Yesterday morning, as I was sitting at the Dunes studio watching all the lovely people walk down King Street, (really though, I want to run after at least half of you asking you where you bought that dress), my stomach started grumbling just thinking of all the places they might be heading to chow down for brunch. Kitchen 208, The Macintosh, HoM, Hall's Chophouse, Hominy Grill, Prohibition- and those are just some of the spots within walking distance of here. So, I put on the Pandora brunch playlist and began to reminisce on the brunches past:
While I love a good brunch downtown, I'm not always in the mood to wait (read: hangry). My first experience at Prohibition's brunch was A+. We were seated immediately at an outdoor table with amazing ambiance, the server was on top of everything, and the food was delish. We tried the Huevos Rancheros, Duck Hash, and may have had a carafe or two of mimosas. You could practically spend the day here, refilling those carafes, catching up with friends, and keeping silly Monday off your brain.
Did someone say buffet and bloody mary bar? If you're into watching dolphins frolic in Shem Creek while you're dining, then this is your spot. My favorite memory here was a warm day in December, sitting outside with my husband, while we took turns filling our plates up and discussing how lucky we felt to be living this life together. While most places open their doors around 11am, Water's Edge is open at 10am, ready to work on your fresh omelet, made to order.
Feeling a little rough from last night's fun? Well, I've got the perfect place to heal you- and don't worry about dressing up or bright lights- jeans and a t-shirt are accepted and it's as dark inside as it was when you got home last night. With pancake specials that change every week (I'll never forget you Cinnamon Toast Crunch special) and the Kitchen Sink that covers every item you would ever want for brunch as one menu item, Moe's will please everyone. Get there when the doors open and have your whole party ready to be seated. This place fills up fast.
Yes, I believe I'll have the Duck & Waffles, please and thank you, sir. A new take on traditional brunch menus, where there's easy parking, reservations available, and a slew of options that will certainly make your mouth water. Upon one visit, my family ordered several plates, sharing everything from Pork Belly Biscuits & Gravy to Nutella Waffles. Bonus: My nephew was less than a year old at the time, and it was very kid friendly.
Anyone who knows me has probably been reading this post up to this point and thought, "Where is Triangle?!" Saved the best for last, y'all. We were drawn in by the $1 mimosas and kept coming back for the cheese grits, speciality omelets, and the warmness of their staff to seat all 8...12... 20 of us. Over the past five years, I can't tell you how many times I've eaten here for brunch, but I can at least try to touch on how many memories I've shared at the Mt. Pleasant location with friends and family: My friend's kids have grown up here. We've celebrated birthdays and engagements. We've said hello to Darius. We've broken a few glasses (sorry, Melissa!). But, most of all we've had a place to go when we needed a space to laugh loudly and enjoy our Sundays as the family we've so fortunately formed through the years.
Did I even really know what brunch was before I moved here? Do other cities embrace brunch with such gumption? We're so fortunate to have all these amazing offerings and more to enjoy every Sunday. Brunch, I love you. See you next week.