[image-1]There are plenty of spots to grab weekend brunch in Charleston and just as many places offering live music, but few that combine the two. We’ve rounded up some of the best places in the city to chow down on brunch favorites, sip mimosas, and jam to your favorite tunes.
[image-3]Starting this Sunday, Prohibition on Upper King will host a weekly “Bluegrass, Bottles, and Brunch” event with live bluegrass from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Chef Greg Garrison recently added new items to the brunch menu, like the Patatas Bravas ($11), which combines fried potatoes, a fried egg, spicy pepper sauce, and garlic aioli. On the sweeter side, Chef Garrison offers a French toast stuffed with sweet cream, apricot, and berries ($12). Champagne bottle service is also available. Go big or go home.
Hall’s Chophouse has become almost as well-known for its Sunday Gospel Brunch as it has for its steaks. Every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hall’s features classic brunch dishes, many of which highlight the restaurant’s finest ingredient: beef. The indulgent Steak Benedict ($18) features prime ribeye with creamed spinach and steak sauce. Or you might opt for the Lowcountry Omelet ($17) with shrimp, crab, peppers and onions, cheddar and Swiss, collard greens, and a side of pepper jack grits. Relax during your meal with soulful gospel sounds and a drink from the bar.
Republic Garden and Lounge opens for a reggae brunch at 12 p.m. on Sundays featuring Jimmy Jams Super Reggae Man, a one-man band playing classic reggae, popular songs from various decades, and original tunes. The brunch menu includes a short but varied list of dishes, from the classic Republic Breakfast ($9) with scrambled eggs, biscuit or potatoes, and bacon or sausage to Chicken Patty Sliders ($12) stuffed with parmesan cheese and topped with bacon, gruyere, pickles, lettuce, and tomato. Rest assured, Republic has plenty of cocktails — including bloodies and mimosas — to wash everything down.
[image-2]Offering music from DJ Natty Heavy instead of a live band, Cannon Green keeps things relaxed but refined. Every Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., guests can jam to the popular DJ’s “Miami Mimosa” music while sipping on a mimosa with fresh-squeezed orange juice. Chef Amalia Scatena serves her fried chicken sandwich ($15) with house-made pickles and a sambal (chili pepper hot sauce) aioli atop an everything brioche bun, and her shrimp and grits ($17) includes blackened local shrimp, Geechie boy grits, oven-dried tomatoes, and smoky bacon topped off with a fresh chimichurri sauce.
High Cotton offers music on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Diners will enjoy “gypsy jazz” from Cattle in the Cane during Saturday brunch and bluegrass from the Bluestone Ramblers during Sunday brunch. The menu features a crab cake benedict ($16) with a Creole hollandaise for a Southern twist on the classic and, for a light but satisfying option, a grilled chicken and arugula salad ($15) with South Carolina peaches, country ham, “bbq peanuts,” and balsamic with a pimento cheese crostini on the side.