Charlotte's Best Brunch Spots
Kick off your weekend plans at these Queen City brunch spots.
by Kristen Moore
Whether you’re looking for Southern brunch specialties, the perfect patio for mimosa sipping or health-conscious breakfast options, eateries in the Queen City are sure to satisfy. Check out these Charlotte restaurants to get your fill of brunch favorites.
300 East is a Charlotte institution serving its take on traditional breakfast entrees, such as chicken and biscuits, breakfast tacos, breakfast pizza and eggs benedict, during the restaurant’s weekend brunch. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the fan-favorite vanilla custard-filled French toast or a seasonal cast-iron sweet roll.
The Artisan’s Palate is a mix of restaurant, bar, art gallery and community gathering space with a rustic yet refined menu. Enjoy small plates that evoke all of your senses and are great for sharing, such as a frittata made with fresh eggs. Keep an eye out for the monthly drag brunches for a meal and a show.
Located inside The Dunhill Hotel, The Asbury serves up classic Southern flavors with a modern and rustic flair. Local, seasonal ingredients influence the 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.
Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen brings the tastes of the bayou to the Queen City with dishes like the shrimp Creole waffle, featuring sauteed gulf shrimp and spicy tomato Creole sauce, and the Foghorn Benny with bourbon fried chicken. Wash down your brunch with a Cajun Mary, made with Boudreaux’s house bloody mary mix.
Inspired by authentic tapas restaurants in Spain, Bulla Gastrobar is a casual yet energetic eatery created to stir your senses through quality, Spanish-influenced gastronomic creations. Order from the full brunch menu, complete with tapas and full plates like the Brunch Paella, or try the three-course, prix-fixe menu.
Get a taste of France at this casual bakery and bistro. Begin your brunch with an order of beignets or escargot in puff pastry. Egg-based menu items include the Parisian Omelet with ham, bacon, onion and cheese, along with the Benedict Monte with smoked ham, tomato, asparagus and hollandaise served on a buttery croissant.
From Top Chef-alum and chef/partner Jamie Lynch, along with executive chef Sherief Shawky, Church + Union is a swanky atmosphere with a casual yet refined menu to match. The brunch menu includes a selection of small plates; main dishes, like shrimp and grits and crab cakes and eggs; and all of your favorite brunch cocktails.
While cocktails are the star of the show at The Crunkleton, the team’s culinary prowess is also evident in the brunch menu. From classics like biscuits and gravy to more unique options, like the Charlotte Hot Brown with fried chicken, crispy bacon and a sunny egg between French toast, brunch is sure to impress too.
Industrial, airy aesthetics and sophisticated sports bar create the vibe when you walk into The Degenerate. With both American and globally inspired cuisine, you can choose between mouthwatering menu options like breakfast tacos, Turkish eggs, a Monte Cristo sandwich and blintzes stuffed with whipped cream cheese and blueberries.
Easy Like Sunday is a brunch-inspired restaurant that is a dream come to life for husband-wife team Anna and Sean Maccuish. The Cajun shrimp and grits with Portuguese sausage, along with the cornmeal pancakes topped with crispy fried chicken tenders and served with peach habanero jam, are must-try dishes.
Since 1997, Eddie’s Place has been a beloved neighborhood restaurant and bar offering a warm and welcoming environment with approachable, reasonably priced comfort food. Breakfast is always on the menu at Eddie’s Place so you can get your fill of favorites like the Country Fried Breakfast, day or night.
Neighborhood: South End
Eight + Sand Kitchen is a made-from-scratch bakery that serves brunch daily. The menu features a selection of healthier breakfast bowls, sweet and savory toasts and egg sandwiches. Take the LYNX Blue Line light rail to the New Bern Station stop so you can enjoy prosecco on tap, mimosas and more brunch cocktails.
Neighborhood: Madison Park
Inspired by 1950s Cuba, El Puro dishes out upscale Cuban cuisine and cocktails to the soundtrack of live music. The weekend brunch menu features a twist on classic Cuban cuisine with dishes like tres leches pancakes, Ropa Vieja Benedict served in a toasted Cuban bread cup, and brunch empanadas stuffed with guava marmalade and cream cheese.
Enjoy a view of the Charlotte skyline from the stellar rooftop patio of Fahrenheit during Sunday brunch. Start your day with a childhood favorite by ordering the jumbo Cap’N Crunch pancakes, inspired by the classic cereal, with a vanilla milk reduction.
Childhood best friends Brian Burchill and Robert Maynard opened the first Famous Toastery in Huntersville in 2005 and were able to turn their breakfast-all-day idea into a successful franchise along the East Coast. Try the stuffed French toast with raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, or peanut butter and banana.
Vegetarians and vegans will delight in the offerings at Fern, which mixes up creative cocktails alongside plant-based fare. Weekend brunch options include chicken and waffles, made with oyster mushrooms, and cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. You won’t even miss the bacon.
Homemade cinnamon rolls and chicken and waffles are among the fan-favorite dishes served at this mill town Southern kitchen. Biscuits are also a hit on the brunch menu, served with your choice of jam or honey butter syrup. Haberdish’s indulgent floral cocktails and spirit-free concoctions are undoubtedly the best reward for getting out of bed.
With roots in the Appalachian Mountains, chef William Dissen is committed to Southern-grown ingredients and sustainability in each dish at Haymaker. Indulge in farm-fresh fare, like eggs with Benton’s country ham and North Carolina shrimp with grits, paired with an espresso martini or bartender’s choice champagne cocktail.
Charlotte’s first brewpub, Heist Brewery, has been serving brunch favorites since 2012. Try the brunch burger, chicken and waffle sandwich and the Brunch Junkie French Toast which are beer-battered French toast sticks. The highlight of Heist’s brunch are the drinks special, including mimosa carafes and bloody marys.
This refined French brasserie is cooking up classics with a modern twist in Uptown, led by Top Chef-alumni Jamie Lynch. The beautiful, European-inspired design beckons you to come for a taste of French cuisine with dishes like bananas foster French toast, Croque Madame sandwich and a variety of crepes.
Whether you crave breakfast classics or flavorful brunch bowls, Legion Brewing SouthPark has you covered. The Pimento Cheese and Potato Breakfast Pierogis offer a touch of Southern cuisine with an innovative twist. Wash your food down with a beermosa for a fun, brewery take on a standard mimosa.
Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails is a perfect place to snack on fried chicken or an omelet hot off the grill. During brunch, a crispy fried chicken breast is paired with a Belgian waffle, served with peach compote and an over-easy egg. Settle in on the cozy patio at either location.
Neighborhood: South End
Take a seat on Lincoln Street Kitchen’s rooftop patio to enjoy skyline views of Uptown with your brunch. Menu highlights include avocado toast with tomato jam and feta, Huevos Rancheros and the Egg Sando with North Carolina sausage and pimento cheese on a house-made biscuit. No meal is complete without one of the innovative brunch cocktails.
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. Round out your meal with avocado toast, shrimp and grits or the build-your-own three-egg omelet.
If you love Little Mama’s mozzarella bar, you’ll love it even more during Sunday brunch. Bring your appetite for dishes like the spinach and prosciutto quiche, giant cinnamon roll and Uncle Louis’ Handheld which is a folded egg sandwich with crispy prosciutto, muenster and chili mayo.
Neighborhood: Myers Park
Visit littleSpoon for something fresh and different. Get your caffeine fix with a cup of coffee as big as a bowl, and order something mouthwatering off the ever-changing, seasonally inspired menu. Brunch mainstays include a selection of omelets, bowls and breakfast sandwiches.
Mimosa Grill's traditional brunch menu offers a spin on Southern staples. Entrees include specialties like the Mimosa Omelet with herb ricotta, parmesan and sauteed greens, build-your-own breakfast sandwich, miso-pecan butter and peach preserve French toast, and wagyu steak and eggs.
Neighborhood: Myers Park
Vineyard-inspired décor and wine on tap will have you feeling like you’re in the California countryside while in Myers Park. Napa on Providence’s brunch menu features the Napa Benedict, with prosciutto, salted tomato, avocado and a poached egg on an English muffin, as well as crispy pork and sweet potato hash and bananas foster French toast.
Oh My Soul invites all to try something new from the plant-based, cruelty-free menu. Get a taste of South Africa with the Howzit Bru, a South African lekker brekkie roll filled with vegan breakfast staples. Or try the vegan variations of French toast, pancakes or chicken and waffles made with fried tofu.
Neighborhood: South End
Experience the flavors of the Big Easy at Ruby Sunshine. Get your fill with dishes like seasonal beignets, Bayou Shrimp Benedict and pancakes that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Kick off your brunch with a mimosa flight or a bloody mary with bacon-infused vodka.
Snooze offers creative twists on the most important meal of the day. Thoughtfully prepared dishes make up the breakfast-only menu with plenty of pancakes, omelets, benedicts, breakfast sandwiches and plant-based options to choose from. Can’t decide which pancakes to get? Order a flight to get a taste of the Pineapple Upside Down, Blueberry Danish and Sweet Potato flavors.
Equal parts culinary café, coffee bar, taphouse and brewery, Suffolk Punch has it all. Feast on locally sourced dishes like scratch-made biscuits, including the massive chicken biscuit, as well as BBQ shrimp and grits, French-toasted berry muffins and a filling breakfast bowl with sausage, bacon, eggs and creamy grits.
Take a proverbial trip to the Wild Wild West at Superica. Try each of the non-alcoholic aguas frescas or bloody maria to go with your Tex Mex-inspired entrée, such as Huevos Rancheros, with a house-made tortilla; Chilaquiles Divorciados, served with red and green chile sauce; or tamales and eggs.
A made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuit from Tupelo Honey is a must whether you stop in for brunch or dinner. Other brunch favorites include Southern-inspired favorites like sriracha honey fried chicken and waffles, a bacon and sausage scramble served in a cast iron skillet and wild-caught shrimp and grits with chorizo sausage.
Neighborhood: South End
VANA, meaning “wooded area of the forest” in Sanskrit, is a rustic-style restaurant from the owners of Bardo. Brunch selections include a frittata with bell pepper, onion, mozzarella and pickled herbs, as well as smashed avocado toast and a breakfast bowl filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, potato and queso.
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
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. Breakfast favorites include the Bunny Rancheros, Zada Janes’ take on Huevos Rancheros; amaretto French toast; and Zada’s fresh-baked cinnamon buns with cream cheese icing.
Article originally written by Kristen Moore. Updates by Arielle Patterson in July 2023.