Consistent good food, but consistent bad service.
I live in Charlotte but have a house in Charleston, so I travel here about once a month, and everytime I'm in Charleston, I would go the Variety Store at least once. The food is consistently good (especially the she crab soup!), the atmosphere is relaxing, and the staff is friendly, although the service sometimes can be a bit slow, but when I'm there, it's usually for breakfast or lunch on the weekend, so I don't mind that at all. This is definitely the place where the locals eat, and it has been around for 40+ years.
I visited the restaurant today Sunday June29, 2008.I had the WORST service and food ever from a restaurant. The server was an elderly lady who had more personality than a cardboard box. She was very rude and insincere about the wait and her mistakes for insuring the order was correct. I had brought three friends of mine who had just moved to the area and this was their first time and as they have responded as their LAST time. We had waited 35 minutes to receive our food and the reply from the server “We just finished server a group of twenty-seven.” I have worked in full service restaurants and managed as well. Personally that is no excuse and not MY PROBLEM. When we received our food it was cold and not all the food was delivered at the same time. I was very embarrassed to have recommended this restaurant but I will not make that mistake again. I will from now on recommend other restaurants to eat. The cashier did not even ask how our meal was. We were not the only patronages who were disgusted with the service there were others as well. If they begin to realize that their sales are slipping ‘it’s not the economy it’s the service.
I love the food, but Shrimp and Grits at brunch for $16.00 and $7.00 chocolate pudding??? Sort of ridiculous...
Small portions as well.
However, the BBQ chicken sandwich, with FF is a great value.
The chef/owner Robert obviously takes pride in his kitchen and the food is always of the best and freshest quality, but its all sold at tourist prices.
I've been to Hominy Grill five times in the past three months. Service has always been good for me. I like that they give you some boiled peanuts as a pre-meal snack. I've had the french toast for Brunch. I ate the barbeque chicken sandwich twice for lunch. And I had the fish for Dinner. One time I went in just to try the famous butterscotch pudding. The french toast was DELICIOUS, everything else was just ok. For sides The mac-n-cheese is good, stay away from the sweet potato bread and avoid the fried cheese grits. Don't even bother with the $2 (small) slice of cornbread.
Try the french toast!
Like everyone else, I don't get hominy. I have been for breakfast and brunch and never had anything to write home about. The last time, I got a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit which crumbled immediately so I ate my sandwich with a fork?? Dont believe the hype
I love this place!
This place is great! Perfect home-cooking, good prices, and nice portions! Highly recommend - and try the fried pickles!
I completely agree. If you like to spend money and aren't that hungry, then go here. It's got a decent atmosphere but for a place called "Hominy" Grill, their grits aren't very good. I'd highly recommend Moe's Crosstown's Sunday Brunch (it runs until about 1PM). It isn't as nice to look at as Hominy Grill, but its food is 10 times better - I promise.
what more can one ask?
What a great find! We went for lunch and had to come back the next day for breakfast. The mac and cheese was just like my mama used to make. My husband said the burger was awesome and the brocoli caserole was wonderful. We will definately be back!
Excellent for breakfast - but be prepared to wait for a table at peak times on the weekend.
Great diner! They have huge omlettes, great burgers, and country fried steak. I've never had anything that I didn't like.
I decided to try Hominy Grill after seeing it plugged on the Food Network as a reasonably priced place for a great breakfast. Well, I was very hungry, so I opted for shrimp and grits & the portion, for the price, was laughable. All 4 bites were delicious, but my husband could tell that I was still hungry after that "tease". Save your money; it's overpriced & overrated.
I have had one O.K. meal at Hominy. Every other time I have been it has been a miserable meal. This week the Anthony Bourdain eisode on South Carolina will air and Hominy was one of the places he visited while in town. Hopefuly he will end the myth that their food is some sort of Southern treasure. If not, I guess we do need some place to keep the tourists occupied while we eat at the likes of Lana or Five Loaves in close proximity.
Couldn't agree more with the last person who posted. Hominy Grill is way over-rated, almost to the point of Hymans Seafood. The last two times I was there the service was so bad I left flustered and it ruined my experience. Haven't returned since. The food is good but again way over hyped.
What- am I missing something, here? I though Hominy Grill was some sort of breakfast paradise. I've heard plenty of rave reviews and damn near everyone from out of town want to go there for breakfast, but why? I went this morning and noticed a few things both positive and negative; starting with the overall atmosphere, which was notably good. I loved sitting outside with all the foliage and bamboo. Unfortunately that's pretty much it for the positives... the server was nice- personality wise anyway.
Let's start with the coffee: it tasted like regular Folgers or Maxwellhouse and maybe I'm spoiled, but I don't plan on paying more than $1 on cofee that comes in a can. Speaking of coffee I didn't get anything to stir that coffee with until it was cold. Service aside, the food was mediocre. After ordering a "Nasty Biscuit" and a cup of grits I came to the following conclusions: the grits are great, and the biscuits are decent, their gravy tastes like liquefied pimento, and their fried chicken tastes like a frozen chicken finger that they left in the oven a few minutes too long. So why do people keep insisting that this is some amazing mecca of morning goodness? Why was Hominy built up to this great pillar of the Charleston food scene? I'd much rather hit up Jack's or even Brueger's Bagels than Hominy Grill again.
Maybe I'm bitter because I ran a little late for work today, maybe I'm testy because I have heartburn, maybe I happened by on an off day or maybe- just maybe- Hominy Grill isn't that great. My coworker seems to think it's the latter, anyways.
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