• Liz Logan

Your Guide to Gaston County Brunch — 12 stops for Mimosas, Benedicts and Bloody Marys

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You’ve worked all week, Monday through Friday, the time inching or flying by depending on how you look at it. Staying up a little later on Friday has given way to a hopeful, relaxing Saturday with no rush and no agenda aside from finding something good to eat. The beauty of the weekends is that brunch exists. Sure, it’s lots of the same foods you might eat for breakfast but it’s the weekend, it’s 11 o’clock, and the mimosas are running freely. So sleep in, grab a friend, and head out to some of these delicious spots beckoning you from your bed.

Sammy's Pub, Belmont - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

133 West

133 West Mountain St., Kings Mountain

Brunch: Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

For a modern take on your favorite classic southern brunch dishes, check out what 133 West in Kings Mountain is serving up. With a focus on freshness, this urban bistro has all of the brunch favorites your mom used to make and an inviting atmosphere to match. After you take a dive into their Pound Cake French Toast ($12) or their Shrimp and Grits ($14), walk it off with a hike at Crowders Mountain. Afterward, you can quench your thirst with a Mimosa ($6) or a Bloody Mary ($7) from 133 West.

What to order: Eggs Benedict—English muffin topped with poached egg, bacon, house-made hollandaise with choice of grits or home fries - $12.

Bottle Tree

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

102 Davis St., Belmont

Brunch: Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Named after the tradition of hanging blue and green glass bottles from trees in the south, brunch at The Bottle Tree reflects their respect for southern tradition, while also showcasing global flavors. Enjoy brunch in their back patio space or in their colorful interior that was once home to the mayor of Belmont. With Vegan and plant-based options for most of their brunch dishes, there is quite literally something for everyone.

What to order: If you're on the lookout for an elegant southern classic, the Bottle Tree Breakfast has you covered. That's Johnny cakes topped with fried eggs, Piri Piri sauce, arugula, and goat cheese- $13. Wash it down with a Build Your Own Mimosa Pitcher fit for you and your 7 closest friends (or just yourself).

Grandma Hoyt’s

421 E. Virginia Ave., Bessemer City

Brunch: Saturday 7 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

A buffet-style restaurant, Bessemer City's Grandma Hoyt’s draws in a crowd from all over the region for their classic food. Handcrafted home cookin' is just the beginning at this restaurant where patrons quickly become family. See for yourself by jumping in line at the buffet. On Saturdays, deemed more breakfast than brunch, you can choose from a variety of breakfast items.

What to order: When perusing the buffet, we recommend making sure to pick up red-eye gravy, fatback and potato casserole to make sure to get your quintessential southern fix - $9.11

Jack Beagle’s

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

127 S. Main St., Mt. Holly

Brunch: Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Since their move to Gaston County, Jack Beagle’s adds to the growing downtown Mount Holly, bringing their infamous brunch with them. Jack Beagle’s tackles classics their own way while bringing in a few lunch and burgers for the sake of choice. Enjoy a cocktail on the patio and then take a stroll to see what makes this town so unique.

What to order: Waco Eggs Benedict—Instead of the classic English muffin and poached eggs, the Waco Eggs Benedict boasts two fried eggs and Applewood smoked bacon over Texas toast topped with (you guessed it) hollandaise.

Jekyll & Hyde

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

10 Catawba St., Belmont

Brunch: Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Add a touch of steampunk to your morning with local brewery and eatery Jekyll & Hyde's traditional (and non-traditional) takes on brunch classics (or grab a burger). Dishes include your favorite southern brunch classics or mix the morning up with brunch plates that include a pub twist. Enjoy a cocktail on the patio and take a stroll to the Thread Trail, enjoying the bakeries along the way.

What to order: Banger Bowl—Imported Irish Banger, seasoned roasted potatoes, topped with roasted red peppers, sautéed onions, smoked cheddar cheese, fresh jalapeños, and two sunny-side-up eggs - $11.

The Lodge Tavern and Taps

101 Kenwood St., Belmont

Brunch: Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Start your weekend off right with some laid-back fun with the folks at The Lodge Tavern in Belmont. Whether it is live music or the big game, something is always happening at The Lodge. You won't want to miss out on the fun.

What to order: Lodge Shrimp and Avocado Toast- marinated shrimp served over grilled toast with avocado spread, tomatoes, pickled onions, jalapeños, and cilantro served with a side of fruit -$10.95.

Mayworth’s Public House

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

115 Center St., Cramerton

Brunch: Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Downtown Cramerton’s Mayworth’s Public House adds a touch of class and character. Located across from the open field and gazebo, with a view of the Catawba River and bridge leading to Goat Island Park and the Carolina Thread Trail, Mayworth’s upscale pub atmosphere has daily specials and, on Sundays, brunch beverages to get your day started.

What to order: A favorite any time of day, Mayworth’s Shrimp and Grits are served with blackened shrimp, andouille sausage, bell peppers and onions with cream gravy over parmesan cheese grits - $14.95. Pair this with a $3 mimosa and you’ve got a match made for brunch heaven.