Early Bird Diner

Diner and American Restaurant$$$$
Charleston
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  • The waffles at Early Bird Diner is a can't miss
  • Jarrod D.
    "Country Scramble is excellent, as are the Chicken & Waffles."(44 Tips)
    David S.
    "Combination of shrimp and grits with "the mess" is a must!"(5 Tips)
    Foodie P.
    "Try the Buttermilk Pie - Topped with coconut & candied pecans!"(3 Tips)
    Susan F.
    "Homemade desserts are da bomb"(3 Tips)
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  • Mary K.
    Mary KennedyAugust 23, 2017
    Chicken and waffles are so good!
  • D.B. C.
    D.B. CeannaideachAugust 21, 2017
    The best chicken and waffles in Charleston without debate !!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CampbellAugust 20, 2017
    Super busy on Sundays. I recommend getting there at least 15min before they open.
  • Larry C.
    Larry CopelandJune 9, 2017
    Great food and service a must stop in the area
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxMay 13, 2017
    The chicken and waffles are boneless (which I don't like) but the honey-mustard sauce is nice.
  • Briana B.
    Briana BaileyFebruary 19, 2017
    The mess (curried vegetable scrambled eggs) was our favorite, but everything was good. Get the tomato sauce for the shrimp&grits but the pepper jam on the side to put on your biscuit. Fried okra too.
  • Ab
    AbFebruary 16, 2017
    Top 5 breakfast places in Charleston. Portions were general and flavorful; service was prompt and kind. The parking lot is crowded for a reason!
  • Shawn F.
    Shawn FurmanJanuary 16, 2017
    Best grits ever!
  • Danya J.
    Danya JimenezDecember 28, 2016
    Highly recommend the pork cutlet and shrimp over grits. Amazing. The pancakes are delicious as well. Service is excellent.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan Mc DonaldSeptember 9, 2016
    Get the chicken and waffles
  • Jesus C.
    Jesus CarrenoAugust 24, 2016
    I love this restaurant, I'm crazy with the boneless fried chicken wit honey and lavender seeds.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HarveyJuly 29, 2016
    Shrimp and grits are delicious
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BizzellJuly 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Can get crowded quick but worth the wait for the chicken and waffles.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SandieJune 14, 2016
    Everything!
  • Kellie B.
    Kellie BlackJune 11, 2016
    The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. Will have to return, we like to try new restaurants and taste what's recommended. Chicken & waffles were the best.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinApril 15, 2016
    All u could ask for in a diner: Classic dishes but made perfectly with some modern options. Or just pay $5 for unlimited pancakes HOLLER!!!
    Upvoted Mar 11
  • Barbara G.
    "The Mess", a breakfast dish with curried veggies and eggs. Delicious! Nice people, very relaxed environment.
  • Christophe S.
    Christophe SarkozyFebruary 5, 2016
    Best tip I could give... : Just go there and pick a meal. It will be delicious and generous every time.
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DunlapFebruary 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The Fried Chicken Club w/ bacon, spring mix, & pesto ranch dressing on Texas toast!! THE BEST!!!
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LintonNovember 13, 2015
    The Country Scramble was awesome ❤️
  • Mike C.
    Mike CarterSeptember 21, 2015
    Specials for lunch and dinner
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BindelAugust 31, 2015
    My favorite is the meatloaf but everything is spectacular. Sometimes we even go just for dessert!
  • Delaney M.
    Delaney McLernonAugust 18, 2015
    Biscuits and gravy 👌🏻
  • Nigel A.
    Nigel AlstonAugust 16, 2015
    Great meal of chicken and waffles. Cool place with personality. Not fancy, yet highly recommended. Everything looked good. We will be back.
  • Sofia R.
    Sofia RoseJune 25, 2015
    Chicken & Waffles! Amazing.
  • D.j. H.
    D.j. HromowykJune 14, 2015
    Chicken and waffles. Some of the best you'll ever have.
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BindelJune 13, 2015
    This place was great. Amazing service and wonderful food. Try the meat loaf
  • LaSandra J.
    LaSandra JenningsMay 29, 2015
    I had the shrimp and grits and it was ok.
  • Anna S.
    Anna ShearerApril 3, 2015
    The chicken and waffles are the best ever!
  • Charky H.
    Charky HopeMarch 20, 2015
    Gotta love it when they're are $5 all-you-can-eat pancakes.... Super yum! The staff are all fantastic, each doing 20 things at once and still keeping on smiles
  • John C.
    John CulpepperFebruary 14, 2015
    The food was great except for the Fettuccine Alfredo has mushrooms in it but not mentioned on the menu.
  • Lily
    LilyJanuary 25, 2015
    Chicken and waffles. Worth the wait. Also, the coffee is remarkably good.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RiceJanuary 20, 2015
    The Shrimp and. Grits! You're gonna love it. Plus it's about as friend ly a place as you will find.
  • Susan F.
    Susan FaileNovember 28, 2014
    Homemade desserts are da bomb
  • Erica D.
    Erica DNovember 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken and waffles, enough said.
  • Eric R.
    Eric RossNovember 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good. I love the meatloaf sandwich
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RubensteinSeptember 6, 2014
    Chicken & Waffles! Shrimp & Grits! Steak & Eggs! You literally can't go wrong. Everything is epic.
  • Chip D.
    Chip DavisSeptember 2, 2014
    All you can eat pancakes on Fridays, chicken and waffles... Oh and homemade Ice cream
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  • Michael Bruce A.
    Michael Bruce AllenAugust 24, 2014
    Eggs Benedict is unique and delicious.
  • Duncan H.
    Duncan HowsleyAugust 18, 2014
    Shrimp and grits are to die for. Doesn't look like much from the outside but this diner is a real gem.
  • Erica
    EricaAugust 16, 2014
    Absolutely yummy breakfast!
  • Barbara M.
    Barbara MaydenAugust 16, 2014
    Coffee. Best coffee
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrudzinskiAugust 14, 2014
    Chicken and Waffles! Where have you been all my life?
  • Kyle T.
    Kyle TurmanAugust 6, 2014
    Sincerely delicious food served to you by awesome staff with old diner vibes. Really decently priced- the best bang for your buck in Charleston, food wise. The Chicken & Waffles are life changing.
  • Anissa S.
    Anissa StarkJuly 21, 2014
    It's entirely too cold in here to enjoy your meal
  • Jarrod D.
    Jarrod DaughtryApril 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Country Scramble is excellent, as are the Chicken & Waffles. Order the grits whatever you choose!
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DunlapMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken & Waffles are Awesome!!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CharlesFebruary 15, 2014
    Schnitzel hoagie. Best sando in the Chuck hands down.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrownJanuary 20, 2014
    Guy Fieri was here.
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