The Best Brunch Spots in the Holy City

poogans porchCharleston isn’t only a great city to visit for the history—we have some of the best restaurants in the South, too! Whether you’re in town for a weekend or a local looking for someplace new, we’ve got the city’s best brunch spots lined up for you.


One of downtown Charleston’s most popular brunch spots, Toast is known for its $10 bottomless mimosas, enthusiastic wait staff, and delectable Lowcountry fare. Some of its most popular menu items include Shrimp & Grits, Stuffed French Toast, Fried Green Tomatoes, and a spicy Crab Cake Sandwich. Grab your gal pals, and head to Toast for a fun morning of bubbles and breakfast!

Poogan’s Porch

Located in a beautiful Victorian home on historic Queen Street, Poogan’s Porch is arguably Charleston’s best-known brunch spot. Named after the little dog that made his home on the restaurant’s porch, Poogan’s has developed a menu of down-home Southern dishes sure to please any palate. Some of their signature dishes include a Crab Cake Benedict, Fried Alligator, and Chef Issac’s She Crab Soup. Put on your favorite sundress, and relive the Victorian era at this beautiful restaurant!

Lost Dog Café

Looking to get out of the city for a morning? Head over to the Lost Dog Café on Folly Beach, where life moves a little bit slower and breakfast is served all day. Pictures of patrons’ pooches line the walls, while their real-life counterparts lie complacently beneath their owners’ chairs on the patio. The food is a delicious brunch fare with an island twist—perfect for a lazy morning!

Seabiscuit Café

A little-known island treasure, the Seabiscuit Café on the Isle of Palms has been serving brunch to Charlestonians for 25 years. Their delicious Southern-style food is the perfect complement to an early day on the beach. Just make sure you get there early! Brunch is only available until 11 a.m.

Old Village Post House

Don’t feel like fighting the city crowds for brunch? Try the Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant. This neighborhood gem is part tavern, part inn, and entirely fabulous. The Post House offers some heartier brunch foods, such as a Croque Madame (gourmet grilled cheese with egg), Pan-Seared Salmon, and Cinnamon French Toast, complete with brioche and sausage.

No matter which restaurant you choose, you won’t go wrong! Sit down, relax, and enjoy a delicious brunch with loved ones—it’s good for you!