On weekends, it’s not unusual to find a crowd of diners waiting outside on the sidewalk in front of Charleston’s Cafe — it’s an in-demand spot for a big hearty brunch. They’re lining up for waffles, pancakes, and french toast piled high with fruit and dusted with powdered sugar, or to build their own omelets from a choice of two dozen ingredients. The Cafe’s signature potato casseroles start with a layer of fried potato “chippers” and load them down with a pile of tempting toppings. The names are taken from local islands, like the Wadmalaw, with broccoli, tomatoes, and squash, or the Kiawah, with a thick blanket of cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. At lunch, the fare shifts to salads and sandwiches with interesting twists, like a blackened salmon BLT and turkey panini with a zippy horseradish cranberry sauce. —Robert Moss Dish (Winter 2013)
The old Bookstore Cafe gets taken over by the kids and moved to Mt. Pleasant where they still serve big breakfasts and those addictive potato casseroles.
Features: Sunday Brunch, Lunch, Saturday Brunch, Breakfast, Parking
Hours: Breakfast and Lunch (daily). Weekend Brunch.