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Hi all -

What can you recommend for Sunday brunch ? I wanted to do something different from Hominy Grill this time, although I am looking for something in that genre. There will be 6 girls, recovering from the Kiawah half. We don't want froufy dress-up brunch, but we do want something creative and good, not just bacon and eggs.

Either West Ashley or the historic district suit me best from a location perspective.

Thanks!

p.s. I have not made res. for Sat. night because of the logistical problems associated with that many people and a big event earlier in the day. If we decide at the last minute on something like FIG, Basil Thai, Sienna, McCrady's , etc.....what are our chances of actually getting in with no reservation? Is Charleston in December significantly quieter than in the spring/summer?

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  1. Hi danna,

    For Sunday brunch I would recommend Marie Laveau's in West Ashley, the address is 9 Magnolia Rd and it is on the same block as Al di La. ML's is a good restaurant with a New Orleans influence. Just to give you an idea, the last time I was there I ordered their standard breakfast - eggs, sausage, toast, etc., and my BF had the french toast, which has bananas. We both had chickory coffee and spilt a plate of beignets, and in the past I've ordered the pecan praline pancakes. It has a kitchy, casual, laid back atmosphere, I think it would be a fun place for you and your girlfriends. They don't take reservations, but I have never had to wait long and I've never seen a large party wait long either.

    I think Charleston definitely slows down around this time of year so you may not have a huge problem getting in where you want to Sat. night w/o a reservation. I've gotten into FIG with a party of 5 on a weekend night w/o a reservation. Also don't forget that both FIG and McCrady's have great bars so a wait may not be so bad. I know that Basil doesn't take reservations, and I believe that if there is a wait they will call you at the bar across the street. I'm sorry but I can't speak to Sienna, I've never been there and I don't know anyone who personally has.

    Good luck in the run, and I hope you and your friends have a good weekend.

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    1. re: lizzy

      Thanks lizzie, I'm glad to hear from you. Your recommendations are always spot-on.

      It takes planning and effort to run a half marathon and still gain weight, but I think I'm up for the challenge!

      1. re: danna

        oops! My best friend, who is providing the fabulous accomodations for the weekend, tells me she "doesn't love" New Orleans-style food.

        Do you have some secondary recs?

        Thanks.

        1. re: danna

          The two that I came up with off the top of my head are Sweetwater Cafe and Bluerose Cafe.

          Sweetwater has more than one location, one is on Folly Rd. in James Island and the other is on Market St. between King and Meeting. Standard diner breakfast fare, but don't mistake that for greasy diner fare, I believe they try to use fresh/organic ingredients when they can. I like their blueberry pancakes, my bf likes they frosted flake coated french toast, and I think they have good coffee.

          Bluerose is on 61/St. Andrews Blvd. in West Ashley near the WA - downtown bridge. It's been awhile since I've been there, but I remember it being good, I know they have a loyal following. It's an Irish restaurant, and when I was there they made their own soda bread, it was almost as good as my grandfather's recipe.

          If I think of anything else, I will post.

    2. We think that the best breakfast in Charleston is the Marina Variety Store on Lockwood Blvd.(the Post & Courier also named it Charleston's best breakfast). It has all the standard fare plus lots of southern variations. A bonus is that it is one of the very few restaurants on the water. Also good and interesting, although it is now in Mt. Pleasant, is the Bookstore Cafe with their breakfast "casseroles."