Apr 14, 2023 - Food and Drink

The 30 best brunch spots in Charlotte

El Puro pancakes

Benedict Monte from Cafe Monte. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

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We recently surveyed our newsletter subscribers and Instagram followers, asking them “What’s your favorite brunch spot in Charlotte?” Nearly 300 people responded.

These were the most popular answers:

Here’s a list of the 30 best brunch spots in Charlotte and what to order at each.

Of note: The list is not a ranking.

300 East

The family-owned and operated restaurant has been a Dilworth staple for more than 30 years, and while you may know them for their French onion soup, their brunch is also a popular draw.

Details: Find them at 300 East Blvd.

  • Brunch is served from 10am-3pm on Sundays.
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The breakfast pizza from 300 East. Photo: Axios Charlotte archives.

Café Monte

This is SouthPark’s go-to for upscale French food.

Details: Find them at 6700 Fairview Road (near Whole Foods).

  • It’s open 9am-9pm Tuesday-Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sundays.
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Pictured above is the ‘Benedict Monte’ — a croissant, smoked ham, two eggs, tomato, asparagus and hollandaise. Photo: Axios Charlotte archives.

The Crunkleton

The popular Elizabeth cocktail bar has a small, tasty brunch menu.

  • Known for its beverage program, the restaurant features a nine-drink brunch cocktail list with classics like the espresso martini ($14) and bloody Mary ($14).

Details: The Crunkleton is located at 1957 E 7th St.

  • Brunch is served at 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Full menu here.
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Huevos rancheros — scrambled eggs with seasonal beans, goat cheese, pico de gallo, avocado crema and sunny eggs over fried corn tortillas ($18). Photo: Axios archives

Related guide: 15 Best cocktail bars in Charlotte

The Degenerate

The Villa Heights gastropub has an international menu and its brunch is no exception.

  • We recommend the Blintzes ($11) — whipped cream cheese stuffed crepes, fruit and honey.

Pro tip: If you’re in the mood for a cheap, easy meal, go with a simple bowl of cereal. Nothing fancy, but it’s usually about $2.

Details: 2116 N. Davidson St.

  • It opens for brunch at 11am Saturday and Sunday.
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Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Easy Like Sunday

The space is intimate and approachable with an impressive coffee program centered on its Kyoto cold brew — a super-strong, 24-hour drip coffee.

  • We recommend the classic French toast ($13.95) or the ricotta-stuffed French toast ($16.95) made with house-made sweet ricotta, berry compote and crumbled bacon.

Details: Check it out at 1600 E. Woodlawn Road.

  • It’s open Tuesday through Friday from 9am-3pm and 8am-3pm Saturday and Sunday.
Classic French toast ($13.95) — egg-battered brioche, topped with powdered sugar. Photo: Axios archives

Eddie’s Place

You get your bang for your buck at this no-frills restaurant that serves breakfast all day.

  • We recommend the chicken and waffle ($13.25) — freshly baked waffle topped with pecan fried chicken breast and honey cinnamon butter, served with your choice of a side.

Details: Eddie’s Place is located at 617 S. Sharon Amity Road.

  • It’s open daily 8am-9pm.
Eddie’s chicken and waffle sandwich photo courtesy of Eddie’s
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Photo: Axios archives

El Puro Cuban Restaurant

El Puro celebrates 1950s, pre-revolutionary Cuba through food and atmosphere. The restaurant is the latest concept from the family behind Havana Carolina Restaurant & Bar in Concord.

  • We recommend the tres leches pancakes ($16) or the “la Habanera,” made with thin Cuban bread crust with sofrito sauce, lechon asado, ham, mozzarella, feta and sunny side up eggs ($18).

Details: El Puro is located at 5033 South Blvd.

  • They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm.
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El Puro Tres Leches Pancakes. Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

First Watch

This self-described “daytime cafe” serves breakfast and brunch all day.

  • We recommend the bananas foster french toast and kale tonic fresh juice.

Details: First Watch has locations in SouthPark, Matthews, Concord, Fort Mill, Steele Creek, Providence Farms and Huntersville.

Flying Biscuit

This Atlanta-based breakfast chain serves all-day breakfast.

  • We recommend the hangover hash ($14.99) — made with potatoes, chicken chorizo, crispy buttermilk chicken, covered in a heavy downpour of queso, topped with two eggs and black bean salsa.

Details: Flying Biscuit has locations in Park Road Shopping Center, on Rea Road and in Matthews.

Haberdish

Known for its Southern comfort food and cocktails, this NoDa staple comes from husband and wife restaurateurs Jeff Tonidandel and Jamie Brown, who also own Supperland, Growlers Pourhouse and Ever Andalo (formerly Crepe Cellar).

  • We recommend the scratch-made cinnamon roll with sugar and milk caramel ($5.50) and the chicken biscuit sandwich, made with de-boned fried chicken, slaw, honey mustard and pickles ($9).

Details: Find it at 3106 N. Davidson St.

  • Brunch at Haberdish is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-3pm.
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Homemade Cinnamon Roll from Haberdish. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios
Haberdish mocktail

Haymaker

The farm-focused eatery from Asheville-based chef William Dissen offers locally inspired and seasonal food.

  • We recommend the Haymaker breakfast with two scrambled eggs, Benton’s bacon, herb-roasted potatoes and a jalapeño biscuit ($15).

Details: Find Haymaker at 225 S. Poplar St.

  • Brunch is served from 10am-2pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.
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Billy D’s Fried Chicken Sandwich ($16) — celery seed slaw, b&b pickles, white bbq sauce, benne seed potato bun, bbq potato chips. Photo: Axios archives

Heist Brewery

If Sunday Fun Day is calling your name, Heist is the place to do it. Their brunch buffet is $20 and they have $5 beer pitchers and $10 carafes. 

  • They also have a chef special every Sunday, which ranges from crawfish boils, to Shrimp and Grits, to seafood mac n’ cheese.

Details: Heist is located at 2909 N. Davidson St. in NoDa.

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Heist Brewery Brunch photo courtesy of Heist Brewery
  • Brunch is served every Sunday from 10am-2pm.

La Belle Helene

Known for its striking main dining space, La Belle Helene is a no-brainer brunch option if you’re looking to dress up for a daytime meal during the weekend. The menu centers on French cuisine.

  • We recommend the spinach and mushroom quiche ($22) and the banana fosters French toast ($22).

Details: La Belle Helene is located at 300 S. Tryon St.

  • It’s open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm.
Photo: Axios archives
Mixed berry crêpe with cream and orange blossom. Photo: Courtesy of La Belle Helene

Legion Brewing

This popular brewery has food at its various locations in SouthPark, Plaza Midwood and Wesley Heights but its SouthPark brunch menu stands out.

  • We recommend the pork chili verde omelet ($10) — a three-egg omelet filled with slow-cooked pork, green chilis, tomatillos and spices. 

Details: Legion SouthPark is located at 5610 Carnegie Blvd. 

  • It’s open Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday 10am-9pm.
Juicy Jay Hot Chicken Breakfast Biscuit ($15). Photo: Courtesy of Legion Brewing
Photo: Axios archives
  • Full brunch menu here.

Go deeper: How Legion built a new beer empire in Charlotte

Leroy Fox

The brunch menu strikes the balance of classic dishes and southern comforts.

  • We recommend the chicken & waffles ($16.99) – fried chicken breast, peach compote, an over-easy egg all on a Belgian waffle and topped with maple syrup.

Details: Leroy Fox has locations in South End and Cotswold.

  • Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2:30pm at both locations.
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Leroy Fox South End. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Lincoln Street Kitchen and Cocktails

This sister restaurant from the owners of Craft Tasting Room has great views of Uptown from its rooftop patio.

  • We recommend the huevos rancheros ($15) and the garden grove cocktail ($11), available only for brunch. 

Details: Lincoln Street is located at 1320 S. Church St. 

  • Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-3pm.
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Garden grove cocktail photo courtesy of Lincoln Street.
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Huevos rancheros photo courtesy of Lincoln Street.

Link + Pin

Link + Pin is a great brunch spot if you’re dining with a group of people because of the range of menu offerings.

  • We recommend the chicken & waffles ($19) — crispy chicken tenders, sticky bun bourbon, maple syrup and mint watermelon.
  • Pro tip: They recently added their popular lobster roll ($39) to the brunch menu.

Details: Link & Pin has locations in South End, Arboretum and Huntersville

  • Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays at all locations from 10am-4pm.
House burger with black garlic aioli, pickled green tomatoes and sunny side egg ($14).

Little Mama’s

Sister restaurant to Mama Ricotta’s, Little Mama’s has a brunch menu known for its big portions.

  • We recommend the giant cinnamon roll ($9), and the steak and eggs ($36) — which comes with a massive prime ribeye, four eggs and home fries.

Details: 4521 Sharon Road.

  • Stop by for brunch on Sundays from 10am-3pm.
Giant cinnamon roll from Little Mama’s. Photo: Courtesy of Little Mama’s

littleSpoon

This cute neighborhood brunch spot has rotating menu offerings with some mainstay dishes.

  • We recommend the “hashed” — made with sweet and purple potatoes, onion, bell pepper, chicken sausage and an egg.
  • Pro tip: littleSpoon has some of the thickest bacon we’ve seen in the city. Enjoy it in all its glory on the #B.E.C. made with American cheese and a sunny-side-up egg on a potato roll.

Details: Find it at 2820 Selwyn Ave.

  • It’s open Wednesday-Friday from 9am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-3pm.
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littleSpoon’s popular “Green Eggs and Ham” deviled eggs. Photo: Ted Williams/Axios
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THE thickest bacon we’ve ever seen. Photo: Ted Williams/Axios
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littleSpoon’s hash with sweet and purple potatoes, onion, bell pepper, sausage and fried egg. Photo: Ted Williams/Axios

Local Loaf

This NoDa favorite is known for its burgers and breakfast.

  • We recommend the chicken and waffles ($16) and the kickin’ chicken sandwich ($12).

Details: Local Loaf is located at 800 E. 35th St. 

  • Breakfast is served Wednesday-Friday 8am-11am.
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Kickin’ Chicken sandwich made with breaded chicken tenders, hot sauce, garlic aioli and pickles on a brioche bun. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Mattie’s Diner

Sit in a vintage diner shell — which owner Matt King rescued from a New Jersey used car lot in 2005 — or outside on the patio while enjoying classic breakfast dishes or vegan and vegetarian options.

  • We recommend the challah French toast. 

Details: Mattie’s Diner is located at 3100 The Plaza

  • It’s open 7am-9pm Tuesday-Saturday and 7am-2pm Sunday and Monday.
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Go deeper: The return of Mattie’s Diner

Napa on Providence

This airy Myers Park bistro offers Napa Valley-inspired cuisine with an all-Californian wine selection.

  • We recommend the French toast ($16) — house-made brioche, strawberry jam, syrup and powdered sugar with applewood smoked bacon.
  • If you’re in the mood for something salty, try the (gluten-free) sausage frittata ($17) — house-made fennel sausage with hot cherry peppers and fresh mozzarella.

Details: Napa on Providence is located at 110 Perrin Pl.

  • Brunch is served on Saturdays 11:30am-3pm and Sundays 11am-3pm.
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Chicken and waffles from Napa on Providence. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

RH Rooftop

RH SouthPark is a sight to see. This is a great brunch spot if you’re celebrating an occasion with friends or family.

  • We recommend the RH scramble ($22) — farm eggs, crème fraîche, avocado and chives.
  • Don’t miss out on the thick-cut pork belly bacon ($14) — it has a maple glaze and black pepper.

Details: RH rooftop is located at 6903 Phillips Place Ct. on the top floor of Restoration Hardware.

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RH rooftop dining area. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Go deeper: See inside: Stunning RH Charlotte with rooftop restaurant and new wine bar

Ruby Sunshine

The New Orleans-based restaurant doesn’t take reservations and there’s always a line out the door.

  • We recommend the beignets and the buttermilk biscuit sliders duo — one slider with slow-cooked apple-braised pork, pickles and remoulade sauce, and one fried chicken and gravy with pork tasso cream sauce.

Details: Find it at 332 W. Bland St.

  • Breakfast/brunch is served 7:30am-2pm on weekdays and 7:30am-3pm on weekends.
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Biscuit Sliders. Photo: Axios archives

Snooze: A.M. Eatery

This Denver-based breakfast and brunch spot has bar seating and a mix of booth and table options inside, along with a pet-friendly outdoor patio.

  • Can’t choose just one of their eight pancake varieties? Make it a flight and select three, including pineapple upside down, sweet potato, blueberry danish and chocolate chip.

Details: Find Snooze in Plaza Midwood, South End and SouthPark

Everything bacon sensation: Everything spice brioche bun brushed with green goddess cream cheese topped with an over medium cage-free egg, bacon and citronette dressed arugula ($11.25).
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Pancake Flight: Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Blueberry Danish and Peachy Keen

Superica

Since opening its first Charlotte location in 2018, the upscale Atlanta-based Tex-Mex restaurant has become a go-to in South End and Strawberry Hill.

  • We recommend the hotcakes with whipped butter and buttermilk syrup ($10-13).
  • If you’re in the mood for something savory, order the huevos rancheros with a housemade tortilla, double beans, ranchero sauce, two eggs sunny-side up, avocado and bacon ($14).

Details: Find Superica in South End at 101 W. Worthington Ave. and Strawberry Hill at 4223 Providence Road.

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  • Brunch is served 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Full menu here.
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Superica’s steak and eggs
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Superica’s pancake is the size of a pizza. Related guide: Best pancakes in Charlotte

Suffolk Punch

This South End brewery, bar and restaurant is a great place to start your Sunday funday.

  • We recommend the chicken-n-biscuit with buttermilk fried chicken, scratch-made biscuit, scrambled egg, topped with peppercorn-chive gravy ($18).

Details: Check out Suffolk Punch at 2911 Griffith St.

  • Brunch is served from 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Full menu here.

Go deeper: Complete list of Charlotte breweries and the #1 most popular beer at each

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Tupelo Honey

Tupelo Honey, a Southern comfort food restaurant with 21 locations across the United States, stays packed on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • We recommend the sriracha honey fried chicken & waffles made with fried “forever free” chicken over fluffy buttermilk waffles.

Details: Tupelo Honey is located at 101 S. Tryon St.

  • Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday starting at 9am.
  • Full menu here.
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Fried chicken and biscuits at Tupelo Honey. Photo: Axios archives

VANA

On warmer days, the restaurant opens its garage doors for an indoor-outdoor feel.

  • We recommend the steak & eggs ($31) — fried eggs, squash, chimichurri and garlic cream.

Details: VANA is located at 1140 S. Tryon St.

  • Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10:30am.
  • Full menu here.
VANA brunch selection courtesy of VANA.
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Cocktails from VANA. Photo: Axios archives

Zada Jane’s

Choose one thing and do it well is the motto of this Plaza Midwood diner, and their forte (their word) is all-day breakfast.

  • We recommend the bunny rancheros with two eggs, black beans, home fries, your choice of protein, topped with queso, guacamole, salsa verde, sour cream and flour tortillas ($13.25)

Details: Find it at 1601 Central Ave.

  • Breakfast/brunch is served from 8am-3pm, Wednesday through Friday and 8am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Full menu here.
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Photos: Axios archives

Editor’s note: This guide was last updated on April 13, 2023.

Looking for more Charlotte food and drink guides? Here’s a complete list of guides including best burgers, best bars and best pizza.

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