Best Brunch Spots In Raleigh, North Carolina

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Shay Lee

There is much to see and do in the capital city of North Carolina. There are also many restaurants in Raleigh which are great at satisfying breakfast and brunch hunger cravings. Here is a list of the 10 best spots.

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Brigs Great Beginnings Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $
Since 1988, Brigs Great Beginnings Restaurant has served award-winning breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches in a comfortable atmosphere. To keep customers coming back for more, the restaurant constantly updates its style. Each week, there is a new omelet. Diners can taste a new Benedict, sandwich, and/or griddle every month. For visitors who prefer salads and sandwiches, Brigs Great Beginnings Restaurant creates new salads and sandwiches every one to two weeks. Regular or new diners can suggest ideas for the menu, as the staff is always happy to try new culinary experiences.


Restaurant, Mexican, $
Centro serves high-quality Mexican dishes, which is ideal for locals who prefer to ‘grab-and-go’. The meals can be grabbed during brunch and lunch. However, for dinner, the restaurant becomes a full-service restaurant. Diners can taste contemporary and traditional Mexican cuisine. Centro uses fresh organic and local ingredients to provide customers with healthy, flavorful meals. Every Saturday, the restaurant combine Colombian and Mexican styles into the brunch entrees and cocktails. This allows customers to sample bold and different flavors.

Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan
Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant serves traditional American Southern entrees. Guests can enter the restaurant, eat the best Southern meals in the city, and relax with family or friends. In 1958, Big Ed Watkins founded the restaurant and developed recipes by helping his mother prepare food for farm workers. Currently, his restaurant is Raleigh’s number one location for authentic country-style dining. Breakfast and lunch are always cooked to order and the restaurant uses fresh and local products. While diners are in Big Ed’s City Restaurant, they become immersed in Southern culture — the restaurant features meals and pictures of southern life.


Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $
Iris is the model of sophistication. The full-service restaurant showcases contemporary American cuisine in a modern setting. Diners can sample the regional and international flavors of America. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced. Chefs Andy and Jennifer Hicks present culinary works of art in this museum-styled restaurant. The food isn’t the only aspect worth noting, as the ambiance enhances the experience. Iris is open, elegant, and filled with light. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to have a view of the entry court and surrounding gardens. Inside the restaurant, there are sculptures of branches and boughs, which allows diners to enjoy the outdoors while indoors.

Coquette Brasserie

Restaurant, Brasserie, French, $
Known as one of the hottest French spots in town, Coquette Brasserie features French wine, beer, and cocktails. The brasserie meals are usually accompanied by crusty, fresh bread and desserts. Chef Paul Gagne believes in serving top-notch food in a hip surrounding. Guests can come and experience authentic French culture with the meals and atmosphere. Coquette Brasserie is the ideal location for corporate, birthday, and wedding parties. Diners will have a night to remember when they choose this place. The dining room seats 100 and the party room can accommodate 60 guests. The restaurant invites everyone to come and embrace its beautiful style.

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