The 21 best brunch spots in Charlotte

The 21 best brunch spots in Charlotte

Little Mama's brunch. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

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Looking to find a brunch spot? Here’s a quick list of the 21 best brunch spots in our city — and what to order at each.

The list of brunch spots below are in no particular order (this isn’t a ranking). Be sure to check with each restaurant first, as hours and menus may have changed during the pandemic.


(1) 300 East

Best old-school brunch

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, don’t skip brunch.

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Staple brunch item: Crab cake Benedict with potato pancake, citrus hollandaise and grilled asparagus ($16.75).

Must-try brunch item: Instagram-worthy breakfast pizza with Wild Turkey Farms chorizo, red sauce, cheddar-jack cheese, scallions, queso fresco and fried eggs ($14.75).

Find them at 300 East Blvd. Brunch is served from 10am to 3pm on Sunday (full menu here).

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Breakfast pizza


(2) Café Monte

Best upscale brunch, available every day of the week

This is SouthPark’s go-to for upscale French food at an affordable price point.

Staple brunch item: French Country Breakfast with eggs cooked your way, country bacon or sausage, skillet potato, and toast ($13).

Must-try brunch item: Benedict Monte with a croissant, smoked ham, two eggs, tomato, asparagus and hollandaise ($15).

Find them at 6700 Fairview Road (near the Whole Foods). Breakfast and bunch is served from 9am to 3pm daily (full menu here).

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(3) Haberdish

Best spot for brunch with trendy cocktails

Known for its Southern comfort food and cocktails, this NoDa staple from the minds behind Growlers Pourhouse and Crepe Cellar has scaled back its popular brunch during the pandemic to just Saturday and Sunday.

Staple brunch item: Chicken biscuit sandwich with de-boned fried chicken, slaw, honey mustard and pickles ($8).

Must-try brunch item: Tater tot Benedict with country ham, tater tot round and house hollandaise ($13).

Something sweet: Cinnamon roll with cinnamon, sugar and milk caramel ($4).

Find it at 3106 N. Davidson St. Haberdish has adjusted its hours during the pandemic and is only serving a limited menu for Brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:30am (full menu here).

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Haberdish cinnamon roll charlotte


(4) Haymaker

Best Uptown brunch

The farm-focused restaurant from Asheville-based Chef William Dissen opened in Uptown a couple of years ago with floor-to-ceiling windows, mezzanine seating, and extensive breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch menus.

Staple brunch item: Haymaker Breakfast with two scrambled eggs, Benton’s bacon, herb-roasted potatoes, and a jalapeño biscuit ($13).

Must-try brunch item: Cinnamon bread French toast with apple butterscotch, mascarpone whipped cream, maple syrup, powdered sugar ($12)

Find it at 225 S. Poplar St. Brunch is served from 10am to 2:30pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday (full menu).

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(5) Snooze

Best brunch spot for a variety of pancake options

This popular Denver-based breakfast and brunch spot recently opened its second Charlotte location in South End. The colorful retro-inspired restaurant has bar seating and a mix of booth and table seating inside along with a pet-friendly outdoor patio.

Hockey puck hash browns: Snooze hash browns are served up in a unique signature shape that looks like a perfectly formed hockey puck. I’m into it. If you prefer sweets, you can always swap your side of hash browns or toast for any pancake for $4.25.

Pancake Flights: Can’t choose just one of their eight pancake options? Make it a flight and pick any three flavors, including pineapple upside down, sweet potato, blueberry danish, and peanut butter cup.

Find it at 1331 Central Ave. in Plaza Midwood and 2041 South Blvd. in South End. Snooze is open daily 6:30am to 2:30pm (full Snooze guide here). 

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


(6) littleSpoon

Best brunch when you want to feel like you’re not in Charlotte

Thick bacon alert: #BEC with a slab of bacon, American cheese and sunny-side up egg on a potato roll ($9).

Must-try brunch item: Hash with sweet and purple potatoes, onion, bell pepper, sausage and egg ($15).

Find it at 2820 Selwyn Ave. Brunch is served 8am to 3pm Tuesday through Sunday (full menu here).

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littleSpoon’s popular “Green Eggs and Ham” deviled eggs

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littleSpoon’s hash with sweet and purple potatoes, onion, bell pepper, sausage and fried egg.


(7) The Stanley

Best foodie brunch

James Beard-nominated chef Paul Verica leads The Stanley which has a seasonal farm-driven menu. It’s one of the top five overall restaurants in Charlotte. Verica’s new Italian restaurant Orto will also add on brunch soon.

Something sweet: Doughnuts. Flavors are vanilla, chocolate, or flavor of the day ($3).

Must-try brunch item: Philly cheesesteak with a fried egg ($13). You can already tell from Verica’s always-present Eagles hat that the cheesesteak is good.

Find it at 1961 E. 7th St. Brunch is served 10:30am to 1:30pm on Sunday (full menu). Agenda guide: 3 quick things to know about brunch at The Stanley

BLT – brioche, tomatoes, summer crisp lettuce, house bacon, Hellman’s mayo, chips ($14)

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Buttermilk Pancakes – blueberries, bacon, pure maple syrup ($12)


(8) Superica

Best party brunch

This upscale Tex-Mex restaurant out of Atlanta is one of several new(ish) additions to South End’s Design Center on the booming block that also houses Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Hawkers and Barcelona Wine Bar. Superica also recently opened a location in Strawberry Hill.

Staple brunch item: Hot cakes with whipped butter and buttermilk syrup ($9-12).

Cheese please: It’s home to the queso fundido that boasts a wildly impressive 5-foot 9-inch cheese pull.

Must-try brunch item: Huevos rancheros with a housemade tortilla, double beans, ranchero sauce, two eggs sunny-side up, avocado and bacon ($13).

Find it at 101 W. Worthington Ave. in South End and 4223 Providence Rd. in Strawberry Hill. Brunch is served 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday (full menu).

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Steak and eggs at Superica

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Superica’s pancake is the size of a pizza. Agenda related guide: Best pancakes in Charlotte


(9) Suffolk Punch

Best brewery brunch

This South End brewery, bar and restaurant is one of the most beautiful spaces in the city. Oh, and you can wash down brunch with $3 beers all day on Sunday.

Staple brunch item: Pecan French toast with thick-sliced brioche, crushed pecan crust, bourbon creme anglaise and seasonal berries ($12).

Must-try brunch item: Chicken-n-biscuit with buttermilk fried chicken, scratch-made biscuit, scrambled egg, topped with peppercorn-chive gravy ($14).

Find it at 2911 Griffith St. Brunch is served from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday (full menu).

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Chicken-n-Biscuit


(10) Chef Alyssa Kitchen

Best cooking school brunch

Note: Brunch isn’t being offered regularly during the pandemic, but look out for scheduled to-go/pre-order pop-up brunches in the future.

You’ll literally be sitting in a learning kitchen at their Lower South End space. It’s counter service, so expect a low-key vibe, and the space is huge.

Staple brunch item: Breakfast Burrito with scrambled eggs, local chorizo, Ashe County sharp cheddar, potatoes, peppers, onions, and tomato jam ($12)

Must-try brunch item: Pancake Tacos with fluffy pancakes filled with house bacon and scrambled eggs with spiced maple syrup to dip (three for $9)

Find it at 4001-C Yancey Road #100. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday (full menu).

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Pancake tacos


(11) Crepe Cellar

Best cozy brunch

Crepe Cellar is a NoDa staple with a wide ranging brunch menu from their famous pesto brie fries to spinach and wild mushroom crepe to roasted oysters to eggs benedict. It’s popular and delicious.

Classic: French toast Kahlua battered brioche served with real maple syrup, your choice of bacon or housemade sausage and home fries or grits

Crepe situation: You’ll have four breakfast crepe options, including the smoked salmon crepe with smoked salmon, egg, spinach, caramelized shallots, gruyere, and hollandaise ($12)

Find it at 3116 North Davidson Street. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (full menu here).

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DIY French press Irish coffee

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Crepe Cellar’s steak and eggs – 10oz hanger steak, hollandaise, two eggs any style, toast and home fries or grits.


(12) The Crunkleton

Best cocktail brunch

The Crunkleton is a popular cocktail bar in Elizabeth, with a small, but tasty brunch menu. Their food is underrated. Plus, the restaurant just renovated its patio, adding a cover, fans and heaters.

Cocktails: The Crunkleton, known for their cocktails, features an 8-drink brunch cocktail list including the Honey Bee with bourbon, honey, lemon and cream ($13); and the 1957 Brunch Punch with Aperol, gin, lemon and orange blossom ($13).

Must-try brunch item: Rancheros Scramble with chorizo, poblanos, avocado, crowder peas, creme, hot sauce, ranchero, and cilantro served with home fries ($16).

The Crunkleton serves weekend brunch only and opens at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (full menu here)

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Related Agenda guide: Best cocktail bars in Charlotte

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Ranchero Scramble


(13) Tupelo Honey

Best chain restaurant brunch

Tupelo Honey, a Southern comfort food restaurant with over 15 locations across the United States, is packed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Staple brunch item: ‘Old Skool’ breakfast bowl with two fried eggs, parmesan and rosemary potato cracklins, salsa, black-eyed peas, cheddar cheese, bacon and sausage crumbles, served over stone-ground goat cheese grits.

Must-try brunch item: Shoo Mercy Griddle – pancakes topped with buttermilk fried “forever free” chicken, apple cider bacon, spiced South Carolina pecans, and served with two fried eggs.

Its new location in Uptown is at 101 S. Tryon St. #130. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday starting at 9am. (full menu here)

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Fried chicken and biscuits at Tupelo Honey


(14) Reid’s SouthPark

Best brunch buffet

The brunch buffet at Reid’s includes an omelet station and carved prime rib station. It’s $24.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids 12 and under.

Buffet spread: Scrambled eggs, veggie frittata, corned beef hash, home fries and grits, pancakes and french toast, Reid’s biscuits and sausage gravy, fried chicken, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, cheese and charcuterie, smoked salmon, salad, and soup. That’s in addition to the omelet and carved prime rib station.

Find it at 4331 Barclay Downs Drive (near Dick’s Sporting Goods). Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday (full menu here).

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(15) Zada Jane’s

Best neighborhood brunch

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

Staple brunch item: Booker T’s East Side Hasher, with sweet potato hash browns topped with frittata-style eggs, pork sausage, turkey sausage or soysage, melted cheddar and green onions ($8.95)

Must-try brunch item: Bunny Rancheros with two eggs, black beans, home fries, your choice of protein, topped with queso, guacamole, salsa verde, sour cream and flour tortillas ($9.95)

Find it at 1601 Central Ave. Breakfast/brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (full menu).

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More of a breakfast person? Here’s the Agenda guide to the best breakfast spots in Charlotte]


(16) Leah & Louise

Best brunch spot for something unexpected

Charlotte’s (and one of the country’s) best new restaurant recently launched its weekend breakfast/brunch menu with familiar dishes like the chicken skins, called “river chips,” as well as new highlights.

Staple brunch items:

  • Coo Coo for cocoa gravy – Sweet potato biscuits, andouille sausage gravy and carrot escabeche.
  • BEC N Call – sweet potato biscuit, souffle egg, cheddar cheese and bacon.

Find it at 301 Camp Rd. in Camp North End. Breakfast/brunch is served from 10:30am-3pm on Saturday and 10:30am-4pm on Sunday. Full menu.

Photo: Shawn Cetrone


(17) Easy Like Sunday

Brunch for people with a sweet tooth

The new breakfast and brunch spot opened just before the pandemic off of Park Road. The space is intimate and approachable with an impressive coffee program centered around its Kyoto cold brew — a super strong, 24-hour drip coffee.

Staple brunch item: Classic French toast ($11.95) – brioche, topped with powdered sugar.

Must-try brunch item: Ricotta-stuffed French toast ( $13.95) – housemade sweet ricotta, berry compote, and crumbled bacon.

1600 E. Woodlawn Rd., Ste. 100. Breakfast/brunch is served 9am-3pm on Wednesday-Sunday. Full menu.

More: Brunch restaurant Easy Like Sunday now open in the Park Road area

French toast.


(18) Ruby Sunshine

Best New Orleans-inspired brunch

The New Orleans-based restaurant opened up in Charlotte amid the pandemic in South End.

Staple brunch item: Beignets ($7).

Must-try brunch item: Buttermilk biscuit sliders duo ($10) — One Cochon slider with slow-cooked apple-braised pork, pickles and remoulade sauce, and one fried chicken and gravy with pork tasso cream sauce.

Find it at 332 W. Bland St. Breakfast/brunch is served 7:30am-2pm on weekdays and 7:30am-3pm on weekends. Full menu.

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(19) VANA

Best new trendy brunch spot

The new restaurant on a bustling corner of Tryon Street in South End is owned by the same team behind Bardo. On warm days, the restaurant opens its garage doors to reveal an indoor-outdoor feel.

Brunch standouts: 

  • Hanger steak & eggs ($22) – poached eggs, bearnaise sauce, chimichurri
  • Lamb Merguez sammi ($16) – lusty monk mustard, picked red onion, ricotta, fried egg

1140 S. Tryon St., Ste. 100. Brunch is served daily from 11am-3pm. Full menu.

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Cocktails from VANA.


(20) Little Mama’s

Best if you have a big appetite

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

Staple brunch item: Giant cinnamon Roll ($7)

Must-try brunch item: Steak and Eggs ($32) comes with a massive prime ribeye, four eggs, and home fries.

4521 Sharon Rd. Stop by for brunch on weekends from 9:30am-2pm. Full menu.


(21) The Degenerate

Best budget brunch

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

Budget brunch item: Bowl of cereal (market price). If you’re after the brunch atmosphere without the steep bill, go with a simple bowl of cereal. Nothing fancy, but it’s usually about $2.

Must-try brunch item: Blintzes ($10) – Whipped cream cheese stuffed crepes, fruit, and honey.

2116 N. Davidson St. Brunch runs 11am-4pm on weekends. Full menu.

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Blintzes


Looking for more Charlotte food and drink guides? Here’s a complete list of Agenda guides including best burgers, best bars, best new restaurants, best weekly specials, best pizza, best sushi, and best cocktail bars.

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