A good breakfast doesn’t need to cost a lot, but an unforgettable breakfast is priceless. For those days when something more overrules the same old, we’ve got Queen City’s not-to-miss spots.
Heritage Food & Drink
This Sunday brunch never disappoints, whether the diner has a conservative or adventurous palate: Doughnuts (get them while they last), the signature deviled eggs, chicken pot pie and a hangover helper.
Essex Bar & Bistro
From cocktails to dishes to share—or not—Essex is a great spot in Uptown to go with friends. Dig in to huevos rancheros, or branch out and try the khachapuri, a cheese-filled naan served with a sunny side up egg.
This modern Southern restaurant honors the past and celebrates the seasons. Executive Chef Matthew Krenz’s Maw Maw’s cast-iron biscuits are a menu staple that should not be missed.
For a hotel restaurant, Stoke serves more than mere toast and muffins. Try the lamb and eggs or the ricotta-stuffed cinnamon chip French toast to take your breakfast experience to the next level.
Chef Jamie Lynch has made an impact on the way Charlotte views brunch. From wild mushroom and purple barley soup to crab cakes served with poached eggs, this morning repast is guaranteed to be unique.
Located in the Ritz-Carlton, BLT Steak serves breakfast daily, but it’s the brunch menu that sets it apart. The eggs benedict is served on a cheddar biscuit that will forever change how you view the benedict. Another star item on the menu is the brioche French toast with bananas foster and pecans. Be prepared to take a nap.
For 25 years, this place has served Charlotteans delicious American dishes with a twist, today incarnated on the Sunday brunch menu as bruleed oatmeal and a breakfast pizza with chorizo, queso fresco and fried eggs.
With a regularly changing menu, you never know what you are going to see offered during brunch at this Cornelius staple. Past offerings have included prosciutto and blue crab benedict, herb and cheddar biscuits served with homemade gravy, and a scramble made with turnips and feta cheese.
Get Sunday brunch started with $12 bottomless mimosas. Although diners can order a la carte, the signature buffet changes weekly, serving up dishes from oysters to beignets at this French restaurant located in the heart of SouthPark.
A charming SouthPark-area cafe, with a second location in Ballantyne, Terrace Cafe serves breakfast daily till 2:30 pm. Its menu awards the health-conscious or those ready to dig into a good, old-fashioned breakfast, ranging from healthy, YMCA-nutritionist-approved omelets and fruit platters to creative benedicts and waffles.
Dogwood Southern Table & Bar
At this farm-to-fork restaurant in the SouthPark area, enjoy oysters and eggs several ways, including on the half-shell and poached, respectively, along with such entrées as steak and eggs, Big City "Chikn' & Dumplins" or a breakfast cheeseburger, which is topped with a fried egg and bacon.
An Uptown go-to for bloody marys, the Dandelion offers a wide choice of seasonings and a dozen or so hot sauces for the popular weekend drink; round them out with horseradish, lemons, limes, pickled peppers, olives and celery. Brunch-time food gets a lot of local attention, too, with such choices as Low Country Hash, Greek omelets and seared ahi salad.
Keep the party goin' at this rock-'n'-roll-themed, burger-and-whisky bar in Uptown, which grills up several burger options for brunch, including a strip-filled Boogan's Bacon. Strictly breakfast seekers won't be disappointed with the Cowbell's cinnamon pancakes or its Pink Tacos stuffed with scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese. Drinks include mimosas, bloody marys and a "morning mule."
Among the charmers on this restaurant's menu of scratch-made Southern food are goat-cheese grits and a decadent pimento cheese and fried pickle burger. Of course, the sweets are just as mouthwatering; there's sweet potato pancakes, a stack layered with banana pudding and steak and eggs drizzled with Cheerwine hot sauce.