Saturday, April 26, 2014

An epic list of places to do brunch in Charlotte

Posted By on Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This list is like your favorite brunch - a smorgasbord of eats to satisfy just about any taste. Whether you like breakfast or lunch, European or Southern, high-falutin' or hangover-soothing, we've got your meal ticket. We scoured our fair city (or maybe we polled a mess of readers on Facebook) to bring you a list of 20 places to brunch in the Queen City. Don't say we never gave you anything.

Breakfast pizza from 300 East

6902 Phillips Place Court
Brunch Hours: Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Upstream is known for its seafood-centric menu. $24.95 buys you access to the brunch buffet featuring a shellfish station, sushi, omelets, pastries and plenty of salty breakfast meats.

The Liberty
1812 South Blvd.
Brunch Hours: Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Liberty serves a full brunch menu featuring French scrambled eggs, a proper English breakfast with bangers, shrimp and grits and other composed menu items ranging between $10-$12 on average.

Bistro La Bon
1322 Central Ave.
Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Bistro La Bon switches it up on the weekend. Sit down to a sophisticated menu, live jazz and imbibe from the Bloody Mary bar starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Order off menu and indulge in Pyttipanna, a Swedish hash plate. On Sundays, enjoy a slightly different experience: $20 All You Can Eat brunch buffet. No jazz or Bloody Mary bar, but there's bellinis, mint juleps, Irish coffees and Bloody Marys to drink starting at noon.

Block and Grinder
2935 Providence Road
Brunch Hours: Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

B+G recently jumped into the brunch game, and it's coming out swinging. Steak and eggs, duck hash and challah french toast along with other brunch favorites.

Heist Brewery
2909 N. Davidson St.
Brunch Hours: Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Heist is serving brunch buffet-style with a waffle station, hot wings and caramelized pineapple along with more traditional selections like sausage gravy and biscuits. $12 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys after noon. $16 all-you-can-eat.

127 N. Tryon St.
Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Go nurse your hangover in style at 5Church. There's an oyster po'boy, Belgian waffles, corned beef, and crab cakes. $12 bottomless mimosas and $10 bottomless Sangria. OK, maybe a little hair of the dog instead.

Nan & Byron's
1714 South Blvd.
Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Get in on Nan's smorgasbord featuring a shellfish platter, smoked salmon, vanilla french toast, meatloaf and other brunch favorites. $21 per person, $11 for kids 12 & under. An a la carte menu featuring burgers, Benedicts and other breakfast basics is also available.

Soul Gastrolounge
1500-B Central Ave.
Brunch Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

If your brunch style involves phat beats, Soul Gastrolounge is the place. The vibe is chill and the dishes are creative. Scrambled egg pierogies, french toast panini and sing-a-long songs on blast. Cocktails too, after noon.

1323 Central Ave.
Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sundays 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Vegans and vegetarians have a solid place to brunch every weekend at Fern. Brunch offerings include the Fern version of "chicken" and waffles made with chicken fried tofu. Also, $1 Vegan Bloody Marys.

500 S. Tryon St.
Brunch Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Clean yourself up and head to Halcyon, where the upscale brunch menu includes seafood bouillon, a game sausage reuben, banana pecan french toast, pork belly BLT and seasonal grit bowls. Sounds good, right?

1911 Central Ave.
Brunch Hours: Saturdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & Sundays 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

This little Plaza Midwood gem is serving a sophisticated bistro style brunch. Check out the corned beef hash, creme brulee french toast and the jambon and gruyere croissant with bechamel. Good, hot coffee, too.

The Asbury
235 N. Tryon St.
Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Asbury is elevating farm to table with a modern Southern approach. Brunch offerings include cast iron baked pancakes, guinea hen & waffles and some damn fine biscuits.

300 East
300 East Blvd.
Brunch Hours: Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

This Dilworth staple is nearly always abuzz with diehard locals. Choose from traditional breakfast offerings, including breakfast pizza. There's also baked goat cheese and a locally sourced burger if you're feeling lunch-y.

Crepe Cellar
3116 N. Davidson St.
Brunch Hours: Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lots of European-inspired brunch dishes including fish and chips, Guinness pie and an extensive menu of sweet and savory crepes. Obviously.

201 West South Main St., Waxhaw
Brunch Hours: Sundays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Take a Sunday drive to Waxhaw for brunch, farm to table style. A special homemade doughnut changes every week and menu offerings include chicken fried steak and a sandwich called the Hangover Helper, served on brioche with fried green tomatoes, bacon, pimento cheese, pulled pork and a fried egg.

8470 Bellhaven Blvd.
Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sundays 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Everything on Heirloom's brunch menu is sourced strictly from North Carolina, and there are intriguing items like nordic puffs, Heirloom ramen and a clam stew.

20517 North Main St., Cornelius
Brunch Hours: Sundays 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Another farm to table establishment serving classic brunch items with locally sourced ingredients. On the top of our list is the prosciutto and crab benedict, fried cod and baked french toast.

Pike's Old-Fashioned Soda Shop
1930 Camden Road
Brunch Hours: Sundays 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Family-friendly brunch serving old school favorites like broccoli casserole, Waldorf salad and all the usual breakfast suspects. Also, there's cake, lots of cake. All-you-can eat for $13.95, kids 2 and under eat free, ages 3-6, $3.95, and ages 7-9, $6.95.

BLT Steak
110 N. College St.
Brunch Hours: Sundays 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton's version of brunch includes a Lobster Cobb salad, jumbo shrimp cocktail and brioche french toast. Omelet station for the eggheads.

Tupelo Honey Cafe
1820 South Blvd.
Hours: Opens at 8 a.m. Saturdays & Sundays

Though Tupelo Honey doesn't have a set brunch menu, we would be remiss not to include it; you can get breakfast "anytime you like it" and Southern lunch favorites include meatloaf and a Southern fried chicken BLT.

Did we miss your favorite brunch spot? Leave a comment and tell us where to go.

Full disclosure: The writer's husband works at the Asbury.

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