Cheap Eats: 5 Bites for Breakfast

PETER TAYLOR

INEXPENSIVE PLATES cooked on sizzling flat tops at time-worn greasy spoons are becoming a rarity in Charlotte (RIP Tic-Toc and John’s Country Kitchen). Yet you can still find affordable breakfasts around town. Here are five places to start the day off with less than $10. 

Brooks’ Sandwich House 
Livermush, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

2710 N. Brevard St., 704-375-7808
Breakfast 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 
Three dollars and fifty cents will get you a burger “all the way” at this tiny Charlotte institution, but did you know it can also buy you breakfast? Twin brothers David and Scott Brooks serve simple breakfast sandwiches (on burger buns, of course) before the daily lunch rush. Neese’s livermush is seared and topped with American cheese and scrambled eggs. Say yes to mayo, yellow mustard, and diced white onions. 
$3.50 (+tax, cash only)


Amelie’s 
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on Baguette 

Multiple locations
Pass the alluring pastry case inside this 24-hour bakery and café and order a savory breakfast sandwich instead. Layer a crispy baguette with melted cheddar cheese, egg, and strips of bacon. The audible crunch will make you want this 24/7/365—which is totally possible, because Amelie’s in NoDa never closes. 
$4.58 (+tax)


Hazelnuts Creperie  
The Maple Dream 

Multiple locations
The Maple Dream solves the common breakfast dilemma of savory or sweet. A giant, paper-thin crêpe filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar, and bacon is folded together and topped with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and just-melting butter. A delicious way to not have to choose. 
$7.50 (+tax)


The King’s Bakery 
The Swissie 

129 W. Trade St., 704-375-1990
The food at The King’s Kitchen is Southern, but breakfast from its sister bakery churns out fine French pastries for its “European Grab-n-Go.” Pastry chef Mike Pappas is the master behind these divine pastries, with mesmerizing layers that rival some of the best in the city. Try the Swissie, a devastatingly flaky croissant filled with button mushrooms and Swiss cheese. 
$5 (+tax)


Poppy’s Bagels & More 
Lox & All the Fixin’s

2921 Providence Rd., 704-366-8146
This New Yorker-owned bagel shop is just as serious about making a proper bagel sandwich as it is about the bagels themselves. Cream cheese gets smeared on both sides of your chosen bagel (we recommend the “everything” bagel); then it’s stacked with plenty of lox and “all the fixin’s”­­—tomato, red onions, and capers.
$6.99 (+tax)


This article appears in the June 2016 issue of Charlotte Magazine

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