Charlotte Vegan Breakfast Options

Top 5 Vegan Breakfast Spots in Charlotte

Queen City Grounds vegan breakfast and coffee

The majority of the breakfast options at Queen City Grounds flagship location in Uptown Charlotte are vegan or can be made vegan. 

The Alexis on Fire wrap made vegan with veggies, peppers, Just egg, sausage, and smoked gouda is one of my favorites. Although drinking a hot coffee accentuates the heat of the wrap. 

They almost always have a vegan pastry option of some sort in the case. Plus, they are a full-fledged coffee shop so it makes for a great breakfast option.A few outdoor tables are available.  

El Chingon

It’s hard to stray from the El Chingon and it’s tofu scramble, sausage, and cheese on a croissant. It even comes with a side of hash browns. They do offer Just Egg for an upcharge, but their tofu egg has always been good enough to not justify the switch. 

They have several other vegan breakfast options including vegan bacon, a bagel sandwich, and breakfast plate. 

They serve coffee, have outdoor seating and even offer a few vegan treats in the display case. 

Vegan Padrino

#3 - Mattie's Diner

Mattie’s Diner is a throwback diner with vegan options intertwined throughout the menu. 

They have omelettes, pancakes, and a breakfast quesadilla. Last week, they even had some vegan French toast on special. 

Love the Vegan Padrino, although I’m not crazy about the red sauce on top. 

This is one of my favorite places to enjoy a sit down breakfast with a waitress that will top off my coffee when it gets low. 

 

Florentine

I hate to sound like a broken record, but if you want a truly unique plant-forward, delicious experience, eat at Plant Joy. They only serve brunch on Sunday 11am-3pm.   

They are located in the food stalls at Camp North End, so there is only outdoor seating available. The brunch menu rotates seasonally, but they serve a gluten free quiche all day, every day with flavors rotating weekly. 

 

French Toast = Delicious

Oh My Soul serves up French toast, pancakes, waffles (all day item), Big Bro (Creamy Just Egg scramble served on toast, with grilled mushrooms, peppers, and onion, friendly bacon, traditional South African sausage, baked beans, grilled tomato, and fries) along with coffee drinks or cocktails. 

Located in NoDa with a large covered patio space, Oh My Soul is definitely one of the top vegan options in the area any time of day.

Vegan Breakfast Options In Charlotte (Complete List)

Here’s a complete list of every spot you can find a good vegan breakfast or brunch in the Queen City. Charlotte vegan breakfast options have greatly improved in the past few years. 

Fern 

This totally vegetarian restaurant has some of the best brunch options in Charlotte. It’s menu is on point as far as being vegan friendly and delicious. Essentially everything can be made vegan on their latest brunch menu.

VeganCLT recommends: Chicken and Waffles and Cinnamon Rolls.

Bean

They’ve got your classics made vegan with waffles, biscuits and gravy, or the BBQ and grits bowl.

VeganCLT recommends: The Herc Bowl features BBQ soy curls, home fries, spicy mayo with steamed kale and a biscuit.

Veltree

Veltree moved from University to Ballantyne Village in south Charlotte. Spicy chicken and waffles, french toast, and biscuits and gravy definitely make Veltree a vegan brunch destination. 

Sanctuary Bistro

Sanctuary Bistro offers Saturday brunch with gluten free options. Options include scrambles and waffles. 

Pepperbox Doughnuts  

Most of the doughnuts at Pepperbox are vegan including peanut butter oreo, chocolate frosted, tiramisu, and cinnamon spiced maple bourbon. The NoDa location offers a vegan breakfast sandwich consisting of Impossible Sausage, Just egg, cheese, mayo, on a toasted doughnut bun. 

EastSide Local

Super vegan friendly spot on the east side of Charlotte. Plenty of options such as bagels with vegan cream cheese or other toppings, grit bowls, avocado toast, and Biscuit Impossible (egg, cheese, sausage). 

Alchemy

A few solid brunch options available Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm. Lion’s Mane and Waffle or the Plant Based Prosciutto Omelette.   

Serving coffee and waffles in NoDa with a large patio space, Oh My Soul is a top choice for vegan brunch. 

Mattie’s Diner

Serving After a long hiatus, Mattie’s Diner returned in 2022 with a solid lineup of vegan options scattered throughout the menu. It has been awhile since I’ve sat in a diner getting my coffee topped off while enjoying a delicious vegan omellette or pancakes. 

Queen City Grounds

With half the ownership being vegan, you can be sure that they will continue to offer solid vegan options. This is the Uptown home for Nightflyer Roastworks who roast in-house and vegan-friendly vegan breakfast and lunch options. They also have a pastry case with several vegan options.
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Deli St

Deli St now offers a fantastic vegan breakfast menu with items such as Vegan AF (bacon, egg, and cheese on a croissant). El Chingon is our favorite. 

Plant Joy

Plant Joy does brunch on Sunday from 11-2. The Florentine is delicious. (Plant Joy post)

Undercurrent Coffee

Located in Plaza Midwood, the menu clearly lists the vegan options featuring a chia bowl, avocado toast, and two salad bowls.

Common Market

Pretty much any time of day, there will be something for vegans at Common Market. Typically have a vegan brunch special on Sunday, but serve The Scrambler (tofu, red onion, vegenaise, spinach, vegan cheese and optional vegan chorizo) daily.

Early Girl Eatery

An Asheville staple now open in Charlotte’s South End. They serve breakfast all day. Tofu scramble and mimosas. (View menu)

Central Coffee

The best coffee shop in Charlotte because they always have vegan zucchini bread that is fantastic. Many times you can find vegan treats from Move That Dough Baking Co. as well.

Suarez Bakery

If you need a dependable stop to find a delicious glazed doughnut (and a few other options) in the Park Road Shopping Center or Optimist Hall.

Move That Dough Baking Co.

Consistently offering doughnuts and other treats at EastSide Local and around town.  

Flying Biscuit

Offer both a menu-specified Vegan Tofu Scramble and Vegan BBQ Burrito. A few other items are likely vegan if they leave off the cheese, but the burrito sounds like a solid option.

Snooze

One of the items that stands out on the menu is the Vegan Bliss Pancakes. It is actually the only item that clearly identifies itself as vegan friendly. However, they do have both tofu and soyrizo on the menu so there may be more options available.

Caribou Coffee 

Finally, a coffee chain doesn’t has a legit vegan breakfast sandwich. They now have a Just Egg, roasted tomatoes, vegan pesto cream cheese spread, vegan smoked provolone on a folded flatbread.