Hominy Grill

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Cannonborough - Elliottborough, Charleston
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  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarJuly 6, 2015
    Grab a Bloody Mary from the takeout window and wait because you'll want to eat everything inside. Shrimp and grits, chicken biscuit, pancakes of the day! You can get a short stack of pancakes btw!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 19, 2015
    Eater National 38 member: This is a place worth returning to again and again to savor creamy she-crab soup laced with sherry, chicken bog (a kin of jambalaya), and gossamer coconut layer cake. Read more
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinDecember 23, 2014
    Got veggie plate which was good. Wasnt that busy but went on a tues around noon. The choc pudding is hands down ridic. Never had anything like it before...so rich and smooth
  • Ponyboy
    PonyboyJuly 27, 2014
    The pumpkin bread is AMAZING!!!! The mimosa & the sweet tea is very VERY GOOD!!! The Charleston Nasty Biscuit is AWESOME (The gravy on it makes it so) but the sleeper is the fried eggplant sandwich!!!
  • Jinet N.
    Jinet NooniumAugust 27, 2013
    Friendly wait staff, great food. I can vouch for the Shrimp étouffée, Big Nasty, Mac n cheese (extra delicious), shrimp n grits (so flavorful), mile high biscuit with jam. It was all so good
  • Toacca R.
    Try the shrimp bog. It is simply incredible. The shrimp and grits are great too, but the bog is better. Oh and yes start with the Big Nasty.
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LMarch 18, 2014
    Adorable little place that has authentic southern food, served with modern flair. Great sandwiches, fried chix looked ridiculous and a nice selection of specialty beers & cocktails. Great service!
  • Brian H.
    Brian HerschaftMarch 14, 2016
    The best shrimp and grits on the planet, pimento cheese on pretzel bread and the chocolate pudding will blow your mind. I'm still shaking my head 😎
  • Aditi C.
    Aditi ChaturvediMay 24, 2016
    As everyone has said, the charleston nasty biscuit and chocolate pudding are awesome. Plan to share or you'll have to be rolled out of the restaurant.
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettFebruary 1, 2015
    A great option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Big nasty is worth it, but lighter options including fried green tomatoes solid too.
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JohnsonAugust 5, 2012
    The sweet tea was amazing as well as the Big Nasty. Man vs Food was here and it is well worth it. The side dishes were to die for including the squash, tomato pudding and mashed sweet.
  • Sara N.
    Sara NicolesDecember 8, 2014
    Great grits, biscuits, home fries, and brunch cocktails. About a 20-30 min wait for Sunday brunch. But service was quick and drinks were readily available at the window bar while waiting.
  • Pinar D.
    Definitely get the chocolate pudding! It's soooo good! You won't regret it! For the main course get the shrimp and grits or the nasty chicken biscuit! This place is amazing!
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BellinghamAugust 18, 2010
    The Big Nasty Biscuit and Gravy is awesome. Try the fried green tomatoes. The sweet tea is one of the best I've had. This place has been featured on all the big Food and Travel shows.
  • Todd O.
    Todd OmmenSeptember 15, 2016
    Visited here twice this week and loved it. Shrimp and grits are awesome, country breakfast great, but most of all a very friendly relaxing atmosphere, tremendous staff. Will be back!
  • Ab
    AbApril 11, 2015
    A concise menu with delish breakfast options. Put their Huevos Racheros in your mouth. The dinner menu is another story altogether. Food was more salted than seasoned. If that's your pref, go for it
  • Jamie
    JamieNovember 10, 2012
    Wow, the big nasty is amazing true southern food! Also, get the chocolate pudding for dessert. Great dark chocolate taste. Love the ambience, worth the long walk from the market!
  • Cassidy
    CassidyDecember 25, 2014
    classic southern cooking. get the fried green tomatoes followed by the fried chicken and rib plate with collards and cheese grits and split it with a lucky friend
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SmallJanuary 11, 2014
    Delicious! Definitely try the She-Crab Soup - it's worth the trip for! Also tried The Big Nasty & Shrimp & Grits. End it all with delicious & light Buttermilk Pie!!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisOctober 4, 2015
    Try the Fried Green Tomatoes - From lunch on Friday in Charleston. Nicely crisp, not too battered and tart green tomatoes. I liked these. (via @Foodspotting)
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Have a fluffy biscuit with your meal—either on the side or in a "big nasty biscuit" stacked with a fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. Read more
  • Jess K.
    Jess KilgannonMay 1, 2012
    Vegetarians, be aware: many of the menu items that appear veg-friendly are cooked traditionally with bacon. That being said, the pinto cakes are totally safe and absolutely amazing!
  • Charles K.
    Charles KochFebruary 26, 2014
    The dark and stormy is remarkable. Made with local ginger ale that's nice and spicy. Great way to start a meal (with fries green tomatoes, of course).
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    Hominy Grill is about as southern as southern can get. It’s a must stop for tourists and locals alike, which is a rare achievement for a restaurant. [Eater 18 Member]
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    What could make a BLT better? Keeping the T's green and frying 'em up real good! Don't be discouraged if their apple butter isn't in season - they always keep a little extra in the back (hush-hush!) Read more
  • Justin R.
    Justin RowlandDecember 31, 2013
    Came for lunch. Grits were nothing special. Grouper special was good. Sweet potatoes were solid. Swordfish and sauce was terrific. They were out of their famous chocolate pudding. Great service!
  • Jen P.
    Jen PMay 23, 2015
    The grits were nice and light. Fried chicken wasn't out of this world. Skip the jalepano poppers if you like spicy. Definitely get the shrimp and okra beignets.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CJuly 25, 2015
    Holy crap. The biscuits and gravy here are amazing! Grits are, as expected, fantastic. Get the bloody Mary's!!!!
  • Lily
    LilyJanuary 18, 2015
    Nasty biscuit is dope as are the hominy (as one might expect). Grab a bloody from the walk up window while you wait (there will be a wait).
  • Heidi C.
    Heidi CoghlanOctober 29, 2012
    A couple great vegetarian choices including these delicious pinto beam cakes served with a tangy relish. Try them!
  • Wanna See It All
    Wanna See It AllNovember 7, 2011
    Try the specials. (The strawberry pancakes were awesome.) or try the Big Nasty Make sure to check in with host or hostess before standing in line. Parking could be an issue. Read more
  • Caroline B.
    Caroline B.February 18, 2013
    So yummy for brunch, but seriously packed most of the time. Call ahead or at least don't come famished! On Saturday and Sunday the wait is often an hour. Totally worth it though!
  • Kim B.
    Kim BuppMay 5, 2013
    The Big Nasty. The chocolate pudding. You'll be in a food coma with a giant smile on your face. Hominy is a local must! Definitely worth the wait.
  • Michael G.
    The Nasty Biscuit makes for the ultimate hangover cure. Start off with the banana bread. They had a fried pork chop special that rocked as well.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The Maverick shrimp and grits are the best grits in Charleston, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Charleston. Read more
  • Erik C.
    Simple breakfast with some good ol service and some damn good strawberry jam. Outside/inside dining. Great prices everything cook to order.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Come hungry enough to order the Hominy Grill veggie plate, which means you get to pick four of the sides on offer that day. Read more
  • Athynia J.
    Shrimp and grits did NOT disappoint! Low country omelet was also great, as well as the she crab soup.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisOctober 4, 2015
    Try the The Charleston Nasty - Fried chicken breast on a biscuit with cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. How can you go wrong? (via @Foodspotting)
  • Odo
    OdoOctober 18, 2012
    Great Souther cuisine, love the shrimp and grits, the big nasty is the perfect breakfast, a must if you're in Charleston. Full review... Read more
  • Chris H.
    Chris HouckNovember 13, 2014
    The ginger pumpkin bread was perfect, the she crab had clean basic flavors however I got shelled. The Charleston nasty biscuit is definitely hang over worthy. Don't bother with the shrimp and grits
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyNovember 24, 2015
    The shrimp and grits, while more simple in preparation, are absolutely delicious. I stand by them!
  • WannaSee I.
    WannaSee ItAllMay 8, 2011
    Make sure to check in with host or hostess before standing in line. Parking could be an issue. The food was good, just the right amount of portion. The Big Nasty looks bigger on tv. Wannaseeitall.com
  • Michael D.
    Michael DollfusSeptember 1, 2013
    The previous recommendations to get the Big Nasty biscuit are dead on. It's fantastic. Add fresh ground black pepper rather than Tabasco, it compliments the sausage gravy better.
  • Peter K.
    Peter KoepkeAugust 21, 2014
    Its famous for its brunch, be prepared to stand in line for a while on the weekend. Dinner here is one of my favorites in town.
  • Carmen M.
    Carmen MagarSeptember 5, 2011
    The chocolate pudding should be called dark chocolate pudding. It's enough for four people, but you'll eat for two. A few hazelnut pieces on top would perfect it
  • Paula L.
    Paula LeeDecember 12, 2015
    Come with a friend for brunch and go splitsies on the Shrimp and Grits and the Charleston Nasty Biscuit.
  • Annie J.
    Annie JengJuly 7, 2013
    Whats all this hype about the chocolate pudding?? The hot fudge brownie is truly amazing!! Also, shrimp and grits is fabulous!
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RuizMarch 9, 2014
    The food is amazing. Bog Shrimp, Big Nasty, shrimp grits, and 4 veggie platter.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisOctober 4, 2015
    Try the Picnic Sampler - Loved this! Shaved country ham, pickled okra, pimento cheese, garlic toasts. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Lola O.
    Lola ODecember 6, 2014
    Their nasty biscuit is too delicious for words. Perfect serving of everything they put in there.
  • Alejandra 🌻
    Alejandra 🌻December 6, 2015
    The pork belly sandwich is the most delicious thing is ever had. Best brunch ever
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah G.May 27, 2013
    Deep friend cheese grits are a must. The chocolate pudding is super tasty, but plan to split it with someone!
  • David H.
    David HinnantMarch 24, 2013
    Neither very big nor at all nasty, The Big Nasty was a knife and fork-worthy biscuit. The chocolate pudding is indeed what all the reviews say. Very much all-home-made and very tasty.
  • Jacquelyn M.
    Jacquelyn MannJune 22, 2014
    Food was good, but had to wait over an hour. Salmon potato cakes were pretty heavy. I would recommend going for the Nasty Biscuit instead. The icebox lemon pie with blueberry sauce was amazing!
  • Max C.
    Max CollinsDecember 17, 2015
    The Charleston Nasty Biscuit was to die for. Best brunch I've had in years.
  • Franz S.
    Franz StrasserAugust 16, 2011
    Great place for breakfast, or brunch if you had to film something early and want to skip lunch. The grits will make your trip to Charleston.
  • Jackie H.
    Jackie HagueMarch 28
    Breakfast biscuits and jam. Best bacon I have ever had. Mimosas...what more could you ask for. Eggs and Grits too. Must do.
  • Baker O.
    Baker OdomMay 13, 2010
    Their jam is great but their apple butter is excellent. The apple butter "off season" is spring and summer but they usually keep a little in the back and will give it to you if requested.
  • Adam T.
    Adam TornesMay 24, 2016
    Great place for breakfast! Shrimp & Grits are excellent and the Charleston Nasty biscuit is really good too!
  • Katharina B.
    Katharina BetheaJanuary 13, 2013
    The biscuits are amazeballs as are the Bloody Mary's. Order the Bloody Mary spicy and dessert is a must!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinNovember 29, 2016
    Grits, biscuits, and stewed meats. Side of sausage. Go for the jam. Side window for drinks while you wait.
  • Katerina M.
    Katerina MatsaApril 22, 2014
    Great food! Try the green fried tomatoes and the shrimp okra beignets, delicious! Also, great service!
  • Kiki B.
    Kiki BeeJuly 12, 2013
    If they have the brisket - get that and switch out the red rice for sweet potatoes!!! So delicious!!!
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillNovember 15, 2014
    Try the grits, chicken fried steak, biscuits & gravy.... Cannot go wrong with any of the above
  • Justin B.
    Justin BevensOctober 29, 2013
    Wow, amazing food, awesome people. Get there early or you might have to wait. Big nasty is superb.
  • Jarrod D.
    Jarrod DaughtryAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here. It's a great spot for breakfast as well as dinner. If the soft shell crab is in season, order it!
  • David B.
    David BerkowitzDecember 29, 2014
    The Big Nasty is great. Just get that and leave - nothing else is remotely as flavorful
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia SzetoMarch 31, 2015
    the blackberry collins, the banana bread and shrimp & grits = yum!
  • Valerie F.
    Valerie FooteJuly 19, 2016
    Despite having a reservation, the very snotty hostess tried twice to seat our party of 5 at tables for 4. We finally gave up and sat at one of those tables despite the fact a larger table sat empty.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisOctober 4, 2015
    Try the Buttermilk Pie - Custardy and not too sweet buttermilk pie was a great finish for lunch. (via @Foodspotting)
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Hominy Grill as seen on America's Best , Best Thing I Ever Ate , Man vs Food , Food Paradise , Rachael Ray - $40 a Day , Unique Eats Read more
  • Douglas G.
    Douglas GrayJuly 17, 2016
    The big nasty biscuit may be the finest dish ever served in the state of South Carolina. They should put it on the flag.
  • Sam C.
    Sam CookMay 21, 2012
    Their Counter Culture blend they use is sweet and chocolatey; it's some of the best restaurant coffee in town.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 9, 2014
    Start with the Picnic Platter, the Fried Chicken Basket, and the Okra & Shrimp Beignets!
  • Stuart M.
    Stuart McDonaldSeptember 5, 2010
    Get the fried green tomatoes and the big nasty with 2 eggs, over easy. Also, the special Arnold Palmer (fresh lemonade & sweet tea vodka) if they have it.
  • Janet F.
    Janet FoxJuly 12, 2011
    You're probably saying to yourself, 'How good can chocolate pudding possibly be?' Well, that's what I said. And it's like no other pudding I've ever had. You MUST try it.
  • Hailey R.
    Hailey RogersAugust 18, 2011
    Delicious food and friendly, helpful staff! Some of the best grits and mac n cheese I've ever had. Highly recommended
  • Marek B.
    Marek BelkaJanuary 15, 2014
    Good food, great atmosphere, AND you can totally watch out-of-towners struggle to understand the concept of grits.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrittenJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The staff is so friendly from the moment you walk in the door. They definitely hire the right people. Tip them double. #JustDoIt
  • Aleksis Z.
    Aleksis ZarinsOctober 27, 2015
    When in Rome, try all the local fare here! Shrimp and grits, she crab soup, hush puppies!
  • Molly S.
    Molly SzkotakOctober 27, 2013
    Best mashed sweet potatoes ever. Great service. Meat eaters shouldn't miss the ribs!
  • Talia
    TaliaJune 6, 2013
    Squash casserole is light & airy, service is friendly without being overbearing. Meh on cornbread, the very early 90s style composition of the plates.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RJanuary 1, 2016
    Worth the wait. Shrimp and grits, charleston nasty, and amazing she-crab soup.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelMarch 2, 2012
    The Lee brothers took Andrew to a restaurant known for serving a traditional southern comfort food --boiled green peanuts. As seen on Bizarre Foods America.
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueMarch 20, 2016
    The Charlestown dirty biscuit is to die for! And the dishes are perfectly portioned.
  • Steven M.
    Steven MillsOctober 29, 2012
    Get the deep fried cheese grits. One of the best things I've ever eaten.
  • Nadia S.
    Nadia SJune 6, 2013
    The shrimp and grits are not "amazing" as so many people claim. They must not be from the South. They're ok, but overpriced and I've had much better for cheaper. Shop around for Southern food a bit.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TJune 21, 2015
    I don't see what all the hype is about. The food was okay, but not to the standards I hold for Charleston food. We had both the shrimp & grits, & the big nasty... I enjoyed "Poogans Porch"so much more
  • Katie B.
    Katie BoothAugust 7, 2011
    Love the new courtyard/outside bar service for when you're waiting for a table! *good, strong drinks* ;)
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BernhoftAugust 30, 2014
    I could eat the fried green tomatoes all day! Get your mimosa mixed with the orange/pineapple mixed juice :)
  • Leah K.
    Leah KoppermanAugust 22, 2010
    If the have the copper pennies on the veggies list, get them!! Ditto for the lima beans. Desserts are good, but very sweet. Split one.
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DeChristoforoJanuary 4, 2010
    Make sure to save room for the chocolate pudding. Oh.My.GOD. It's rich, dense (thicker than a "normal" pudding) & big enough to split. Homemade whipped cream is perfect-not too sweet.
  • Ligaya T.
    Ligaya TagnipezMarch 26, 2014
    This place is amazing! Order the "chicken nasty biscuit" to die for!
  • emma
    emmaJuly 26, 2013
    I've had better grits. The double cut bacon was tasty- never met bacon I didn't like though! All in all I didn't get all the hoopla!
  • JL
    JLAugust 1, 2013
    Their biscuits are the most bland I have ever had. And, believe me, this Southern girl knows her biscuits.
  • Jim C.
    Jim CrawfordNovember 6, 2013
    Omelettes are fantastic. Nice staff. Best breakfast in Charleston
  • Michael D.
    Michael DorseyMarch 11, 2015
    The "Nasty Charleston" is a must. Also try the jalapeño hush puppies.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McVicarFebruary 19, 2016
    Fried catfish special was light and crispy and exactly what I needed.
  • Erica G.
    Erica GallagherFebruary 1, 2014
    Get the big nasty biscuit and chocolate pudding....you won't be disappointed
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