Sometimes you’re not sure whether you want breakfast or lunch. These restaurants offer meals that straddle that fine line
We’ve all been there. It’s late morning on a weekend, and you haven’t felt any real pressure to roll out of bed yet, so you’ve been having a nice lie-in with your partner or your pets or both, relishing in that coziness between sleep and waking. But you’re starting to get hungry. You’re not sure exactly what you want yet. There isn’t one specific craving, but what you do know is that you don’t want to do any cooking yourself. No, it will be easy to go out to eat today.
The best option for you on a late weekend morning, on the cusp of the afternoon? Brunch! Packed with options that will satisfy both breakfast enthusiasts and people who prefer lunch. If you aren’t exactly sure what you’re in the mood for today, you’ll probably want to seek out places that offer brunch. Offering the best of both worlds - sweet or savory, breakfast or lunch - there’s bound to be something that strikes your fancy.
Below, you’ll find a list of the best eight places to find lunch in Charlotte, NC:
Brunch offers up some of the best breakfast and lunch hybrid meals this world has to offer, but it can be on the more expensive side of eating out. GiftYa understands that, and that’s why they’ve made it their mission to help as many people as possible with the cost of brunch by making e-gift cards to local Charlotte restaurants available on their website. Send on to your favorite brunching friends to help them out the next time they get a craving.
4736 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 | South Park | originalpancakehouse.com
It’s all in the name at The Original Pancake House. If you love pancakes at any time of the day, this is the place for you. They, of course, have other breakfast options that are on the more savory side, but they really are famous for their pancakes.
At The Original Pancake House, you will never go home hungry. In fact, in most cases, you’ll probably go home with a sizable chunk of your brunch in a to-go box - the portions are that big.
If you’ve got the appetite, don’t be afraid to try The Dutch Baby - it’s a fan favorite!
“It was our first time here and we will definitely come back next time we're in the area. Great service, great food, for a great price. What more could you ask for?” - Yelp Review
110 Perrin Pl, Charlotte, NC 28297 | Elizabeth | napaonprovidence.com
While brunch is only available on the weekends at Napa on Providence, we reckon that the weekend is the best time for brunch anyway! After all, that’s when you’re going to have the most free time to laze about and move when you want to.
The brunch menu at Napa on Providence is limited, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to bend their recipes a little bit if you can’t quite find something you like.
That being said, their brunch menu only has savory options, so make sure you’re in the mood for something savory before you stop by! With carafes of mimosas at the ready, we’re pretty sure you’ll discover the perfect balance between sweet and savory here anyway.
“We went with a large group for a birthday brunch and had a wonderful experience. They offer mimosa carafes and lunch as well as brunch options for those who don't want as limited a menu.” - Yelp Review
327 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202 | Uptown | mimosagrill.com
If you’re a fan of brunch, but on the finer side of dining, Mimosa Grill is where you’ll want to head to this weekend. As another place where brunch is only available on the weekends, you’ll want to stop in as early as you can manage.
Mimosa Grill treats you with a fine dining experience that will make you feel like royalty, but their brunch menu is actually self-described as “brunch with a southern twist.”
They have a buffet with your typical brunch options - including chicken and waffles - but you can also opt to order their french toast tapas instead.
“Honestly the best brunch food I have had in awhile. We ordered french toast tapas and had the brunch buffet. The french toast was absolutely amazing!” - Yelp Review
8933 Jm Keynes Dr, Ste 2, Charlotte, NC 28262 | University City | famoustoastery.com
If you’re the kind of person who craves brunch at strange times of the day, Famous Toastery is the place for you. Since their inception, Famous Toastery has understood that the rules of eating certain meals at certain times of the day are completely inane.
If you want to eat a burger at 9 o'clock in the morning on a Saturday at Famous Toastery, well, they’re not gonna stop you. Similarly, if you get a hankering for pancakes at 2pm on a Tuesday, they’ll be ready for you then, too.
“When visiting Charlotte, please put this brunch spot on your todo list! The wait may be long at times but, you won't be disappointed! The food is amazing and super unique variations of your normal breakfast foods.” - Yelp Review
300 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 | Dilworth | 300east.net
Brunch is limited only to Sundays at 300 East, but it’s more than worth your while. 300 East sources all of their ingredients from farmers around North Carolina, so when you come here, you know that your food will be fresh.
Leave feeling good and satisfied after a Sunday brunch here. Their Breakfast Pizza is a customer favorite - and you can order some bottles of wine for half off to wash it down!
“One of my favorite places to go for brunch on Sundays, especially when it's half off a bottle of wine. From the grits bowl to the french toast everything I have tried comes out good.” - Yelp Review
511 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207 | Elizabeth | fenwicksonprovidence.com
Cozy, quaint, or whatever else you want to call it, Fenwick’s staff and food will make you feel like you’re right at home. Meet up with your friends for a Sunday brunch and get yourself some of their strawberry butter. It’s a fan favorite!
While the strawberry butter probably pairs best with their classic pancakes, there are plenty of other options for people who aren’t quite as excitable about classic pancakes and some fruity butter.
With quiches, eggs benedict, and cinnamon pecan coffee cake also on their menu, everyone who comes along with you to brunch should be able to find something they like.
“Excellent Brunch… Definitely a cute spot for a date or meeting with a small group of friends. The staff is very friendly. Come early as this place gets packed quick!” - Yelp Review
1322 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205 | Plaza Midwood | bistrolabon.com
Want to take some of your visiting family out for a nice weekend brunch before they leave but need a place that has some vegetarian and vegan-friendly options? Bistro La Bon has got you covered.
When they say they like to celebrate culinary influences from all over the world, they aren’t kidding. With recipes rooted in oriental, Indian, and even South American cuisine, you’ll find classic dishes prepared with all kinds of influences here. (Their presentation isn’t bad, either.)
“Their Sunday Smorgasbord is the breakfast of champions. Best brisket I've had in Charlotte… Pro tip: get some home fries from the buffet table as you wait for your Benedict!” - Yelp Review
1436 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 | South End | crispycrepe.com
Who needs to fly all the way to France when you can get some crepes right here at a French-inspired bistro in Charlotte? Made right before they’re put on your plate, you can enjoy these crepes however you’re craving them.
Want something savory? Order yourself one of their crepes packed with chicken and veggies. Prefer something a little sweeter? Two words: s’mores crepe.
“This was our first visit to Crispy Crepe. The lattes are scrumptious! At the suggestion of our server Chrissa, we tried the Egg and Bacon Crepe and the Goat Cheese Crepe. These were simply delicious!” - Yelp Review
Many people consider brunch to be something that you should reserve for special occasions only, but does having rules for when you should eat certain types of food really make sense? The next time you get a craving for brunch, indulge! After all, you only have a limited amount of time on this earth. Accept the things that bring you joy more often.