It’s hard not to be charmed by the West Ashley greasy spoon Early Bird Diner. Local art lines the walls of this casual, seat-yourself spot out on Highway 17, and indie music softly hums in the background. Treat yourself to the fried chicken, delicately crisp on the outside and insanely moist; it comes with a wonderful lavender honey for dipping bits of chicken skin. The Patty Melt is also a favorite, as are most of the side dishes, like their fried green tomatoes or macaroni and cheese. Whatever you do, don’t attempt to leave without studying the dessert menu. Their varied selection of pies, cakes, and ice creams will make you wish that your dinner hadn’t vanished so quickly, but if you have some room for dessert, try the buttermilk pie. —Angela Hanyak
Dish (Winter 2014)
Biscuits and eggs for breakfast. Patty melts and open faced sandwiches for lunch. Blue plate specials for dinner featuring meat and sides of your choice.
Features: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Hours: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Mon.-Sat.),
Late Night (Fri. and Sat.), and Sun. Brunch