Putting the ‘break’ back in breakfast in Lake Wylie
It’s the most important meal of the day. If you listened to your mother, she probably instructed you to start each morning with a good breakfast. “Breaking the fast,” getting your mind and body in gear, replenishing nutrients to kick start your day.
On “Leave it to Beaver,” breakfast was portrayed as mom fixing a bowl of hot cereal or bacon and eggs for dad and the kids, fresh milk delivered by the milkman, steaming hot coffee for the adults. Dad usually had the morning paper, and there were meaningful conversations about the day ahead. Few of us experience a breakfast like that anymore. For many, weekday breakfasts involve a drive-thru, something sandwiched in a biscuit and food wolfed down while driving to school or work.
It’s tough to change the pace of the work week, but when the weekend rolls around, it’s easier to slow down and take a break from the morning rush. Luckily, there are a number of Saturday and Sunday options in Lake Wylie to bring back the “break” in breakfast.
Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza
Pizza for breakfast? While that may be a valid option in the college dorm, pizza actually isn’t on the menu at Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza on weekend mornings. Instead, you’ll find traditional breakfast fare, a relaxed atmosphere, and probably some of your neighbors at this establishment. Open Saturday and Sunday, Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza serves up country ham, bacon, sausage, corn beef hash, and eggs. Waffles and pancakes are on the menu, as well as some light salads, grilled cheese sandwiches and patty melts.
Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza can be the perfect stop for the before-or-after church crowd on Sunday, with large tables for groups. It’s a favorite place for locals, and has outside seating for those beautiful sunny mornings in Lake Wylie. Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza is located at 4380 Charlotte Highway, open on weekends for breakfast from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
T-Bones on the Lake
Of course, if the weather is really glorious, and you’re lucky enough to have a boat at your disposal, there is no better way to go to brunch than by water! T-Bones can be reached by car as well, and whether you arrive by land or sea, on Sundays you’ll find a hot breakfast buffet and a spicy Bloody Mary bar to celebrate a beautiful morning in style.
The buffet always has fresh scrambled eggs, plenty of sausage and bacon, grits, pastries, French toast and fruit. Lunch items are available on the menu as well.
The Bloody Mary bar allows plenty of creativity on diners’ part, with a variety of flavored salts for lacing the rim of the glass, several different mixes and degrees of spiciness to add to the drink. Olives, pickled okra, celery and more can be used as embellishments to ensure a Bloody Mary your way, whatever that way may be!
T-Bones on the Lake is located at 3990 Charlotte Hwy, and opens on Sundays at 11 a.m. serving breakfast items until 2 p.m.
If a quieter pace is more your style to start your weekend out right, Saturday morning brunch at Concord Cove could fit the bill. While traditional bacon and eggs are offered, you may want to treat yourself to fancier fare. Concord Cove is renowned for its fine dining and friendly staff, and makes every meal a special occasion.
The stuffed French toast is one of the most popular items on Saturday’s brunch menu. Thick slices of bread with mascarpone cheese are dipped in an egg batter and then grilled, then served with strawberries or maple syrup. Divine! Seafood is good anytime, and the shrimp and grits or grilled salmon as breakfast entrees are sure to satisfy.
The relaxing atmosphere of Concord Cove, with intimate dining rooms for quiet conversation, is perfect for bringing weekend houseguests or just spending quality time with your friends and family. Located at 5303 Concord Road, it is open for brunch from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
River Hills Country Club
Members and their guests rave about the Sunday brunch buffet at the River Hills Country Club. With delicious delicacies such as eggs Benedict, French toast, apple turnovers, bacon and eggs available on the buffet, as well as a waffle and omelet station for custom creations, it’s easy to see why Sunday brunch is a favorite tradition.
Holidays such as Easter and Mother’s Day are even more special at the club. A carving station with roast beef or ham, a seafood station and desserts galore make these celebrations even more memorable.
The club has recently added a “Dining Membership” for those who want to enjoy meals or entertain in the dining rooms. River Hills Country Club is known for its excellent chefs and world class menu, and dining memberships open the doors for more people to enjoy this gem.
Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
If you’d like to enjoy breakfast any day of the week, Bagel Boat is a great way to wake up and smell the coffee. Serving brewed as well as espresso specialty drinks, along with authentic New York style kosher bagels topped with anything from lox to cream cheese to bacon and eggs, Bagel Boat offers quick “to go” options, or invites you to stay awhile.
Set up with multiple rooms for meetings and quiet (or lively!) conversation, Bagel Boat has become the place to catch up with friends or discuss a business deal over a cup of joe. Private rooms are available upon request, and free Wi-Fi makes the Bagel Boat the perfect option for a “working meal.”
The Bagel Boat is open Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. It is located at 4090 Charlotte Highway.