During Brian's birthday trip to Charleston we visited Hominy Grill for dinner on a Monday evening. We read a few reviews that were intriguing so we gave it a try.
Let me first say one major bonus (especially with a toddler) is they have their own FREE parking. You know what that means? No circling one way blocks and streets to find a spot and pay over $2 an hour just to park.
It's a small, quant establishment noticeable by the hand painted logo on the side of the building. They have a small outdoor patio area and ample indoor seating. We were first seated at a booth inside but asked to move outside to enjoy the nice, cool weather.
Service was great. A waiter brought waters while we waited for our waitress. When she came we were offered samples of local craft beer, wine or cocktails. We both sampled the local brewery Westbrook and Brian had an IPA. It was citrusy yet light for an IPA. We tried the She Crab Soup as an appetizer and ordered one of the most talked about entrees to see what the hype was all about; the Charleston Nasty Biscuit with Deep Fried Grits. It doesn't get more Southern than that. I ordered the Catfish Po' Boy with Mac N Cheese and Bryson had the vegetable plate with cornbread.
The She Crab Soup was creamy and loaded with crab meat, cheese, celery, onions and chives. We would've liked more lumps of crab meat. This is coming from a long time visitor of the Chesapeake Bay region where they are known for their Crab Soup. We give it a solid 7 (on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being foodie perfection).
The Nasty Biscuit featured a fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. It looked like a sloppy mess when it came out but lived up to it's name. The flavors blended very well together. The sausage gravy was a unique touch on chicken. There was no picking this biscuit up…fork and knife only! We give it a solid 7.
The Catfish Po' Boy was great but fell short of foodie perfection due to flavor and seasoning. The portion size was great. 2 huge pieces of fried catfish on a large baguette. Garden fresh lettuce and tomato slathered with a light remoulade sauce. It was missing a little spice. I prefer catfish to have a Cajun style flavor. I could've asked for it but didn't think about it until the food was served. We give it a solid 8.
The vegetable plate was a great deal for the cost of $10. 3 veggie choices and a large slice of southern cornbread. We tried field peas and rice, smashed sweet potatoes and applesauce for our toddler. He thoroughly enjoyed smashing the sweet potatoes all over his face and I secretly mixed in the rice. The applesauce was nice and thick. He thought it was dessert. We give it an 8.
Overall this was a nice experience. We enjoyed the environment and the service was good. If the food had been slightly better we would say this is an absolute must visit for Charleston. If you're looking for good food, good service, free parking just off the main streets it's definitely worth a try.