Eat & Drink

Charlotte's Best Brunch Spots

Start your day just right at these Queen City brunch spots.

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Whether you’re looking for Southern brunch specialties, the perfect patio for mimosa sipping or health-conscious options, the Queen City will fill you right up. Check out these Charlotte restaurants to get your fill on brunch favorites.

Uptown

Cap'N Crunch pancakes - Photo courtesy of Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit

Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Enjoy a view of the Charlotte skyline from the stellar rooftop patio of Fahrenheit. Start your day with a childhood favorite by ordering their jumbo Cap’N Crunch pancakes, inspired by the classic cereal, with a vanilla milk reduction.

Mimosa Grill

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mimosa Grill's traditional brunch menu offers a spin on Southern tradition. Entrees range from simple breakfast plates and a la carte items to build your own to specialties like the Mimosa omelet, gluten-free chicken and waffles (with a kick), steak and eggs, walnut crusted French toast and the to-die-for pimento cheese biscuits.

Sophia's Lounge

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This swanky cocktail bar located inside the historic Ivey's Hotel is named in honor of Charlotte's namesake: Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg, wife of King George III. Guests will have a royal experience at Sophia's Lounge. Try the Queen's breakfast or 5Church lamb burger (5Church restaurant is connected to Sophia's and both are led by "Top Chef" alum chef Jamie Lynch).

The Asbury

Hours: Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Located inside The Dunhill Hotel, The Asbury serves up classic Southern flavors with a modern and rustic flair. Executive chef Mike Long and pastry chef Jamie Turner are committed to using local seasonal ingredients grown by small, family farms in the region, which influence their uniquely Carolinian dishes on the menu, like banana pudding pancakes, warm banana walnut bread, fried chicken biscuits, deviled eggs and the fan-favorite buttermilk sticky biscuits.

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Tupelo Honey

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

A made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuit from Tupelo Honey is a must whether you stop in for brunch or dinner. The good news is you can order these anytime you’d like. Other brunch favorites include Southern-inspired dishes like fried chicken and biscuits, pecan pie pancakes or French toast, and eggs Benedict.

Uptown Yolk

Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (curbside pickup only)

Located in the 7th Street Public Market, The Yolk's mission is to share their love affair of breakfast with the world. If you need an extra kick to start your day, try the brown butter biscuits with smoked chicken gravy and jalapeño jam aptly named There’s Fire.

Dilworth

300 East - Photo by Kate Magee Photography

300 East

Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (limited brunch); Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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.

Fern, Flavors from the Garden

Hours: Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Vegetarians (and those who love them) will delight in the offerings at Fern, Flavors from the Garden, which mixes up creative cocktails alongside their signature vegetarian fare. Trust us, you won’t even miss the bacon.

Elizabeth

The Stanley

Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Owned and operated by the James Beard Award-nominated chef Paul Verica and his son and sous chef Alex, the farm-to-table destination has earned a cult following for Alex’s secret-recipe doughnuts, baked fresh daily and known to sell out fast. Expect delicious seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in the other forward-thinking brunch items at The Stanley.

Dilworth

Easy Like Sunday

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Easy Like Sunday is a brunch-inspired restaurant that is a dream come to life for husband-wife team Anna and Sean Macccuish. The ricotta stuffed French toast and fried chicken sandwich (named one of the best in Charlotte by Charlotte magazine) are must-try dishes.

Little Spoon - Photo by Kate Magee Photography

littleSpoon

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit littleSpoon for something fresh and different. Get your caffeine fix with 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 seasonally inspired rotating menu.

Napa on Providence

Hours: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Napa on Providence offers wines on tap, wines by the glass and house-made cocktails through which you can vicariously visit the California countryside—without leaving Myers Park. Vineyard-inspired decor and made-from-scratch dishes using fresh, local ingredients make all of the difference here.

NoDa

Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen serves brunch with Louisiana flair, like the shrimp Creole waffle. Try a Cajun favorite and save room to order beignets for dessert.

Haberdish - Photo by Jamey Price

Haberdish

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Homemade cinnamon rolls and chicken and waffles are among the fan-favorite dishes served in this mill town Southern kitchen in NoDa. Haberdish’s indulgent cocktails with a flower captured inside an ice sphere are undoubtedly the best reward for getting out of bed.

Heist Brewery

Hours: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Charlotte’s first brewpub, Heist Brewery has been serving brunch favorites since 2012. Known for wood-fired specialties, be sure to try the flatbread of the day. Other popular dishes include the brunch burger, chicken and waffle sandwich, and the brunch junkie French toast.

Oh My Soul

Hours: Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

With its original location in South Africa, Oh My Soul is NoDa’s first vegan restaurant. This uplifting and colorful spot invites all to try something new from the vegan, plant-based and cruelty-free menu. Get a taste of South Africa with the Howzit Bru, a South African lekker brekkie roll filled with deliciousness, or try the vegan version of French toast or pancakes.

Plaza Midwood

Krazy Fish

Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

When you drive down Central Avenue, you can’t miss Krazy Fish’s patio full of whimsical decor. This “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” alum, a self-proclaimed world soul seafood fusion restaurant, serves up a robust menu of classics and “krazy” dishes. Try the spicy fire alarm omelet and then sip from a sparkling bellini to cool down the heat.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery

Hours: Daily, 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

This Denver-based concept offers creative twists on the most important meal of the day. Thoughtfully prepared dishes with responsibly sourced ingredients make up the breakfast-only menu with all of the classics plus much more. Snooze an A.M. Eatery opened a second location (featuring its can’t-miss orange umbrellas on the patio) in South End in fall of 2020.

Whiskey Warehouse

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Whiskey Warehouse is a neighborhood pub with a whiskey-focused cocktail program. Its rooftop bar offers fresh air and skyline views, the perfect spot to enjoy chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, or omelets from the brunch menu.

Zada Jane's Corner Café - Photo by Kate Magee Photography

Zada Jane's Corner Café

Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Since 2008, this Plaza Midwood favorite has been serving up creative culinary creations for breakfast and lunch that match the hip, eclectic vibe of the neighborhood. Zada Jane's often has a wait, but plates like the bunny rancheros and the eastern-western are well worth it.

South End

Leroy Fox

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktail is a perfect place to snack on fried chicken or an omelet hot off the grill. Settle in on the cozy patio at their locations in South End and Cotswold.

Link & Pin

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

With a name inspired by South End’s railway history, Link & Pin is the destination for those who love a high-end boozy brunch. Order the personal mimosa tray that comes with your choice of bubbly and all the trimmings and then round out your spread with salmon and pimento cheese toast, house-made pop tarts or the build-your-own 3 egg omelet. The restaurant also added a second location in Huntersville in fall of 2020.

Ruby Sunshine

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

This Big Easy-inspired Southern breakfast and brunch spot is from the owners of the popular Ruby Slipper Cafe in New Orleans. Experience the flavors of Nola at Ruby Sunshine with dishes like the Cochon beignets, bayou shrimp benedict and the bananas foster style French toast.

Superica

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Take a proverbial trip to the Wild Wild West at Superica Charlotte. Try each of the nonalcoholic Aguas Frescas or a refreshing sangria to go with your Tex Mex-inspired brunch dishes like huevos rancheros or tamales & eggs. The restaurant opened a second location in South Charlotte in fall of 2020.

The Suffolk Punch

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Equal parts culinary café, coffee bar, taphouse and brewery, The Suffolk Punch has it all. Feast on locally sourced, scratch-made dishes like deviled eggs, NC shrimp and the TSP breakfast. The restaurant also serves a basic breakfast menu Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 10 a.m.

VANA's Cinnamon Bun - Photo by Jamey Price

VANA

Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

VANA (meaning “wooded area of the forest” in Sanskrit) is a rustic-style, chef-driven restaurant from the owners of Bardo. With a focus on local and fresh, the menu offers beautifully crafted dishes that celebrate the flavors of nature. Try one of the breakfast flatbreads or sammis paired with one of the brunch cocktail creations from mixologist Amanda Britton.

SouthPark

Café Monte

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Café Monte has mastered the art of the Parisian breakfast. Offerings range from escargot baked in puff pastries to golden crepes, benedicts and quiche.

Legion Brewing SouthPark

Hours: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Whether you crave a go-to classic, breakfast pizza or brunch bowl, Legion Brewing SouthPark has you covered. The original location in Plaza Midwood also serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, and a third location is slated to open in 2021 in the FreeMoreWest neighborhood.

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Little Mama's Italian

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Just when you thought they couldn't top their mozzarella bar, Little Mama's now features an expansive brunch menu only available on weekends. Make sure you bring your appetite and sample dishes like the spinach and prosciutto quiche, the crab cake benedict or the giant cinnamon roll.

Regional

The Flipside Café

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-11 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Travel south of the (state) border to The Flipside Café, which is home to the best brunch in Fort Mill, South Carolina. 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.