According to social media, you’re a professional bruncher, we get it. You and the rest of your tribe like to cure the previous night’s antics with some #mimosas and #beignets. But sometimes you’ve got to pinch those pennies until the next paycheck and rough it for a few days. Looks like you’re in luck because these budget-friendly and seriously tasty plates will get you out the door for less than seven bucks, with absolutely no FOMO to be had.
There’s a reason this place has stuck around since 1926, and it’s not the décor. Housed in an unassuming brick building, Green’s Lunch may be famous for its hot dogs, but the early morning offerings are another winner. Yeah it’s definitely far from fancy, but the eggs, bacon, and biscuits will beckon you in from blocks away.
Between the hotcakes, homemade biscuits, sausages, and country ham, this place is hog heaven. With a batch of à la carte items to choose from, you might as well just have them all. One thing’s a must: a heaping pile of home fried potatoes.
Serving up made-to-order donuts with your favorite glazes and toppings, this isn’t any old pastry joint. Go for glazed and make sure to get yourself some bacon sprinkled on top (protein, for good measure).
Bagels are a no-brainer when it comes to a breakfast that’s cheap, good, and quick. And you really can’t go wrong when you top your everything, pumpernickel, or poppy seed with a magical combination of cream cheese, lox, capers, and red onions. With dough made several times a day, there’s no chance you’ll find a better bagel in Charlotte.
There are few places more charming than this farm-driven boutique grocery in the heart of Elizabeth. And quite surprisingly, it does have some economical options on the menu. The Rustic Egg sandwich -- two farm eggs, swiss cheese, and toasted cumin mustard served on griddled wheat toast -- may be simple, but it’s superior.
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The best part about this place is that you can roll in dressed in last night’s clothes without a second glance. The food and drinks are another huge perk. There are several delightful options and daily specials, but the Later Hater reigns. It’s a grilled sandwich topped with eggs, your choice of protein, spinach, tomato, and pimento cheese (yep, you read that right). Wash it down with a mimosa made with fresh-squeezed OJ and you’ll turn any morning into a good one.
Tex-Mex is one of the best ways to wake up your tastebuds in the morning. This laid-back spot serves up a mean breakfast burrito wrapped up with eggs, potato, sausage, cheese and salsa. The craft coffee selection is admirable, as well.
Sure, you may have stumbled out of here late Friday night, but it only makes sense to return for some more action on Saturday morning. Especially when Waco Eggs Benedict is what’s for breakfast. Two lightly fried eggs are topped with a savory hollandaise sauce and complemented by perfectly crispy slices of bacon. The two hearty slices of Texas Toast will sop up all the extras. (Note: open for breakfast on weekends only).
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Lauren Blake enjoys writing about restaurants and bars just as much as she likes frequenting them. Well, almost as much. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @palieblake.
1. Green's Lunch309 W 4th St, Charlotte
2. Art's Barbecue & Deli900 E Morehead St, Charlotte
3. Duck Donuts1710 Kenilworth Ave, # 220, Charlotte
4. Poppy's Bagels And More2921 Providence Rd Ste 102, Charlotte
5. Earl's Grocery1609 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte
6. The Common Market1515 S Tryon St, Charlotte
7. Rhino Market & Deli1500 W Morehead St, Ste E, Charlotte
8. JackBeagle's3213 N Davidson St, Charlotte
Don't let the name fool you. Breakfast is also offered at this Charlotte mainstay, which has been around since 1926. If you're looking for a chili dog, Green's has one of the best in the city.
Located in the heart of Dilworth, Art's boasts hearty breakfasts -- hotcakes, biscuits, and country ham -- and homestyle lunches, such as the famous BBQ sandwich and Brunswick stew.
With locations all over the Northeast, Duck Donuts serves up hot, fresh, creative pastries. The fried dough selections might look to be on the petite side, but topping choices like shredded coconut and chopped peanuts and bacon, as well as "coating" options like peanut butter and strawberry icing, will make your single treat a carbo load to last the whole day. Pair the maple frosting and bacon topping, and you've tasted heaven.
This family-owned joint opened in 2010 aiming to bring New York-style bagels to Charlotte, and it succeeded. Every kind of bagel you can image is sold here, and they're all kettle boiled and baked fresh every day. You can buy one of them on its own with a flavored cream cheese, spring for a lox bagel (which are hard to come by in the South, let's be honest) or a breakfast sandwich, or if you feel so inclined, go all out and get a specialty sandwich like a reuben or an Uptown Charlotte (turkey, muenster, avocado, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard).
This hip grocery is a place to be seen... at lunchtime, at least. Earl's has all sorts of amazing eats like hot bowls of ramen and steak tacos, plus daily features. The real winner, though, is the turkey sandwich. Yes, you heard that right, stacks of deli turkey with smoked Gouda, sun-dried tomato aioli, and avocado stuffed between two slices of lightly grilled wheat bread. It's simple perfection.
This eclectic market with its sandwich shop, coffee bar, and beer & wine selection is the ultimate neighborhood hub. Most afternoons you’ll find a packed patio with meetings happening over drinks, while evenings often bring live music, and events like beer and wine tastings. There are six beers on tap, but be sure to peruse the shelves as well. The market’s curated selection of intriguing suds from unexpected places like India or the Middle East has made it a favorite for beer aficionados.
This popular deli/market is known for its standard breakfast and lunch fare and Tex Mex provisions.
This neighborhood bar in NoDa is a great local watering hole with real good grub. They've got burgers, dogs, cheesesteaks, wings, and more. Try the Jack-Mac, which is their version of mac-and-cheese with a garlicky buffalo sauce.