Whether you think it’s the most important meal of the day, or choose to count coffee as your main food group before noon, everyone has an opinion about breakfast. For breakfast lovers, Charlotte offers up some majorly mouthwatering options. For those who usually skip out on morning meals in favor of hitting snooze, see if a few of these places don’t change your mind.
ROOTS recently unveiled their new weekday breakfast menu, and it’s killer. Check out their latkes with herb sour cream or pair a breakfast burrito with one of their drinks from the bar. ROOTS works with Enderly Coffee to bring diners an array of beautiful caffeinated, life-altering beverages. Snag a cold-brew, or opt for their nitro coconut latte on draft. The atmosphere is very bohemian and warm, with lanterns and greenery everywhere. If you need to get some work done, this is the spot to crank it out with the help of this tasty breakfast.
This South End stop is fun, vibrant, and kosher. Try a famous steamed bagel sandwich paired with Pure Intentions coffee. Just warning you ahead of time, you’re going to have to make multiple visits to figure out which sandwich is your favorite. There are so many to choose from, like the “Gwacka Flocka Flame” with guacamole and sriracha, “Mark Cuban Look-Alike” with corned beef and smoked cheddar, “Ya Boi” with nacho Doritos, and the vegetarian “Psychedeli”. There’s even a pizza bagel! You can’t go wrong with a place with pop culture-inspired bagels.
This spot is where the cool kids hang out. Check out their website to find out what today’s playlist will be—they play beats from Drake, Biggie, Tupac, you name it. On top of this engaging atmosphere, the food is phenomenal. Snack on entrees like the “Cinnamon Toast Brulee” and their famous “B Fast Tacos” that are little works of art packed with flavor. They source their ingredients from local farms, and you can taste the difference. Pro tip: With this gorgeous weather, sit on their patio and enjoy your food with one of their speciality mochas or cappuccinos.
Residing in Plaza Midwood, Zada Janes doesn’t just serve breakfast every day, they serve it all day. They offer a vegetarian menu as well as a carnivore menu, and take pride that everyone can partake. Pair a fair trade coffee with the “Bunny Rancheros” a fresh spin on huevos rancheros, served with free range “happy eggs.” Who doesn’t love saying “happy eggs”? If you want something on the sweeter side, amaretto French toast served with orange butter is a mainstay. The “Booker T’s East Side Hasher” is a must-try, a frittata served over a sweet potato hash and fit for breakfast gods.
These breakfast sandwiches come in clutch when you’re on the go and need something to filll up on. Go up to the counter and order a breakfast torta, “my hammy” with smoked ham and gouda, or a breakfast mercado with spicy chipotle pepper spread. You can even create your own sandwich if please, and pair it with a kombucha or one of the specialty coffees from the bar by the register. Say hey to the ladies running the kitchen, sit down in one of the rocking chairs in front of the shop, and feast!
Who doesn’t love Lemon Poppy Seed French Toast? This spot is known for their incredible brunch menu, and breakfast is served every day of the week. Good people of Charlotte, answer the call to enjoy Red Velvet Chicken and Waffles or Carrot Cake Pancakes. Grab a French press coffee or a strawberry orange juice and dive into Cajun-style Shrimp and Grits. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all.
One of the most mind-blowing breakfasts you'll ever encounter, it is worth the trek to Fort Mill or to their restaurant’s location in Rock Hill. Southern and scrumptious, the Carolina Grits with pimento cheese and bacon jam will knock your socks off. The soy chorizo potato hash is another bestseller, so there's something for everyone here! Maine lobster omelet and the Flipside shrimp and grits are also must-tries, because they're so filling and decadent. Make sure to get there before they stop serving breakfast at 11!