In 2008, the Early Bird Diner replaced an Alex’s, decorating the walls of the greasy spoon with local art and giving West Ashley a younger, hipper option for diner food. Now the spot has earned national attention thanks to our favorite bleach-blond TV host Guy Fieri and an appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, which has led to longer wait times. The breakfast menu is served all day and features traditional dishes like shrimp and grits, a couple of scrambles, and french toast, as well as an eggs Benedict served over corncakes. Lunch focuses on sandwiches (which are also available through dinner), and dinner offers down-home Southern favorites like meatloaf and a pork chop. Check out the chalkboard for specials like the chicken and waffles, which covers both in honey mustard in addition to syrup, giving the Southern staple a tangy kick. They also make ice cream in-house and change the flavors daily. Though it’s not open 24 hours like Alex’s was, Early Bird is open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. —Susan Cohen Dish (Winter 2013)
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