When chef/owner Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill won the Best Chef Southeast in 2008, it marked a shift in the Southern dining world. He didn’t win it with high-falutin’ French-inspired techniques or white tablecloth service but rather by serving classic Southern cooking — including breakfast — in a neighborhood restaurant setting. Stehling has since expanded the building and put a little more emphasis on evening dinner service, but the qualities that made Hominy Grill such a hit remain. That means hearty country breakfasts with pancakes, eggs, stone-ground grits, and house-made sausage plus the legendary “Big Nasty” biscuit with a massive fried chicken breast and a cascade of sausage gravy. At lunch and dinner, you can make a satisfying meal just from the ever-rotating selection of Southern veggies, but that would mean passing on Stehling’s superior versions of traditional dishes like Country Captain and Lowcountry purloo and on the always-novel products of his smoker, too, like barbecued lamb and goat. Sure, the tourists still queue up on the weekends for their big Southern brunches, but there’s a reason so many people are waiting in line. —Robert Moss Dish (Winter 2013)
Reasonably priced Southern fare featuring generous servings, fresh breads, and good cooking. Try the breakfast sausage. Voted Best Breakfast and Best Shrimp and Grits by CP readers.
Features: Sunday Brunch, Lunch, Saturday Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Best of Charleston winner, Non-Smoking
Hours: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Mon.-Sat.), and Weekend Brunch