Food & Drink

The 12 Best Brunches in Charlotte

Published On 05/28/2015 Published On 05/28/2015
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Little Spoon

Myers Park

Every brunch should come with large porcelain bowls of coffee and phat beats. At Little Spoon Eatery, the hip space in Myers Park, you get all that and more. This neighborhood eatery that opened last year flaunts tasty creations like the #BEC, a golden runny egg sandwich with bacon and cheddar. Relive childhood with an order of the Cinnamon Toast Brulee while sipping on an adult beverage.

5 Church

5Church

Uptown

It’s quite possible that you spent Saturday evening clinking glasses and toasting the beautiful people inside the swanky bar at 5Church and, come Sunday, you’re operating at half-speed. Not to worry. Put on your aviators and head back for brunch, where you can sip a glass of bubbly and devour a croque madame or the famed lamb burger. Nothing cures a big night out more than a little hair of the dog and mornay sauce with French fries.

300 East

300 East

Dilworth

The family-owned restaurant on East Blvd lives inside a house that was built in 1900 and has a regular crowd that feels like it's been there just as long. One of the biggest draws is the inviting patio, which fills up fast. Come early to avoid a wait and spring for the Crab Cake Benedict with citrus hollandaise and potato pancake.

Asbury

The Asbury

Uptown

The atmosphere at The Asbury gives the feeling of uptown elegance inside its deep blue walls, while its brunch menu screams of down home comfort. Executive Chef Chris Coleman serves up his Maw Maw’s biscuit recipe with a side of savory bacon jam along with a host of porky delights like the Lacquered Pork Belly Sammy coated with chicken liver mousse for good measure.

Upstream

South Park

Step into this South Park stalwart with the upper crust of Charlotte and get your money’s worth of oysters on the half shell. This upscale seafood restaurant does brunch right with an endless supply of sushi, oysters on the half shell, shrimp, clams, and mussels along with a luxurious selection of sides and small plates like Banana Bread French Toast and Pecan Crusted Trout, all included in the $27.95 price tag.

Bistro La Bon

Bistro La Bon

Plaza Midwood

Bistro La Bon is situated on the lively Central Ave thoroughfare in Plaza Midwood and offers two types of brunch experiences: a reservations-only affair on Saturdays and the Sunday Brunch Smorgasbord (which is where the action is). The internationally inspired restaurant offers a brunch buffet that’s overflowing with European specialties and a 20 spot pays your admission to smorgas-party. Don’t worry, nobody’s keeping track of how many times you went back for the Swedish meatballs or Chocolate Waffles.

Block + Grinder

Block & Grinder

Elizabeth/Myers Park

To eat brunch at Block & Grinder is to declare yourself a dedicated eater because the hearty dishes with fresh-off-the-block meats do not mess around. The duck hash is comprised of duck confit, hash browns, Peppadew peppers, and a duck egg to finish the dish. Get your brunch compatriots to order the Challah French Toast so you can go all in for a balanced breakfast. That is, sweet bites to balance the meat sweats.

Fork!

Fork!

Davidson

Head north of the city into the charming college town of Davidson where Fork! sits just on its outskirts in a most welcoming old house. Dig into the mother load of Benedict selections (there are three on the menu) or try the Cheddar Herb Biscuits & Gravy. Pro tip: snag a table on the wraparound porch; it makes everything taste better.

Heist

Heist Brewery

NoDa

The old cotton mill turned craft brewery/cocktail bar/eatery sits at the gateway to the eclectic NoDa. Brunch at Heist is appropriately called Kegs & Eggs and the epic spread is one of best in town featuring a carving station, a waffle with brown sugar and bourbon caramelized peaches, and an a la carte menu with a ham biscuit drowned in beer cheese. Like we said, epic.

Heritage Food & Drink

Waxhaw

Though the drive to Waxhaw is always worth it, a Sunday drive to visit Chef Paul Verica inside his hyperlocal restaurant is that much more pleasurable. The big deal at brunch is the house-made doughnuts, which change weekly and the 'Hangover' Helper, a headache-fighting, belly-fortifying combination of bread, pimento cheese, bacon, pulled pork, a fried egg, and crispy onions.

Nan and Byron's

Nan and Byron’s

South End

Bring the whole family to this South End destination and grab a sunny spot on the patio or sit at a table inside to catch the game on one of the bar’s four televisions. Nan & Byron’s offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and the buffet includes a chilled shellfish platter brimming with oysters on the half shell, crab legs and shrimp, plus other items like smoked salmon, deviled eggs, and the usual breakfast suspects. Order a la carte and go for the Beet Benedict with poached eggs, crispy beets, creamed kale, and red pepper relish.

Passion8

Elizabeth

Passion8 has settled into its glamorous new digs in Elizabeth and it is bringing the heat to the brunch game. As usual, the food is local, the plates are beautiful, and the beignets are creative, with flavors like Nutter Butter and Irish Car Bomb. This all comes along with live music to make a strong case for languishing here nearly every Sunday. All you need to know about the House Breakfast is this -- Benton's BĂ©chamel.


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1. Little Spoon 2820 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28209 (Myers Park)

On the surface, Little Spoon might appear to be any old Southern brunch spot, but it's anything but. This Myers Park eatery's bare, industrial space hosts a constantly changing menu, always full of comfort-food favorites like chicken biscuits, sausage hash topped with fried eggs and house-made donuts and cronuts (all made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Nursing a hangover, or just plain tired? Don't miss out on their bowl-sized cups of coffee, which is superiorly stronger than your average joe.

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2. 5Church 127 N Tryon St, Suite 8, Charlotte, NC 28202 (Uptown)

Feather chandeliers, leather banquettes, and a black ceiling set the scene at this sleek, loft-style space in the center of Uptown, where signature dishes such as a lamb burger, ahi tuna poke, and citrus- & herb-roasted whole fish are served alongside fancy libations. Guests typically mingle here earlier in the evenings for a drink or two before continuing on to another nearby nightlife destinations. Specialty cocktails like the Viper (Patron, orange liqueur, cucumber water, and cayenne pepper) and the Rosemary Gin Fizz (gin, liquid egg whites, and rosemary simple syrup) are sophisticated enough to keep up with the crowd.

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3. 300 East 300 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC (Dilworth)

This neighborhood restaurant has been charming locals and winning awards for over a quarter century, offering farm fresh ingredients and plenty of cozy atmosphere. Housed within an old Victorian and featuring a stunning (and private) backyard patio, the restaurant is as beautiful as the food is delicious. 300 East, owned and operated by the same family since the beginning, sources all their ingredients from local farms, including their meats. Their signature grass-fed burger uses beef and bacon from two different farms, topped with sautéed local mushrooms & leeks, and the rest of the menu features similar upscale American comfort food dishes like pizzas, sandwiches, steaks, and seafood. This inviting spot is rather popular, so make sure to make a reservation.

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4. The Asbury 235 North Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

The Asbury is a modern southern restaurant, resting inside the historic Dunhill Hotel. Here, Executive Chef Chris Coleman gives Carolina favorites a modern twist, like his Cast Iron Biscuits served with bacon jam made using his grandmother’s recipe, or shrimp and grits with miso. The menu also features true southern staples like a fresh NC seafood boil and fried green tomatoes. The antique beauty of this restaurant is not to be understated, and you have the choice of either sitting inside or out on the stunning patio.

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5. Upstream 6902 Phillips Place Ct, Charlotte, NC 28210

Step into this upscale South Park stalwart with the upper crust of Charlotte and prepare to get your money’s worth of oysters on the half shell. The refined, modern seafood restaurant serves up an endless supply of sushi, oysters on the half shell, shrimp, clams, and mussels, plus a luscious selection of sides and small plates, particularly during brunch, such as banana-bread French toast and pecan-crusted trout.

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6. Bistro La Bon 1332 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205 (Plaza Midwood)

Rustic-chic Bistro La Bon is situated on the lively Central Avenue thoroughfare in Plaza Midwood, where the internationally inspired restaurant offers a brunch buffet that’s overflowing with a smorgasbord of European specialties. Don’t worry, nobody’s keeping track of how many times you went back for the Swedish meatballs or chocolate waffles.

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7. Block & Grinder 2935 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Myers Park)

Block & Grinder opened in Foxcroft in 2013 and brought a relaxed farm-to-table concept to Charlotte’s dining scene. Its modern twists on traditional favorites (like fried chicken confit) may be an atypical technique, but the results are just as coveted. Fresh ingredients add immense flavor to seasonal, Southern sides, and here, every meat you’ll find on the menu has been hand-cut by the staff. Look out for constantly rotating wild game burger offerings. An added bonus: you can purchase meats cut to order at the restaurant’s butcher counter to take home with you.

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8. Fork! 20517 N Main St, Charlotte, NC 28340 (Davidson)

Located in a historic home nestled between Cornelius and Davidson, Fork! is a warm and intimate setting with a regularly changing menu, which always plays host to the freshest, locally sourced dishes, such as a spicy chicken spring roll with wasabi and plum sauce, and a pan-seared Spanish mackerel. For extreme comfort, order the tangy goat cheese mac, which is so popular that fans created a Facebook page in its honor. At brunch, the cheddar herb biscuits and gravy is your best bet, particularly when eaten on the sunny wraparound porch.

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9. Heist Brewery 2909 N Davidson St, Ste 200, Charlotte, NC 28205 (Noda)

Housed in an old cotton mill, this triple threat is part brewery, part cocktail bar, and part restaurant -- and the whole is greater than the sum of those parts. Despite the ample seating, this is the kind of place you’re likely to have to squeeze into the bar, or wait for a table on the weekends, especially during its next-level Sunday brunch. The small batch beers change frequently and are especially tasty when mixed in one of the beer cocktails like The Black Fog made with Heist stout, rye whiskey, and blackberry puree.

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10. Heritage Food & Drink 201 W South Main St, Waxhaw, NC 28173 (Waxhaw)

Though the drive to Waxhaw is always worth it, a Sunday drive to visit Chef Paul Verica inside his hyperlocal restaurant is that much more pleasurable. The big deal at brunch are the house-made donuts, which change weekly, and the hangover helper, a headache-fighting, belly-fortifying combination of bread, pimento cheese, bacon, pulled pork with a fried egg and crispy onions.

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11. Nan and Byron's 1714 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 (South End)

Bring the whole family to this South End destination and grab a sunny spot on the patio or sit at a table inside to catch the game on one of the bar’s four televisions.

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12. Passion8 1523 Elizabeth Ace, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Elizabeth)

Passion8 brings some serious heat to the brunch game with its elegantly plated, locally sourced dishes, creative beignets in flavors like nutter butter and Irish car bomb, and live music. All of those elements make a strong case for languishing here nearly every Sunday -- and on date nights, too. The romantic atmosphere with golden accents and glass chandeliers act as a refined backdrop for gourmet three-course meals, all hand-crafted by executive chef Luca Annunziata and guaranteed to impress.

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