The 10 Best Brunch Spots In Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh in North Carolina
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Paige Watts

Restaurants in North Carolina‘s capital state, Raleigh know how to serve up some southern comfort food with plenty of southern hospitality. From neighborhood cafes to an authentic French brasserie, these are the top brunch spots in Raleigh.

Big Ed’s

1. Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan

Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant, Raleigh
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Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant serves classic southern breakfast food all day long in a diner-style setting. Their menu features selections of farm fresh local eggs, their famous homemade buttermilk biscuits, a variety of local sausages, and house-made hot cakes and French toast. Locals and tourists favor this popular brunch spot, so be sure to beat the crowds. Every dish at Big Ed’s is served with the best southern hospitality that Raleigh has to offer.

2. The Morning Times

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee

The Morning Times serves locally brewed coffee and unique house-made menu items in a bi-level bohemian, exposed brick space just down the street from the North Carolina State Capitol building. The upstairs dining area features comfortable seating and an art gallery. Breakfast is served all day, and on the weekend they feature Sunday brunch with a special menu served next door at The Raleigh Times bar. Menu items include breakfast sandwiches, lox, breakfast burritos, French toast, and omelettes.

3. Irregardless Café

Restaurant, Vegan

Irregardless Café has been providing Raleigh with farm fresh, healthy, and innovative meals since 1975. The café was the community’s first vegetarian restaurant and the first restaurant in North Carolina to become a non-smoking establishment. Irregardless Café serves healthy cuisine made from fresh, local ingredients for meat eaters, vegans, and vegetarians and provides live music every night. Their brunch menu offers a selection of breakfast favorites with unique twists, from omelettes to pancakes with plenty of meat, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

4. Centro Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant, Mexican

Centro Mexican Restaurant is family-owned and operated, and was created from Angela Salamanca and her Uncle Carlos’s love of art and fresh, authentic Mexican food. Centro uses as many fresh, organic, and local ingredients as possible in their cuisine in order to support local farmers and provide customers with fresh, healthy meals. Their Saturday brunch menu features Mexican and Columbian dishes, from enchiladas to poblano and grits, as well as traditional brunch cocktails with a Mexican twist, like the Habanero-infused Bloody Maria.

5. Coquette Brasserie

Restaurant, Brasserie, French

Coquette Brasserie is a traditional French brasserie in North Hill’s only French restaurant. Coquette serves top-notch traditional brasserie meals in a beautiful space that transports you right into the heart of Paris. The restaurant’s Sunday brunch menu offers selections of salads, soups, sandwiches, pancakes, French toast, crêpes, fruits, quiches, and eggs. This popular brunch spot has been known to get crowded, so it is best to either come early or make a reservation.

6. Angie’s Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan

Angie’s Restaurant serves traditional southern breakfast all day in a charming and homey setting. The owner, Angie Mikus, is always bustling around, making sure diners receive great service worthy. Angie’s Restaurant maintains an atmosphere of friendship and comfort. The restaurant’s breakfast menu offers selections of southern home-style breakfast favorites including breakfast platters of ham and sausages, biscuits and breakfast sandwiches, Angie’s omelettes, French toast, hot cakes, and Belgian waffles.

7. Jubala Village Coffee

Cafe, Coffee

Jubala Village Coffee is a community coffee shop where customers can relax with a morning cup of perfectly roasted coffee while enjoying a delicious bite to eat. In addition to some fantastic espresso drinks and coffee sourced from around the world, Jubala Village Coffee’s menu offers their highly addictive sweet biscuits that are made from scratch; house-made granola and yogurt, oatmeal and fruit; authentic liege waffles prepared with pearl sugar that caramelizes to form a crispy coating; and hot-pressed sandwiches.

8. Barry’s Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, American

Barry’s Cafe is a family restaurant that serves homemade breakfast all day. From his café, the owner, Barry Doyle, created the Feed the Firefighters Foundation, which provides food to firefighters during emergencies of long duration. The cafe’s breakfast menu offers a selection of egg platters, omelettes, pancakes, waffles, cinnamon French toast, sausage gravy and biscuits, and sandwiches and biscuits. The cafe also offers a gluten-free and allergy menu with lactose-free, egg-free, and nut-free options.

9. Mandolin

Bar, Pub Grub

Mandolin serves modern American and southern cuisine with influences from around the world in a refined bistro space. Mandolin uses high quality fresh and local ingredients to create seasonal menus to support a sustainable local economy. Because of this, menus change daily but customers can expect their weekend brunch menu to offer classic southern favorites such as shrimp and grits, country ham, house-smoked bacon, and egg dishes made with an original flair. They also offer freshly squeezed orange juice, French pressed coffee, and signature brunch cocktails, like the Bloody Mandolin.

10. Battistella’s Restaurant

Restaurant, Cajun

Battistella’s Restaurant is an upscale southern restaurant serving traditional New Orleans and Louisiana-style cuisine. They source their products from farms and fishermen across the southeast to make their fresh classic southern and original dishes infused with a distinctive Creole and Cajun flair. On Battistella’s Sunday brunch menu, you can expect to find selections such as gumbo, biscuits and gravy, pain perdu, a North Carolina crab and spinach omelette, shrimp and grits, and the brunch burger

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