I just found out that the award-winning downtown Charleston restaurant, Hominy Grill, had their final day of service yesterday on April 28th. I’m glad I had a chance to dine at the iconic Lowcountry eatery before it closed its doors after a stellar 24-year run.
Chef Robert Stehling, who earned a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast is looking forward to opening new experiences. I wish him all the best and look back at the tasty breakfast I had there. When I arrived, there were plenty of people outside and there was a wait – just a usual morning for the popular breakfast spot – but after 30 minutes I was seated. I sipped on a Mimosa and had the Grit Bowl with slow smoked pork belly, farm eggs, and cheddar. I also tried the Egg Biscuit with sausage and cheese.
I also wanted to try their famous Chocolate Pudding. So simple, yet so good.
Breakfast at Hominy Grill was great. The service was prompt and friendly. The ambiance was homey. It will be missed.
After breakfast, I went to the Charleston Museum for a bit. Known as “America’s First Museum”, it’s one of the oldest museums in the United States. You’ll see historic artifacts, natural history, decorative arts, and collections of ethnological and zoological specimens.
A bit later in the day, I walked to 167 Raw for lunch. The small casual seafood joint serves raw oysters, fish tacos, po’ boys, lobster rolls, and more. The place is super cozy with a large raw bar, so you’ll most likely be waiting outside before being shown to your seat inside.
167 is known for having the best raw oyster bar in Charleston, so I had to start off with some white wine and a few different types of oysters. Delicious!
Behind the bar, you’ll see a menu of daily specials. The Crudo of the Day was salmon. Yes, please!
The lobster roll looked really good and the fish sandwich was tempting, but I decided on the Scallop Po’ Boy. The soft buttery bread was stuffed with five large pan-fried sea scallops and topped with chives and a couple flavorful sauces that were tangy and a little sweet.
It was time to relax and digest. I had a dinner reservation at a tasting menu-only restaurant later that night.
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Charleston, SC 29403
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Charleston, SC 29401