Here’s a list of the 15 best bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches in our city.
Much like yourself, I’m not afraid to shy away from a hearty breakfast. I’ve spent the past month devouring our city’s BECs. Below are the top 15, in no particular order.
[Note: BEC is short for bacon, egg and cheese. Also, email me if you’ve eaten all 15 of Charlotte’s top BECs, I need to personally congratulate you.]
BEC at Laurel Market
Vibe: Neighborhood market with a killer deli that’s a favorite amongst its Myers Park and Eastover neighbors.
Analysis: Fresh bread, perfectly cooked eggs and melted cheese that complement instead of taking over makes this the #1 BEC in Charlotte. Still room for improvement by adding more bacon.
BEC at Poppy’s
Vibe: No-frills bagel and deli in Cotswold.
Analysis: Poppy’s is clearly the #1 bagel spot in Charlotte, so anytime you add bacon, egg and cheese you’ve got a winner. The bagel makes the sandwich.
BEC at Famous Toastery
Vibe: Classic, popular Charlotte breakfast spot.
Analysis: You’re not leaving Toast hungry; the BEC is huge. Eggs are scrambled, so they always run the risk of being slightly overcooked.
BEC at Holler & Dash
Vibe: Well designed, fast casual in South End.
Analysis: Huge, Instagram-worthy biscuit. Also, check out their signature biscuits — the Chicken. Set. Go. ($9) and the Kickback Chicken ($9.50) are my favorite.
BEC at Amelie’s
Vibe: Eclectic French bakery and cafe.
Analysis: When you think of Amelie’s you think of salted caramel brownies and coffee, which is why this BEC is our city’s most underrated. It’s an indulgent sandwich that’ll leave your hands greasy with satisfaction.
BEC at Sunflour
Vibe: Popular bakery with two locations in the heart of both Dilworth and Elizabeth.
Analysis: Buttery croissant makes the sandwich. The sandwich is large and the egg comes square. It’s tasty, but Sunflour should up its bacon game.
BEC at Brooks’ Sandwich House
Vibe: Popular, old-school burger hut in NoDa.
Analysis: Outstanding bacon flavor. Order it “All the way.” I’ll be honest, chili at 7 a.m. sounded kinda gross and I was skeptical of their decision to use a hamburger bun. But the BEC delivered. Bun was fresh. The flavor of the bacon and chili really mixed well together although it did overpower the egg taste.
BEC at littleSpoon
Vibe: Los Angeles trendy vibe in Myers Park close to Selwyn Pub.
Analysis: By far the fanciest BEC on the list. The grilled roll, runny egg and unbelievably thick bacon work well together. Seriously, the bacon is about a 1/4 inch thick.
BEC at Sammy’s Deli Restaurant
Vibe: Cozy neighborhood diner in Plaza Midwood.
Analysis: I love it for it’s simplicity. Freshly cooked egg. You can get it on a biscuit, but toast is more popular. Order the hash browns if you’re looking for a side.
BEC at Lincoln’s Haberdashery
Vibe: Chill. Beautiful urban grocery perfect for a coffee meeting or a bottle of wine with friends.
Analysis: It’s named “Mary’s Muffin” and it’s made up of Scrambled egg, cheese, tomato, mayonnaise, and bacon. It’ll run you $9. Sure, it’s expensive for a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, but it’s tasty.
BEC at Owen’s Bagel & Deli
Vibe: Neighborhood bagel spot in South End
Analysis: The chewiness of Owen’s BEC makes it both delicious and memorable. I’m a huge fan of their steamed bagels.
BEC at Rhino Market
Vibe: Popular neighborhood market in FreeMoreWest.
Analysis: It’s delicious, but messy and hard to manage. This is the type of sandwich you eat and then watch Netflix on the sofa, not eat and then work.
BEC at Bojangles’
Vibe: Charlotte-based restaurant known for their made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits and iced tea.
Analysis: The biscuit makes the sandwich. Because of the manageable size, it’s easily portable and you’ll have belly space to crush some Bo Rounds.
BEC at Local Loaf
Vibe: Restaurant, patisserie and bakery focused on local ingredients in Uptown’s 7th Street Public Market.
Analysis: They were out of croissants when I visited, and the BEC just isn’t the same on brioche. While the BEC was tasty, I couldn’t help from being extremely jealous of the guy next to me eating Local Loaf’s Chicken & the Egg breakfast sandwich.
BEC at Mayobird
Vibe: Chicken salad spot with an upscale, cozy atmosphere.
Analysis: Not too big, not too small — I love the size of Mayobird’s manageable BEC. Well proportioned eggs, bacon and cheese which makes each bite delicious.