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Craving a delicious mid-morning (or early afternoon) meal in the Queen City? The food scene in Charlotte, North Carolina, has exploded in the past few years, which is great news for food travelers looking for the best brunch in Charlotte NC. Below are some of the best places to eat brunch in Charlotte (though many are great choices any time of day).

Best Places for Brunch in Charlotte, North Carolina

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These are some of our favorite places to get brunch in Charlotte. One thing to know about Charlotte is it’s all about the neighborhoods. Uptown is where you’ll be among the skyscrapers, and all the other ‘hoods are scattered just outside of uptown, allowing many restaurants to tout an awesome skyline view.

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Alright, are we ready to dive into some brunch action? Here’s how to do it in the Queen City.

1. 204 North Kitchen + Cocktails

Neighborhood: Uptown


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If you’re looking for “bottomless brunch” in Charlotte, you’re going to be a bit disappointed. North Carolina’s antiquated alcohol laws make bottomless brunches not much more than a desperate daydream. However, farm-to-table restaurant 204 North gives you a good bang for your buck with $4 mimosas.

To balance out the bubbles, this popular Uptown spot has an impressive menu of both brunch and “not so brunch” plates, which means even the pickiest eater in your group will be pleased.


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2. Cajun Queen

Neighborhood: Elizabeth (near Plaza Midwood)


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At Cajun Queen, it’s clear plate, full belly, can’t lose. A bit of a dark horse when it comes to the Charlotte brunch scene, Cajun Queen is where real eaters go. Dive into Spicy Tasso Biscuits & Gravy or Bourbon French Toast for a flavorful journey into New Orleans cuisine. Of course, you can get Shrimp & Grits, too.

Pro Tip: Try to get a table on the rooftop terrace of this restored house, or come back at night to enjoy live jazz music.


3. Fahrenheit

Neighborhood: Uptown


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Oh, you’re feeling bougie, huh? Soak in Charlotte’s rapidly growing skyline at one of the only places currently offering rooftop brunch. Fahrenheit is one of the city’s O.G. rooftop bars, featuring a sophisticated vibe, modern fire pit, and a fancy menu. You’ll spend a pretty penny here, but the views (and Instagram pics) are worth it.


4. Kid Cashew

Neighborhood: Dilworth


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Many of the best brunches go hand-in-hand with patio seating, and Kid Cashew in Charlotte’s charming Dilworth area has one of the most relaxing patios of them all.

Perhaps it’s the ferns that are often hanging so cooly from the ceilings, near the fans. Or maybe it’s the rustic atmosphere that makes it feel like home. Either way, this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is one of the best places to try brunch in Charlotte, especially when you order the $12 mimosa carafe and skillet mac ‘n’ cheese.

Pro Tip: Walk off your meal with a stroll down East Boulevard—there are a few boutiques and shops you can pop into.


5. Moo & Brew

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood

Even if only for the Large Marge, Moo & Brew’s signature 20-ounce Bloody Mary, going to Moo & Brew is a great choice for brunch. Especially if you’re suffering from a hangover and feeling a bit crispy, you need the greasy goodness this burger and beer joint is serving up. Located in Charlotte’s hipster (and historic) Plaza Midwood neighborhood, Moo & Brew also boasts a great patio, inventive eats, and Midwood Mules on tap.


6. Suffolk Punch

Neighborhood: South End


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Go here for the greenery inside and the open-air brewery vibes outside. Or, go here if you want a quintessential “Charlotte” experience. ICYMI, Charlotte is a craft beer mecca with more microbreweries than we care to count.

Suffolk Punch breaks the mold by combining a brewery, culinary cafe, and coffee bar. The huge, beautiful space is the perfect way to do brunch/lunch on a day with Carolina-blue skies. Plus, there’s a good chance you’ll get to pet a few doggos if you sit outside.

Pro Tip: Suffolk Punch is right off the Rail Trail, an artsy, paved path that runs along the Light Rail and connects all kinds of points of interest. Follow it either way and see what you stumble upon.


7. Haberdish

Neighborhood: NoDa (pronounced no-duh)


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NoDa is Charlotte’s quirky arts district, which makes Haberdish’s black brick facade feel almost too trendy to fit. Regardless, the Southern restaurant has been a weekday brunch hotspot since husband-and-wife duo Jeff Tonidandel and Jamie Brown opened it in 2017. They serve chicken and waffles every day. Need we say more?

Pro Tip: The owners are also to thank for NoDa’s popular Crepe Cellar, Growlers Pourhouse, and Reigning Doughnuts, all just down the street from Haberdish at the corners of N. Davidson & 35th Streets.


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