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the early bird diner

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1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869
+1 843-277-2353
07:00 - 22:30
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 04:00
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited on a Tuesday morning around 10:30 and the restaurant was full. Loved the wait staff, quirky-good. I had the breakfast sandwich with fresh tomato and avocado, the tomato's were so delicious and fresh. Coffee was very good. Loved this spot.

Thank Alicia M
Milledgeville, Georgia
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided on this little mom and pop joint because of Triple D's visit and review. We ordered the fried green tomato appetizer and they were super thick and green green. They are coated with a corn meal coating which was good. We decided we would not order those again because they were so thick and green. We also ordered... More 

Thank lorimilam
Northbrook, Illinois
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121 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visiting Charleston on Spring Break. College son & I started our day here before heading to sites on the west side of Charleston. Basically on the way to the Charleston Tea Plantation or Plantation Row along the Ashley River. This is simple looking place on a commercial road, easy to miss. Limited parking. We arrived about 9:30 on a Saturday,... More 

Thank Merrill M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Best in breakfast in town! Plenty to choose from, but you have to try the shrimp and grits. Parking is limited and there's usually a wait, so plan ahead.

Thank Matthew M
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The first morning we ate there I got just eggs and sausage. Pretty good. The next morning I got chicken and waffles. It was delicious. This is a good place to eat for the price. The waitresses were very nice. It's also trendy and crowded. The only bad thing I can say about this place is the parking is terrible.

Thank gibsonfan159
Charlotte, NC
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728 reviews
455 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by, actually went out of my way, based on the reviews. We planned to arrive late for lunch to avoid the crowds. In that regard, we were successful. Sat at the counter. We had good service. This is a fairly nondescript building and has that diner look inside. The menu is not quite as extensive as most diner menus... More 

Thank 2BEis2SKI
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89 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hands down one of our best dining experiences. First day in we had the chicken and waffles. Best ever! We went back the next day and I had the shrimp and grits. The best! My husband had the hot mess. A flavor explosion in your mouth. Yum!

Thank HCMAssage
Duxbury, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I lucked out both times I went, and was able to get seated. One weekday I got there close to 2pm--well after the lunch crowd. The next day I just barely got a seat at the counter as the lunch crowd was pouring in at 1130ish. On first day I had two poached eggs with bacon on some corn cakes... More 

Thank SemperEJ
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu is huge with tons of options. Great breakfast items, as well as lunch and dinner. The biscuits and gravy were great. The fried okra on point. Friend got eggs and they were great. Have eaten here several times, both breakfast and lunch and have never been let down! Just be ready to wait@

Thank thejess215
Tampa, Florida
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Based on positive TripAdvisor reviews, we visited for breakfast. The chicken and waffles were delicious! The chicken was pecan crusted and unbelievably tender. The cinnamon waffles were good and the meal was served with both maple syrup and honey mustard sauce. This is a small restaurant and we actually experienced a traffic jam when leaving the parking lot. Although very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 04:00
08:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-277-2353
breakfast all day, lunch + diner, open til 4am fri + sat, locally owned, everything made from scratch - biscuits, ice cream, pancakes + pasta

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?