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Old 10-03-2010, 07:05 PM
 
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Anyone ever been to the Palmetto Cafe for Brunch (inside Charleston Place Hotel)?

Reviews? Do you remember the cost?

Do you have any alternate recommendations? I hear The Fat Hen is awesome for brunch but we're going to church downtown, so...

Thanks!
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:52 PM
 
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The best eggs benedict type brunch I've had since I've been here (and this includes having eaten at High Cotton for brunch) has been here The Med Bistro, Charleston, SC (http://themedbistro.com/brunch/index.htm - broken link) They used to have a "brunch tower" that consisted of cheesy shrimp and grits at the bottom; ham or canadian bacon on top of that; a fried green tomato on top of that; an english muffin on top of that and a poached egg with hollandaise sauce on top of everything. It was out of this world! I've had both lunch and dinner at the same place and those meals paled in comparison to the brunch. Three Little Birds is a popular brunch spot behind the Med Bistro but I'd say the food is just average. I've eaten there three or four times-- each time with high hopes that this time would be better than the last and it never was.

I've never had brunch at the Fat Hen but have had dinner there and it was very good.

There's a place on Sullivan's Island can't recall the name for sure. It might have been this place http://highthymecuisine.com/menu_brunch.php
At least the menu looked good and I thought you could eat outside on a covered porch

Also there is a place on Isle of Palms called (I think) the Seahorse Grill (or Inn or Cafe) and they supposedly have great breakfasts and a lot of famous people go there. I've been wanting to try both of those.

Too bad there is nothing downtown that is famous for their brunches that I know of...except for Joes next to the Gibbs Museum of Art which is good but has more of a casual diner type atmosphere and better for enormous pancakes and waffles than benedicts. They don't pay attention to instructions about how you want your eggs cooked there either.

You could go to the Hominy Grill on Rutledge St. They have brunch but don't have any benedicts but they are famous nationally for their okra & shrimp beignets with salsa & cilantro-lime sour cream which I have had and they're delicious. http://hominygrill.com/menus/

In New Orleans there were/ are a lot of places known for their brunches. People would wait for hours in line to get in. Commanders Palace was one were Emerill Lagasse got his start.... and you hadn't experienced New Orleans without having "Breakfast at Brennans" and they certainly had an array of gourmet benedicts.

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Old 10-04-2010, 03:29 AM
 
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Great reply-I think I'm inspired to try some new places
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:04 AM
 
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If you like more of a diner- I have had good experiences with Early Bird Diner on 17 in West Ashley.

Fat Hen does a good brunch but can get crowded. Vickery's used to do a okay brunch as well but I haven't been in a while & there were not as many options as some of the other places. I hit the new restaurant on Folly (it used to be the Seashell) last weekend at Brunch and was pleasantly surprised. They had a couple of benedicts as well as a frittatta and typical local fair. I liked the crabcake benedict best out of our groups orders.

I might have to hit Med Bistro for that breakfast stack. They had gotten so irregular with lunch/dinner that I pretty much quit going their. But anything with multiple carbs, an egg and a bloody mary calls out my name.
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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Thanks for the tips, y'all! Emily, great post.

I know Fleet Landing does a brunch but I've heard it's kinda hit and miss with the service and the noise and my parents wouldn't like that.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:38 PM
 
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Just want to point out that if you check the Med Bistro menu link as I did when I posted it, and if you go there for the "Brunch Tower", please note that it isn't on the menu anymore. They do have other tasty sounding things though... although perhaps not AS tasty or generous (with so many different foods in one entree).

One place to avoid... or at least don't order anything fancy there is the Sunflower Cafe on AShley River Rd in Charlestown. They may be able to handle scrambled eggs and toast and maybe pancakes. They do always seem to be crowded but their eggs benedict has to have been the worst I have ever had in my entire life! LOL! I'll never go back there again.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:22 PM
 
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The place in Isle of Palms is the Sea Biscuit Cafe (not seahorse, lol). (I should have searched for it before.) I was on the right track though. Sea Biscuit is/was a horse. Anyway, here is their menu. http://www.seabiscuitcafeiop.com/menu The place looks cute from the outside. Note the menu says they take cash only (no credit cards).
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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Sunflower Grill has some great pancakes! Not sure about the benedicts, but if you are looking for a good pancake, they are definitely worth a trip.
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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The place in Isle of Palms is the Sea Biscuit Cafe (not seahorse, lol). (I should have searched for it before.) I was on the right track though. Sea Biscuit is/was a horse. Anyway, here is their menu. Seabiscuit Cafe | Isle of Palms, South Carolina Menu The place looks cute from the outside. Note the menu says they take cash only (no credit cards).
Right next to the Sea Biscuit Cafe is the Acme Cantina. Great Breakfast! (Even better Bloody Mary's)

ACME Cantina | Isle of Palms, SC - A Sunny Place for Shady People
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