37 best breakfast spots in Charlotte and what to order from each

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Love breakfast? The Agenda does too. Here’s a list of the best breakfast spots in Charlotte and what to order from each.


Flying Biscuit

Southern-style breakfast spot with lines out the door on the weekend.

Award: Best Grits

Location: Park Road Shopping Center, 4241 Park Rd (opens at 7 a.m.)

Must order: The ‘Award Winning Shrimp and Grits’ or the ‘Heavenly French Toast’ if you’re craving something sweet.

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Famous Toastery

Casual, no-frills breakfast place loved by locals.

Award: Agenda reader’s choice #1 breakfast spot in Charlotte

Locations: Uptown – 330 S. Tryon Street, Dilworth – 2400 Park Road, University City – 8933 JM Keynes Drive Suite 2, Ballantyne – 8430 Rea Road. They have 10 additional locations in the surrounding Charlotte area. Find the closest to you.

Must order: Huevos Rancheros ($10.99) – Two eggs any style served over black beans, cheddar & feta cheese, with crispy tortilla strips, topped with cilantro, pico de gallo and avocado slices.

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Other noteworthy Toast breakfast items include their avocado benny, burrito with homemade salsa and stuffed french toast.


Sunflour Baking Company

Cozy bakery serving up coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches.

Award: Best croissants

Locations: Elizabeth – 2001 East 7th Street, Dilworth – 220 East Boulevard, Harrisburg – 5040 Highway 49 South, Ballantyne – 14021 Conlan Circle #B-9

Must order: A bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on one of their cheddar biscuits ($6.75).


Holler & Dash

A modern fast casual eatery famous for their signature southern biscuit combinations.

Award: Most mouthwatering biscuit stack

Locations: South End – 2725 South Boulevard, Suite A

Must order: Chicken. Set. Go. with friend chicken, pimiento cheese, jalapeño and sorghum on a biscuit ($9)

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littleSpoon

Cute neighborhood brunch spot with  farm fresh fare and a sense of humor.

Award: Thickest bacon

Locations: Myers Park – 2820 Selwyn Avenue

Must order: The breakfast tacos (corn tortillas, egg whites, kale, quinoa, tomatillo salsa) or the Cinnamon Toast Brulee (brioche toast, cinnamon sugar butter) and a side of ‘Slab Bacon’

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Zada Jane’s

Plaza Midwood cafe offering local, organic menu items and a funky vibe.

Locations: Plaza Midwood – 1601 Central Avenue

Must order: 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)

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Agenda related story: Best brunch spots in Charlotte


The Original Pancake House

A casual breakfast joint specializing in stacks of fluffy pancakes.

Award: Most pancake options

Location: Elizabeth – 915 Charlottetown Road, SouthPark – 4736 Sharon Road

Must order: The apple pancake, oven baked with fresh granny smith apples and pure Sinkiang cinnamon glaze.

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[Agenda related story: Best pancakes in Charlotte]


Cafe Monte

A charming French bistro offering mouthwatering egg benedicts, crepes and beignets.

Award: Most insta-worthy benedict

Locations: SouthPark – 6700 Fairview Road, Suite 108

Must order: Benedict Monte, with a croissant, smoked ham, two eggs, tomato, asparagus and hollandaise ($15)

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Not Just Coffee Dilworth

Hip, relaxed hang out with frothy lattes and small plates

Award: Best avocado toast

Location: Dilworth – 2230 Park Road

Must order: Avocado toast ($8) and a vanilla sugar latte ($4.87)

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Poppy’s Bagels

Small breakfast joint serving up New York-style bagels and cream cheese.

Award: Best bagels

Location: Cotswold – 2921 Providence Road, Suite 102

Must order: A toasted everything bagel with bacon, egg and cheese ($4.29)

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Laurel Market

Neighborhood deli with grab-n-go breakfast sandwiches

Location: Eastover – 114 Cherokee Road

Must order:  Breakfast Torta – two eggs, dry-cured chorizo, havarti cheese, scallions and cilantro ($4.95)


Owen’s Bagels

South End steamed bagel joint with lines out the door on weekends.

Location: South End – 2041 South Boulevard

Must order: Phish – an asiago bagel topped with bacon ranch cream cheese, bacon, egg, onions, pepperjack, tomato and avocado ($6.75)


Terrace Cafe

Casual breakfast and brunch spot offering Southern cuisine with a twist.

Award: Fanciest waffle

Locations: SouthPark – 4625 Piedmont Row Suite 105, Ballantyne – 14815 Ballantyne Village Way Suite 150

Must order: The red velvet waffle with cream cheese drizzle ($11)


Bojangles’

Scratch-made biscuits and crispy chicken served hot and fast, a Charlotte staple since 1977.

Award: Best tailgate breakfast

Locations: They have tons around Charlotte. Find the closest one.

Must order: A Cajun Filet Biscuit and Bo-tato Rounds


Midnight Diner

Classic, shiny 1950s-style diner open 24/7 with all your southern faves. 

Locations: Uptown – 115 East Carson Boulevard

Must order: The chicken and waffles – two jumbo chicken wings served on top of a golden brown belgian waffle ($10.99)

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Central Coffee Co.

A neighborhood coffee shop with artisan lattes and homemade breakfast items.

Award: Best quiche

Locations: Plaza Midwood – 719 Louise Avenue, South End – 1700 Camden Road, Suite 101

Must order: One of their scratch-made quiches and a dirty chai latte.

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Eddie’s Place

No-fuss eatery that serves breakfast all day long.

Award: Best all day breakfast

Locations: Cotswold – 617 S. Sharon Amity Road

Must order: Eddie’s Traditional Benedict  – toasted english muffin topped with ham, two eggs your way with hollandaise sauce and your choice of a side ($11.25)

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Living Kitchen

A bright, airy vegetarian oasis with organic fare and cold pressed juices.

Award: Best vegetarian breakfast

Location: South End – 2000 South Boulevard, Suite 300

Must order: The ‘Living Bagel’ topped with cashew sour cream, tomato, onion, micro cilantro, avocado and sprouts ($10)


Earl’s Grocery

Cozy market and high-end grocery offering 

Location: Elizabeth – 1609 Elizabeth Avenue

Must order: Grit bowl with Geechie Boy Mill grits, topped with cheddar cheese and green tomato chow chow ($5.99) and add a farm fresh egg ($1.49)


Reid’s Fine Foods Uptown

Gourmet market with breakfast items exclusively available at the Uptown location.

Location: Uptown – 121 West Trade Street

Must order: The avocado toast, topped with pickled red onions, roasted tomatoes and micro greens ($5.99)


Queen City Grounds

Sleek two-story coffee shop in Skyhouse offering food from FūD on the MūV

Location: Fourth Ward – 644 N. Church Street

Must order: Cronut


Haberdish

Southern kitchen and cocktail bar with weekday brunch.

Award: Best weekday brunch

Location: NoDa – 3106 North Davidson Street

Must order: Chicken & waffle – waffle, deboned fried chicken thigh, slaw, bread and butter pickles and honey butter syrup ($10) and a blonde bloody mary ($8)


Local Loaf

Popular restaurant and bakery serving artisanal bread, pastries and mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches.

Locations: Uptown – 224 East 7th Street, NoDa – 800 East 35th Street

Must order: ‘Chicken & the Egg’ biscuit with hand breaded chicken tenders, aged white cheddar, poached egg, micro greens and chipotle Cheerwine sauce ($9)


Tupelo Honey

Southern comfort food with a creative twist.

Award: Best complimentary biscuits (served with blackberry jam)

Location: South End –  1820 South Boulevard

Must order: ‘Shoo Mercy Shrimp & Grits’ served with chorizo, sauteed kale, blistered tomato and a fried egg


Tryon House Family Restaurant

No-frills, old school family spot with breakfast specials offered daily. 

Award: Most bang for your buck

Location: Collingwood – 215 East Exmore Street

Must order: ‘Giant Breakfast’ with three eggs, three pancakes or waffles or french toast and bacon or sausage ($9.25)

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Brooks’ Sandwich House

Tiny roadside sandwich shop with a walk-up window.

Award: Best walk-up breakfast

Location: NoDa – 2710 N. Brevard Street

Must order: Add an egg to their famous chili cheeseburger ($4.75) and an order of hash browns ($2)

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Suffolk Punch

Brewery, coffee bar and culinary cafe with expansive outdoor seating and coffee cocktails.

Award: Best coffee cocktails

Location: South End – 2911 Griffith Street, Suite A

Must order: The pecan french toast with thick sliced brioche, crushed pecan crust, bourbon creme anglaise and seasonal berries ($12)


Duck Donuts

Cute donut shop with unique flavored, made-to-order donuts.

Award: Best bacon donut

Location: Dilworth – 1710 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 220

Must order: The maple icing donut topped with chopped bacon


Your Mom’s Donuts

Craft donut shop with 12-15 different flavors available daily. 

Award: Best square donut

Locations: Matthews – 11025 Monroe Road

Must order: The blackberry bourbon donut

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First Watch

Casual cafe with scratch-made breakfast favorites and seasonal offerings.

Locations: Matthews – 1643 Matthews Township Parkway, South Charlotte – 63 Providence Farm Lane

Must order: The BLT Benedict – Two poached cage-free eggs atop toasted ciabatta with bacon, vine-ripened tomato, avocado and lemon-dressed arugula and covered with hollandaise. Served with lightly dressed organic mixed greens.


The People’s Market

Neighborhood spot for food, drinks, work and play – oh, and breakfast is served all day.

Location: Dilworth – 1315 East Blvd

Must order: Brian’s huevos rancheros sandwich – scrambled eggs, guacamole, pico de gallo and cheddar cheese on a brioche bun ($5.25)


Rhino Market

Chill urban grocery, bar and food counter

Location: Wesley Heights – 1500 W. Morehead Street | Uptown – 420 Church Street

Must order: Breakfast burrito ($4.79) with scrambled egg, potato hash, sausage, cheese and salsa


RedEye Diner

Uptown diner offering 24/7 breakfast to those at the Epicentre

Location: Uptown – 210 East Trade Street

Must order: Chicken and waffles with whole natural jumbo chicken wings marinated in Chef Lee’s special marinade and coated with his secret flour mix then fried to a perfect crisp. Served with a golden brown Belgian waffle ($10.99)


Nicky’s Restaurant

No-frills breakfast and lunch spot 

Location: 2416 Freedom Drive

Must order: Two eggs and livermush served with grits or hashbrowns and toast or a biscuit ($4.25)


Crispy Crepe

Popular crepe spot on South Blvd

Location: South End – 1436 South Blvd

Must order: Cookie butter crepe filled with a delicious caramelized sugar biscuit cream topped with sliced bananas and whipped cream ($10.45)


Common Market South End

The OG South End sandwich shop and market is back and bigger than ever.

Location: South End – 235 West Tremont Street, Suite 103

Must order: The J Wrap – Eggs, protein of your choice, pepper jack, black been and corn in a wrap ($5.75)

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Lincoln’s Haberdashery

Quirky artisanal market with sandwiches and specialty coffee drinks.

Location: South End – 1300 South Boulevard, Suite S

Must order: Mary’s Muffin — scrambled egg, tomato, dukes mayo with choice of one: hickory nut gap ham, bacon, or avocado ($7.50)

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