click to enlarge Hominy chef Robert Stehling

Jonathan Boncek

Hominy chef Robert Stehling

When Chef/Owner Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast in 2008, it marked a shift in the Southern dining world. He didn’t win it with highfalutin French-inspired techniques or white tablecloth service but rather by serving classic Southern cooking — including breakfast — in a neighborhood restaurant setting. Though the chef has recently nixed dinner, his reputation in the local scene remains strong. That means hearty country breakfasts with pancakes, eggs, and house-made sausage. The Charleston Nasty is a massive fried chicken breast and a cascade of sausage gravy (go all-in with the addition of bacon), and it wows the brunch crowds. The tourists still queue up on the weekends for their big Southern brunches, but there’s a reason that so many people are waiting in line. —Kinsey Gidick (Dish, Summer 2018)

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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.

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Hours: Breakfast, Lunch (Mon.-Sat.), & Weekend Brunch
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