Tucked away in the back corner of the James Island shopping center at the corner of Maybank and Folly is a little family owned and operated diner called Great American Grill.
Over the years the location has been home to at least 2 other restaurants that I know of, none of which lasted very long. Great American Grill has been around for just over 2 years now, so they're probably doing something right. It's the kind of place where unless you work or live in the area, you probably wouldn't know it's there. There's a pretty local crowd, and a lot of regulars.
It's a diner, so the food is pretty basic and uncomplicated, but tasty. They serve breakfast (which you can get all day) and lunch. Everything is cooked to order, and if you sit at the counter, you can watch all the action. Portions are generous and as it says on the menus, "You'll never leave hungry". Service is always friendly, and you can pretty much order anything and get it cooked the way you want.
If you're there on a weekend, the Country Style Breakfast is hard to beat. Two giant buttermilk pancakes, biscuits and gravy, eggs, and sausage links, patties or bacon. It'll keep you going pretty much the entire day.
Great American Grill is located at 1739 Maybank Hwy on James Island.