My 24 hour jaunt to Charleston started off with a BANG!
Hominy Grill is one of Charleston’s most lauded brunch spots. It focuses on Southern comfort food and the entire feel to the place is homey, relaxed, and fun. Hominy Grill doesn’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait in line (with cocktail, of course!) or take your chances on getting seated on the patio. It was a chilly day so we were lucky enough to snag a heating lamp and get seated right away on the patio. Bloody Mary
Spicy, strong, and savory. Homemade bloody mix with quite a healthy kick of Mary. It’s not too spicy but it has a definite nasal-kicking hit of horseradish. It’s just what you want in a Bloody Mary and it starts the weekend off RIGHT. Fried green tomatoes with homemade ranch dressing
Perfect. Crispy, thin breading around tart, juicy green tomatoes. They are piping hot – literally,s teaming in the middle – and served with creamy, herb flecked ranch dressing that redefines my idea of that condiment. These aren’t like fried pickles or tart picked green tomatoes – they have a mild, almost sweet taste and are totally addictive.
Let’s break it down:
Biscuit – sky high and tender with a texture so light tha it almost floats away. Not too buttery or at all salty – it’s all about the texture and providing a backdrop to the other ingredients.
Fried chicken – delicious. Crispy, thick exterior spiked with garlic and salt. the interior is uniformly thin but thick enough to be juicy. It’s fresh and succulent – it would be ideal on its own with a dash of Tabasco.
Cheddar cheese – sharp, melty, salty and – importantly – not overwhelming.
Sausage gravy – creamy, peppery, porky, perfect.
A revelation, plain and simple. The best fried chicken I have ever eaten in my life. Juicy, crispy, and tender. Drizzled with spicy honey and tempered with pickled okra and carrots. Fatty and juicy and meaty and crunchy. All of my favorite words. I am in no way a fried chicken person, and I am telling you that this is a dish for the ages. I still dream of it. Hominy Grill is delightful. It’s just the simplest food made better than any Yankee has ever had it. The fried chicken is unmissable and the service is so kind and friendly that you may just friend your server on Facebook when you leave the restaurant. The food is downright CHEAP and the menu is so full of delicious things that I wouldn’t even repeat anything next time! Except for the bloody mary. And those tomatoes. And the duck sausage hash that I didn’t even photograph. Okay, I would repeat a lot of dishes.
What can I say, I love me some Hominy Grill.