Best Place to Sip Coffee and Ponder How Charleston Used to Be

Marina Variety Store

Staff Pick

We love tracking the newest eats in Charleston, but when we’re looking for a little nostalgia, nothing beats a Marina Variety Store breakfast. There’s something about the paper placemats and off-white mugs that remind us of how things used to be back when Charleston wasn’t a top-five tourist destination. From our window seat at MVS, we can look out onto the harbor and imagine what the city must have been like in the ’70s — still sleepy, still weathered, still dining at Henry’s. Some may argue that Marina’s eggs and bacon are just like any old diner’s eggs and bacon, but we think they’re different. They taste just a little bit better coming from the kitchen of this rough-hewn institution.
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