Early Bird Diner

Diner and American Restaurant$$$$
  • Jarrod D.
    "Country Scramble is excellent, as are the Chicken & Waffles."(41 Tips)
    David S.
    "Combination of shrimp and grits with "the mess" is a must!"(5 Tips)
    Amanda L.
    "The Country Scramble was awesome ❤️"(2 Tips)
    Foodie P.
    "Try the Buttermilk Pie - Topped with coconut & candied pecans!"(3 Tips)
122 Tips and reviews
  • chicken & waffles
  • grits
  • breakfast food
  • casual
  • family-friendly
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  • Briana B.
    Briana BaileyFebruary 19
    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
    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
    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
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrownJanuary 20, 2014
    Arrive early for a fun brunch. Long wait.
  • Crystal K.
    Crystal KornickeyDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
  • Wil M.
    Wil McMillanDecember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best shrimp & grits I've had in Charleston thus far. Such great after work comfort food.
  • April W.
    April WallogaDecember 2, 2013
    Funky, hipstery diner with lots of art on the walls. Solid fried chicken and waffles. Fried green tomatoes not quite as solid. Ice creams are homemade.
  • Julia E.
    Julia EllemanSeptember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a pancake please
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