You’ll probably spend New Year’s Eve at First Night Charlotte or some other eventful party, club, or hotspot out on the town. After ringing in the New Year, the number one thing on your mind is going to be finding a damn good brunch.
The Queen City has plenty of options to satisfy your appetite and kick your NYE hangover. Whether family time is first on the list to kick off 2018 or you’re continuing the celebration with friends, a festive brunch is in order. In traditional brunch fashion, when it comes to these spots, the Bloody Marys are flowing and the chef-created favorites are unique, savory, and decadent.
With our guide for the top places to do brunch on New Year’s Day, kick back and indulge to start 2018 off right.
Evoke presents its New Year’s Day themed brunch celebration with “Come To Your Senses Hangover Brunch.” Available from 11am – 2:30pm, the buffet style menu will feature ricotta pancakes, eggs benedict & spinach, chicken sausage, candy orange glazed ham, a biscotto carving station and more. You can also look forward to The Indulgent, an over the top Bloody Mary offered at $1 with any brunch purchase.
One of uptown’s premier New Year’s Eve party destinations is extending the celebration to the morning after. Starting early, 5Church will offer its New Year’s Day brunch menu from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Expect the usual elegant ambiance, along with dishes like Octopus Ceviche, Bourbon French Toast, Smoked Salmon with Caviar Toast, Fried Green Tomatoes and much more.
Ink N Ivy
New to the Third Ward, Ink N Ivy has quickly become a popular choice for a unique dining experience. Celebrate the first day of the year with their Sunday brunch menu featuring Chef Josh’s famous Loaded Biscuits and Gravy, The Carolina Benedict, Seafood Omelet, $2 Mimosas and a Bloody Mary Bar. Eat Drink & Be Social is the motif. Do just that and jump start a brand new year.
Soak up the rustic atmosphere at Heist Brewery where industrial design set the stage for an upbeat time on any occasion. The brunch offerings are fantastic and available from 10am to 2pm on Sundays. Make this Noda gem your choice spot to kick back, enjoy contemporary cuisine, craft brews or creative cocktails while gearing up to dive into those resolutions.
Bistro La Bon
Located in the heart of Plaza Midwood, Bistro La Bon is famed for its celebration of international culinary influences. The traditional weekend brunch will be offered during the New Year’s Day hours of 11am – 2:30pm. Indulge in dishes prepared from locally sourced ingredients to include House Cured Salmon, Spinach & Caramelized Onion Benedict, The Bistro Breakfast Burger and traditional brunch favs like NC Shrimp N’ Grits with Leeks & Red Peppers.
Block & Grinder
The chef selections for brunch never disappoint, but the Duck Hash is always a go-to on the B&G menu. If you’re in the mood for a more lunch-style brunch, the Breakfast Burger with cajun bison or lamb is a killer hangover cure. And, if you’re ready to move beyond mimosas, a glass of Dead Eye Rye will perk you right up: it’s a unqcoffee-infused rye bourbon with mint cardamom cream.
Cheers to 2017!