10 best brunch spots in Charlotte, plus what to order at each

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This article was updated September 2018.

Charlotte doesn’t mess around when it comes to brunch.

Here are the top 10 best brunch spots in our city, right now.


300 East

Best old school brunch

The family-owned and operated restaurant has been a Dilworth staple for 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: Brioche French Toast, with vanilla sugar dust, Virginia maple syrup and Heritage Farms bacon ($12)

Find them at 300 East Boulevard and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Brunch is served Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (full menu here).


Café Monte

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 and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Brunch is served every day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (full menu here).

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Benedict Monte


Haberdish

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 ($7)

Must-try brunch item: Cinnamon roll, with cinnamon, sugar and milk caramel ($4)

Find it at 3106 North Davidson Street and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Haberdish does brunch a little differently than your other go-tos: it’s only offered during the week, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (full menu here).

courtesy Haberdish


Haymaker

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 South Poplar Street and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (full menu).

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Holler and Dash

Best fast-casual brunch

This fast-casual spot may market itself as the “Cracker Barrel for Millennials,” but don’t write it off; its menu over-the-top biscuits and bowls was an instant hit, with lines out the door, and 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 Boulevard and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Brunch is served Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. (full menu).

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Kickback Chicken


littleSpoon

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.

Staple brunch item: #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 Avenue and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Brunch is served Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (full menu here).

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The Stanley

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.

Staple brunch item: 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 East 7th Street, and connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Brunch is served Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (full menu).

Photo courtesy The Stanley


Superica

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)

Must-try brunch item: Huevos Rancheros, with a housemade tortilla, double beans, ranchero sauce, 2 eggs sunny-side up, avocado and bacon ($13)

It’s home to the Queso Fundido that boasts a wildly impressive 5’9″ cheese pull. Find it at 101 W. Worthington Avenue and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (full menu).

Photo courtesy Superica (by Mary Caroline Russell)


Terrace Café

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)

See locations and hours here, and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. While brunch is served 7 days a week, times vary by location (full menu here).


Zada Jane’s

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 hashbrowns 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 Avenue and connect on Facebook and Instagram. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (full menu here).

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Honorable mentions:

Bistro la Bon (1322 Central Avenue): Go on Saturday for an a la carte brunch or wait until Sunday for the $22 all-you-can-eat buffet. Full menus hereServed Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Heist Brewery (2909 North Davidson Street): While there is a Saturday brunch menu, go on Sunday for a $19 all-you-can-eat brunch that includes one entrée and access to a full buffet and pizza rail. Full menus hereServed Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

La Belle Helene (300 South Tryon Street): Uptown’s upscale French brasserie offers a weekend brunch menu complete with avocado toast, quiche lorraine and a croque-monsieur. Full menu hereServed Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tupelo Honey (1820 South Boulevard): Known for slinging Southern comfort food, Tupelo Honey doesn’t disappoint with its 7-days-a-week brunch that includes a pimento cheese omelet and pecan pie french toast. Full menu here.

Vivace (1100 Metropolitan Avenue): Vivace’s upscale feel makes for a more refined brunch rather than a race to the bottom of your mimosa. Do it The Vivace Way ($30), which includes 2 courses (1 antipasti, 1 piatto principale) and access to the mimosa and Bloody Mary bar. Full menu hereServed Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Zeppelin (235 West Tremont Avenue): The recently-launched Big Blimpin Brunch menu focuses on unique and ingredient-driven dishes and cocktails. Full menu hereServed Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Kylie Moore
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