The 23 best brunch spots in Charlotte

The 23 best brunch spots in Charlotte

Benedict Monte from Cafe Monte. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

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Looking for bottomless mimosas and a collection of sweet and savory mid-morning to early-afternoon delights?

Here’s a list of the 23 best brunch spots in Charlotte — and what to order at each.

Note: The list is not a ranking


(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, their brunch is also a popular draw.

Staple brunch item: The shrimp cake Benedict, made with fried eggs, a potato pancake, citrus hollandaise and asparagus  ($17).

Must-try dish: The Instagram-worthy breakfast pizza made with local chorizo, red sauce, cheddar-Jack cheese, scallions, queso fresco and topped with fried eggs ($15).

Details: Find them at 300 East Blvd. Brunch is served from 10am-3pm on Sundays.

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The breakfast pizza from 300 East. Photo: Axios Charlotte archives.


(2) Café Monte

Best upscale brunch, available every day of the week

This is SouthPark’s go-to for upscale French food.

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

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

Details: Find them at 6700 Fairview Rd. (near the Whole Foods). Breakfast and bunch are served from 9am-3pm daily.

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Pictured above is the ‘Benedict Monte’. Photo: Axios Charlotte archives.


(3) The Crunkleton

Best cocktail brunch

The popular Elizabeth cocktail bar has a small, tasty brunch menu.

Cocktails: The Crunkleton, known for its beverage program, features a seven-drink brunch cocktail list with classics like the Mai Tai and Bloody Mary ($14).

Must-try dish: Huevos rancheros with seasonal beans, goat cheese, pico de gallo, avocado crema and sunny eggs over fried corn tortillas ($18).

Details: The Crunkleton serves weekend brunch only from 11am-2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Related guide: 15 Best cocktail bars in Charlotte

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rancheros scramble at the crunkleton brunch

Ranchero scramble


(4) The Degenerate

Best budget brunch

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

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

Must-try dish: Blintzes ($10) — Whipped cream cheese stuffed crepes, fruit and honey.

Details: 2116 N. Davidson St. Brunch runs 11am-4pm on weekends.

The Degenerate

Photo: Emma Way/Axios


(5) Easy Like Sunday

Best brunch for folks with a sweet tooth

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) — egg-battered brioche, topped with powdered sugar.

Must-try dish: Ricotta-stuffed French toast ( $13.95) with house-made sweet ricotta, berry compote and crumbled bacon.

Details: Check it out at 1600 E. Woodlawn Rd., Ste. 100. Breakfast/brunch is served from 9am-3pm on Tuesday through Sunday.

French toast


(6) El Puro

Best Cuban brunch

El Puro celebrates 1950s, pre-revolutionary Cuba through the food and atmosphere. The restaurant is the latest concept from the family behind Havana Carolina Restaurant & Bar in Concord.

Staple brunch item: La Habanera – thin Cuban bread crust with sofrito sauce, lechon asado, ham, mozzarella, feta and sunny side up eggs ($18).

Must-try dish: Tres leches pancakes ($16).

Details: El Puro is located at 5033 South Blvd. and serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm.

El Puro Tres Leches Pancakes

El Puro Tres Leches Pancakes. Photo: Bri Crane/Axios


(7) Haberdish

Best brunch with southern flair

Known for its Southern comfort food and cocktails, this NoDa staple comes from husband and wife restaurateurs Jeff Tonidandel and Jamie Brown — the minds behind Growlers Pourhouse and Ever Analdo (formerly Crepe Cellar).

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

Must-try dish: The scratch-made cinnamon roll with sugar and milk caramel ($5.50).

Details: Find it at 3106 N. Davidson St. Brunch at Haberdish is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-3pm.

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Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Haberdish Cinnamon Roll

Homemade Cinnamon Roll from Haberdish. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Haberdish mocktail


(8) Haymaker

Best Uptown brunch

The farm-focused eatery from Asheville-based chef William Dissen offers locally inspired and seasonal food.

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

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

Details: Find it at 225 S. Poplar St. Brunch is served from 10am-2:30pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

brunch menu items at haymaker in charlotte

chicken sandwich from haymaker charlotte


(9) La Belle Helene

Best brunch for dining like a Parisian

Known for its striking main dining space, La Belle Helene is a no-brainer brunch option if you’re looking to dress up for brunch during the weekend. The menu centers around French cuisine.

Staple brunch item: Spinach and Mushroom Quiche ($20)

Must-try dish: Banana Fosters French Toast ($20)

Details: La Belle Helene is located at 300 S Tryon St., Suite 100. Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm.


(10) Leroy Fox

Best brunch spot for fried chicken

The brunch menu strikes the balance of classic items and southern comforts.

Staple brunch item: Chicken & waffles ($16.99) – fried chicken breast, peach compote, an over-easy egg all on a Belgian waffle and topped with maple syrup.

Must-try dish: The avocado toast ($13.95) – it’s made with sliced avocado, over-easy eggs, red pepper jelly, everything hemp seeds, panko, cilantro and a lemon wedge.

Details: Leroy Fox has locations in South End and Cotswold. Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2:30pm at both locations.


(11) Link + Pin

Best brunch variety

Link + Pin is a great brunch spot if you’re dining with a group of people because of the range of menu offerings.

Staple brunch item: Chicken & Waffles ($18.50) – crispy chicken tenders, sticky bun bourbon, maple syrup and mint watermelon.

Must-try dish: House Burger ($16) – black garlic aioli, Swiss, pickled green tomatoes, a sunny side egg, candied jalapeno bacon served with hand-cut fries.

Details: Link & Pin has locations in South End and the Arboretum. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays at both locations from 10am-4pm.

House burger with black garlic aioli, pickled green tomatoes and sunny side egg ($14).


(12) Little Mama’s

Best brunch for a big appetite

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

Staple brunch item: Giant cinnamon roll ($7)

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

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


(13) littleSpoon

Best brunch when you want to feel like you’re out of town

This cute neighborhood brunch spot has rotating menu offerings with some mainstay dishes.

Thick bacon alert: littleSpoon has some of the thickest bacon we’ve seen in the city. Enjoy it in all its glory on the #B.E.C. made with American cheese and a sunny-side-up egg on a potato roll.

Must-try dish: Hash with sweet and purple potatoes, onion, bell pepper, chicken sausage and an egg.

Details: Find it at 2820 Selwyn Ave. Brunch is served 8am-3pm Tuesday through Sunday.

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littleSpoon’s popular “Green Eggs and Ham” deviled eggs. Photo: Ted Williams/Axios

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THE thickest bacon we’ve ever seen. Photo: Ted Williams/Axios

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littleSpoon’s hash with sweet and purple potatoes, onion, bell pepper, sausage and fried egg. Photo: Ted Williams/Axios


(14) Napa on Providence

Best vineyard-inspired brunch

This airy, Myers Park bistro offers Napa Valley-inspired cuisine with an all-Californian wine selection.

Staple brunch item: French toast ($16) – house-made brioche, strawberry jam, syrup and powdered sugar with applewood smoked bacon.

Must-try dish: Sausage frittata ($17) – house-made fennel sausage with hot cherry peppers and fresh mozzarella.

Details: Napa on Providence is located at 110 Perrin Pl. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm.

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Chicken and waffles from Napa on Providence. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios


(15) RH Rooftop

Best bougie brunch

RH SouthPark is a sight to see. This would be a great brunch spot if you’re celebrating an occasion with friends or family.

Staple brunch item: RH scramble ($22) – farm eggs, crème fraîche, avocado and chives.

Must-try dish: Thick cut pork belly bacon ($14) – it has a maple glaze and black pepper.

Details: RH rooftop is located at 6903 Phillips Pl Ct. on the upper level of Restoration Hardware.

Related story: See inside: Stunning RH Charlotte with rooftop restaurant and new wine bar

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RH rooftop dining area. Photo: Emma Way/Axios


(16) Ruby Sunshine

Best New Orleans-inspired brunch

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

Staple brunch item: Beignets ($7).

Must-try dish: 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.

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

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(17) Snooze: an A.M. Eatery

Best brunch spot for a variety of pancake options

This popular Denver-based breakfast and brunch spot has locations in Plaza Midwood and South End and a South Park spot on the way. The colorful, retro-inspired restaurant has bar seating and a mix of booth and table options inside along with a pet-friendly outdoor patio.

Hockey puck hash browns: Snooze hash browns are served in a signature shape that looks like a perfectly formed hockey puck.

  • If you prefer sweets, you can always swap your side for any pancake for $5.75.

Pancake flights: Can’t choose just one of their eight pancake varieties? Make it a flight and select three, including pineapple upside down, sweet potato, blueberry danish and chocolate chip.

Details: Find Snooze at 1331 Central Ave. in Plaza Midwood and 2041 South Blvd. in South End. Snooze is open daily 6:30am-2:30pm

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


(18) The Stanley

Best foodie brunch

James Beard-nominated chef Paul Verica leads The Stanley which has a seasonal, farm-driven menu.

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

Must-try dish: Philly cheesesteak with a fried egg ($14). You can already tell from Verica’s ever-present Eagles hat that the cheesesteak is good.

Details: Find it at 1961 E. 7th St. Brunch is served 10:30am-1:30pm on Sunday.

Related guide: 6 quick things to know before your first dinner date 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)


(19) Superica

Best party brunch

Since opening its first Charlotte location in 2018, the upscale, Atlanta-based Tex-Mex restaurant has become a go-to in South End and Strawberry Hill.

Staple brunch item: Hotcakes with whipped butter and buttermilk syrup ($10-13).

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

Must-try dish: Huevos rancheros with a housemade tortilla, double beans, ranchero sauce, two eggs sunny-side up, avocado and bacon ($14).

Details: Find Superica in South End at 101 W. Worthington Ave. and Strawberry Hill at 4223 Providence Rd. Brunch is served 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Superica’s steak and eggs

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


(20) 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 Sundays.

Staple brunch item: TSP breakfast bowl made with two farm eggs your way, grits, smoked bacon and sausage patty, cheddar and pepper Jack cheese and a slice of sourdough toast ($15).

Must-try dish: Chicken-n-biscuit with buttermilk fried chicken, scratch-made biscuit, scrambled egg, topped with peppercorn-chive gravy ($16).

Details: Check out Suffolk Punch at 2911 Griffith St. Brunch is served from 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Related guide: Complete list of Charlotte breweries and the #1 most popular beer at each

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Chicken-n-biscuit


(21) Tupelo Honey

Best chain restaurant brunch

Tupelo Honey, a Southern comfort food restaurant with 21 locations across the United States, stays 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 dish: Sriracha honey fried chicken & waffles made with fried “forever free” chicken over fluffy buttermilk waffles ($15.95).

Details: Tupelo Honey is located at 101 S. Tryon St. #130. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday starting at 9am.

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Fried chicken and biscuits at Tupelo Honey


(22) VANA

Best trendy brunch spot

Find VANA on the bustling corner of S Tryon St. and W Summit Ave. in South End. On warmer days, the restaurant opens its garage doors to reveal an indoor-outdoor feel.

Brunch standouts: 

  • Steak & eggs ($23) — fried eggs, squash, chimichurri and garlic cream.
  • Breakfast flatbread ($14) — scrambled eggs, potato, bacon, tomato and mozzarella.

Details: VANA is located at 1140 S. Tryon St., Ste. 100. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10:30am.

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Cocktails from VANA


(23) 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 all-day breakfast.

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 ($10.95)

Must-try dish: Bunny rancheros with two eggs, black beans, home fries, your choice of protein, topped with queso, guacamole, salsa verde, sour cream and flour tortillas ($11.95)

Details: Find it at 1601 Central Ave. Breakfast/brunch is served from 8am-3pm, Wednesday through Friday and 8am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Looking for more Charlotte food and drink guides? Here’s a complete list of guides including best burgers, best bars and best pizza.

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