UPDATED FEB 6, 2020
Finding a healthy place to brunch isn’t always easy. But, no longer do we have to make the choice between a delicious brunch or a healthy one. These Charlotte restaurants have flawlessly combined the two into one package for all of us to enjoy.
Dishing the goods in Atherton Mill of the historic district of South End, owners Juliana Luna and Stephen Edwards set out to create a restaurant that delivered organic, plant-based dishes that actually taste good. And after much early success, they have expanded their menu to also include a brunch (start planning Sunday Funday)! If acai breakfast bowls or fresh muesli sounds appetizing, you won't want to miss out. Just looking for a light brunch? No problem — Living Kitchen offers arguably the most extensive selection of smoothies and cold-pressed juices in Charlotte, so you can enjoy some guilt-free sips.
If you’ve walked through Dilworth, it’s likely you’ve seen Fern. Instead of simply passing it by, take a step inside for their Sunday brunch. Right off the bat, it’s clear that Fern is a unique restaurant — the ceiling is plastered with wooden shutters and adorned with mason jar chandeliers. But the decorations aren’t the only distinguishing factors. Fern offers healthy, and delicious food that is created by partnering with local farmers to get the freshest ingredients possible. Take the chef scramble, made with kale, bell peppers, and onions. And, yes, this is a “healthy brunch” article, but it would be a crime to not mention they also serve delicious cinnamon buns.
What else can you expect from South Park other than a French bistro that consistently ranks as one of the top brunch spots in America? Café Monte dishes up delicious French fare with a strong commitment to using only the very best ingredients. We have our eyes on the gluten-free Belgian waffle and yogurt parfait. The restaurant also accepts reservations and you should probably make one — a week in advance is commonplace prior to Sunday brunch. Bon Appétit!
A favorite of pescatarians everywhere, Upstream dishes out some of Charlotte’s most flavorful seafood. Imagine steaming fresh cashew-crusted trout served with potato purée and freshly-made peach chutney on the table in front of you. Come down to Phillip’s Place in South Park and you’ll see what we mean. And, for just $30, you have access to the Sunday brunch buffet, which means all the seafood and tapas your heart desires.
Breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Famous Toastery does breakfast food right. Their giant menu has all the brunch classics — eggs any style, breakfast sandwiches, and omelets galore — and they offer tons of healthy options. You can swap your eggs for egg whites, or switch out your bacon for turkey bacon. You can also put in a request for gluten-free toast, pancakes, and french toast. With multiple Charlotte locations, you can hit up Famous Toastery with all of your friends across town.
For a place that gets to the root of a healthy brunch, look no further than… Roots Café. The fast-casual resturant offers a fresh take on all-day brunch. Join them in their enviable South End space for brunch any day of the week (okay, except Monday). Want a different take on avocado toast? An order here comes with caramelized onion spread, alfalfa sprouts, an egg, and chili-lime vinaigrette. Or, you can load up on the Huevos Rootscheros for some decadent gluten-free grub. Whatever you choose, you’ll end up leaving full but looking forward to round two.
It might be hard to remember whether you’re in a restaurant or an art gallery once your order is set in front of you at littleSpoon Eatery. The dishes are something to behold at this ever-evolving restaurant. Fresh food. Boozy brunch. Seasonal switch-ups. That’s how owner Alesha Sin Vanata and her team at littleSpoon roll. Snag a seat at the patio, order a hot cup of java, and study the menu as a catchy playlist sets the soundtrack to your brunch. The menu is constantly evolving, but look for bites like the Egg White Raft, with whipped goat cheese, egg whites, and salsa verde or the PCGY, with Greek yogurt, house-made granola, pineapple, mint, and honey.
Right off the LYNX Blue Line, you’ll find locally focused, mindful eats at Eight + Sand. Open daily until 4pm, Eight + Sand offers a variety of sandwiches, toasts, and salads to start your day. Substitute tofu scrambles on the breakfast bowl for a vegan treat, or give the Green Goddess Avocado toast a whirl. Top off your meal with a fresh cup of coffee or an in-house made fresh pastry.
With locations across the country, Snooze combines classic diner-vibes with a contemporary menu. Sure, you can grab classics like eggs benny, but the Plaza Midwood eatery also offers grain bowls, sweet potato hash, and a quinoa-based porridge. They also offer soyrizo and tofu substitutes for most meat dishes, as well as a variety of cold-pressed juices.
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