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No reservations for Mother's Day? These restaurants don't take them anyway

Posted May 12

The Banana's Foster panckes at Another Broken Egg in North Hills.

— Forgot to make reservations for Mother's Day? These restaurants don't take reservations, so arrive early and be prepared to wait.


Poole's Diner (426 S. McDowell St.) - Ashley Christensen's restaurants don't take reservations and there is typically always a line, especially at this favorite. Take your mom to brunch here, just get there before they open at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will probably be a line.

Beasley's Chicken and Honey (247 S. Wilmington St.) - Chicken and waffle paradise and one of our favorite brunches in town. This is also a hot brunch spot and another Christensen owned gem. They open at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Brewerks Cafe and Bakery (701 E. Lane St.) - Omelets, French toast, breakfast sandwiches are all on the menu at this Oakwood staple.

The Pharmacy Cafe (702 N. Person St.) - A great casual place for lunch or brunch. Definitely check out their breakfast options including fresh biscuits.

Benelux Coffee (402 Oberline Road) - Great coffee and waffles. Mom will love their waffles.

Jubala Coffee (8450 Honeycutt Road) - Located in Lafayette Village, you can take mom here to enjoy homemade biscuits, waffles and delicious coffee. There is also a location off of Hillsborough Street.

Flying Biscuit (2016 Clark Ave.) - Located in Raleigh's Cameron Village shopping center, this restaurant specializes in breakfast (served all day). It was has been named best brunch in the Triangle in our Voters' Choice Awards. While lunch and dinner options are available, the breakfast is just too good to pass up. I'm a big fan of the organic oatmeal pancakes served with peach compote and the French toast. Always get the grits (even if you hate grits!) because they are truly heavenly.

Metro Diner (6325 Falls of Neuse Road) - This north Raleigh restaurant serves up breakfast lunch and dinner. Brunch favorite includes the shrimp and grits, crab cake benedict and fried chicken and waffles.

Another Broken Egg in North Hills

Wake Forest

Main Street Grille Cafe and Bakery (1318 Main St.) - Serving up freshly made doughnuts, baked goods, biscuits and more, this is a great place to grab a low-key breakfast or brunch with mom.

Stewart's Bistro, 3652 Rogers Road) - The pancakes at this place are huge! Treat yourself and get them with chocolate chips. Love the coffee selection here too. A great place the entire family can enjoy. Note that seating is limited though, so be prepared to wait for a table on the weekends.

Cary and Apex

La Farm Bakery, 4248 NW Cary Parkway, Cary) - Coffee, pastries and fresh baked bread help make this one of our favorite bakeries. It is also one of our favorite breakfast spots. It's also a multiple Out and About's Voters' Choice Award winner.

The Egg & I (1104 Ledsome Lane, Cary) - Omelets, French toast and the typically breakfast fare help make this a great go-to option for Mother's Day.

Chanticleer Cafe and Bakery (6490 Tryon Road, Cary) - Fresh baked pastries, coffee and a great breakfast selection including a toasted berry Panini.

Toast Cafe (316 Colonades Way, Cary) - The breakfast is served all day here and is definitely worth checking out. Try their banana and peanut butter stuffed French toast.

The Belgian Cafe (1232 W. Williams St., Apex) - This gem serves up authentic Belgian waffles, among other breakfast items.

Another Broken Egg in North Hills

Chapel Hill and Carrboro

The Root Cellar (750 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill) - Breakfast and lunch options are tasty here. Try the breakfast Quesadilla or the French toast.

The Breakaway Cafe (58 Chapelton Ct., Chapel Hill) - The breakfast menu includes vanilla buttermilk pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and omelets.

Cafe Carrboro (401 E. Main St., Carrboro) - This coffee shop also serves up a tasty brunch that includes items like French toast brulee.

Olio and Aceto Cafe (400 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill) - A great weekend option, as their menu includes skillets and a decadent cinnamon French toast.

Something Different Cafe (431 W. Franklin St. Chapel Hill) - Their waffle crepes are definitely something different and delicious. They offer savory and sweet so take your pick.


Foster's Market (2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.) - This market and restaurant is a great place to shop and dine. We love their ample outdoor seating.

Parker and Otis (112 S. Duke St.) - Another great shopping and dining spot in the Bull City. They keep it simple with a few egg dishes and biscuits.

True Flavors Diner (5410 Hwy 55) - A great place to indulge in some Southern food. This restaurant serves up items including a lump crab meat omelet, duck hash and fresh-made biscuits.

Elmo's Diner (776 9th St.) - Breakfast is served all day at this Durham diner. There are a variety of omelets, pancakes and other breakfast favorites. There is also an Elmo's Diner in Carrboro.

Geer Street Garden (644 Foster St.) - This is a great spot for brunch with a cute outdoor patio, plus they are near Fullsteam so you can take mom for a beer after.

Scratch (111 Orange St.) - Treat yourself to brunch, including one of their buttermilk biscuits with First Hand sausage and bacon jam, and then get one of their pies to go.

Various locations

Brig's restaurant (Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest and Durham) - Named best breakfast in the Triangle in Out and About's Voters' Choice Awards, this restaurant serves up fresh breakfast items (pancakes, omelets, benedicts, waffles) and delicious lunch options. All locations are open 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Another Broken Egg (North Hills, Morrisville, Cary and Durham) - This breakfast, brunch and lunch spot serves up scrambled skillets, omelets, waffles, salads and burgers. My favorite item is their Banana's Foster Belgian Waffle. They are not longer taking reservations, but you can can ahead 30 minutes before you get there to get on the list.

First Watch (Raleigh and Cary) - This breakfast joint offers the traditional favorites and some twists including Chia bowls and avocado hash.


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