Leslie Ryann McKellar/Miller’s All Day
Leslie Ryann McKellar/Millers All Day
Greg Johnsman is well known in Charleston kitchens for his Geechie Boy Grits, which he mills on Edisto Island and ships around the world. A partnership with Nathan Thurston, who launched Stars on Upper King, lured Johnsman into the restaurant business. Their breakfast-all-day joint was a rare opening on Lower King when it debuted in early 2018. There’s no need to wait until the weekend for brunch—Millers’s Southern-focused kitchen dishes out biscuits and gravy, waffles doused in caramel and sorghum, and a towering bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on brioche until 3 p.m. every weekday. It’s also one of the few spots in town where Hoppin’ John is on the regular menu, a local heritage dish that features Carolina Gold rice and Sea Island red peas, bolstered by a corn muffin. The small assortment of grocery items makes for excellent take-home gifts: a jar of hot pickled okra, hickory syrup, or their trademark grits.
Although regular menu ceases at 3 p.m., the ‘50s-pharmacy throwback bar (under a light-up “Prescriptions” sign”) reopens at 5 p.m. for happy hour; even if you miss breakfast or lunch, stop in for a golden Bloody Mary made with roasted peppers, corn, yellow tomatoes, and grit vodka from Cannon Distillery.