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List: Best brunch spots in the Triangle

Brunch is a hot topic lately. But where can you find the best brunch in the Triangle?

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Kathy Hanrahan
RALEIGH, N.C. — The brunch bill, which allows alcohol sales before noon on Sundays, has passed the state legislature. Now it is up to each city to approve and enact it. But where can you find the best brunch in the Triangle?
Chicken and Waffles pizza at Pizza La Stella in downtown Raleigh.

Here are some of Out and About's favorite places for brunch:


Poole's Diner (426 S. McDowell St.) - Ashley Christensen's restaurants are known for its great food, especially this gem that recently started serving brunch again. Note: This place doesn't take reservations so arrive early or expect to wait in 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. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Nofo at the Pig (2014 Fairview Road) - One of our favorite brunch places! Located in Five Points, the restaurant is open 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The brunch menu features their heavenly shrimp and grits. We are also a fan of their buttermilk fried chicken and eggs. This place gets crowded, but don't let the long line scare you off. You can always go upstairs and shop while you wait for a table.
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.
Buku (110 E. Davie St.) - This downtown Raleigh restaurant's brunch buffet features omelet, Belgian waffle and meat carving stations, in addition to hot dishes (Biryani rice with Curried Vegetables, fried chicken, mac and cheese), salads and baked goods.
Metro Diner (6325 Falls of Neuse Road) - This north Raleigh restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brunch favorites include the shrimp and grits, crab cake benedict and fried chicken and waffles.
Tupelo Honey (425 Oberlin Road) - There are sweet and savory options, but we are obsessed with the Shoo Mercy Sweet Potato Pancakes. They are topped with fried chicken and bacon. If that isn't sweet enough for you, they also have banana pudding layered pancakes featuring a rum sauce.
Coquette Brasserie (4351 The Circle at North Hills St.) - This French restaurant is located at North Hills. The brunch menu is a great mix of sweet and savory –French toast, Nutella and Banana crepes, Monte Cristo sandwiches and a variety of quiches.
Soca Raleigh (2130 Clark Ave.) - This Cameron Vlilage restaurant is serving up Jamaican shrimp and grits, churro waffles and much more at brunch. There is also pork belly benedict on the menu.
Winston's Grille (6401 Falls of Neuse Road) - This north Raleigh favorite is a great option for brunch on Sundays. They serve up chicken and biscuits, omelets and even a brunch quesadilla.
Irregardless (901 W. Morgan St.) - One of our favorite brunch locations, this restaurant has a great variety. You can dine on one of their many egg dishes or opt for a scratch-made pancake or waffle. They also serve up entrees including shrimp and grits and crab cake eggs benedict.
Iris at the N.C. Museum of Art (2110 Blue Ridge Road) - This is a beautiful location to enjoy brunch. The menu includes the Oak City benedict, which features rosemary-cured ham and fried green tomatoes, lemon poppyseed waffles and more.
Tazza Kitchen (432 Woodburn Road) - Buttermilk drop biscuits, huevos rancheros, spicy sausage and black pepper honey pizza are all part of this Cameron Village restaurant's brunch menu.
Provenance (120 E. Martin St.) - A great menu offering steak and eggs, strawberry pancakes and French toast with house-made challah topped with peaches.
Mandolin (2519 Fairview Road) - The menu changes according to what's in season, so you know the ingredients are fresh. Shrimp and grits, house-smoked bacon and specialty omelets are part of what makes this place a perfect brunch option.
Pizza La Stella (219 Fayetteville St.) - Located in downtown Raleigh, this pizza place serves up a mix of breakfast skillets, the spicy Blood Mary's Revenge includes Bloody Mary vodka sauce, fried eggs and Italian sausage, and breakfast pizzas (try the Chicken and Waffles 'Za). It is also the only place you can get Smash Waffles before the North Carolina company opens its own storefront.
Bloody Marys come topped with curry shrimp at disco brunch at The Durham.

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.


La Farm Bakery (4248 NW Cary Parkway) - 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.
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen (7307 Tryon Road) - The menu includes twice-baked creamy grits, which are mixed with bacon, white cheddar and green onions, "Stuff on a Biscuit," which has chipped beef gravy over homemade biscuits, and a fried green tomato and bacon benedict.
Dean's Kitchen and Bar (1080 Darrington Drive) - The Sunday brunch buffet includes made to order pancakes, omeletes and waffles, shrimp and grits, oysters in the half shell, a s'mores station and much more.
Chanticleer Cafe and Bakery (6490 Tryon Road) - Fresh baked pastries, coffee and a great breakfast selection including a toasted berry Panini.
Dame's Chicken and Waffles (819 Bass Pro Lane) - If you haven't been to Dame's, it is famous for its chicken on top of golden waffles served with "shmears," warm syrup and powdered sugar. Shmears are made with sweet crème butters that have been whipped. Shmear flavors include maple pecan, vanilla, chocolate hazelnut and toasted almond. Just go there and leave no carb behind.

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.
Crossroads Chapel Hill at the Carolina Inn (211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill) - The Sunday brunch buffet includes everything from bread pudding to smoked salmon. They also offer a fully loaded omelet station.
Crook's Corner (610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill) - Baked French toast, sausage cinnamon rolls with lemon cream cheese frosting and much more options await you at this Chapel Hill staple.
Tandem (200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro) - In addition to traditional brunch offerings (French toast, pancakes, eggs Florentine), Tandem serves some specialty dishes like Moroccan eggs shakshouka.
Provence of Carrboro (203 W. Weaver St.) - This hidden gem serves up a tasty French brunch with fried beignets, Croque Madame and smoked salmon eggs benedict.
Venable (200 N. Greensboro St.) - Located in Carr Mill Mall, this rotisserie bistro has a mix of dishes for brunch including fried chicken with eggs, sausage gravy and a biscuit, huevos rancheros and waffles.


Dame's Chicken and Waffles (317 W. Main St.) - If you haven't been to Dame's, it is famous for its chicken on top of golden waffles served with "shmears," warm syrup and powdered sugar. Shmears are made with sweet crème butters that have been whipped. Shmear flavors include maple pecan, vanilla, chocolate hazelnut and toasted almond. Just go there and leave no carb behind.
Harvest 18 (8128 Renaissance Parkway, Durham) - Located in the Southpoint area, this restaurant serves brunch Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m. Get the brisket and egg tacos. Just do it.
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. They also serve an outstanding breakfast with several weekend brunch specials.
Rue Cler (401 E. Chapel Hill St.) - This French eatery has a great mix of sweet and savory options, including fresh beignets and duck confit crepes.
A Croque Madame (grilled ham and gruyere sandwich topped with fried eggs) from Rue Cler in Durham.
Watt's Grocery (1116 Broad St.) - This is a hot spot for brunch so arrive early. The brunch menu includes Bill Neal's famous shrimp and grits, in addition to other tasty options.
Guglhupf Bakery & Patisserie (2706 Chapel Hill Road) - A great outdoor dining space helps make this location a wonderful pick when the weather is nice. The brunch plates include shiitake mushroom omelettes, buttermilk pancakes and a host of sandwiches. Also check out their bar for coffee and tea options and specialty brunch cocktails.
An absolutely luscious cream puff from Guglhupf bakery in Durham.
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 grab 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 inthe 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.