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Bagels, spreads, smoked fish and more at 492's deli-themed brunch. File/Provided

Once the race is run and the party is over, you’ll need to replenish. That’s what Sunday brunch was made for. Charleston’s Sunday brunch options are legion. Here are a few we highly recommend with a couple in the outer areas for good measure.


Brunch served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Chef Josh Keeler puts forth a full Jewish deli spread every Sunday morning at 492 with chocolate babka muffins, smoked whitefish salad, noodle kugel and latkes. Bagels come with your choice of schmear or you can opt for smoked salmon or egg salad. The housemade pastrami sandwich, challah french toast or the double burger are not for the faint of appetite. 492 King St., Charleston, 843-203-6338,

Fat Hen

Fat Hen french toast

The Fat Hen's Creme Brulee French Toast draws its flavor from real vanilla beans and fresh, local eggs. Strawberries soaked in Grand Marnier provide the finishing touch.

Brunch served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This popular Johns Island restaurant is a staple for Sunday brunch. Fat Hen fashions itself French Lowcountry cuisine and the brunch menu is packed with indulgences including duck-apple-sausage gratin, country fried steak and an open-faced BBQ brisket-and-mac-and-cheese sandwich. The -unch side of the menu has French onion soup, mesclun salads and fried green tomatoes. Whether it’s a lunch or breakfast item, French or Lowcountry, the food at Fat Hen delivers. 140 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, 843-559-9090,

Marina Variety Store

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Hashbrowns with grilled shrimp at the Marina Variety Store Restaurant. File/Renee A. Myer

Breakfast served 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The best waterfront view downtown comes with some down-home food. This isn’t fancy, but the service is friendly and the menu is packed with exactly what you want on a sunny Sunday morning. The prices are affordable, too. At Marina Variety, you’ll find buttermilk biscuits, silver dollar pancakes, center-cut pork chops, shrimp and grits, waffles, crab cakes Benedict and plenty of fresh seafood options. 17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, 843-723-6325,

Halls Chophouse

Brunch served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. If you want to get dressed up and have a boozy, boisterous brunch to a glorious gospel soundtrack, there’s probably not a better place than Halls Chophouse. The high-end steakhouse hosts a weekly gospel brunch with live music and a $35 filet mignon plate with a bacon-wrapped steak, three eggs any style and hash browns or grits. They also have an a la carte menu with steak, eggs and breakfast sides, plus lighter fare, including chopped salads and shrimp cocktail. Popular with the hoi polloi, reservations are highly recommended. 434 King St., Charleston, 843-727-0090,

Butcher & Bee

Brunch served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Whipped feta with honey and hummus make for a lovely start to a Sunday brunch. Butcher & Bee is an Israeli/Charleston mashup that puts a Mediterranean spin on local produce. Think spiced carrots and mustardy beets. Hummus also can be your main if you top it with falafel, schwarma, lamb or mushrooms. The roast beef sandwich is a longtime favorite and then there’s shakshuka and migas, both Middle Eastern-style egg dishes that will leave you wanting more. B&B employs one of Charleston’s best pastry chefs, Cynthia Wong, so go ahead and plan to get that pastry basket. It’ll be the best $9 you spend all day. 1085 Morrison Drive, Charleston, 843-619-0202,

Basic Kitchen

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Cauliflower "wings" with cashew ranch at Basic Kitchen on Wentworth Street. File/Wade Spees/Staff

Brunch served 9 a.m.-3 p.m. New on the scene, Basic Kitchen boasts a healthy array of dishes, from muesli and juices to avocado toast and brown rice bowls. The cauliflower buffalo wings are so good you’ll be rethinking your commitment to chicken. Opt for the Thai-spiced turkey burger and a side of Brussels sprouts and the Bridge Run will not have been for naught. 82 Wentworth St., Charleston, 843-789-4568,

Red Drum

Red Drum tacos

Chicken tacos prepared with rajas, strips of peppers and onions, at Red Drum.

Brunch served 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. A great spot for brunch, particularly if you like Tex-Mex flavors. Chef Ben Berryhill makes the chorizo in-house and offers classic huevos rancheros alongside fork and knife tacos. But this being Charleston, you’ll also find buttermilk biscuits and shrimp and grits. You won’t be disappointed in any of the fresh fish and seafood dishes served here either. 803 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 843-849-0313,

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market

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The Sunday Brunch Farmers Market offers fresh produce vendors, food trucks and more at the Pour House from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A favorite of locals, this James Island farmers market behind The Pour House has plenty of food and drink options with food trucks outside and a full bar on the back deck. Wander the vendors and pick up souvenirs from local artists and creators. This is a 100 percent local market and is always a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 1977 Maybank Highway, James Island, 843-580-2153,

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