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Heyteacher Sep 28, 2008 01:22 PM

My husband and I will be in Charleston for three days and two nights at the end of October. We're looking for tasty, easy and locals - definitely not of the stuffy variety. We are staying at the Francis Marion hotel but will have a car. Thanks so much!

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  1. Suzy Q RE: Heyteacher Sep 28, 2008 01:23 PM

    I always used to enjoy brunch at Saffron, but admittedly haven't been in a few years. Others may have a more recent report.

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      DavidHeiser RE: Suzy Q Sep 28, 2008 05:25 PM

      I had a really good spicy sausage benedict at Sunflower Cafe in West Ashley a couple weeks ago.

      Also, people on here like to complain about the prices, but Hominy Grill does a great brunch and it's not expensive, compared to a lot of other places down town.

      - DH
      http://www.DavidGHeiser.com - One Charleston College Student's Guide to Food and Film

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        birgator RE: DavidHeiser Sep 29, 2008 06:39 AM

        How about Joseph's at 129 Meeting Street? I always thought it was pleasant, and you can get anything from eggs to omelets to bagels, etc. Tasty, easy and local.

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          BetsyinKY RE: birgator Sep 29, 2008 12:52 PM

          I agree with the Hominy Grill rec. I know some people like to complain about it, but we eat breakfast there at least once on every trip to Charleston and I've never been disappointed. In fact, on our most recent trip (June), I had one of the best omelets ever. I wish I could remember what was in it besides shrimp and some sort of green tomato sauce.....it was amazing!

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        DavidA RE: Suzy Q Oct 6, 2008 09:47 AM

        We had brunch at Saffron yesterday. This is their best meal of the week. Basically, the buffet has a breakfast side and a lunch side, and I consumed most of each.

        The breakfast side is the basics, but really well done. Great scrambled eggs, fruit salad, sausage, bacon, grits, biscuits, etc.

        The lunch side had everything from red rice to fried grouper to cajun shrimp (wow, yum).

        You don't go for the ambiance, but the buffet seems to constantly improve.

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        Katj RE: Heyteacher Sep 29, 2008 12:56 PM

        This is not about breakfast, but, I was staying at the Francis Marion earlier this year and had room service, the shrimp and grits. They were heaven!

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          Heyteacher RE: Katj Oct 2, 2008 04:21 PM

          Ooh, that's on my list...and we don't even have to leave our room! Thanks! :-)

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          DavidA RE: Heyteacher Sep 30, 2008 10:28 AM

          Marina Variety Store Restaurant -- best breakfast in Charleston, plus on the water
          Saffron's
          Joseph's
          Okra Grill (in Mt. Pleasant)
          Charleston Cafe, formerly known as the Bookstore Cafe (in Mt.P)

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            bellyspeaks RE: Heyteacher Oct 3, 2008 12:36 PM

            Hominy Grill to satisfy the "tasty, easy, local" criteria.
            Uber brunch? no. Beautiful dinning room? no. Swanky Charleston locale? no. The best freakin' farm fresh fried eggs you'll have in town? Yes.

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              Heyteacher RE: bellyspeaks Nov 2, 2008 01:38 PM

              We went to Hominy Grill for our first breakfast in Charleston and it was awesome - best grits I've ever had! Thanks for the rec!

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              uptown jimmy RE: Heyteacher Oct 6, 2008 08:26 PM

              Anybody been to Alex's oput in Mt. Pleasant recently? We ate a very good breakfast there years ago, fabulous pancakes, perfect scrambled eggs, etc.

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                DavidA RE: uptown jimmy Nov 3, 2008 09:15 AM

                Ate at Alex's last weekend. They have fixed up the dining room, so that it is a nicer "joint." Still the same "sweetie," "darlin'" service from the waitresses. The omelette, hashbrowns and pancakes were excellent.

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                GrillMaster RE: Heyteacher Nov 3, 2008 12:17 PM

                Maybe a current resident can help me out with the name but I used to love to get breakfast from a little bakery on Calhoun St. just down from the library. I think it was called Kennedy's but I can't remember for sure.
                Really good pastries and such if they are still there.

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                  DavidA RE: GrillMaster Nov 5, 2008 05:08 AM

                  It is there and still called Kennedy's.

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