Aug 28, 2018
Posted by Dara Brewton • Where To Eat
It’s no secret that Charlotte loves to brunch. A quality brunch spot can be found every few blocks, in each and every corner of the city, and one of the best things about this brunching obsession is that no one blinks an eye when you choose to imbibe a little at brunch. Right? I mean, if you order a cocktail at breakfast, you might get the side eye, but if you order a cocktail at brunch…
Brunch is serious business in Uptown, and there are quite a few places where you can go and pair your scrambled eggs with a quality cocktail. However, there are a couple of places that should be moved to the top of your brunching list pronto.
Stoke is located on W Trade Street and is the home of Chef Chris Coleman who specializes in farm-to-fork Southern cuisine. Brunch is served all week long at Stoke until 4 pm, and it includes items like Tim’s Stuffed French Toast, a dish that contains Rice Krispies, ricotta cheese, and fresh berries. Also on the menu are Coleman’s Garbage Fries which come smothered in pimento cheese and beef gravy. Whatever you choose to eat, you may want to pair it with the Rise & Shine, an aptly named cocktail for drinking in the am hours.
Located in the Dunhill Hotel, The Asbury is a modern Southern restaurant with a seasonal menu. The brunch menu is no exception, and they are currently running a Summer menu with dishes like Maw Maw’s Cast Iron Biscuits which come with bacon jam. You can also grab a coffee-based cocktail called the Wake Up Right which is a combination of iced coffee, bourbon, chocolate, almond milk, orange, and cinnamon. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 am.
Mert’s Heart and Soul
The weekend brunch at Mert’s brings a little soul to your dining experience. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, this restaurant has been a Charlotte staple since 1998. The fantastic brunch menu includes Sweet Potato Pancakes, a Shrimp Creole Omelette, and that famous Mert’s cornbread. They also have an Unlimited Mimosa on the menu which could get quite dangerous if you’re not careful.
Valhalla is located on Church Street right across from Romare Bearden Park, and it may not be the first place to come to mind when considering your brunch option. However, Their Warrior’s Omelet and English Breakfast should not be overlooked, especially when you throw in their signature Lingonberry Lemonade.
Enjoy the farm-to-fork, locally sourced brunch in the upscale 204 North located on N Tryon. The Hashtag Basic (a vodka and raspberry cocktail) is just one of the many libations they offer to pair with your preferred menu options. The Toast Trio and the classic brunch dish, Chicken & Waffles, are definitely ones you should consider.
Ink n Ivy
The eclectically decorated dining room and the large outdoor deck are the perfect places to enjoy a brunch date. Enjoy a Mimosa or Blueberry Mojito in the sun while you dine on dishes like the Soy Glazed Salmon Bennie or the Sausage and Cheese Omelette. Plus, if you hang long enough, you can transition brunch right into the nightlife scene without even leaving the restaurant.
No brunch list would be complete without mentioning the Dandelion Market and their fabulous Make-Your-Own-Bloody-Mary-Bar. The teal green facade of the Market can be found on West 5th Street, and their brunch hours run from 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Along with your Bloody Mary, you can find items like the Hangover Hash, the Greek Omelette, and the Cheesy Grits.