National Pancake Day, now there’s a holiday we can all get behind. Who can argue with the fluffy balance of sweet and savory we celebrate every March 8? Even if you can’t brunch this Wednesday (#lifegetsintheway) you can sip your mimosas with friends and family round the brunch table soon. Here are our picks for the best brunch in Charlotte right now.
Corkbuzz – three courses and a brunch cocktail for $35
4905 Ashley Park Lane J
Corkbuzz is so much more than wine, although that doesn’t hurt either. Make brunch an event with three courses and a brunch cocktail for $35. Menu highlights include the fried egg sandwich, bourguignon burger and ricotta doughnuts.
Brunching hours: Sunday only, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Reid’s Fine Foods
South Park and Myers Park
4331 Barclay Downs Lane and 2823 Selwyn Avenue
Grab a spot on Reid’s Fine Foods South Park’s sunny patio for Sunday brunch. Their brunch buffet boasts smoked salmon, pancakes and French toast and a grits and sausage casserole. Plus don’t miss their Bloody Mary bar beginning at noon. In Myers Park, they are serving up classics like bananas foster french toast and huevos rancheros all day.
Brunching hours: South Park serves brunch Sundays from 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. while the Myers Park location has an all-day menu filled with brunch favorites.
Heritage Food & Drink
201 W South Main Street
Heritage’s menu changes with the seasons and is driven by local farmers & purveyors. Their current brunch menu highlights fresh baked doughnuts, shrimp hash and duck confit. We will definitely be ordering the Hangover Helper with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes and pulled pork!
Brunching hours: Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
601 S. College Street
Head into Uptown for biscuit Benedict or a thick-cut brioche breakfast sandwich at JP Charlotte. Can’t choose from their a la carte menu? Opt for their breakfast buffet featuring a wide assortment of fruits, meats and breakfast treats.
Brunching hours: Saturday 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Sunday 6 a.m. – 1 p.m
1820 South Blvd.
At Tupelo Honey, there are two ways to feed your pancake craving. Go all in with the Shoo Mercy Sweet Potato Pancake with fried chicken, bacon, spiced SC pecans, fried eggs, grilled apples and blueberries. For your sweet tooth, indulge in a tall stack of banana pudding layered pancakes served with foster rum sauce.
Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m.
South Park and Ballantyne
4625 Piedmont Row Drive and 14815 Ballantyne Village Way Suite 150
Terrace Cafe is a favorite for both South Park and Ballantyne brunch-lovers. To get your pancake fix, order the carrot cake pancakes. If waffles are more your style, the red velvet waffle is an all-time favorite.
Brunching hours: Both locations open Saturday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m.
224 E 7th Street
If you’ve been inside 7th Street Market for more than a few minutes, you’ve probably caught a glimpse of one of Local Loaf’s creations heading to the table of a lucky brunch-er. Follow your instincts and order their pancakes or the Instagram famous Chicken & the Egg.
Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Original Pancake House
Midtown and South Park
915 Charlottetowne Avenue and 4736 Sharon Road
We couldn’t write about National Pancake Day without mentioning a spot that has just about half of their menu dedicated to pancakes. Whether you go with a traditional order with pancakes on the side or one of their signature pancake entrees (think Georgia pecan, bacon and banana nut), you can’t go wrong at the Original Pancake House.
Brunching hours: Both locations open at 7 a.m.
Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe
1601 Central Avenue
In the heart of Plaza Midwood you’ll find regulars gathering at Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe. Sink your fork into the Pinckney Street Pancakes, topped with honey butter and syrup. Gluten-free pancakes are also available.
Brunching hours: Breakfast items served all day.
200 S Tryon Street
Settle in amongst the hustle and bustle at the lively 7th Street Market. At Hazelnuts, order “The Maple Dream” crepe which marries traditional flavors of eggs and bacon with a sweet touch of butter and maple syrup.
Brunching hours: Beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Myers Park and South Charlotte
4241 Park Rd and 7930 Rea Rd
Their fluffy biscuits may take center stage, but pancake lovers have great options at The Flying Biscuit. In addition to their traditional buttermilk version, you can try the organic oatmeal pancakes with peach compote.
Brunching hours: Both locations open at 7 a.m., breakfast served all day.
2909 N Davidson Steet #200
Sure, Heist is a popular brewery about town. But its brunch is making a big name for itself. Build your own plate of breakfast classics with a trip along their larger-than life buffet.
Brunching hours: Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
1100 Metropolitan Ave #100
To dine with a view, grab a seat on Vivace’s patio to enjoy panettone french toast, eggs in purgatory and more along the Little Sugar Creek greenway. Make it a full meal with two courses and bottomless mimosas or bloody Mary’s.
Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 am-3 pm.
300 East Blvd
In Dilworth, the patio at 300 East overflows with brunch-goers. Don’t miss the crab cake benedict with fried eggs and citrus hollandaise served accompanied by a potato pancake and grilled asparagus.
Brunching hours: Sunday only 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
2820 Selwyn Avenue
Take in some people watching and a #BEC at LittleSpoon. Other brunch menu highlights include breakfast tacos and hash made with sweet and purple potatoes.
Brunching hours: Open Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m.
235 N Tryon Street
For a taste of refined elegance, try The Asbury in the heart of Uptown. Dig in to the Southern-style benedict or Mexican chocolate corncakes, and don’t skim past their brunch libations menu without placing an order.
Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.
Bistro la Bon
1322 Central Avenue
If you often find yourself torn between menu choices, consider the Sunday buffet at Bistro La Bon. Items include chocolate waffles, brioche french toast and homemade pastries for your sweet tooth. Available Sunday only, while a la carte brunch menu is served on Saturdays.
Brunching hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
127 N Tryon St #8
Swing by this hip brunch hotspot for a healthy brunch cocktail menu, Belgian waffles or the Irish breakfast with charred tomato.
Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.
Napa on Providence
110 Perrin Place
Grab a spot on their luxurious patio to enjoy brunch items like pancetta hash and poached eggs, braised short rib benedict and sunny side up egg pizza.
Brunching hours: Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
6700 Fairview Road
Take a quick hop over to France for a brunch featuring a Parisian omelette, the benedict monte and a plethora of crepe, toast and waffle options.
Brunching hours: Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.