Does brunch feel like one of those things you used to do pre-kids? In Charlotte, land of the family, it doesn’t have to be. Here are three places where you can have your kids and eggs benedict, too:
PIKE’S OLD-FASHIONED SODA SHOP
The brunch lowdown: This buffet has everything from eggs benedict and bacon to roast beef and blackeye peas.
Great for kids because …: It’s a buffet, which in my family means instant eating, which means little to no whining that they’re hungry. It also means my boys can eat 20 pieces of bacon.
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We especially love: The scones, which are covered in some sort of magic glaze.
Need to know: Sundays only, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: A family-friendly free for ages 2 and under; $3.95 for ages 3-6; $6.95 for ages 7-9; $13.95 for everybody else.
Details: SouthEnd, pikessodashop.net
LIGHT RAIL FAMILY RESTAURANT
The brunch lowdown: Calling this “brunch” may be an oversell - no omelet stations or mimosas here - but you can get a solid, old school breakfast that ranges from liver mush to pancakes to sliced tomatoes.
Great for kids because ... : The MomsCharlotte reader who recommended this spot says it’s rarely super busy, so you’re not waiting for an hour trying to entertain kids with a pack of four crayons and a children’s puzzle page.
We especially love: The homemade pancakes, called hotcakes on the menu.
Need to know: Twin Greek brothers run the Light Rail and reportedly make quite the Greek omelet. Here’s a bonus: Breakfast is served all day, every day. Brunch on Wednesday at 3 p.m., anyone?
Cost: Two eggs and bacon runs $6, two hotcakes and bacon is $6.25, Greek omelet is $8.
Details: South Boulevard (across the street from, you guessed it, the light rail, in between the Sharon Road West and Arrowood stations), LRrest.com
The brunch lowdown: Fluffy pancakes and hashbrowns on the “br” side, she-crab soup and po-boys on the “unch” side.
Great for kids because …: A la carte choices for smaller appetites, a laid-back atmosphere for noisy kids and sports TVs to distract when it’s time for you to focus on the Ciabatta French Toast.
We especially love: Speaking of the ciabatta bread French toast, it’s amazing vows one MomsCharlotte reader, who also loves the huge portions - to share, of course.
Need to know: Renovations to its sunroom are underway, but the kitchen and dining room remain open.
Cost: Two pieces of French toast is $6.95; a gravy biscuit is $4; a small bowl of she-crab soup is $5.25.
Details: Cotswold, eddiesplacerestaurant.com/home