32 best breakfast spots in Charlotte and what to order from each

32 best breakfast spots in Charlotte and what to order from each
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This story was last updated at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, August 17. During the pandemic, we recommend checking with these restaurants about new hours and menus, as some may have changed.

Love breakfast? The Agenda does too. Here’s a list of the best breakfast spots in Charlotte and what to order from each.

Flying Biscuit

Southern-style breakfast spot with lines out the door on the weekend.

Award: Best Grits


Location: Park Road Shopping Center, 4241 Park Rd (opens at 7 a.m.)

Must order: The ‘Award Winning Shrimp and Grits’ or the ‘Heavenly French Toast’ if you’re craving something sweet.


Famous Toastery

Casual, no-frills breakfast place loved by locals.

Award: Agenda reader’s choice #1 breakfast spot in Charlotte

Locations: Uptown – 330 S. Tryon Street, Dilworth – 2400 Park Road, University City – 8933 JM Keynes Drive Suite 2, Ballantyne – 8430 Rea Road. They have 10 additional locations in the surrounding Charlotte area. Find the closest to you.

Must order: Huevos Rancheros ($10.99) – Two eggs any style served over black beans, cheddar & feta cheese, with crispy tortilla strips, topped with cilantro, pico de gallo and avocado slices.


Other noteworthy Toast breakfast items include their avocado benny, burrito with homemade salsa and stuffed french toast.

Sunflour Baking Company

Cozy bakery serving up coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches.

Award: Best croissants

Locations: Elizabeth – 2001 East 7th Street, Dilworth – 220 East Boulevard, Harrisburg – 5040 Highway 49 South, Ballantyne – 14021 Conlan Circle #B-9

Must order: A bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on one of their cheddar biscuits ($6.75).


Cute neighborhood brunch spot with  farm fresh fare and a sense of humor.

Award: Thickest bacon

Locations: Myers Park – 2820 Selwyn Avenue

Must order: The breakfast tacos (corn tortillas, egg whites, kale, quinoa, tomatillo salsa) or the Cinnamon Toast Brulee (brioche toast, cinnamon sugar butter) and a side of ‘Slab Bacon’


Zada Jane’s

Plaza Midwood cafe offering local, organic menu items and a funky vibe.

Locations: Plaza Midwood – 1601 Central Avenue

Must order: 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)


Agenda related story: Best brunch spots in Charlotte

The Original Pancake House

A casual breakfast joint specializing in stacks of fluffy pancakes.

Award: Most pancake options

Location: Elizabeth – 915 Charlottetown Road, SouthPark – 4736 Sharon Road

Must order: The apple pancake, oven baked with fresh granny smith apples and pure Sinkiang cinnamon glaze.


[Agenda related story: Best pancakes in Charlotte]

Cafe Monte

A charming French bistro offering mouthwatering egg benedicts, crepes and beignets.

Award: Most insta-worthy benedict

Locations: SouthPark – 6700 Fairview Road, Suite 108

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


Not Just Coffee Dilworth

Hip, relaxed hang out with frothy lattes and small plates

Award: Best avocado toast

Location: Dilworth – 2230 Park Road

Must order: Avocado toast ($8) and a vanilla sugar latte ($4.87)


Poppy’s Bagels

Small breakfast joint serving up New York-style bagels and cream cheese.

Award: Best bagels

Location: Cotswold – 2921 Providence Road, Suite 102

Must order: A toasted everything bagel with bacon, egg and cheese ($4.29)


Laurel Market

Neighborhood deli with grab-n-go breakfast sandwiches

Location: Eastover – 114 Cherokee Road

Must order:  Breakfast Torta – two eggs, dry-cured chorizo, havarti cheese, scallions and cilantro ($4.95)


Scratch-made biscuits and crispy chicken served hot and fast, a Charlotte staple since 1977.

Award: Best tailgate breakfast

Locations: They have tons around Charlotte. Find the closest one.

Must order: A Cajun Filet Biscuit and Bo-tato Rounds

Midnight Diner

Classic, shiny 1950s-style diner open 24/7 with all your southern faves. 

Locations: Uptown – 115 East Carson Boulevard

Must order: The chicken and waffles – two jumbo chicken wings served on top of a golden brown belgian waffle ($10.99)


Central Coffee Co.

A neighborhood coffee shop with artisan lattes and homemade breakfast items.

Award: Best quiche

Locations: Plaza Midwood – 719 Louise Avenue, South End – 1700 Camden Road, Suite 101

Must order: One of their scratch-made quiches and a dirty chai latte.


Eddie’s Place

No-fuss eatery that serves breakfast all day long.

Award: Best all day breakfast

Locations: Cotswold – 617 S. Sharon Amity Road

Must order: Eddie’s Traditional Benedict  – toasted english muffin topped with ham, two eggs your way with hollandaise sauce and your choice of a side ($11.25)


Living Kitchen

A bright, airy vegetarian oasis with organic fare and cold pressed juices.

Award: Best vegetarian breakfast

Location: South End – 2000 South Boulevard, Suite 300

Must order: The ‘Living Bagel’ topped with cashew sour cream, tomato, onion, micro cilantro, avocado and sprouts ($10)

Earl’s Grocery

Cozy market and high-end grocery offering 

Location: Elizabeth – 1609 Elizabeth Avenue

Must order: Grit bowl with Geechie Boy Mill grits, topped with cheddar cheese and green tomato chow chow ($5.99) and add a farm fresh egg ($1.49)

Reid’s Fine Foods Uptown

Gourmet market with breakfast items exclusively available at the Uptown location.

Location: Uptown – 121 West Trade Street

Must order: The avocado toast, topped with pickled red onions, roasted tomatoes and micro greens ($5.99)

Queen City Grounds

Sleek two-story coffee shop in Skyhouse offering food from FūD on the MūV

Location: Fourth Ward – 644 N. Church Street

Must order: Cronut


Southern kitchen and cocktail bar with weekday brunch.

Award: Best weekday brunch

Location: NoDa – 3106 North Davidson Street

Must order: Chicken & waffle – waffle, deboned fried chicken thigh, slaw, bread and butter pickles and honey butter syrup ($10) and a blonde bloody mary ($8)

Local Loaf

Popular restaurant and bakery serving artisanal bread, pastries and mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches.

Locations: Uptown – 224 East 7th Street, NoDa – 800 East 35th Street

Must order: ‘Chicken & the Egg’ biscuit with hand breaded chicken tenders, aged white cheddar, poached egg, micro greens and chipotle Cheerwine sauce ($9)

Tupelo Honey

Southern comfort food with a creative twist.

Award: Best complimentary biscuits (served with blackberry jam)

Location: Uptown –  101 S. Tryon Street

Must order: Tupelo Honey Shrimp & Grits — shrimp, peperonata, scallions, stone-ground cheese grits, served with five-ingredient rustic bread ($18.75)

Tryon House Family Restaurant

No-frills, old school family spot with breakfast specials offered daily. 

Award: Most bang for your buck

Location: Collingwood – 215 East Exmore Street

Must order: ‘Giant Breakfast’ with three eggs, three pancakes or waffles or french toast and bacon or sausage ($9.25)


Suffolk Punch

Brewery, coffee bar and culinary cafe with expansive outdoor seating and coffee cocktails.

Award: Best coffee cocktails

Location: South End – 2911 Griffith Street, Suite A

Must order: The pecan french toast with thick sliced brioche, crushed pecan crust, bourbon creme anglaise and seasonal berries ($12)

Duck Donuts

Cute donut shop with unique flavored, made-to-order donuts.

Award: Best bacon donut

Location: Dilworth – 1710 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite 220

Must order: The maple icing donut topped with chopped bacon

Your Mom’s Donuts

Craft donut shop with 12-15 different flavors available daily. 

Award: Best square donut

Locations: Matthews – 11025 Monroe Road

Must order: The blackberry bourbon donut


First Watch

Casual cafe with scratch-made breakfast favorites and seasonal offerings.

Locations: Matthews – 1643 Matthews Township Parkway, South Charlotte – 63 Providence Farm Lane

Must order: The BLT Benedict – Two poached cage-free eggs atop toasted ciabatta with bacon, vine-ripened tomato, avocado and lemon-dressed arugula and covered with hollandaise. Served with lightly dressed organic mixed greens.

Rhino Market

Chill urban grocery, bar and food counter

Location: Wesley Heights – 1500 W. Morehead Street | Uptown – 420 Church Street

Must order: Breakfast burrito ($4.79) with scrambled egg, potato hash, sausage, cheese and salsa

RedEye Diner

Uptown diner offering 24/7 breakfast to those at the Epicentre

Location: Uptown – 210 East Trade Street

Must order: Chicken and waffles with whole natural jumbo chicken wings marinated in Chef Lee’s special marinade and coated with his secret flour mix then fried to a perfect crisp. Served with a golden brown Belgian waffle ($10.99)

Nicky’s Restaurant

No-frills breakfast and lunch spot 

Location: 2416 Freedom Drive

Must order: Two eggs and livermush served with grits or hashbrowns and toast or a biscuit ($4.25)

Crispy Crepe

Popular crepe spot on South Blvd

Location: South End – 1436 South Blvd

Must order: Cookie butter crepe filled with a delicious caramelized sugar biscuit cream topped with sliced bananas and whipped cream ($10.45)

Common Market South End

The OG South End sandwich shop and market is back and bigger than ever.

Location: South End – 235 West Tremont Street, Suite 103

Must order: The J Wrap – Eggs, protein of your choice, pepper jack, black been and corn in a wrap ($5.75)


Lincoln’s Haberdashery

Quirky artisanal market with sandwiches and specialty coffee drinks.

Location: South End – 1300 South Boulevard, Suite S

Must order: Mary’s Muffin — scrambled egg, tomato, dukes mayo with choice of one: hickory nut gap ham, bacon, or avocado ($7.50)


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