Brunch has become such a popular Sunday activity that many area restaurants have embraced the distinctive meal between breakfast and lunch and created amazing buffets, specialties and cocktails for the occasion. On any given Sunday, you’ll find many Charlotte restaurants packed with people enjoying delicious food and beverages while laughing and spending time with each other. These are our favorite places for brunch in the QC. Check them out this weekend.
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1. Bistro La Bon
Bistro La Bon offers brunch both Saturday and Sunday each weekend. While on Saturdays you can order off the brunch menu, our favorite day to go is Sundays when you can take advantage of their fabulous brunch buffet.
The brunch buffet at Bistro La Bon is a foodie's dream.
Some of the best dishes on this buffet include assorted salads, biscuits and gravy, kielbasa and cabbage, creamy mac n' cheese, Asiago cheese grits, and curried cauliflower.
After selecting your favorites, you'll head back to your table where you can place an order with your waiter for scrambled eggs, chocolate waffles, eggs Benedict, or french toast - all included in your $22 buffet price. This brunch is one of the most popular in Charlotte, so be sure to get there early to avoid a wait. Address: 1322 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205.
2. Terrace Cafe
Terrace Cafe is a charming little restaurant in South Park that has become known for its amazing brunch and breakfast specials.
With one of the largest breakfast menu's in the city, Terrace Cafe is staple for Charlotte brunch.
The menu features mouthwatering dishes like oatmeal with maple rum sauce, Cajun spiced shrimp and grits, crab cake eggs Benedict, and more. Terrace Cafe is another brunch restaurant in Charlotte that becomes incredibly busy very quickly, so roll out of bed and head out for a cup of coffee and some amazing food as soon as you wake up this weekend!
Address Southpark: 4625 Piedmont Row Dr. #105, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Ballantyne: 14815 Ballantyne Village Way Suite 150, Charlotte, NC 28277.
3. Heist Brewery
If you wake up with a BIG appetite this Sunday then might we suggest heading out to Heist for their massive brunch buffet.
Heist Brewery offers Sunday Brunch starting at 10 a.m. every Sunday and we promise you this one does not disappoint.
Affectionately named, Kegs and Eggs, the Heist Brunch buffet offers every dish you could have ever imagined and more. From assorted meats, cheeses, and dips, to mussels and seafood, to a donut mountain and endless pastries, you won't know where to start in this buffet line.
In addition to all the traditional brunch dishes like french toast, eggs Benedict, and omelets, Heist also offers favorite lunch staples on their buffet like various flat breads and a carving station. Colorful cocktails are the perfect compliment to your heaping plate of delicious food. This is a great place to come with friends who want to spend a few hours eating, drinking and enjoying the Charlotte food scene.
Address: 2909 N. Davidson St. #200, Charlotte, NC 28205.
4. Tupelo Honey
Tueplo Honey is a Southern restaurant located in Charlotte's popular South End neighborhood.
Tupelo Honey serves an awesome Southern brunch that is perfect for those lazy weekends.
Known for their Southern comfort food with a modern twist, the brunch menu features everything from sharables like fried okra, bacon pralines, and avocado toast points, to more substantial entrees like Southern Shakshuka, Apple Cider Pork Belly Hash and Fried Chicken and Biscuits. And if you are a pancake lover - the banana pudding layered pancakes are to die for. Mimosas and Bloody Mary's start flowing at 10, and the outdoor patio is an amazing place to take in your favorite dish!
Address: 1820 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203.
5. Cafe Monte
Cafe Monte is a charming french bistro located in Charlotte's South Park area. Specializing in traditional French fare, Cafe Monte is the place to go if you are looking for a delicious European breakfast.
Cafe Monte offers amazing breakfast and lunch dishes on their menu.
Two of the most popular include the traditional Croque Madame and Croque Monsieur, a grilled, buttery ham and cheese sandwich that comes prepared with your choice of an fried egg on top. A variety of omelettes and quiches also are on the menu, and the pommes frites are the most delicious you will have ever tasted.
Address: 6700 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210.
6. Zada Jane's Cafe
Zada Janes Cafe is an eclectic, organic restaurant in Plaza Midwood that is always packed on the weekends for breakfast and lunch.
Zada Jane's atmosphere is funky and fun and the food follows suit.
Creative dishes like the Booker T's East Side Hasher or the Organic Greens Breakfast Salad are popular menu items. If you are looking for a really fun dish, try the Bunny Rancheros. Two "happy eggs" cooked over easy served over a pile of black beans, home fries your choice of chorizo, turkey sausage, pork sausage or chipotle chicken topped with pepper jack cheese queso, guacamole, salsa verde and sour cream all served with a warm tortilla for dipping the whole gooey mess - can it get any better with this dish?
You may wait an hour or so at Zada Jane's on the weekend, but don't worry, as there's tons of outdoor games and a lively patio to keep you entertained while you wait. Address: 1601 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205.
7. Ink n' Ivy
Ink n' Ivy is a great Uptown restaurant that does a serious brunch service on weekends.
An amazing outdoor patio with some of the best city views is a great place for those wanting to eat and stake out a good spot to cheer on the Panthers on Sundays.
The food is amazing and popular brunch items include a shrimp creole omelet, chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits. And if you're in the mood for lunch, you must try their fabulous Shrimp Po'Boy. This one will make you feel like you're sitting down in NOLA enjoying true Southern lunch.
Address: 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202.
Vivace is an upscale Italian restaurant located at the Met in Midtown Charlotte. Known for their beautiful outdoor patio with views of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and Uptown Charlotte, Vivace is a great place to enjoy a weekend brunch with friends.
When you do brunch at Vivace, you’d better come hungry. Just $25 gets you a three course meal complete with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary's.
Guests can choose an appetizer, salad and entree at brunch. Popular items on the menu include appetizers like bruschetta and Brussels sprouts, salads like a classic Caesar, and entrees Shrimp Polenta and various frittatas. Vivace is a great place to go to enjoy the nice fall weather and delight in a true Italian meal that is better than anywhere else.
Address: 1100 Metropolitan Ave. #100, Charlotte, NC 28204.
Haberdish is a mill-town southern kitchen and craft cocktail bar located in Charlotte's artsy NoDa neighborhood.
The menu features exquisite classic southern dishes like everyone's favorite - Chicken and Waffles.
Known for their fried chicken, sweet potato dumplings, and biscuits and bacon jam, this is great place to go to enjoy a brunch or lunch on the weekends. While there isn't a traditional brunch menu set aside for patrons - there are so many items on the menu that would be appropriate for brunch we had to put it on our list.
The fun, funky atmosphere also makes for a great daytime date or meal out with friends. Make sure you add this one to your list for next weekend. Address: 3106 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC 28205.
Have you visited any of these restaurants? What’s your favorite dish? Let us know in the comments!