I may have said it before, but in Charleston, brunch is a way of life. On Saturdays and Sundays, almost every single restaurant in this city serves brunch. Some of them even serve brunch on Mondays!
Many restaurants feature mimosa and Bloody Mary bars, and when I say they go all out… I mean they go ALL OUT. One of our favorite local restaurants, Page’s Okra Grill, offers a Bloody Mary bar that includes crab legs, chicken biscuits, bacon, and more.
Quite honestly, brunch is one of my favorite meals to eat in this city, but that’s primarily because I absolutely love breakfast food! Seriously… pancakes and bacon, biscuits and eggs—I enjoy it all!
Every restaurant seems to have a different take on the basic dishes like french toast, chicken & waffles, chicken biscuits, and home fries. Also, have I mentioned pimento cheese grits? Cause whoever decided to put pimento cheese in grits is a genius!
While I’m all about the carbs and breakfast meats, Ryan almost always opts for a omelet or a frittata. And in the Charleston area, you can almost always get your omelets with shrimp or some form of seafood. I personally love a good crab cake eggs benedict!
Now, in Charleston (and I’m sure other cities), brunch can be an all-day affair, meaning people go around 10:30am or so and then stay at the restaurant until mid-afternoon, eating and drinking mimosas. That doesn’t appeal to me, but some people will literally make an entire day out of brunch.
I judge a restaurant’s brunch on a few key points: 1) How are their biscuits? 2)How is the coffee? 3) How do they make their home fries/breakfast potatoes? Honestly, these three things are really the determining factors for me when I rate a restaurant’s breakfast/brunch.
Recently, Ryan and I tried out Crave, a local restaurant here in Mt Pleasant. They’re famous for the Mac & Cheese, and it has won a LOT of awards. We’ve been hearing about Crave for months now, so we decided to give it a shot.
For a starter, our server brought us two corn muffins, and they were soooo good! They definitely had sugar in them, and they were served with a sinful honey butter.
For an appetizer, we decided to try that famous Mac & Cheese. It’s a mixture of several types of cheese and uses spiral noodles. I gotta admit—I don’t see how it’s won so many prestigious awards. I guess I’m just a traditionalist when it comes to the dish, but I like sharp cheddar cheese and elbow macaroni. And I like it to have a little bit of a cheesy “crust” layer on top.
Our entrees for brunch were delicious, though. I ordered Crave’s Big Breakfast, which was scrambled eggs, bacon, red bliss home fries, and a pancake. Everything on the plate was delicious! The eggs were cooked perfectly, the bacon was crispy and not too greasy, and their home potatoes were AH-MAZING! And the pancake… wow! It was way too much food, and I couldn’t finish it all.
Ryan ordered the Rustic Skillet which is sautéed country ham, red bliss home fries, onions, peppers, and scrambled eggs topped with black pepper gravy. Aside from being very salty, it was really good!
Overall, Crave was really delicious, and I’m excited to go back for lunch. They also have a really great outdoor area with tons of seating, so I’d like to go back and take the dogs next time.
So there it is: Brunch is a WAY OF LIFE in this city. And you can definitely find some amazing meals around town when you’re searching for a delicious brunch. And if you need any recommendations, let me know!