I made the trek up to Charlotte for the weekend. My dear friend K was a wonderful hostess, and was very excited to take A, S, and me out for brunch on Sunday morning. We went to one of K's favorite brunch spots in the NoDa district: Boudreaux's. As you might have guessed from the name, Boudreux's had us traveling to Bourbon Street, without actually having to drive to New Orleans.
Boudreaux's is a funky little place that captures the spirit of the area. They only serve brunch on Sundays, starting at 11 a.m. Heads up if you're of the bloody mary or mimosa persuasion: they open at 11, but state law prohibits them from selling alcohol until noon.
|Powdered sugary goodness.|
The beignets were a good start, and actually bought us a little time since none of us could decide what to order off of the menu. It took me forever to decide because everything looked so good. And, by all accounts, the menu lived up to the hype.
In addition to the standard menu, there were also specials. One of them was a Black Angus Benedict, and that's what A ended up ordering. He was very happy with his decision. It was what you would expect - steak topped with a poached egg and Hollandaise and served on an English muffin. I didn't get to taste it, but it looked awesome. Especially once A started cutting into it and the egg yolk and meat mixed together....I would probably order this if it is on special again the next time I'm there. Each breakfast meal comes with a side of fresh fruit (in this case, strawberries and grapes) and a choice of grits, homefries, baked cinnamon apples, or an English muffin. A opted to get cheese grits, and those I did try. As a general rule, I don't eat grits, unless they have more cheese than grit. These grits would probably be the exception. They were creamy and cheesy and well-seasoned. It was almost like eating risotto instead of grits. I approve.
|Tell me this doesn't look delicious.|
|Pancakes, grits, and sausage: Breakfast of Champions|
|K garnished her drink with citrus and pickled okra. Not too sure about the okra.....|
|The omelettes were STUFFED with veggies.|
|See the inside of the omelette? How packed with goodness it is?|
We also had a wonderful server. She was personable and very attentive. She didn't even mock the six cups of coffee I had with breakfast. K ordered her bloody mary before noon, and at about 12:01, the glass was in K's hand so she could make her drink.
Boudreaux's also has a lot of outdoor seating. Unfortunately, it was kind of rainy while we were there, so we sat inside, but I would imagine that a lazy brunch on a Sunday morning while sitting outside and people watching sounds great to me. I'll definitely be heading back to Boudreaux's on my next trip to Charlotte. I'd love to try their dinner menu.