Tiny Diner

Diner | Eclectic | Vegan-Friendly
One of the best

The Tiny Diner bills itself as green, which means it minimizes its carbon footprint and maximizes its use of nature and natural ingredients. To those ends, a bee colony lives on the roof, solar panels shade the outdoor patio, and its own half-acre urban farm yields berries, herbs, and vegetables. While the menu reflects high-minded principles in such items as house-made granola, strictly organic eggs, and a vegan lunch of sweet potatoes, rice, beans, peas, corn, kale, and asparagus, it is also possible to come to this adorable little diner and eat a full-bore breakfast burrito (loaded with bacon and chorizo) or a spectacular bacon cheeseburger (grass-fed beef, of course).

Jane, I, and our friend Kenny happened to show up during the Charleston month of the diner’s “Plates Across the States” program, for which the normal menu is supplemented with items that honor a particularly delicious location in the U.S.A. Lowcountry specialties that month included pimento cheese, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, country captain, and a pulled pork sandwich. Honestly, none of those regional dishes dishes wowed us; all seemed to suffer a problem that is virtually unheard of in Charleston: underseasoning.

On the other hand, the everyday items we tried were terrific. That grass-fed burger is pillow-thick and juice-heavy and the barbecue-seasoned fries that can be ordered with it are memorably salty-sweet. We love the ordinary (not) green salad, buttermilk biscuits with apple butter, and turkey-gruyere sandwich on a good potato roll. Carrot cake, drenched with caramel sauce and sprinkled with spiced walnuts, is monumental. House made sodas are breathtaking, vibrant with flavor and truly refreshing. We are especially fond of strawberry-basil and cucumber mint; and fresh ginger ale is a knock-out.

The Tiny Diner is an upbeat eatery where the staff very much enjoy working in so purposeful a place. Small as it is, indoor seating is comfy, while the alternative, when weather permits, is at a table out on the broad patio. Here sunlight filters down from the solar-paneled roof and bathes diners in a dreamy blue light.



What to Eat
Tiny Diner, Cheeseburger
Bacon, caramelized onions, and jack cheese top a juice-oozing burter.
Tiny Diner, Soda Pop
Soda Pop
House-made beverages include strawberry basil soda and lavender lemonade.
Tiny Diner, Billy’s Benedict
Billy’s Benedict
Billy's Benedict is built on a biscuit and includes fried chicken and sausage gravy.
Tiny Diner, Barbecue-Seasoned French Fries
Barbecue-Seasoned French Fries
Barbecue-seasoned fries are sweet and spicy.
Tiny Diner, Shrimp and Grits
Shrimp and Grits
Baroque shrimp and grits includes spicy sausage and vegetables.
Tiny Diner, Country Captain
Country Captain
On the special Lowcountry menu, Country Captain is a vaguely curry-flavored stew.
Tiny Diner, Peach Rhubarb Crisp
Peach Rhubarb Crisp
Peach-rhubarb cobbler, served warm: peaches are fresh, rhubarb is tart
Tiny Diner, Pimento Cheese
Pimento Cheese
Innocuous pimento cheese
Tiny Diner, Shrimp Po Boy
Shrimp Po Boy
The stand-out flavor in a shrimp po boy is sharp Creole mustard.
Tiny Diner, Macerated Pineapple
Macerated Pineapple
Mint macerated pineapple is decorated with fresh little raspberries.
Tiny Diner, Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake
Deliriously rich carrot cake comes sopped with caramel sauce.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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