Brunch is the most important meal of the week, at least in our opinion. When else can you indulge in tons of syrup-soaked goodness while drinking bottomless mimosas or a few spicy Bloody Marys without being judged? Whether you’re looking for something savory like eggs Benedict or something sweet, like red velvet pancakes, you won’t have a hard time finding the perfect dish to dig into in Charlotte. Here are 13 ideal destinations to get your Charlotte brunch fix.
127 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, North Carolina • (704) 919-1322
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight
5Church offers a swanky city atmosphere with an artsy vibe and whimsical chandeliers hanging overhead. You’ll feel more like you’re in New York than Charlotte, but the Southern-inspired brunch menu that boasts hearty dishes like buttermilk biscuits topped with truffle cream and a sunny-side egg or shrimp and grits will remind you that you’re in Carolina. We always like ordering a mimosa carafe (or two) and sharing with friends.
501 E. 36th St., Charlotte NC 28205 • (704) 331-9898
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Boudreaux’s brings a taste of the Big Easy to the Queen City with a menu featuring Nola favorites like powdery beignets and a spicy Cajun chicken omelet. We love their buttermilk pancakes, and when we’re in the mood for something a little sweeter, we’ll opt for the pancakes rempli — buttermilk pancakes filled with vanilla custard — YUM! Everything on the brunch menu is under $11 and we suggest adding a traditional hurricane cocktail to your order to really feel like you’re in the French Quarter.
6700 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 • (704) 552-1116
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you’re looking for an incredible omelet or eggs Benedict, then French restaurant and bistro Cafe Monte is the place you need to go. They’ve got endless options that include the Fruit de Mer — an omelet with smoked salmon, crab, lobster, scallions and tomato, as well as our top choice, the Florentine Omelet, which is full of gooey Gruyère cheese and roasted red peppers. They also specialize in traditional French crepes with both sweet and savory options. For something a little sweeter, order the Belgian waffles with berry compote. Whenever we visit Cafe Monte we start by ordering a fresh batch of beignets with strawberry jam and always end up leaving covered in sugary powder — totally worth it!
1436 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 332-4440
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There’s really nothing better than a crepe that’s done right, and Crispy Crepe knows exactly what they’re doing. Our go-to sweet crepe has always been the strawberry and banana with Nutella, but we just discovered the cookie butter crepe and may have to rethink our usual order. Along with the yummy crepes, we also love the outdoor seating, so we can watch the day go by on South Boulevard.
617 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 • (704) 442-0147
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For almost 20 years (it’ll be 20 years this August), Eddie’s Place has been serving up delicious breakfast dishes that never disappoint. Their chicken and waffles with honey cinnamon butter is a favorite among diners, and we have to agree that it’s amazing! The pecan fried chicken makes Eddie’s version stand out above the rest. They also make the best grits in town — our favorite are the Parmesan grits. Basically, you can’t go wrong ordering anything off the Eddie’s breakfast menu. Oh, and they serve breakfast all day!
4620 Piedmont Row Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 • (980) 219-7409
Hours: Lunch — Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner — Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Brunch: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
George’s Brasserie serves up brunch buffet style — but it’s certainly not your typical buffet as it features a carving station with prime rib and seafood items like fried or raw oysters, mussels, shrimp and typical breakfast items like French toast, eggs Benedict and more. Guests can order the chef cooked-to-order specialty as well. The buffet is $25 for adults and $12 for children, kids 3 and under are free. George’s also offers $12 bottomless mimosas — and frankly, we really like to take advantage of that!
601 S. College St., Charlotte NC 28202 • (704) 335-2064
Hours: Breakfast — Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m. to noon; Sunday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Lunch — Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 2 p.m.; Dinner — Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
JP Charlotte has us sold with a unique dish — their blueberry-orange granola pancakes, a great combo of our favorite fruits with granola to make us feel like we’re eating a little healthier than normal pancakes (well, besides the whipped butter and maple syrup we pour on top). For those who are really looking for the healthy stuff, JP’s has a great selection of options like smoked salmon with silky tofu and capers, steel-cut oatmeal or fruit parfaits. If you can’t decide what to choose, get a little something of everything at the buffet, which features all our favorite breakfast items like biscuits, gravy, grits, sliced fruit, breakfast potatoes and pastries.
705 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 • (704) 366-3232
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon
Leroy Fox has always been a go-to dinner spot for us, but once we finally made it to their brunch we were completely blown away. Their brunch menu is one of the largest we’ve seen, so there’s certainly something for everyone. We suggest getting the Leroy’s Breakfast Casserole, which is brioche bread baked into an egg casserole with applewood bacon, onions and their specialty queso. Leroy’s is known for their fried chicken, and there are several different options to choose from whether you want it on a sandwich, waffles or all by its lonesome. They also have an omelet station where you can customize your omelet to perfection. Besides delicious food, when the weather’s nice, the patio is a big draw for game days.
214 N. College St., Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 342-4222
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
If you’re looking for the best soul food in town — Mert’s is the place to go, and their brunch menu offers the best of the best, with Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, fried catfish and plenty of greens to choose from. Any time we visit, we always make sure to get some of their homemade cornbread — it’s the best in town. Be sure to save room for dessert, as they have pound cake, coconut cake, banana pudding and several cobblers to devour.
2839 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, NC 28209 • (704) 372-1424
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
We stumbled upon Nolen Kitchen one day and are so glad we did because it’s the first place in Charlotte that we’ve found one of our favorite Louisville dishes — the Kentucky Hot Brown! This dreamy sandwich made with roasted turkey, bacon, roasted tomatoes and cheddar on fresh challah bread is delicious! Other items that are standouts on the menu include their crab cake florentine with creamy hollandaise sauce, challah French toast and creole shrimp and grits. Save up your appetite, you’re gonna need it.
4241 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209 • (704) 714-3400
7930 A Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277 • (704) 295-4440
Hours: (For both locations) Sunday and Monday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Flying Biscuit Cafe is a local staple that’s obviously well-known for their flaky homemade biscuits — if the name gave you any indication. We highly suggest getting their biscuits and gravy, but we’ll warn you, you’ll want to take a nap as soon as you’re finished! Some weekends we’ll get extra lucky and their red velvet pancakes will be on the menu — you’ll never, ever want to pass those up. There’s typically always a wait at the popular spot on the weekends, but it moves pretty fast, so don’t let the line deter you.
4625 Piedmont Row Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210 • (704) 554-6177
Hours: Breakfast & Lunch — Monday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dinner — Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Brunch — Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Charlotte, NC 28277 • (704) 369-5190
Hours: Breakfast/Brunch — Monday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Lunch — Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dinner — Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Terrace Cafe is known around town for their decadent red velvet waffles, and you can often find a line of people waiting to be seated for brunch, but don’t let the line intimidate you. The red velvet waffles drizzled with cream cheese frosting are definitely worth the wait. Red velvet not your thing? They’ve also got carrot cake and cinnamon smile pancakes to satisfy any sweet tooth, and the sweet and savory combo of chicken and waffles is another tasty option.
1820 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (980) 225-9175
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Of course we’re big fans of the biscuits Tupelo Honey Cafe serves up every day, but their brunch is on a whole different level, with items like banana pudding pancakes and blueberry challah French toast with pork belly. We can’t forget the cast-iron mac and cheese or the fried green tomatoes on goat cheese grits. Plus, they have an entire cocktail list that’s dedicated to brunch favorites like the Tupelo Honey Scratch-Made Bloody Mary, The Mega Mimosa and Moonswine Mary — a Southern twist on the traditional Bloody Mary made with jalapeño- and poblano-infused moonshine, apple cider bacon, pimento cheese-stuffed olives and bacon-salt rim.
We hope you enjoy a relaxing and delicious brunch no matter where you go!
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