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One of Charlotte’s best pleasures are its relaxing weekend outings. Walks and biking on local greenways, lazy afternoons in our beautiful parks, trips to ball games and more. Start it out right with a trip to one of these best local brunches and work in a trip in the coming weeks and months to these new local breweries.


Flying Biscuit: A perennial favorite among locals, the Flying Biscuit offers the kind of southern breakfast comfort food you’d expect from your mamma’s cooking. The chain has two locations in Charlotte, one in the Park Road Shopping Center and another at Stonecrest Shopping Center.
4241 Park Rd., 7930 Rea Rd.

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar: If you’re looking for a good, local farm-to-table brunch option, head out to Dogwood. With brunch on Sundays, 11 a.m.2- p.m., the restaurant’s menus often change up as they source new local ingredients. Try the steak and eggs, pimento cheese and Maw Maw’s Biscuits with butter and jam or sausage and yellow mustard. Don’t pass up the honeysuckle mimosa.
4905 Ashley Park Ln., Suite D.

Napa on Providence: A popular choice for unique brunch options Saturdays and Sundays. Be sure to grab the smoked herb sausage frittata or chicken and waffles with spicy maple syrup. 110 Perrin Pl.


Several new local breweries have recently opened or are opening up in Charlotte soon. Be sure to work them into your afternoon after your brunch outing.

Legion Brewing: Plaza Midwood will finally get into the local brewing craze when Legion Brewing opens this fall. The new brewery will occupy the old Brodt Music Company building at 1906 Commonwealth Ave.

Free Range Brewing: This new NoDa brewery just recently opened near Amelie’s and another popular local brewery, NoDa Brewing Company. Owners bill the pub as family friendly and incorporate local fruits, vegetables and other ingredients in their creations.
2320 N. Davidson St.

Red Clay CiderWorks: If beer is less your taste and you prefer cider, your in for a treat. Charlotte got its first hard cider producer in July, located in South End just off I-77 at 245 Clanton Rd.

Great Wagon Road Distilling Co.: And if you’d prefer to skip both beer and cider, grab a glass of local whiskey when this new South End whiskey distillery opens in the fall. The distillery is moving to a new location at 227 Southside Dr., offering an 8,800-square-foot distillery and 5,000-square-foot bar.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.