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Charlotte’s Best Brunch Spots

Whether you’re looking for endless brunch buffet options, the perfect patio for mimosa sipping, or red velvet waffles, we’ve got a full list of Queen City brunch options to fill you up.
Creative brunch options abound at this posh restaurant.
Creative brunch options abound at this posh restaurant.

Story by Chrissie Nelson

Saturdays and Sundays have become two-meal days as Charlotteans flock to local restaurants to get their fill on eggs Benedict, French toast and bloody marys. Whether you’re looking for loaded buffets, the perfect patio for sipping mimosas or a haven for inhaling red velvet waffles, we’ve got a full list of Queen City brunch spots that are sure to serve your favorites and fill you right up.

All-you-can-eat Specialties

Brunch buffets are ideal for those of us who can’t decide what to order or aren’t satisfied with just one entrée.

Nan and Byron’s brunch buffet includes innovative options, like a chilled shellfish platter (with oysters and crab legs), alongside brunch classics, like bagels and cream cheese, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage and scrambled eggs. For $23, you’ll enjoy unlimited buffet access and a beverage of your choice (a bloody mary, mimosa, soft drink, juice or bottomless coffee/tea).

On Sundays, Mimosa Grill’s traditional brunch buffet offers a spin on Southern tradition. Entrees range from shrimp and grits (there’s even a grits bar) to eggs Benedict, Applewood smoked bacon, roasted maple sausage, cheddar-baked macaroni and cheese, and savory items from an extensive carving station—all for $20.

Start off your week at Heist Brewery. The spot features “Kegs and Eggs” on Sundays, which includes tasty all-you-can-eat options, like caramelized pineapple, flatbread pizza and drunken mussels, plus $5 bloody marys or $12 mimosa carafes. On top of the buffet, your $19 will also get you access to the waffle station and a choice of an item from the rotating a la carte menu.

Savor classic French fare with Southern flare for $25 (and bottomless mimosas on the side for an additional $12) at George’s Brasserie. Plates, which seem to transport you to a Parisian café, include heavenly beignets and delicious croquet-monsieurs.

Pike’s Soda Shop boasts the most affordable brunch buffet option in the Queen City—it’s $13.95. Among the offerings are hash brown casserole, sausage, gravy and eggs, plus some things to satisfy your sweet tooth, like key lime pie and red velvet cake. You can also opt for an a la carte omelet or flavorful pecan pancakes.

"Egg"cellent Entrees

If satisfaction from a single entrée is more your scene, try these popular Queen City spots that are serving up creative and classic options.

Café Monte, recently named one of the best brunch restaurants in America by OpenTable, has mastered the art of the Parisian breakfast. Offerings than span escargot baked in puff pastries to golden crepes, Benedicts and quiche are must-tries.

Sweeten up your Sunday with Terrace Café’s red velvet waffles. These tasty wonders are topped with a cream cheese drizzle.

Channel your childhood when you order Fahrenheit’s jumbo Cap’n Crunch pancakes, inspired by the classic cereal, with a vanilla milk reduction.

300 East is a Charlotte institution serving its take on traditional breakfast. Try the breakfast pizza with chorizo, cheddar jack cheese and queso fresco topped with fried eggs.

Grab a coffee from the self-serve station and a sunny spot outside—and maybe even dive into a game of cornhole or shuffleboard—while you wait for a table at Zada Jane’s in Plaza Midwood. The line may be long, but the plates of bunny rancheros that await are well worth it.

Visit Little Spoon, where you can indulge in a cup of coffee as big as a bowl (you’ll need two hands to drink it), and order something new off of the mouthwatering rotating menu.

A made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuit from Tupelo Honey Café is a must whether you stop in for brunch or dinner. The good news is you can order breakfast anytime you’d like.

Patio Picks 

Patios are the perfect places to enjoy brunch in the great outdoors, and the Queen City has a plethora to pick from.

Enjoy your eggs on the roof, complete with sunshine and Uptown views, at two of Plaza Midwood’s most popular casual spots: Peculiar Rabbit and Whiskey Warehouse. Or pop down the street to sip on a Bellini or mimosa on Krazy Fish’s patio, which packs fun alongside whimsical decor.

Indulge in a sky-high quiche and a cocktail next to Little Sugar Creek Greenway on Vivace’s expansive patio. For $25, you can enjoy a two-course brunch and something from the mimosa and bloody mary bar on Saturday or Sunday.

Don’t be fooled by Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktail’s location at the end of a Cotswold strip mall. The hidden gem boasts a shady patio out front and is the perfect spot to snack on fried chicken or an omelet hot off the omelet station.

Vida Cantina and their sidekick Vida Vida serves up a mouthwatering Mexican brunch -- from scratch with real, quality ingredients. Enjoy every Saturday and Sunday from 11-3 p.m. Try dishes such as chorizo tacos and huevos rancheros with a tequila sunrise mimosa or any other of their craveable specialty brunch cocktails.

Farm to Table Fare

For a truly local taste of the Carolinas, explore these Charlotte brunch spots sourcing ingredients from neighboring farmers.

Brunch locally at Heirloom Restaurant, where the menu changes weekly depending on what ingredients are fresh and available. Everything offered is strictly sourced from North Carolina.

Traditional Southern flavors and local seasonal ingredients grown by family farms inspire The Asbury’s executive chef, Matthew Krenz. His focus on elevated Southern cuisine is reflected throughout the brunch menu, with classic items, like cast iron biscuits, deviled eggs, Southern-style Benedict (with pimento cheese), and chicken and waffles, taking the spotlight.

Travel south of the (state) border to The Flipside Café, which is home to the best brunch in Fort Mill. The spot crafts its star dishes--Carolina grits and soy chorizo and potato hash—with the freshest local ingredients from North and South Carolina farmers.

Sunday (worth-waiting-until-noon) Spirits

Some would argue that brunch isn’t truly brunch unless it includes a cocktail to wash everything down. While you have to wait to imbibe until noon on Sundays, these spirit-laden spots are worth rolling out of bed for a bit later.

Both bloody mary and mimosa lovers will delight in Draught’s brunch beverage bars. If you’re in a mimosa mood, your server will deliver a bottle of champagne to the table for you to mix up your own drinks using five choices of fruit juice and fresh fruit. If you’re looking for something with more of a kick, visit Draught’s bloody mary bar, which allows you to make your mary as spicy as you’d like.

On Saturdays and Sundays, Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen serves brunch that brings Louisiana flare and a famous build-your-own bloody mary bar to NoDa.

Fern, Flavors from the Garden mixes up bloody marys on the weekend, too. Bonus: You can sip on this spot’s signature version (which is vegan and made in house) for just $1. Bloody mary lovers, rejoice!

If you are looking for a casual yet refined dining experience with classic sips, Uptown’s 5Church offers a variety of cocktails and bottles of bubbly that pair perfectly with the Sunny Side egg pizza or the signature lamb burger.

Napa on Providence offers a bottomless mimosa brunch through which you can vicariously visit the California countryside—without leaving Myers Park. Vineyard-inspired décor and made-from-scratch dishes using fresh, local ingredients make all of the difference here.

Haberdish offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11:30 a.m. Smoked deviled eggs, charred okra and chicken & waffles are among the creative dishes served in this mill town Southern kitchen in NoDa. The indulgent cocktails with a flower captured inside an ice sphere are undoubtedly the best reward for waiting until noon.

This article ran in the June 2015 issue of Happenings and was updated March 2017.

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