Charleston has a rich culture of breakfast and competition is fierce among the well-known establishments as is evidenced by long waits and rising prices. Luckily, there are still a few hidden gems that have quality food and reasonable prices, like The Sunflower Cafe. This quaint diner in West Ashley is a step back into the family kitchen and offers a relaxing dining experience. As you walk in, you are greeted by a busy but friendly staff and decor of sunflowers and patriotism. The walls are covered with stories of local patrons. Overall, the ambiance is cozy.
We know you yearn for an omelet or waffles, but we highly recommend starting with the beignets. At $3.95, they are a steal for three large puffs of golden brown dough, generously dusted with powered sugar, served with a side of maple syrup for dunking. That first hot bite is heaven and will make you understand why so many feel they are the best in Charleston
The breakfast and lunch menus are well categorized and concise. For breakfast, the choices include benedicts, pancakes, eggs and omelets. Make sure, if they are not included with your selection, to sample the potatoes – sautéed with just the right amount of spice and onions. They are mouth watering. The grits are also an outstanding side – they are rich and creamy.
The spicy sausage, peppers and onions benedict is savory and explodes with flavor. The portion is generous and will satisfy the most ample appetites. The fresh crab and fried green tomatoes benedict is a unique creation that will not disappoint.
Sweet pecan waffles are a great choice for the waffle lover with a sweet tooth. They are the right mix of sticky and doughy and oh so yummy.
If your appetite favors an omelet, we suggest you lean your selection toward the sauteed spinach, over sun-dried tomatoes and feta or the crab, brie and artichokes omelet. Both have a shower of mixed flavors and the portions are enough to cover you for two meals.
The setting is very casual and the staff is friendly and unimposing. If you bring a large group and want to relax, you will feel right at home.
Located about 20 minutes outside of downtown Charleston at 2366 Ashley River Road in West Ashley, the Sunflower Cafe is one breakfast and lunch experience you should add to your dining list. Come early as they are only open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM with a break from 11:00 to 11:30 to transition from breakfast to lunch and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. They are closed on Monday.