If you are looking for a new brunch place to try, you should go to Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails in South End next to the Craft Tasting Room. This restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday from 5-10 p.m., Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lincoln Street is currently open for dine-in, curbside pickup and take-out. The restaurant requires mask wearing for both customers and staff members. You can make reservations for up to eight people on OpenTable. Call the restaurant directly for parties larger than eight.
Lincoln Street has three seating areas: the main dining room and bar indoors, a ground floor patio and a rooftop patio. They do not ask where you want to be seated when you make a reservation, though.
I went here with my sister and her coworkers for the first time, and we were seated right away since we had made a reservation. We ordered the Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict and wagyu beef. The restaurant also has shrimp and grits, eggs in purgatory, croque madame sandwiches and more on their brunch menu.
The Belgian waffles were topped with powdered sugar and were filled and covered with blueberries. There were cups of maple syrup and whipped butter on the side. They were slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, which I really liked. I could have eaten the waffles without the syrup and butter because they were that good alone, but having that extra sweetness made them even better for me.
As for the eggs Benedict, it was decent as a whole. It came with an arugula salad that was too acidic. The vinegary taste of the salad clashed with the English muffins, which were buttery. The eggs were nicely poached, and the hollandaise sauce was creamy and rich. The ham was sliced a bit thinner than expected, but it was also good.
I also tried some of my friend's wagyu beef, and it was very well seasoned. It was crispy on the outside and cooked medium rare on the inside. I definitely liked the flavor and texture of the beef. The sauce that came with the beef did not add much to it, so I did not eat a lot. This plate also came with sunny-side-up eggs and soft, roasted potatoes.
Most items on the brunch menu at Lincoln Street were $8 to $15, which seems to be the average price for other brunch restaurants. The only exception was the wagyu beef, which was a bit more expensive at $21. I would say the cost of food is good for its quality since I was pretty satisfied.
I also thought the service here was good. The restaurant can get loud at times, but the server got everyone's orders quickly and correctly, and we did not have trouble getting anything we needed. The tables have convenient jugs of water for you to fill your own cups as well.
Street parking may be difficult to find as it is with a lot of places in South End. There are a few parking lots around the restaurant that are not usually packed, and it costs $4 to $5 to park for 15 hours on a Sunday afternoon. If you spend any time in South End or uptown Charlotte, you need to get the ParkMobile app to pay for parking.
Overall, my experience at Lincoln Street was good. It was quick for us to sit down and order, and most of the food was really good and reasonably priced. I would recommend coming here for a brunch date on the weekend.