Traditionally, continental breakfast is a morning meal consisting of a pastry or roll and a hot beverage like coffee or tea. Nowadays if you stay in a hotel or bed and breakfast, you are likely to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast while you are there. Several eateries in the Charlotte area allow you to pick up an early morning delicacy with a warm refreshment. Try the following fast and casual eating places to get a baked goodie on the go:
Hot donuts anyone? Krispy Kreme is still alive in Mecklenburg County. This leading donut shop chain has approximately 580 locations throughout the US and Canada, but only one in the Charlotte Area. The last surviving location is located at 9301 East Independence Blvd in Matthews, NC. They offer glazed and cream filled doughnuts, french crullers, fritters, and more. Krispy Kreme is also known for their signature hot and iced coffees. Between April 19th and May 30th, this unique, drive through establishment is featuring what they call “Campfire Treats”, donuts topped with smores and chocolate fudge cake sprinkles. For fundraising, franchise and investment opportunities, call 1-800-457-4779.
Panera Bread, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, is a bakery and cafe with over 10 locations in the Charlotte metropolitan area. In addition to the pastries and sweets such as the new strawberries and cream scones or the chocolate fudge brownies, Panera Bread specializes in freshly baked breads like focaccia and white whole grain. The breads are not only prepared in the morning but all day long. Keeping the health conscious consumer in mind, this organization prepares the dough by hand and uses only unbleached flour. Daily Coffee choices include hazelnut, light roast, dark roast, or decaffeinated coffee blends.
Cafe Carolina is located at 5361 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28277. With award winning menu items, feel comfortable making a stop on the way to work and picking up something for a friend. Choices like the chocolate croissant or apple basket are likely to get the day started off on the right track. Cafe Carolina’s full espresso bar, featuring freshly ground whole bean coffee, is a reason to bring your own cup and fill it up.
Brighten your day and someone else’s with continental breakfast in the morning. Whether you feel like a cinnamon raisin bagel or an apple crunch muffin, there’s a place in Charlotte near you that is bound to have what you crave. Drop in or eat in one of the establishments above and feel free to share your experience.