing, you know this place has to be good. Known for their generous portions, Page’s Okra is a solid stop for breakfast in Charleston, especially when you are hungry.

In addition to their scrumptious food selection, Page’s Okra has the #1 voted Bloody Mary in Charleston. Their bar menu focuses on local spirits and craft breweries which makes this a one-stop-shop for all your local food and booze needs!

6. Daps Breakfast & Imbibe 

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  • Breakfast Hours: 8 AM – 3PM
  • Reservations: Nope
  • Must try dish: Fruity Pebble Pancakes

As their name suggests, Daps Breakfast & Imbibe places equal priority on breakfast and booze. Their mission is to be all-inclusive and you will find the breakfast menu does just that. 

With cocktail names like “Pimped out Gucci Suit” and “Catch You on the Flippity Flip”, you are sure to have a great meal in this fun, casual atmosphere. 

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7. The Park Cafe  

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  • Breakfast Hours: 10AM – 3PM
  • Reservations: Negative, Ghost Rider
  • Must try dish: Park Fries

The Park Cafe has taken the Farm-to-Table concept to heart with local ingredients at affordable prices. The simple, yet delicious breakfast menu will have your tastebuds reeling with the yumminess.

This comfortable and homey establishment will have you savoring each bite and makes for a great breakfast in Charleston. 

8. Eli’s Table 

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  • Breakfast Hours: Daily from 9AM – 5PM
  • Reservations: Yes, recommended
  • Must try dish: Beignets OR Fried Green Tomato Napoleon

Eli’s Table has combined southern cuisine with sophisticated worldly flavors in an approachable and classy atmosphere. With locally-sourced ingredients, Eli’s Table takes you on a food mecca of flavors with every bite.

Don’t forget to try one of their unique cocktails such as the European Tour, a martini style drink with St. Germain elderflower liqueur topped with Italian Brut.

9. 132 Spring 

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Photo Credit: 132 Spring Facebook

  • Breakfast Hours: Monday-Friday 8 AM – 3 PM, Saturday 8:30 AM – 3 PM, Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM
  • Reservations: Nope, it’s a cafe
  • Must try dish: Tacos if they are available!

132 Spring is a cozy cafe offering a great cup of coffee and delicious homemade sandwiches and bowls.  Despite its quaint size, their food packs a big punch with excellent presentation and an ever-changing menu.

They are known for their Kusmi Tea and assortment of candies. So while you are browsing the books, be sure to pick up something for later. 

10. Gnome Cafe 

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Photo Credit: Gnome Cafe Facebook

  • Breakfast Hours: 8PM-3PM
  • Reservations: no
  • Must try dish: Southern Grit Bowl

Calling all Vegans and Vegetarians, Gnome Cafe is for you!  This very creative cafe provides great options for breakfast and lunch and even has completely plant-based dishes such as cinnamon pancakes and taco salads.

Located in downtown Charleston, you can find something here for everyone as non-vegans/ vegetarians all have a favorite dish. 

Big Bad Breakfast

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We’ve had the pleasure of going to Big Bad Breakfast twice while venturing out for brunch. Known for their Southern style options, there is no shortage of the classics available here…and in massive portions.

Arguably one of the best pancakes in town, Big Bad Breakfast has such an extensive menu that even the pickiest of eaters could find something to eat. It’s also one of the larger restaurants with loads of seating, so while there is typically a wait, you can sit some larger parties.

No reservations are excepted and breakfast is served daily from 7AM-2:30PM. You can join the waitlist online and enjoy a cocktail or coffee while you wait.

Bonus: Jackrabbit Filly 

Jackrabbit Filly specializes in Chinese cuisine with a twist and is one of the top things to do in North Charleston, SC for food. They have limited hours and a small seating area so either go early or be prepared to wait.

While they are known for their incredible lunches/dinners, on Sundays, they’re unique brunch menu will leave your taste buds wanting more. Their Dim Sum Sunday Brunch menu includes choices such as krab rangoon (with hot honey, everything bagel seasoning, and cornbread) or the buttermilk scallion biscuit (5-spice pork rillette, tiger salad, hoisin).

It’s important to note that Jackrabbit Filly is so popular that the majority of seating is reservation only. You might get lucky walking in, but prepare in advance if you want to get your Dim Sum breakfast on. They are only open for brunch on Sundays from 11AM-2PM.

Overall – Best Breakfast in Charleston

You can’t go wrong with options for breakfast in Charleston as there are so many restaurants to pick from.

We are fortunate to have family living here to give us the best options from the locals. Charleston is a fun city and there is so much to do and eat. 

When you visit this charming southern city, let us know your favorite breakfast spots so we can try them out when we go back!

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Ready to visit to Charleston? Read hotel reviews on TripAdvisor then book your room here!

But where do we personally recommend? Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown is our hands-down favorite for walkability and their location to all the shops/bars/restaurants.

Don’t forget to pick up an Charleston guidebook for your other Charleston adventures.

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