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.
BEST FOR: DINING AL FRESCO
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, where you can enjoy a two-course brunch and something from the mimosa and bloody mary bar on Saturday or Sunday.
Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktail is a hidden gem boasting a shady patio out front and is the perfect spot to snack on fried chicken or an omelet hot off the grill.
Vida Cantina and their sidekick Vida Vida serves up a mouthwatering Mexican brunch—from scratch with real, quality ingredients. Try dishes such as chorizo tacos and huevos rancheros with a tequila sunrise mimosa or any other of their craveable specialty brunch cocktails.
BEST FOR: ONE PLATE WONDERS
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, named one of the best brunch restaurants in America by OpenTable, has mastered the art of the Parisian breakfast. Offerings ranging from escargot baked in puff pastries to golden crepes, Benedicts and quiche are must-tries.
Stewart Pennick’s Terrace
Sweeten up your Sunday with Stewart Pennick’s Terrace’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 is a must whether you stop in for brunch or dinner. The good news is you can order breakfast anytime you’d like.
BEST FOR: HEARTY APPETITES
Brunch buffets are ideal for those of us who can’t decide what to order or aren’t satisfied with just one entree.
On Sundays, Mimosa Grill‘s traditional brunch buffet offers a spin on Southern tradition. Entrees range from shrimp and grits to eggs Benedict, Applewood smoked bacon, roasted maple sausage, cheddar-baked macaroni and cheese, and savory items from an extensive carving station.
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 bloody marys and mimosa carafes. On top of the buffet, your order will also get you access to the waffle station and a choice of an item from the rotating a la carte menu.
Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop boasts one of the most affordable brunch buffet options in the Queen City. 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.
BEST FOR: 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 The Packhouse where classic dishes like chicken and waffles, eggs Benedict, and shrimp and grits are made even more delicious with ingredients source from the best local purveyors.
For elevated Southern fare, snag a table at Stoke’s weekend brunch, where health-conscious diners can opt for vegetable hash topped with a fried egg or a grain bowl with salsa verde, while the rest of us can enjoy the deep fried stuffed French toast.
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.
The Flipside Cafe
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.
BEST FOR: SUNDAY FUNDAY
Some would argue that brunch isn’t truly brunch unless it includes a cocktail to wash everything down. 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.
Haberdish offers a weekday brunch that makes any day feel like Sunday Funday. Smoked deviled eggs, charred okra, and chicken and 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 getting out of bed.
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.
Vegetarians (and those who love them) will delight in the offerings at Fern, Flavors from the Garden, which mixes up Bloody Marys on the weekend alongside their signature vegetarian fare. Trust us, you won’t even miss the bacon.
If you are looking for a casual yet refined dining experience with classic sips, Uptown’s 5Church Charlotte 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
Napa on Providence offers a bottomless mimosa brunch 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.
This article was published through a partnership with charlottesgotalot.com, the go-to resource for visitors and locals looking for things to do, see, eat and explore in the Queen City.