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September 30, 2022

Underrated Charlotte brunch orders, according to pros

These are the dishes diners are missing out on from restaurants around town

by Ebony L. Morman

A brunch experience means you get the best of both worlds — a menu filled with both sweet and savory options. Whether it’s a roasted chicken crepe or a smoked salmon board, there’s usually something for everyone. While you may have your signature brunch order that always satisfies your cravings, it’s time to be adventurous and try something new. Before you head to brunch, check out this list of the most underrated brunch orders in Charlotte, according to the people that serve them. 

The Artisan’s Palate, NoDa

Most underrated brunch item: Smoked salmon board
What’s on it/in it: Smoked salmon (lox), cream cheese, slivered onions, capers, lemon, and slices of crusty bread

Church & Union, Uptown 

Most underrated brunch item: Okonomiyaki
What’s on it/in it: Cabbage pancake, sunny egg, braised bacon, sriracha aioli, and yakiniku sauce

Fern, Flavors from the Garden

Most underrated brunch item: Brunch burger
What’s on it/in it: Mushroom patty, shiitake bacon, JUST egg, lettuce, tomato, and a pickle with a choice of side salad or country potatoes

Haymaker, Uptown 

Most underrated brunch item: Eggs Benton
What’s on it/in it: Over easy local farm eggs, Benton’s 24-month aged country ham, Johnny cake (made with Farm & Sparrow cornmeal), creamed collard greens, and Appalachian tomato gravy

The Eggs Benton at Haymaker in Uptown. Photo courtesy

The Goodyear House, NoDa

Most underrated brunch item: Chilaquilas
What’s on it/in it: Corn tortillas, salsa de arbol, braised chicken, fried egg, and cilantro.

Mariposa, Uptown 

Most underrated brunch item: Lamb burger
What’s on it/in it: Sun-dried tomato jam, white onion, smoked gouda, tzatziki, and served with fries

PARA, South End 

Most underrated brunch item: Deviled eggs
What’s on it/in it: Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, farm fresh spicy jalapeño, Hellmann’s real mayonnaise, and crispy bacon

Salted Melon Market & Eatery, South End 

Most underrated brunch item: That’s How I Bowl
What’s on it/in it: Scrambled egg white, house chorizo spice, avocado, roasted sweet potato, chipotle aioli, cilantro, roasted poblano bone broth, and toasted quinoa

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