Oct 5, 2015 - Food and Drink

4 underrated grab-and-go breakfast options for Charlotteans that love breakfast food



I love breakfast in Charlotte. I’m a power user of Charlotte go-to spots like Poppy’s, Owen’s, Flying Biscuit, Original Pancake House, Midnight Diner, Charlotte Cafe, and Toast.

I freaking love Toast. Need evidence? This is what my wife and I ordered at Toast on Hurricane Saturday…

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I’m awkward about eating alone, thus I often want a grab and go breakfast that’s convenient and delicious. I’ve been exploring some under-the-radar breakfast options and here’s what you need to know about the four underrated grab and go breakfast options in Charlotte.

Phat Burrito


What to order: Camden Block Burrito ($5.40) – Seasoned grilled potatoes, scrambled eggs and cheese with your choice of Mexican chorizo, smoked sausage, or applewood bacon and poblano gravy. Not too big, not too small – it’s like a torpedo for your belly. The insides don’t fall out, so it’s perfect for a drive-and-eat. Runner-up order: Southend Western ($7.40) – Grilled smoked sausage and peppers with caramelized red onions, seasoned potatoes, scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, poblano gravy, and salsa. Coffee situation: Enderly (local and delicious). Hours: Monday – Friday (7 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.), Saturday – Sunday (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.). Agenda Pro Tips:

  • Get a container of salsa on the side for your dipping pleasure.
  • Cozy spot for an early morning meeting.


  • Convenient if you’re driving into Uptown for work.



Rhino Market

What to order: Breakfast Burrito ($4.49) – scrambled egg, potato, sausage, cheese, and salsa wrapped. It’s massive. It’s delicious. Runner-up order: Classic English Muffin Sandwich ($3.99) – you choose: scrambled egg, sausage, soysage, brown sugar peppered bacon, choice of cheese. It’s kind of overflowing and very hard to eat in the car. I recommend sitting down and eating this quickly. Coffee situation: Enderly, Pure Intentions and Parliament (all local, all delicious). Hours: Monday – Saturday (7 a.m. – 11 a.m.), Sunday (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.) Agenda Pro Tips:

  • The guy that works the kitchen for breakfast is extremely friendly. Great chatter.
  • Rhino Market only offers two breakfast item options (I love this).



Earl’s Grocery

rhino-market- breakfast-burrito

What to order: Morning Wrap ($7.49) – Flour tortilla with house crafted sausage, scrambled eggs, cheddar, seasoned potato hash, and pico de gallo. Runner up order: Breakfast Taco ($4.99) –  One soft corn tortilla, Korean BBQ pork belly, house kimchi, farm egg, TKO sauce. Outstanding. Hard to eat in car though. Perfect proportion. Coffee situation: Pure Intentions. Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.), Saturday (8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.). Agenda Pro Tips:

  • Opening time of 8:30 a.m. is painful for me. I’ve literally waited outside of Earl’s because I thought it would open at 7 a.m.
  • Grab breakfast, ride trolley (it’s right there).


  • Earl’s also does brunch on the weekends. Hours: Saturday Brunch (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), Sunday Brunch (10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.)



Local Loaf


What to order: Chicken & Egg ($9) – Hand-breaded chicken tenders, aged white cheddar, poached egg, mircogreens, chipotle Cheerwine honey glazed sauce, Southern buttermilk biscuit. Runner up order: Breakfast Burrito ($10) Coffee situation: Walk 30 yards to Not Just Coffee and get the Nitro. Hours: Monday – Friday (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Saturday – Sunday (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) —– What do you think is the most underrated grab and go breakfast option in Charlotte for people that really like breakfast?


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