Whether you’re looking to wipe away the remnants of a rough night or need some sustenance to power you pre or post-workout, Charlotte is packed with brunch options. If you’re in the market for eggs, bacon, serious amounts of coffee and maybe a brunch bev without a hefty check at the end of the meal, these are your best bets! This bangin' brunch roundup is brought to you by Lauren Levine, a freelance writer and co-host of the wildly entertaining (and helpful) dating podcast, The Margarita Confessionals. Keep up with Lauren on her blog, Life with Lauren, and on Twitter at @lifewithlauren1.
When you want a brunch with a homemade feel but cooking up your own spread just isn’t happening, Dish is your choice. The atmosphere is cozy and the food is comforting in both taste and price point. Chow down on a traditional country breakfast for $6, an egg and bacon sandwich for $5, or a healthier eggs, fruit, and biscuit option for $4.50.
Serving breakfast anytime, Eddie’s Place in the South Park/Cotswold area is a casual go-to for a hearty brunch. They offer the typical favorites like omelets ($9), pancakes (two for $6.75) and breakfast sandwiches ($3.75), but you can also find choices like chicken and waffles, breakfast burritos and steak and eggs. Eddie’s caters to the brunch-loving crowd with specials, and a festive bell at noon on Sundays signals the kickoff of Bloody Mary and mimosa time!
While this may not be scientifically proven yet, bagels seem to work magic when it comes to driving away the remnants of a rough night. Head to Owen’s Bagel on a weekend morning and you’ll probably run into someone you know who’s also in search of a little round, doughy magic. Whether you’re into sweet (Sweet Caroline: cream cheese and cinnamon sugar on a blueberry bagel) or savory (Hangover Helper: ham, egg and cheddar on an onion bagel), Owen’s has it.
There’s a reason you’ll frequently find a line out the door at Zada Jane’s in Plaza Midwood—their breakfast offerings are unbeatable and reasonably priced. While you’re waiting to sample the unique flavor combinations like the Blazing Saddles omelet (black beans, chipotle chicken, pepper jack and jalapenos) and more, head outside and challenge your friends to a game of shuffleboard.
Whether your ideal crepe is topped with Nutella, bananas and berries or is more on the savory side, you’ll find it on the menu at this South Park eatery. The crepes are massive and make for a satisfying meal. With prices below $12, the restaurant is a good pick. They also have drinks that could double as dessert, with choices like cookie butter lattes and hot caramel apple cider. On a nice day, sit outside and people watch.
If you visit Terrace Café’s South Park or Ballantyne locations and don’t try their red velvet waffle, you’re doing yourself a disservice—though any of their breakfast items are tasty and filling. Get eggs, bacon, pancakes and more for a reasonable $12. They also excel in the coffee department, with both specialty concoctions and a standard brew that’s especially delicious.
You know Heist’s beer (and hopefully their awesome trivia night), but this brewery is also a prime brunch destination. For $19, access a full buffet that includes endless waffles, an à la carte item of choice, plus a juice station.
Famous Toastery (formerly known as Toast) in Dilworth is perfect if you’ve got a lot of people in your group bordering on hangry—they do brunch that’s delicious, fast and cheap. The restaurant’s varied menu ensures that everyone will find something they like, and the “every server is your server” concept means you won’t spend the whole time trying to flag down Jenny to get an OJ refill.
Big View Diner in Ballantyne brings the traditional New York City diner feel to Charlotte. You’ll need a solid chunk of time to flip through their massive menu, which offers breakfast all day, plus pages and pages of sandwiches and salads. Also, good luck trying to sneak by the expansive dessert case overflowing with luscious treats without grabbing something to go.
While many flock to Jack Beagles for their out-of-this-world mac ‘n cheese, the NoDa favorite is also a perfect pick for a cheap, hearty breakfast. Grab French toast for $5 and two-egg omelets for less than $9. The Waco Eggs Benedict (your typical dish, but served on Texas toast) is another solid selection.
In search of a real smorgasbord to wipe away a hangover? Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just head to Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop. For $13.95 you get everything from coffee cake, Eggs Benedict, grits, biscuits, fresh fruit, cakes, hash browns, pies, bacon and more.
Nan and Byron’s puts out quite the spread for brunch, and for only $23 it’s worth the price of admission. Choose from items like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, pancakes, smoked salmon, pastries, omelets, shellfish, fried chicken and more, plus your choice of a Bloody Mary or mimosa and bottomless coffee or tea. It looks like what you’d find at a fancy wedding, without the required purchase of a toaster and/or an ugly dress you’ll never wear again.