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Brunch Like a Local in Charlotte

posted by Amanda Lea July 28, 2017
Photo courtesy of Sea Level

You brunch hard. You’ve filled up on Terrace Cafe’s red velvet pancakes more times than you care to admit. You’re at Zada Jane’s so much they’ve offered to name an omelet after you. You’ve pushed yourself to the limit and set a new personal best for “all you can eat” at Bistro La Bon’s brunch buffet. It may seem like you’ve left no scone unturned in Charlotte’s brunch scene, but the Queen City can still surprise you.

The next time you’re looking to step away from your tried and true spots, give one of these other Charlotte brunch options a try.

But First, Coffee

Little Spoon
2820 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte
Brunch hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

This is the place where you can indulge in a cup of coffee as big as a bowl (you’ll need two hands to drink it). Bonus: The locally-sourced menu changes with the seasons.

Sunflour Baking Company
220 East Blvd, Charlotte
2001 E 7th St, Charlotte
5040 NC-49, Harrisburg
Brunch hours: Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m.

In addition to the fairly traded, organic and freshly roasted in Durham, North Carolina by Counter Culture Coffee, this family owned bakery and café takes their fresh and flaky croissants very seriously.

Photo courtesy of Little Spoon

Neighborhood Favorite

Eddie’s Place Restaurant 
617 S Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte
Brunch hours: Breakfast is served all day, every day.

Feel like a regular the moment you walk in the door at this Costwold landmark. Try Eddie’s famous ciabatta French toast, or build your own brunch from the a la carte menu.

All-you-can-eat

Pike’s Soda Shop
1930 Camden Rd #2001, Charlotte
Brunch hours: Sunday, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

At just $13.95, Pike’s boasts one of the the most affordable brunch buffet options in the Queen City. Among the offerings are hash brown casserole, sausage, gravy and eggs, plus key lime pie and red velvet cake to satisfy your sweet tooth.

“Egg”cellent Views

Peculiar Rabbit
1212 Pecan Ave, Charlotte
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Enjoy your eggs on the roof, complete with sunshine and Uptown views, at one of Plaza Midwood’s most popular casual spots. Try the “Hash House,” which features a plate of potato, country sausage, bell pepper and onion hash, with a farm egg sunny side up, bacon fat hollandaise and pickled jalapenos.

The Toast of the Town

Café Monte
6700 Fairview Rd, Charlotte
Brunch hours: Breakfast is served all day, every day.

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

Photo courtesy of Cafe Monte

Huevos Rancheros

Vida Cantina and their sidekick Vida Vida
210 E Trade St, Charlotte
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Go here for a mouthwatering Mexican brunch – from scratch with real, quality ingredients. Try the chorizo tacos or huevos rancheros with a tequila sunrise mimosa, or any other of their crave-able specialty brunch cocktails.

Farm to Table

ROOTS Cafe
2135 Southend Dr, Charlotte
Brunch hours: Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

This newcomer to the South End culinary scene handcrafts each meal with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The bright atmosphere and delightful brunch offerings are sure to bring good vibes to your weekend. Try the BbEC – a buttermilk biscuit with cheddar cheese melted over a scrambled egg, crispy bacon, heirloom tomatoes and local lettuce.

South of the [state] Border

The Flipside Café
3150 US-21, Fort Mill
Brunch hours: Saturday, 9 a.m.-1pm. Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Home to one of the best brunch spots in Fort Mill, this café crafts its star dishes – like the Carolina grits and soy chorizo – with the freshest local ingredients from North and South Carolina farmers.

Photo courtesy of Sea Level

Hakuna Mimosa

Napa on Providence
110 Perrin Pl, Charlotte
Brunch hours: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Visit the California countryside—without leaving Myers Park. The vineyard-inspired décor is the perfect backdrop for a bottomless mimosa brunch and made-from-scratch dishes using fresh, local ingredients. Try the prosciutto Benedict – avocado puree, heirloom tomatoes, poached eggs, hollandaise, smoked paprika and roasted new potatoes.

Coastal Fare

Sea Level
129 East 5th St, Charlotte
Brunch hours: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

This independently-owned seafood destination boasts the best oysters in town. The brunch menu isn’t limited to shrimp and grits, try the famed “seafood tower” while sipping on one of the deliciously boozy brunch cocktails.

Photo courtesy of Sea Level

Off Hours

Bedder Bedder & Moore
1730 Abbey Pl #4, Charlotte
Brunch hours: The late night breakfast menu is available Friday and Saturday, 11:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m. Brunch is served Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Montford Drive got even “Bedder” when this local favorite extended their breakfast menu to satisfy those late night cravings. Now you can order up some classic southern buttermilk chicken and waffles with a side of cheesy grits until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.


For a complete list of brunch bistros and our favorite go-to options, check out Charlotte’s Best Brunch Spots.

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