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The 6 best breakfast places in Charlotte

The popular "Everything" bagel at Poppy's Bagels.
The popular "Everything" bagel at Poppy's Bagels. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

We believe breakfast is not only the most important, but the best meal of the day. Between fluffy pancakes, brown and buttered toast, golden eggs cooked your way and the crispiest or fattiest bacon, there’s something for everyone.

Here are our picks for the best breakfast places in Charlotte:

(1) Owen’s Bagel

When you’ve overslept, nothing beats a Saturday morning waiting in line at this grungy neighborhood spot. It’s easy to love the messages scribbled on the tables and walls, the hot Pure Intentions coffee in paper cups and the goofy bagel names – like Mary’s Grubby Bubby and the Gwacka Flocka Flame.

(2) Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe

If you’re planning to grab breakfast at this Plaza Midwood staple on the weekend, prepare to wait – but it’s worth it. Our pick: The Bunny Rancheros – over easy eggs with black beans, home fries and chorizo topped with a pepper jack cheese queso sauce, guacamole, salsa and sour cream. And a few flour tortillas to sop it all up.

(3) Little Spoon

The farm-to-table menu changes so frequently that you never know what you’re going to get when you walk into this cozy, cute hole in the wall. You could end up with the best bowl of steaming shakshuka in your life, or the easiest blend of oats and quinoa.

(4) Poppy’s Bagels

No matter how long the line, Poppy’s is worth it. You can’t go wrong with the classic bacon, egg and cheese bagel – side of cream cheese of course. Poppy’s has incredible sides (potato hash, fruit, cookies, muffins, etc.) plus fast service. If you haven’t been yet, go now.

(5) Earl’s Grocery

This lively Elizabeth grocer-meets-restaurant is great any time of day, but you should definitely try it for breakfast. It’s an easy weekday meeting spot for a latte and a warm, fresh scone. And if you’re looking for something more filling on the weekend, go for the Grit Bowl (topped with a farm egg, obviously) or the ham, brie and apricot jam biscuit.

(6) Terrace Cafe

Spicy chicken biscuits with pimento cheese, and bacon – need we say more? OK, we will because Terrace also has red velvet waffles with cream cheese icing.

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