Looking to find a brunch spot? Here’s a quick list of the 15 best brunch spots in our city — and what to order at each.
The list of brunch spots below are in no particular order (this isn’t a ranking). Be sure to check with each restaurant first, as hours and menus may have changed during the pandemic.
People’s choice: In a recent survey sent to around 50,000 daily Agenda newsletter subscribers, our audience voted these as the best brunch spots in Charlotte: No. 1 Cafe Monte, No. 2 Tupelo Honey, No. 3 300 East, No. 4 Haberdish, and No. 5 Zada Janes.
(1) 300 East
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).
(2) Café Monte
Best upscale brunch
This is 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 minds 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 a couple of years ago 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: Cinnamon French Toast with Bourbon macerated raspberries, sorghum butter, maple syrup, and powdered sugar ($12)
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 new(ish) 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. Look out for a second location opening this year in South End at The Pavillion where Owen’s Bagel was located.
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, and peanut butter cup.
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).
(7) The Stanley
Best foodie brunch
James Beard-nominated chef Paul Verica leads The Stanley which has a constantly changing farm-driven menu. It’s one of the top five overall restaurants in Charlotte.
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 served 11 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 one of several new(ish) additions to South End’s Design Center on the booming block that also houses Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Hawkers, and 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).
(9) Suffolk Punch
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).
(10) Chef Alyssa Kitchen
Best cooking school brunch
Note: Brunch isn’t being offered regularly during the pandemic, but look out for scheduled to-go/pre-order pop-up brunches during the fall.
You’ll literally be sitting in a learning kitchen at their 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).
(11) Crepe Cellar
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 3 p.m. on Sunday (full menu here).
(12) The Crunkleton
Best cocktail brunch
The Crunkleton is a popular cocktail bar in Elizabeth, with a small, but tasty brunch menu. Their food is underrated.
Cocktails: The Crunkleton, known for their cocktails, features an 8-drink brunch cocktail list including the Honey Bee with bourbon, honey, lemon and cream ($13); and the 1957 Brunch Punch with Aperol, gin, lemon and orange blossom ($13).
Must-try brunch item: Rancheros Scramble with chorizo, poblanos, avocado, crowder peas, creme, hot sauce, ranchero, and cilantro served with home fries ($16).
The Crunkleton serves weekend brunch only and opens at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (full menu here)
(13) Tupelo Honey
Best chain restaurant brunch
Tupelo Honey, a Southern comfort food restaurant with over 15 locations across the United States, is packed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Staple brunch item:‘Old Skool’ breakfast bowl with two fried eggs, parmesan and rosemary potato cracklins, salsa, black-eyed peas, cheddar cheese, bacon and sausage crumbles, served over stone-ground goat cheese grits.
Must-try brunch item: Shoo Mercy Griddle – pancakes topped with buttermilk fried “forever free” chicken, apple cider bacon, spiced South Carolina pecans, and served with two fried eggs.
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (full menu here)
(14) Reid’s SouthPark
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 Drive (near Dick’s Sporting Goods). Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday (full menu here).
(15) 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 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. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (full menu).
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