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Hominy Grill

207 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC - (843) 937-0930
Posted By Michael Stern on 3/11/2014 3:04:00 AM
We first stopped at the Hominy Grill for breakfast, but have since returned for countless lunches and suppers.

Not that breakfast isn't wonderful! The sausage patties that come alongside sunnyside-up eggs are rugged and crusty and brilliantly spiced -- a joy to eat when pushed through some yolk or sandwiched inside the tall biscuit that comes alongside. Bacon is excellent,too -- double-thick, crisp, and full-flavored, just begging to be cosseted in that hefty biscuit.

Menus for later in the day offer such Southern soul classics as fried chicken with collard greens, gumbo, shrimp Creole, and country captain and, of course, baked cheese grits on the side. The grits that come with breakfast also are excellent: true comfort food in their own right, and the perfect companion for any meal that includes plenty of pig meat.

The building that houses this estimable restaurant was at one time a barber shop; and the striped poles that signify the tonsorial profession still flank the front door (on the inside). It's a spacious room with an old stamped tin ceiling, wood-slat walls, and slow-spinning fans overhead.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Hominy Grits
Purloo
Sauteed Shrimp on Cheese Grits
4 Vegetable Plate
Okra beignets
Breakfast Breads
Lima Beans
Buttermilk Pie
Chocolate Pudding
Breakfast Sausage
Copper Pennies (Carrots)
Country Captain
Sweet Tea
Deep Fried Corn Bread
Bacon
Boiled Peanuts
Big Nasty
Granola
Caramel Cake
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Shrimp & grits is a staple of Lowcountry menus, charged with a bit of garlic and a bit of Tabasco sauce but ultimately very, very comforting.
"Shrimp & grits is a staple of Lowcountry menus, charged with a bit of garlic and a bit of Tabasco sauce but ultimately very, very comforting."
Michael Stern





A combination rice casserole every bit as intoxicating as Creole gumbo, Lowcountry purloo contains smoky chunks of sausage and a dynamic pairing of elegant fried shrimp and homey roasted chicken.
"A combination rice casserole every bit as intoxicating as Creole gumbo, Lowcountry purloo contains smoky chunks of sausage and a dynamic pairing of elegant fried shrimp and homey roasted chicken."
Michael Stern


We had to get close to this sausage that came to breakfast to show its rugged texture. You can even see the pepper that helps give it a punch. This is one of the nicest pieces of breakfast sausage we've had in a long, long time.
"We had to get close to this sausage that came to breakfast to show its rugged texture. You can even see the pepper that helps give it a punch. This is one of the nicest pieces of breakfast sausage we've had in a long, long time."
Michael Stern


A well-rounded breakfast at the Hominy Grill
"A well-rounded breakfast at the Hominy Grill"
Michael Stern


The extra-thick bacon is the very essence of piggy flavor!
"The extra-thick bacon is the very essence of piggy flavor!"
Cliff Strutz


The Hominy Grill cookbook refers to buttermilk pie as a more refined version of chess pie, the refinement coming in the form of lemon juice and nutmeg, as well as the fetching tang of buttermilk.
"The Hominy Grill cookbook refers to buttermilk pie as a more refined version of chess pie, the refinement coming in the form of lemon juice and nutmeg, as well as the fetching tang of buttermilk."
Michael Stern


'Have you had these before?' the waitress asked when she set down our boiled peanuts. 'We had a gentleman from New York the other day who was so eager to try one. He bit into it and screamed.' If you are expecting anything like the sort of crisp nut you munch from a can or jar, these goobers are indeed a shock: soft, earthy, and all-vegetable.
"'Have you had these before?' the waitress asked when she set down our boiled peanuts. 'We had a gentleman from New York the other day who was so eager to try one. He bit into it and screamed.' If you are expecting anything like the sort of crisp nut you munch from a can or jar, these goobers are indeed a shock: soft, earthy, and all-vegetable."
Michael Stern


Country captain is a chicken casserole dotted with fat little currants and almond slivers, cosseted in a tomato-curry glaze. That's jasmine rice on the side.
"Country captain is a chicken casserole dotted with fat little currants and almond slivers, cosseted in a tomato-curry glaze. That's jasmine rice on the side."
Michael Stern


What is especially good about the big nasty, other than the world-class biscuit, is the sausage gravy. All too often, it is thick and pasty; but Hominy Grill's is elegant and crowded with well-spiced pork.
"What is especially good about the big nasty, other than the world-class biscuit, is the sausage gravy. All too often, it is thick and pasty; but Hominy Grill's is elegant and crowded with well-spiced pork."
Michael Stern


We ate a lot of caramel-topped things all around Charleston -- it is a favorite flavor of the city -- but Hominy Grill's egg-rich cake, slathered with smooth, buttersweet frosting, was the best.
"We ate a lot of caramel-topped things all around Charleston -- it is a favorite flavor of the city -- but Hominy Grill's egg-rich cake, slathered with smooth, buttersweet frosting, was the best."
Michael Stern


The answer to a chocoholic's prayer, this dense, intense pudding is bittersweet and cocoa pure.
"The answer to a chocoholic's prayer, this dense, intense pudding is bittersweet and cocoa pure."
Michael Stern


The Hominy Grill coffee mug bears the restaurant logo: a bowl of steaming grits
"The Hominy Grill coffee mug bears the restaurant logo: a bowl of steaming grits"
Michael Stern


Tablecloths at Hominy Grill are butcher's paper.
"Tablecloths at Hominy Grill are butcher's paper."
Michael Stern


This is the menu written on a chalkboard; be sure to notice the separate side and vegetable menu!  It was also neat how the sun cast a shadow of the restaurant name onto the wall above the menu.  Click on the photo for a better view of the menu.
"This is the menu written on a chalkboard; be sure to notice the separate side and vegetable menu! It was also neat how the sun cast a shadow of the restaurant name onto the wall above the menu. Click on the photo for a better view of the menu."
Jenn Baker


The building that houses Hominy Grill used to be a barber shop and striped barber poles can still be found just inside the front door.
"The building that houses Hominy Grill used to be a barber shop and striped barber poles can still be found just inside the front door."
Cliff Strutz


We were wandering around town trying to sniff out breakfast when we came across this sign for the Hominy Grill. Who could resist going inside? We're sure glad we did.
"We were wandering around town trying to sniff out breakfast when we came across this sign for the Hominy Grill. Who could resist going inside? We're sure glad we did."
Michael Stern


The day's breakfast special on 5/28/09: grits topped with Tabasco-hottened Creole sauce, scrambled eggs, and a hunk of deep-fried corn bread. Each element was great and they sang effulgent harmony together.
"The day's breakfast special on 5/28/09: grits topped with Tabasco-hottened Creole sauce, scrambled eggs, and a hunk of deep-fried corn bread. Each element was great and they sang effulgent harmony together."
Michael Stern


Hominy Grill biscuits are so good that it's easy to not to order breakfast breads on the side of a meal. I won't make that mistake again. These breads -- banana-nut and pumpkin-ginger -- are seductively good. There wasn't a crumb left on the plate by the time breakfast ended.
"Hominy Grill biscuits are so good that it's easy to not to order breakfast breads on the side of a meal. I won't make that mistake again. These breads -- banana-nut and pumpkin-ginger -- are seductively good. There wasn't a crumb left on the plate by the time breakfast ended."
Michael Stern


I got granola only because I have eaten everything else on Hominy Grill's breakfast menu! And, don't you know, the granola is an extraordinary taste, treat, too, its dark sweetness perked up by an abundance of sharp-flavored seeds.
"I got granola only because I have eaten everything else on Hominy Grill's breakfast menu! And, don't you know, the granola is an extraordinary taste, treat, too, its dark sweetness perked up by an abundance of sharp-flavored seeds."
Michael Stern


For a true taste of the South, how about fried green tomatoes in pimento cheese?
"For a true taste of the South, how about fried green tomatoes in pimento cheese?"
Cliff Strutz


Hominy Grill is one of the most popular restaurants in Charleston.  After a recent renovation, you now have a place to order drinks while waiting for a table to open.
"Hominy Grill is one of the most popular restaurants in Charleston. After a recent renovation, you now have a place to order drinks while waiting for a table to open."
Cliff Strutz



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