I like to fancy myself a breakfast connoisseur, and though Charlotte's got some choice brunch spots and a few greasy spoons, I didn't have a place to call "the spot." Enter The Yolk Cafe, a small breakfast joint located in an unassuming strip mall in Rock Hill.
The Yolk is doing breakfast right, with just the right amount of greasy comfort and culinary refinement. Greg and Subrina Collier, husband and wife, opened the restaurant in March 2012 after finding the space on Craigslist. The Colliers pride themselves on serving up classic favorites and unique specials, inspired by the fresh, local produce they source.
The Yolk recently launched a brand-new menu over the holiday weekend featuring standouts like the Jerk Shrimp & Grits with smoked gouda and Coffee Rubbed Steak Hash with over-easy eggs and a charred tomato salsa. For sweets lovers, there is the Sweet Potato Waffle with homemade pecan butter and for the borderline brunch crowd, the killer chicken salad sandwich on sweet potato brioche.
Keep an eye out for the specials, which are usually a vegetarian selection. They are outstanding and sell out fast. Be sure to try the addictive twice-cooked home fries and creamy grits cooked low and slow in milk. Most of the time, grits are an ancillary breakfast item for me. At The Yolk, they are necessary, if not imperative. This breakfast is totally worth the 30-minute drive south. Trust me.
The Yolk Cafe is located at 1204 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill 29732. Hours: Monday-Tuesday 7 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday 7 p.m.-2 p.m.