The Sweet or Savory Debate

Whether grabbing breakfast on the go or sitting down to something hearty, there’s a decision to make: Start the day with something sweet, or opt for something savory? These three breakfast classics work equally well for either option—or as a mix of both, for those of us who can’t make up our minds before we’ve downed that second cup of coffee. —A.A.

Chocolate chip pancakes (a stack of three for $5.25).
Café South, 7901 Forest Pine Dr., 980-224-7328

Peanut butter cup waffle with a cream cheese and peanut butter mixture, chocolate, and whipped cream ($4.50).
Cast Iron Waffles, two local locations

Caramel apple pie crepe with Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and pecans ($7.75)
Royal Café & Creperie, 131 Matthews Station St., Ste. E, Matthews, 704-846-2233

Sweet potato pancake topped with cinnamon-marmalade infused syrup, spiced pecans, and whipped cream ($9.99).
Another Broken Egg Café, multiple locations

Fried chicken and waffle  with flash-fried boneless chicken and warm bacon syrup ($9.45)
Big View Diner, 16637 Lancaster Hwy., 704-544-0313

Maple Dream, a breakfast crepe filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar and then topped with powdered sugar, maple syrup, and butter ($7.25).
Hazelnuts Creperie, 200 S. Tryon St., 704-910-0782

Bacon buttermilk pancakes with hash browns, grits, or fruit ($10).
Terrace Café, multiple locations

Ham, eggs, and Swiss waffles fried eggs, sliced ham, and Mornay cheese sauce on herb waffles ($11.29)
Mimi’s Café, 10224 Perimeter Pkwy., 704-509-5911

Chipotle chicken crepe with cumin-crusted chicken, pico de gallo, jack cheese, and sliced avocado ($9.99).
Crispy Crepe, 1436 South Blvd., 704-332-4440