Sunday just isn’t the same in Charleston without brunch. I know. I’ve missed it on several occasions and was left feeling slighted for the rest of the week. After brunching at Halls Chophouse in downtown Charleston, there’s no doubt where you will find me on Sundays, listening to the sweet sounds of live Gospel music and sipping a mimosa.
Don’t be fooled by the notion of visiting a steakhouse for Sunday brunch. The Executive Chef, Matthew Niesser, takes pride in ensuring that everything is served exactly right and is happy to accommodate special requests. For dinner, even if you don’t like steak, you will enjoy their extensive selection of seafood, pork, vegetarian, and vegan options.
To begin with, the popovers served with brunch melt in your mouth. They come fresh from the oven and offer a taste of what is to come. If you love their steaks at night—and who wouldn’t enjoy exquisite Allen Brothers of Chicago steaks and creative, seasonal side dishes—the brunch filet mignon wrapped in bacon and served with eggs and grits (or potatoes) is for you. The filet was cooked perfectly to order; every bite was delicious. For a more traditional breakfast entrée, try the French toast topped with espresso mascarpone cream or the eggs Benedict, especially tasty with crab cakes.
If you prefer the “lunch” part of brunch, Halls has options for you, too. Pair a burger or prime ribeye hoagie with a cold beer or other drink from the full bar. Hungry for a full steak? You can also choose from three delicious steaks normally served for dinner.
Regardless of whether you visit Hal’s Chophouse for brunch or dinner, be sure to save room for dessert. The selection varies, but my favorite is chocolate pate. Rich, creamy, and topped with fresh berries, every dessert I eat in the future will be compared to it.
Halls Chophouse is the premier steakhouse in Charleston for a reason. From brunch to dinner, from intimate romantic evenings to family and corporate gatherings, the exceptional service at Halls is evident at every level. The moment you’re greeted at the door you know this is a first class restaurant. The wait staff is attentive to your every need and the meals come out perfectly. At least one of the Hall family members will stop by your table to thank you and ask about your meal. It’s that kind of personal attention that, combined with the outstanding food, makes Halls Chophouse the restaurant to visit in Charleston—even, or especially, for brunch.