Charlotte doesn’t mess around when it comes to brunch. Here are the 15 best brunch spots in our city, right now.
Best old school brunch
The family-owned and operated restaurant has been a Dilworth staple for more than 30 years, and while you may know them for their French onion soup, don’t skip brunch.
Staple brunch item: Eggs Benedict with poached eggs on an English muffin, ham, hollandaise and breakfast potatoes ($13)
Must-try brunch item: Instagram-worthy breakfast pizza with Wild Turkey Farms chorizo, red sauce, cheddar-jack cheese, scallions, queso fresco and fried eggs ($14.75)
Find them at 300 East Blvd. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday (full menu here).
Best upscale brunch
SouthPark’s go-to for upscale French food at an affordable price point.
Staple brunch item: French Country Breakfast with eggs any style, country bacon or sausage, skillet potato and toast ($13)
Must-try brunch item: Benedict Monte with a croissant, smoked ham, two eggs, tomato, asparagus and hollandaise ($15)
Find them at 6700 Fairview Road (near the Whole Foods). Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. (full menu here).
Best trendy brunch
Known for its Southern comfort food and cocktails, this NoDa staple from the mind behind Growlers Pourhouse and Crepe Cellar serves brunch during the week.
Staple brunch item: Chicken Biscuit Sandwich with de-boned fried chicken, slaw, honey mustard and pickles ($8)
Must-try brunch item: Tater Tot Benedict with Edward’s country ham, tater tot round, house hollandaise ($13)
Sweet: Cinnamon roll with cinnamon, sugar and milk caramel ($4)
Find it at 3106 N. Davidson St. Haberdish does brunch a little differently than your other go-to spots: It’s only offered during the week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (full menu here).
Best Uptown brunch
The farm-focused restaurant from Asheville-based Chef William Dissen opened in Uptown earlier this year with floor-to-ceiling windows, mezzanine seating and extensive breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch menus.
Staple brunch item: Haymaker Breakfast with two scrambled eggs, Benton’s bacon, herb-roasted potatoes and a jalapeño biscuit ($12)
Must-try brunch item: Dutch Baby, an heirloom cornmeal pancake with sorghum butter, bourbon macerated raspberries and candied pecans ($10)
Find it at 225 S. Poplar St. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (full menu).
Best fast-casual brunch
This fast-casual spot in South End may market itself as the “Cracker Barrel for Millennials,” but don’t write it off — its menu of over-the-top biscuits and bowls was an instant hit with lines out the door will win over even the most skeptical.
Staple brunch item: Chicken. Set. Go. with friend chicken, pimiento cheese, jalapeño and sorghum on a biscuit ($9)
Must-try brunch item: Kickback Chicken with fried chicken, goat cheese, green onion and sweet pepper jelly on a biscuit ($9.50)
Find it at 2725 South Blvd. Brunch is served 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday and Sunday (full menu).
Best new brunch
This popular Denver-based breakfast and brunch spot recently opened in Plaza Midwood. The colorful retro-inspired restaurant has about a dozen bar seats and a mix of booth and table seating inside along with a pet-friendly outdoor patio.
Hockey puck hash browns: Snooze hash browns are served up in a unique signature shape that looks like a perfectly formed hockey puck. I’m into it. If you prefer sweets, you can always swap your side of hash browns or toast for any pancake for $4.25.
Pancake Flights: Can’t choose just one of their eight pancake options? Make it a flight and pick any three flavors, including pineapple upside down, sweet potato, blueberry danish, peanut butter cup and more.
Find it at 1331 Central Ave. Snooze is open daily 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and they only accept reservations Monday through Thursday for parties of eight or more (full Snooze guide here).
Best brunch when you want to feel like you’re not in Charlotte
Myers Park staple littleSpoon provides Charlotte diners with a Los Angeles-style atmosphere, complete with handle-less coffee mugs and loud hip club-style music.
Thick Bacon Alert: #BEC with a slab of bacon, American cheese and sunny-side up egg on a potato roll ($9)
Must-try brunch item: Hash with sweet and purple potatoes, onion, bell pepper, sausage and egg ($15)
Find it at 2820 Selwyn Ave. Brunch is served 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (full menu here).
Best foodie brunch
After the shuttering of Heritage, James Beard-nominated chef Paul Verica brought The Stanley to life with a constantly changing farm-driven menu that was so anticipated reservations had to be made one to two weeks in advance upon the restaurant’s opening.
Sweet: Doughnuts, vanilla, chocolate or flavor of the day ($2.50)
Must-try brunch item: Duke’s brioche French toast with peaches, maple and bourbon fluff ($12)
Find it at 1961 E. 7th St. Brunch is served11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday (full menu). Agenda guide: 3 quick things to know about brunch at The Stanley
Best party brunch
This upscale Tex-Mex restaurant out of Atlanta is the newest addition to South End’s Design Center on the booming block that also houses Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and soon Barcelona Wine Bar.
Staple brunch item: Hot Cakes with whipped butter and buttermilk syrup ($8-$10)
Cheese please: It’s home to the Queso Fundido that boasts a wildly impressive 5-foot 9-inch cheese pull.
Must-try brunch item: Huevos Rancheros with a housemade tortilla, double beans, ranchero sauce, two eggs sunny-side up, avocado and bacon ($13)
Find it at 101 W. Worthington Ave. Brunch is served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (full menu).
Best brewery brunch
This South End brewery, bar and restaurant is one of the most beautiful spaces in the city. The kitchen is run by Dan Davis, the chef and owner of Craft. It’s legit. Oh, and you can wash down brunch with $3 beers all day on Sunday.
Staple brunch item: Pecan French Toast with thick-sliced brioche, crushed pecan crust, bourbon creme anglaise and seasonal berries ($12)
Must-try brunch item: Chicken-n-Biscuit with buttermilk fried chicken, scratch-made biscuit, scrambled egg, topped with peppercorn-chive gravy ($14)
Find it at 2911 Griffith St. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (full menu).
Best cooking school brunch
You’ll literally be sitting in a learning kitchen at this new Lower South End space. It’s counter service, so expect a low-key vibe, and the space is huge.
Staple brunch item: Breakfast Burrito with scrambled eggs, local chorizo, Ashe County sharp cheddar, potatoes, peppers, onions and tomato jam ($12)
Must-try brunch item: Pancake Tacos with fluffy pancakes filled with house bacon and scrambled eggs with spiced maple syrup to dip (three for $9)
Find it at 4001-C Yancey Road #100. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday (full menu).
Best cozy brunch
Crepe Cellar is a NoDa staple with a wide ranging brunch menu from their famous pesto brie fries to spinach and wild mushroom crepe to roasted oysters to eggs benedict. It’s popular and delicious.
Classic: French toast Kahlua battered brioche served with real maple syrup, your choice of bacon or housemade sausage and home fries or grits.
Crepe situation: You’ll have four breakfast crepe options, including the smoked salmon crepe with smoked salmon, egg, spinach, caramelized shallots, gruyere and hollandaise ($12).
Find it at 3116 North Davidson Street. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday (full menu here).
Best low-key brunch
You’ll find this Southern-infused cafe in SouthPark, Ballantyne and Fort Mill, and while it does offer lunch dinner, brunch is what it’s best known for.
Staple brunch item: Red Velvet Chicken & Waffle ($17.50)
Must-try brunch item: Red Velvet Waffle with cream cheese drizzle ($11.50)
Best brunch buffet
The brunch buffet at Reid’s includes an omelet station and carved prime rib station. It’s $24.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids 12 and under.
Buffet spread: Scrambled eggs, veggie frittata, corned beef hash, home fries and grits, pancakes and french toast, Reid’s biscuits and sausage gravy, fried chicken, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, cheese and charcuterie, smoked salmon, salad and soup. That’s in addition to the omelet and carved prime rib station.
Find it at 4331 Barclay Downs Dr (near Dick’s Sporting Goods). Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday (full menu).
Best neighborhood brunch
Choose one thing and do it well is the motto of this Plaza Midwood diner, and their forte (their word) is breakfast served all day.
Staple brunch item: Booker T’s East Side Hasher, with sweet potato hash browns topped with frittata-style eggs, pork sausage, turkey sausage or soysage, melted cheddar and green onions ($8.95)
Must-try brunch item: Bunny Rancheros with two eggs, black beans, home fries, your choice of protein, topped with queso, guacamole, salsa verde, sour cream and flour tortillas ($9.95)
Find it at 1601 Central Ave. Breakfast/brunch is served from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (full menu).
Legion Brewing SouthPark (5610 Carnegie Blvd): Choose from staples like eggs and sausage, buttermilk pancakes and French Toast – or go with one of their three breakfast pizzas or four breakfast sandwiches. Full menu here. Served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Bistro la Bon (Plaza Midwood 1322 Central Ave.): Go on Saturday for an a la carte brunch or wait until Sunday for the $22 all-you-can-eat buffet. Full menus here. Served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Wooden Robot (South End, 1440 S. Tryon St. Suite 110): Dishes include shrimp and grits, avocado egg toast, stuffed French toast and beer cheese and biscuits (made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, country ham, farm-fresh eggs over easy topped with Chef Rob’s OG beer cheese). Served 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Heist Brewery (NoDa, 2909 N. Davidson St.): While there is a Saturday brunch menu, go on Sunday for a $19 all-you-can-eat brunch that includes access to a full buffet and pizza rail. Full menus here. Served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
La Belle Helene (Uptown, 300 S. Tryon St.): Uptown’s upscale French brasserie offers a weekend brunch menu complete with avocado toast, quiche lorraine and a croque-monsieur. Full menu here. Served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tupelo Honey (South End, 1820 South Blvd.): Known for slinging Southern comfort food, Tupelo Honey doesn’t disappoint with its seven-days-a-week brunch that includes a pimiento cheese omelet and pecan pie french toast. Full menu here.
Vivace (Midtown, 1100 Metropolitan Ave.): Vivace’s upscale feel makes for a more refined brunch. That said, they’ve also got $2 mimosas and bloody marys if you’re looking to party. Full menu here. Served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Zeppelin (South End, 235 W. Tremont Ave.): The recently-launched Big Blimpin Brunch menu focuses on unique and ingredient-driven dishes and cocktails. Full menu here. Served from11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.
[More of a breakfast person? Here’s the Agenda guide to the best breakfast spots in Charlotte]