A Local’s Guide to Brunch in Rock Hill

No Sunday is Complete Without Brunch in Rock Hill

The term brunch was coined in Britain in 1895 to describe a Sunday meal for “Saturday-night carousers” in the writer Guy Beringer’s article “Brunch: A Plea” in Hunter’s Weekly. “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting.” Beringer wrote. “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” No wonder us brunch in Rock Hill is a Sunday tradition. Here is a quick guide for locals:


The Yolk

Claim to Fame: “The cheese grits are the best I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a lot growing up in the south)!” -Yelp reviewer

Established in 2012, the Yolk has had some ups and downs with a fire at their first location, they’ve made themselves at home at 1912 Mt. Gallant Road. A very uplifting note discovered on their website: “Chef Greg also sits on the Board of The Catawba Farm and Food Coalition – a non-profit organization working to create a lasting, secure, and sustainable food system in Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union, York Counties, and the Catawba Indian Nation.” If that doesn’t say ‘community’ I don’t know what does.

Five & Dine

Claim to Fame: Chicken and waffles (and the atmosphere)

Home to history, this little diner is the gem of Old Town. Five & Dine has chicken and waffles on their brunch menu and is probably the best Southern staple to any brunch outing.

The Five & Dine, formerly McRory’s, is beautifully kept in vintage style from the typeface on the outside window to the original Friendship 9 counter, complete with plaques of their names on the bar stools.


Famous Toastery

Found at 2215 India Hook Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732, this restaurant is most talked about for their freshly squeezed orange juice. However, the food is delicious, and portions are balanced just right. The stuffed french toast is a major hit and their syrup is laced with a hint of honey.

Michael’s Rock Hill Grille

Claim to Fame: The drink menu

Michael’s Rock Hill Grille (so fun to say!) earned Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2015, and it’s no wonder. Since 2007, this tropical escape has been a favorite for locals and transports diners the second they walk through the door. With a menu full of quirky menu titles like Pasta Pleasure, Outrages Ocean Options, and a dessert called Reese’s Peanut Butter Shudder alliterations and deliciousness abound.

McHale’s on Main

Claim to Fame: Fish, chips, booze

Good old McHale’s, what can I say? This is one of those icon places every town has. Locals are often seen there on the back patio milling with other guests and the food has Irish flair. While not known in the brunch category, this Bar/restaurant has all the qualities of a good old dive brunchery for those looking to drink off their hangovers or chomp on some leprechaun balls. All jokes aside, McHale’s has killer fish and chips and is still going strong in Rock Hill’s Old Town as it’s often the center of many festivals and activities.

Hampton Street Cafe

Claim to Fame: “Southern Cuisine and ambiance in a casual and intimate setting in the heart of Old Town” -Yelp reviewer

Another Old Town favorite, Hampton St. Cafe is one of those mimosa/bloody Mary kind of places, but sadly they only serve beer and wine. As long as you can ignore the whole City Club member dining thing (no one gets it, seriously), guests enjoy classic Southern Cuisine that includes Carolina Burgers, shrimp and grits, and sausage gravy biscuits.



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