5 Best Brunch Spots in Charlotte

Global eats for a lazy weekend
The Crouque Madame from Cafe Monte.

THOSE LAZY WEEKEND HOURS between breakfast and lunch have brought us brunch—that wonderful meal combining morning sweets with savory midday items. Around Charlotte, restaurants are dishing up the hybrid meal in interesting ways. Cajun, local, French comfort, and even twisted Mexican are on the menu. 

As one of the only restaurants in the city that serves alligator (you can get deep-fried tail medallions for lunch daily), this Cajun joint in NoDa is worth a brunch stop. Options include breakfast omelets and Cajun classics such as gumbo and shrimp and grits. Don’t go without ordering the beignets, which the menu refers to as “un-holey Cajun doughnuts.” Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 501 E. 36th St., 704-331-9898 

300 East
This Dilworth mainstay has been serving New American, comfort foods, and brunch for nearly 30 years and was recently featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on The Food Network. The show, however, neglected to mention an important item: the breakfast pizza, topped with chorizo, scallions, and fried eggs. Brunch on Sunday only, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 300 East Blvd., 704-332-6507

Cantina 1511’s arepas Benedict is made by topping masa corn cakes with al pastor pork, poached eggs, and a hollandaise made from cascabel

Cantina 1511
Where can you find Arepas Benedict for breakfast? At the Gringo Brunch, where traditional Venezuelan corn cakes replace the English muffin, al pastor pork stands in for Canadian bacon, and the hollandaise is made with cascabel, a pepper from Mexico. There’s even tres leches brioche French toast, which melds the creamy, decadent Mexican pastry with the classic, sweet breakfast option. Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4271 Park Rd. in Park Road Shopping Center, 704-331-9222

Cafe Monte
The staff at Cafe Monte in SouthPark says the restaurant goes through about 125 eggs per day. That’s a lot of quiches, omelets, and Benedicts. For something truly Parisian, opt for either the Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame—the difference between the two ham and Gruyère sandwiches is the fried egg on top of the “lady” version. Brunch on Sunday only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open for breakfast daily at 9 a.m. 6700 Fairview Rd., 704-552-1116

Passion8’s beignets change weekly. Pictured are beignets with a sweet potato purée and marshmallow fluff filling.

Chef Luca Annunziata’s love for all things local extends from dinner service into brunch, where dishes change weekly based on whatever the farmers have brought this chef. Cannoli, tres leches, and even chocolate-covered strawberry all have rotated as beignet flavors of the day. The small brunch menu also includes standards such as the beef Benedict on focaccia and the farm egg flatbread, with house-made ricotta. Brunch on Sunday only, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 1523 Elizabeth Ave., 704-910-3161

This article appears in the December 2015 issue of Charlotte Magazine

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