In the need of a pick me up this weekend? Then check out some of Charlotte’s best restaurants, serving up Southern-inspired brunch menus or plates that’ll be sure to knock your socks off. Some of these places specialize in Southern cuisine while some do a little of everything. All of them are the same, amazing, made-from-scratch or almost quality. Dig into these 6 amazing restaurants for weekend brunch.
Suffolk Punch is Charlotte’s one-stop spot for the dinner, brewery, and brunch experience. It’s also one of Charlotte’s prettiest spaces. Their brunch is served from 10am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and does some tasty and modern spins on Southern classics, like Eggs and Gritts or the New Orleans-sandwich, the Muffaletta. One of their most popular items is their recent dish, Chicken and Donuts, a playful spin on Chicken and Waffles that dishes up their Southern Fried chicken with frosted and glazed caramel-filled doughnuts, Nutella spread, and powdered sugar.
Where: 2911 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203
2. Tupelo Honey
Tupelo Honey is a Southern ode to the Carolina mountains, done in a modern way. From Fried Green Tomatoes to Shrimp and Grits to one of their newest items, the Divine Swine Benedict with pork shoulder cooked in duck fat, two medium poached eggs, hollandaise, rosemary salt, and honey drizzle. They’ve also got a delicious Chicken and Biscuits dish with honey-dusted chicken that’s brined for 18 hours then cooked to perfection, smoked ham, milk gravy, and basil. What’s better is that brunch is served 7 days a week!
Where: 101 S Tryon St #130, Charlotte, NC 28280
Ruby Sunshine specializes in brunch done in the New Orleans-style. If it’s your first time, try The Trifecta, a sampler platter, so to speak, with 3 of their most popular Benedicts: Eggs Cochon (a pork dish), Chicken St. Charles (buttermilk fried chicken with biscuits), and the Bayou Shrimp (Gulf shrimp in a Bayou Tomato sauce), all served in the traditional Eggs Benedict way. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try their Banana Foster Pain Perdu or their White Chocolate Bread Pudding Pancakes.
Where: 332 W Bland St, Charlotte, NC 28203
Haymaker is one of Charlotte’s upscale cocktail bars that’s also serving up a delicious brunch with several Southern dishes on the menu, usually fresh and seasonal. From bacon fat beignets with season jam to their special Haymaker breakfast with eggs, bacon, roasted potatoes, and delicious Jalapeño biscuits. Their brunch runs on Saturday 10AM – 2:30PM and Sunday 10AM – 4PM.
Where: 225 S Poplar St, Charlotte, NC 28202
If you’re wondering what type of spot The Crunkleton is, here’s a sentence we think will sum it up pretty nicely: Oysters are on their brunch menu. Need we say more? No, but in all seriousness, while the Crunkleton might have oysters on their menu, that doesn’t mean they’re entirely out-of-reach for casual Southern brunchers. They’ve got all the classics, like Shrimp and Grits, Biscuits and Gravy, and even something called the Charlotte Hot Brown, which is a stacked french toast plate with spicy fried chicken, sweet maple, gravy, grilled tomatoes, aged cheddar, crispy bacon, and a sunny side-up egg. Brunch is served from 11am to 2:30pm every Saturday and Sunday.
Where: 1957 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204
6. Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe
This funky cafe is serving up huge plates of breakfast favorites with an eclectic assortment of offerings on their menu. While not technically brunch, they’re still doing savory and sweet breakfast items, except longer than just a few short hours on the weekends. As far as Southern goes, try their Billy Jack Grits with sausage, bacon, and shrimp or their TLC Biscuit Sandwiches made with fried chicken or another choice of protein.
Where: 1601 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205