Whether you’re looking for a meal to enjoy with your family on a Sunday or a meal to cure a hangover, brunch is always a good choice. Charlotte has some of the best brunch choices, from a hole-in-the-wall bar to a family-friendly restaurant to a European-inspired pub. The typical brunch menu includes biscuits and gravy, pancakes, corned beef hash, omelets and Eggs Benedict. Don’t forget to finish it off with a cup of coffee or a fresh-made mimosa. If you’re feeling ambitious, try a bloody mary. A lot of restaurants have a create-your-own bloody mary bar where you can add in your own toppings, including bacon, pickles or olives. Here are our picks for the best brunch places in Charlotte.
Pike’s Soda Shop
Pike’s is the place to be on the weekends for brunch, especially if you’re a fan of old-fashioned foods. They serve up biscuits, eggs and pancakes that will make your mouth water. Pike’s offers a brunch buffet on Sundays. The buffet includes everything from Eggs Benedict to grits to carved roast beef and sweet potato casserole. Take your time enjoying an order of Eggs Benedict to soak in the atmosphere of Pike’s. The well-executed space reminiscent of the good ole days will take you back to the place where you enjoyed an old-fashioned milkshake with your dad. Speaking of milkshakes, Pike’s is known to have one of the best milkshakes in town.
Location: 1930 Camden Road, Charlotte, NC 28203
This charming restaurant is located in the heart of the NoDa neighborhood. It combines everyday European cuisine with your neighborhood American pub fare. One of the popular entrees here is the fish and chips, as well as the crepes. However, the brunch is quickly becoming a hit with residents of this premier arts district. You can order French toast dipped in Kahlua batter, a breakfast crepe filled with smoked salmon, egg, spinach and gruyere, or Eggs Florentine. Complete the meal with house blend French pressed coffee from local Dilworth Coffee.
Location: 3116 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC 28205
Jackalope Jacks is a popular watering hole for the locals. It’s not fancy, and it’s not over-the-top. The cozy brick home with a big deck is very unassuming. However, the Sunday brunch has been named as one of the best in town. You can get the staples for brunch, including French toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy or country fried steak, although the big hit at Jackalope Jacks is the Redneck Garbage Plate. It is a pile of breakfast potatoes and scrambled eggs topped with fried chicken tenders, sausage and gravy and a crumbled biscuit. Don’t forget to grab a $2 mimosa or a $4 bloody mary.
Location: 1936 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204
Bistro La Bon
What better way is there to start off a Sunday than with a brunch buffet? Bistro La Bon offers up a variety of entrees on its buffet, including homemade pastries, house cured salmon, chocolate waffles, French toast, Swedish meatballs, pasta salad, homemade mozzarella, potato gratin, sweet potato hash, scrambled eggs, bacon and salads. The hardest decision you’ll have while at Bistro La Bon is deciding if you should leave room for the chocolate waffles or the fluffy French toast. In addition to the delicious choices, you can get a mimosa for $3 or a bloody mary for $4.
Location: 1322 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205
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