1.) Young Cardinal Café
Opening their doors back in February of 2020 downtown, this newcomer brings classic brunch favorites to their menu. You can build your own omelette, go for the avocado toast, or – if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth – ask for their pancakes with drool-worthy toppings. These fluffy and enormous pancakes are definitely worth the try! Make sure to check their daily specials, which offer surprisingly great options to choose from, and don’t forget to order a mimosa or Bloody Mary to go along with your meal. You will definitely need to show up hungry here!
Known for their coffee and signature biscuits, Krankies is one local spot you’ve got to try. With its great atmosphere and a mixture of indoor + outdoor seating, it’s a great place to hang with friends or family. Go for some “coffee talk” or day drinking shenanigans, as you’ll find they have a full bar. They offer a great selection of baked goodies and more, but let’s talk about their mouthwatering BISCUITS. Don’t miss one of their signature biscuit sandwiches, like the Krankies classic – fried chicken with Texas Pete honey smothered in sausage gravy. And let’s not forget their weekly biscuit specials, which they spotlight on their social media page and are always inventive and delicious. These fresh biscuits are big enough to keep you satisfied for most of the day, it’s a must!
3.) The Porch
If you like the taste of southwestern flavors, or are in the mood for a crafty margarita, then search no more; this Tex-Mex restaurant, located in West End Millworks is by far one of the best for a Sunday brunch. Start with the Three Amigos, tortilla chips with queso, guacamole and salsa dips, and accompany this with one of their refreshing signature palomas or margaritas. A local favorite brunch dish is the breakfast of champions – tater tots served with queso, soft scrambled eggs, and bacon, topped with guac, sour cream and jalapeños – definitely amazing! Or try another Porch favorite, the Rio Grande Enchiladas Verdes. There is not a wide variety in their brunch menu, but we promise, you’ll be thoroughly pleased with this place.
4.) The Old Fourth St Filling Station
This local gem offers brunch that everyone loves. With its charming large patio area, it’s a perfect setting for a brunch date, casual get together with family and friends, or even some alone time. Indoor seating is available with a nice fireplace to give it that cozy feeling. Some of the local favorites to try are the signature Carolina shrimp and grits and the fried chicken benedict. You can’t go wrong with anything here, and there is a full bar and extensive wine list, if you’re in the mood.
5.) Penny Path Café & Crepe Shop
Located in Reynolda Village, this restaurant is an experience like no other, and they offer more variety of crepes than you could ever want. We recommend trying both a sweet and savory crepe; from melted cheese with pesto, to Nutella and strawberries, these crepes will satisfy all your taste buds! Indoor seating is limited, but plenty of patio space available. Watch the chef in action if you snag a seat inside, or enjoy the beautiful ambience outside.
Katherine Pando- Independent food blogger on Instagram @Eatdish3s. Exploring NC and cooking her way to town.