Hominy Grill

Lowcountry | Meat-and-Three | New American | Soul Food | Vegetarian
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***** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED *****

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.

What to Eat
Hominy Grill, Sauteed Shrimp on Cheese Grits
Sauteed Shrimp on Cheese Grits
Must-Try
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.
Hominy Grill, Buttermilk Pie
Buttermilk Pie
Must-Try
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.
Hominy Grill, Breakfast Sausage
Breakfast Sausage
Must-Try
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.
Hominy Grill, Chocolate Pudding
Chocolate Pudding
Must-Try
The answer to a chocoholic's prayer, this dense, intense pudding is bittersweet and cocoa pure.
Hominy Grill, Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Must-Try
For a true taste of the South, how about fried green tomatoes in pimento cheese?
Hominy Grill, Bacon
Bacon
Must-Try
The extra-thick bacon is the very essence of piggy flavor!
Hominy Grill, Big Nasty
Big Nasty
Must-Try
Elegant sausage gravy is crowded with well-spiced pork.
Hominy Grill, Caramel Cake
Caramel Cake
Must-Try
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.
Hominy Grill, Purloo
Purloo
Must-Try
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.
Hominy Grill, Country Captain
Country Captain
Must-Try
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.
Hominy Grill, Breakfast Breads
Breakfast Breads
Must-Try
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, Deep Fried Corn Bread
Deep Fried Corn Bread
Must-Try
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.
Hominy Grits
Fried Chicken
Okra beignets
Lima Beans
Potato Salad
Copper Pennies (Carrots)
Fried Cheese Grits
Roasted Eggplant, Veggie, and Goat Cheese Sandwich
Sweet Tea
Hominy Grill, Boiled Peanuts
Boiled Peanuts
'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.
4 Vegetable Plate
Hominy Grill, Granola
Granola
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.
Mashed sweet potatoes
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday9 am - 3 pm
Monday7:30 am - 9 pm
Tuesday7:30 am - 9 pm
Wednesday7:30 am - 9 pm
Thursday7:30 am - 9 pm
Friday7:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday9 am - 9 pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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