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Poogan's Porch is a Southern institution, offering a great home-style Southern menu. The restaurant is apparently popular with visiting celebrities and politicians. It can get very busy for both lunch and dinner. Dinner reservations are recommended. Poogan's is very popular for weekend brunch. The restaurant is named after a former owner's dog from the 1970's. It is said that Poogan's ghost haunts the restaurant. Other ghosts reportedly haunt the house as well, including the ghost of a woman who can be seen going up and down the rear staircase.
Simply put, Poogan's Porch is one of my favorite places for brunch. I always look forward to returning. As you walk up to Poogan's, the first thing you see is the greenery of the small front yard that rests in front of the porch. There are only a few tables available, so it's rare to be seated there. The restaurant is so warm and cozy, reminding me of being with my grandparents. The dining rooms are full, but not overly so.
Brunch is the meal we normally choose at Poogan's Porch. It's important to arrive earlier than the normal lunch crowd, otherwise you might be in for a long wait. Even though we were bundled up, it was windy and very cold. As luck would have it though, we were given a table with a fireplace! Instant warmth! Best spot ever!
I loved the Fried Green Tomato Benedict so much last time that I had have it again! I think the biscuit may have been a bit off this time, but everything else was still great!
February 24, 2008
I decided to try the Fried Green Tomato Benedict and it was delicious. The poached eggs were perfect, the cheese grits were very good and the biscuits were so fluffy and flavorful that I didn't even need to add butter.
November 2007 I ordered the Cajun Sausage and Pepper jack cheese omelet. It was large and very hardy. The home fries were alright, but not the best I've had.
May 2007 We had brunch at Poogan's. I had the fried green BLT and it was pretty good. We tend to eat a lot of fried green tomatoes while in Charleston!
I had the fried chicken salad, which featured a honey-jalapeno dressing. The salad and chicken were delicious, butI was disappointed with the dressing. It tasted much like flavored mayonnaise. However, there are a large number of Southern staples and originals on the menu that I would definitely return in order to try, such as the Charleston Chicken. Check out the menu on their website. You can't beat the location. Right downtown on Queen Street, it is located in an old house, and the features of the house have largely been left intact. For example, doorways and fireplaces have not been modified for restaurant use. There are great views from the porch seats. A very open-air place. You might feel like you're eating in your grandma's kitchen. 11/2007 & 02/2008: Poogan's is a Charleston institution... you will never be let down. Both of these visits, I ordered from the Brunch menu, choosing the Lowcountry Breakfast with sausage and grits. For a meal that reminds of you of home, this'll do it!