From Bloody Marys to Eggs Benedict; bottomless mimosas to all-you-can-eat-buffets, here are my top picks for brunch in Charlotte, NC.
It is disgusting in Charlotte today; cold, rainy, bleh. While I’m at work, this type of weather makes me wish I was still weekending. We had the best kind of Sunday yesterday; one of those days where you do absolutely nothing but then wonder where the time goes. Most of it was spent at home on the couch, with a little workout and at home brunch mixed in (we made gluten free quiche and I’m delighted that we get to enjoy the leftovers for breakfast this week).
If you’re like me and wish you could squeeze in a little more Sunday instead of being back at work, the you’re in the right place this dreary Monday because we’re going to talk about brunch. Yes, brunch, the best of both worlds, breakfast and lunch. Charlotte has really upped her brunch game in the past few years, and so I was super pumped to be invited on Charlotte Today to talk about one of my favorite things: Charlotte’s best brunch.
So who has Charlotte’s best brunch?
Charlotte has a lot of good brunch, so it’s really hard to narrow down who has Charlotte’s best brunch (especially given the time constraints of television!). So I did my best to highlight five of my favorite places and to give y’all a little variety to mix up your brunch game (and got to sneak in two extra spots at the end of the segment). For all-you-can-eat action with a French twist, check out Georges Brasserie in SouthPark; I could eat their beignets all day everyday, and they have a killer buffet with everything from French Toast, to prime rib and oysters (AJ’s favorite). Bistro La Bon in Plaza Midwood also is an all-you-can-eat situation, which they call a smorgasbord, and is full of delightful breakfast and lunch items, housemade pastries, and made or order Eggs Benedict, chocolate waffles and French toast (I may be biased, but I love Bistro la Bon, maybe because brunch there was my first official meal as a Charlotte resident…my roommate Kate and I walked up there after signing our lease).
For fantastic skyline views and bottomless Bloody Marys (mimosas too!), check out Vivace (I highly recommend ordering brunch “the Vivace Way,” you get a starter, entree, and bottomless cocktails for $25). If you want something a little more casual, @Dawn in Ayrsley is “building a better breakfast” with local, seasonal ingredients and some killer asiago cheese sauce. And for a special brunch, head to Carpe Diem in Elizabeth; they only serve brunch on Easter (which you missed) and Mother’s Day; so treat mom to their well known fried chicken, served in a classically prepared brunch style, with waffles!
And like I said, there are a lot of great brunch spots in Charlotte that I didn’t highlight, but are still strong contenders for Charlotte’s best brunch. Head to Cafe Monte in SouthPark for a French cafe feel, and for the best breakfast pizza, 300 East in Dilworth has you covered. If your looking for a great all-you-can-eat boozy brunch, Heist in NoDa is a great way to kick off a Sunday Funday, or to recover from the night before. And I hear that littleSpoon has great beats and great bacon, but I haven’t had a chance to go there yet.
So whether you need to make a reservation to celebrate mom, or you’re looking for a delicious way to spend your Sunday, check out my full brunch segment below.