Are you craving food early in the morning again or tired of making breakfast each day? The Lake Norman area has so many breakfast and brunch options to choose from that have phenomenal food and provide egg-cellent service. We put together a list of options you should consider for your next morning craving!


The Neighborhood Café (formerly Café 100) has opened in Huntersville! This family-owned and operated café offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch options using the freshest ingredients. All the dishes are made from scratch, even the dressings! Specialty dishes include the burrito, quiche, stuffed French toast, and lobster mac n' cheese. Customers will find the cozy ambiance and wonderful atmosphere they've been missing. And their outdoor patio deck is pet-friendly!

"5 stars all the way. The food, drinks, atmosphere and staff are superb. We had the Crab Cake Benedict, Salmon BLT and Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. Delicious and heaping portions. The Sunrise drink is a MUST!"  -Kathy F.


Famous Toastery

With locations in Davidson and Huntersville, the Famous Toastery is a popular spot to eat around the area whether you're craving a burger or salad when you wake up, eggs for lunch, or brunch any day of the week. The Davidson location on Main St. is also now open again after some recent renovations! Breakfast is served until 3 pm so if you sleep in, you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite meals. The Avocado Omelet is a fan favorite consisting of fresh avocado, tomato, chopped bacon, & parmesan wrapped in 3 eggs. They also offer a fan favorite Cali Benedict containing two eggs any style, fresh avocado, grilled tomato on a toasted English muffin topped with their homemade Hollandaise. 


An image of a meal from Famous Toastery

"Love eating here with the family, clean bathrooms, friendly employees, great food, good atmosphere for family and friends". - Restucci Angela


Davidson's The Egg offers take-out and delivery including wholesale items! Enjoy one of many flavorful omelets, or a mouth-watering Bacon Cheddar Burger with family and friends in the cozy dining room or outdoor covered patio. The Egg is one of the best breakfast spots in the Lake Norman area, so hop in the car and come see for yourself! 

"We frequent the Davidson Farmers Market, but we decided to try breakfast first. Service was fast and friendly. The food was hot and the prices are very family-friendly. We even went back Sunday morning for breakfast. We had steak and eggs with toast and an omelette with toast both days." - Lavida Mickens


Fresh Egg

The Fresh Egg is another great breakfast spot in Cornelius. They offer the same quality food and great service as its sister company and is located in the same space where the original "Fresh Chef" was. A popular item here would be the Fresh Egg Platter which contains two eggs served any style with your choice of one meat and one toast, plus one side item. There are so many side options to choose from, some sides are fruit, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, green beans, and many more.

"Warm, welcoming place with great breakfast. Food was delicious, service was great and we enjoyed our time there." - Esther M. Alcamo


An image of three plates of Fresh Egg Cornelius



The Metro Diner located in Huntersville is a favorite breakfast place and has been satisfying customers for nearly 25 years. The menu includes innovative new dishes created from local ingredients. Known for welcoming service and award-winning food, Metro Diner is a great stop for locals or anyone that is passing through. They offer dine-in, take-out and delivery options! 

"Best chicken and waffles I’ve had in a while. Great prices. Awesome mimosas, friendly atmosphere." - Perette Campbell


First Watch

If you're searching for food that changes with the season, be sure to get a table at First Watch in Huntersville. They welcome each season into the First Watch menu with ingredients and flavors inspired by the position of the sun. You'll find vibrant green California-grown asparagus in April, the most refreshing Florida watermelon in July, or tender, sweet yellow corn from the midwest in August. Don't forget to pair it with the signature drip coffee, Project Sunrise. They ventured to Colombia to find the richest beans and personally met the female farmers who grow them.

"LET ME tell you something. This is the best breakfast place E-V-E-R-... I HAD A B-L-T, Million dollar bacon and coffee. No Matter which state/city I'm in, the service is always on point as well as the food." - James E.

First Watch Breakfast



Inside view of the Summit Coffee

Summit Coffee

Summit located in Davidson serves coffee, pastries, fine teas, and micro-brewed beer from its location in the 100-year-old building with live music on weekends. Summit Coffee is one of the coziest, friendliest atmospheres, and community connections around.

"We love this coffee shop. great service lovely owner Brian and in the evening good beer and wine. Plus good music upstairs. Wish we had one in the UK !!" -Djmiles Miles


A local favorite right across from Davidson College opened in 1951 and has continued to be a tradition to visit if you are in town. The Soda Shop has walls that tell a story of the history of the restaurant and their customers. Come visit this comfortable, timeless environment where people gather to eat, drink, and socialize. You never know who might be at the next booth or table! Afterward, take a stroll along the expansive brick sidewalks past the trees that line Main Street. It’s an idyllic setting that is most perfect in its simplicity and charm.

"Misty (owner) and her team are wonderful! Great food & atmosphere - highly recommend!" - Courtney Muncy


Seafood and white wine by the water at North Harbor Club


North Harbor Club

World-class dining is complemented by the waterfront ambiance of Lake Norman. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, the North Harbor Club offers fine cuisine using fresh ingredients and the perfect touch of their Executive Chef. 

"It was wonderful and so was our waitress! I would definitely recommend this place."  - Maxine Cabrera Cybulski


Whether you’re a breakfast or brunch person, Lake Norman has a variety of restaurants that bring the freshest food to the table. Don’t forget to tag us in your delicious foodie photos on social media @VisitLakeNorman for a chance to be featured!