Recover from a night of exploring the Holy City’s ever-growing beer scene with a breakfast of champions.
Expect to wait for a table at this perpetually packed brunch spot, but the waiting’s half the fun thanks to an outdoor bar window on the patio where you can order a Cheerwine Negroni or spiked Mexican coffee. WIth its simple decor and laid-back vibe, it’s easy to forget that James Beard winner Robert Stehling is holding it down in the kitchen. Expect Southern classics with a twist like the Lowcountry Omelet with Charleston red rice and shrimp gravy. For a truly serious hangover, there’s only one option: The Charleston Nasty Biscuit with golden fried chicken breast, melted cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. 207 Rutledge Ave., hominygrill.com
If you’ve been following Charleston’s culinary rise, you’ve heard the name Sean Brock. Housed in a historic former residence on a quiet street, Brock’s award-winning Husk celebrates the food culture of the South with heirloom, locally sourced ingredients. Try to snag a seat on the second-floor porch for Sunday brunch, where you can order a Bloody Mary made with 28 top-secret ingredients, including a slice of country ham. Expect to be wowed by dishes like local quail with red eye gravy, johnnycakes, a poached egg, and a sweet potato glaze with hollandaise sauce. 78 Queen St., huskrestaurant.com
Marina Variety Store Restaurant
For an oceanside city, Charleston has a surprising shortage of waterfront restaurants. Overlooking the city marina, this spot has one of the best views in town. Locals have been coming here for breakfast since the 1960s, drawn to gut-busting specialties you won’t find anywhere else, like Gator & Shrimp Island—marinated alligator and grilled shrimp with onions and peppers over grits, crowned with fried eggs; get the tomatoes stuffed with fresh crabmeat for just $1.50 extra. 17 Lockwood Dr., varietystorerestaurant.com
Open til 3 a.m.—an hour past closing time in Charleston—Butcher & Bee is frequented by F&B workers and tenacious bar-hoppers in search of sustenance. The menu changes daily at this BYOB, but you can always expect to find a banh mi, grouper collars and a damn good hamburger until the wee hours.