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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.
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.
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.
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).
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’
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
Sleek two-story coffee shop in Skyhouse offering food from FūD on the MūV
Location: Fourth Ward – 644 N. Church Street
Must order: Cronut
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)
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)
Southern comfort food with a creative twist.
Award: Best complimentary biscuits (served with blackberry jam)
Location: Uptown – 101 S. Tryon Street
Must order: Tupelo Honey Shrimp & Grits — shrimp, peperonata, scallions, stone-ground cheese grits, served with five-ingredient rustic bread ($18.75)
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)
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)
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
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
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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)