While you’re wandering around Capitol Street, stop in at Taylor Books for breakfast. Owner Ann Saville wakes up early every morning to bake fresh scones, muffins, and other pastries for the café. Quiches and coffees round out this simple breakfast spot.
The Capitol Market, with its shops and farmers’ market, is another great place to see a landmark of Charleston and get a great start to your day. Inside the historic train depot, you can head over to Soho’s for their Sunday brunch special. With rotating menus, you’re sure to find something fresh and delicious, with a West Virginia-Italian spin to it.
Need a quick breakfast bite while you’re in town for business? Check out the classic fare at Swiftwater Cafe. The café, which is open early Monday through Friday in the heart of downtown, has breakfast sandwiches, plates with eggs and protein, fresh pastries, and an à la carte breakfast plate menu too.
If bagels are your breakfast bread of choice, then Starlings Coffee & Provisions is the only place to visit in Charleston. Although they are known for their New York-style bagels, Starlings also has lots of other homemade pastries, including muffins and cinnamon rolls, hearty breakfast sandwiches, and serves a special brunch menu on the weekends with fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosas.
The owners of Starlings also run the farm-to-table restaurant Bluegrass Kitchen. Brunch takes place 10 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and features ingredients sourced from West Virginia and the Appalachian region. The West Virginia classic of biscuits and gravy are homemade, peppery, and rich, while the Appalachian-by-way-of-Germany potato pancakes are dressed up a bit and served with sour cream. There are also plenty of vegetarian options, and you can opt for veggie-bacon or real-deal West Virginia smoked ham. In addition to great food, Bluegrass Kitchen is a winner because the prices on the mimosas and Bloody Marys are almost too good to be true.
Ok, so let’s be honest: Tudor’s Biscuit World isn’t winning any Michelin stars, but it is revered and honored in West Virginia, and worth a stop if you’re visiting any part of the Mountain State. There are nine locations of Tudor’s in the Charleston area, serving all of your classic breakfast needs, from biscuits and gravy to eggs, sausage, and hashbrowns, without any pretension.