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Jul 25, 2007 03:44 PM

great southern breakfast

I'm going to be in chapel hill. I'd like to have a great breakfast (sit down place where we can talk) and spend some time with friends that live in Raleigh. I'm hoping to kill two birds with one stone.

Looking for a great southern breakfast place in chapel hill, Raleigh or somewhere in between. I'm looking for nothing fancy but would really like some great southern breakfast food (e.g., ham, grits, biscuits w/ s. gravy). A place that is not going to hurry us along as I would like to eat, talk and drink coffee on a nice saturday morning.

I'd appreciate any thoughts.


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  1. Soup, I've not been to Big Ed's in I can't speak for the quality or the pace of the place, but lots of people seem to like it.

    "Best of Breakfast 2006"

    Big Ed's City Market Rstrnt
    220 Wolfe St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    1. Try the Farmer's Market Restaurant at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh on Lake Wheeler Rd (off I-40 on the south side of Raleigh).

        1. re: ebbatten

          Some of the reviews of Dip's have not been good at all.

          I haven't been back in years in part because of these reviews and the opinions posted here. YMMV...

        2. Big Ed's is very good; southern food is their specialty and breakfast, especially on the weekend is a treat.
          Johnson's Farmhouse in Youngsville (maybe too far for you to drive) has a nice weekend buffet breakfast that won't break the bank. Has items like smoked sausage and fatback on there, things a lot of other places don't have.
          For a regional chain, the Brigs' restaurants aren't too bad and they're located around the triangle.

          1. We like Big Ed's in downtown Raleigh for Southern food. I've never been for breakfast, only lunch, but if it's a Southern breakfast you want, I'm pretty sure that Big Ed's would be a good bet. Southern atmosphere, too, although perhaps a touch noisy. It's one big room with all sorts of farming paraphanelia hung all over the walls and on shelves along the ceiling. If I remember correctly, red and white checked tableclothes. Someone else recommended Briggs. Briggs isn't bad, it's just has less atmosphere and isn't as in your face Southern. Pretty standard fare. Hasn't been redecorated since the 80s probably. I'm guessing that your Raleigh friends will have an opinion as to where to go according to where they live. The two restaurants are almost 1/2 an hour apart. There is also Courtneys, which is a diner like restaurant. There are a bunch of them around the Triangle. Standard breakfast fare. Nothing special but more homey than Denny's or IHOP.