Fried Chicken & Waffles Gets a Colorful Indian Twist
If you've been dismissing the Dandelion as just an Uptown bar, you've been missing out on an incredible brunch menu. Stop by any Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm, order up a Bloody Mary (which you can customize to your spicy preference), and enjoy the Low Country Hash or the Crab Cake Benny -- two must-have's at this underrated Queen City favorite. Or, cruise the menu for some other (also wonderful) options.
Inspired by Cajun cuisine, Eddie’s Place has been serving Charlotteans breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner since 1997, and there's no shortage of options: the chicken & waffles are served with a cinnamon butter that takes the spice of the crispy chicken skin to the next level; the ciabatta French toast with powdered sugar is the perfect balance of sweet and savory; and the She-crab soup makes for a perfect starter or to-go item. (Go ahead and lick the bowl, no one will judge.)
The folks in Myers Park have been enjoying Fenwick's since 1984, but this neighborhood staple also offers a mean weekend brunch. Try the cinnamon pecan coffee cake to start (served with an incredible strawberry butter). Then switch to the farmers market wrap with egg whites, veggies, and cheese, served in a spinach wrap. And when given the option of a side choice, obviously pick the cheesy grits.
If you haven’t had a waffle-wich yet, we feel so sorry for you (and may even question your sanity). To better yourself, stop by FūD at Salud on Sundays. This place takes it to the next level by creating brunch specials around the aforementioned favorite. Our pick: the Waffles Rancheros. It's scrambled eggs, avocado, pico, ground beef, chorizo, and Sriracha aioli served as a sandwich between two fluffy waffles. It may be all you'll ever need in life.
Known largely for live music on the patio, Jack Beagles has also been offering brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Those who live in NoDa know the secret, but this spot is an undiscovered gem to many. Chocolate chip pancakes, grilled rib-eye on Texas toast covered in sausage gravy (no joke, this is called the Shit on a Shingle), and a breakfast hoagie with bacon AND sausage are some of the favorites. And since most meals are priced under $10, you won’t break the bank... though you may end up breaking the scale.
Serving Southern-inspired cuisine with a contemporary touch, Leroy Fox is known for the fried chicken, and there's plenty of it on the brunch menu. The chicken & waffles is a signature dish, but the pimento & egg sandwich (pimento cheese, fried egg, and bacon topped with Leroy’s signature house dressing on a brioche bun) is a damn fine option that pairs well with a mimosa or one of the signature cocktails.
This Sunday brunch spot is an old-fashioned soda shop nestled in the booming South End. The $13.95 buffet gets you access to an endless offering of all things that make brunch, well... brunch. And there's no exaggeration on the "endless" part. We're talking biscuits, omelets, bacon, scones, casseroles of every kind, chocolate cake, and eggs Benedict. And did we mention chocolate cake? Point is: it’s all there. You can even order one of the signature old-timey milkshakes! But plan ahead for a nap, because you will need it after eating here.
The newest SouthPark location of Reid’s added a much needed patio for diners and drinkers to enjoy, but it also added one of the most impressive brunch buffets in the city. Served every Sunday from 10:30am-2pm, this brunch spot offers all the favorites: farmer’s pie, French toast, an omelet station, eggs Benedict, and more in one glorious line. If it’s after noon, order a Bloody Mary. And remember, stretchy pants are encouraged.
Known for its selection of beer and wine, Rhino's true star is the deli portion of the market. Stop by and build your own omelette, or order a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, potato hash, salsa, sausage, and cheese. And don’t overlook the Le Monde: a breakfast sandwich served on sourdough bread stuffed with eggs, sautéed spinach, and tomatoes with melted havarti cheese.
With views of the Uptown skyline, Vivace is a destination for any meal. But what some may not know is that it's one the best places in Charlotte for special occasion brunches (think: Mother’s Day, birthdays, or meeting your significant others’ parents for the first time). On weekends, get a two-course brunch and bottomless mimosas for just $25, or something special from the Bloody Mary bar. If you're not into the special, feel free to order a la carte.