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I have a breakfast meeting next week in Raleigh- where should we go? We could meet downtown, but the meeting is in the New Hope Church Rd., New Bern Rd., Capital Blvd. area, and my first choice is to find someplace around there. I'd like a nice room that is conducive to conversation and good food. I live in Chapel Hill, and if I were here I'd go to Driade, Acme, Elmos, Weathervane...

What do you suggest?

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  1. I've had a hard time finding breakfast/brunch places in this area that were not terrible chains so I'd like to know myself. The last place I had breakfast in that area was Gregory's on Six Forks Rd and it was decent, cute atmosphere, granted this was about 4 years ago.

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    1. re: Madelyne

      I'm pretty sure Gregory's has closed......

    2. You pretty much are out of luck for a nice "business" breakfast in Raleigh. There's a Perkins on Capital as well as a Waffle House but that's probably not what you want. Courtney's near the intersection of SixForks and Wake Forest Rd is OK. I think Brig's is still on Creedmoor near Strickland but I'm not sure. There really isn't a great place in Raleigh for a good breakfast in a non-chain/non-truckstop type atmosphere.

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      1. re: fwbeach

        Brig's was still there 3 weeks ago. Here is their site:
        http://www.brigs.com/

        1. re: meatn3

          Still there, but not worth the effort IMHO.

      2. Big Ed's was awarded a "City's Best 2008" for breakfast in Raleigh. I've never been, though, so can't recommend. Can anyone report on this place?

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

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        1. re: aeron75

          I like the breakfast, but not sure if it is conducive to conversation. The tables are close togeather and it can be hard to hold a conversation.

          1. re: aeron75

            If you're looking for a real Southern breakfast, the kind that will leave you wondering if you even need to eat dinner that night, then this is absolutely the place. Great food, loud atmosphere. I'd take visitors there in a heartbeat but wouldn't consider trying to do business there.

          2. Amen, amen, amen to Big Ed's. Pancakes are out of this world. I'd been told that, and when I went I ordered my usual favorites: 2 OE, bacon, biscuit, grits. And one pancake, please. I was eating alone, and she looked at me a little funny.

            The platter was everything it should be, perfect eggs, particularly tasty bacon. The pancake was good 13" in circumference, 3/4" high, and dreamy good. All was eaten that day, but I learned to choose after that.

            They're also so tasty they don't need anything on top, just rip 'em up and eat 'em with your fingers.

            Have fun.

            1. Pam's Farm House Restaurant on Western Boulevard in Raleigh is good. They just serve breakfast and lunch Monday - Saturday (breakfast only). It's very popular and smoke free! If you happen to be around for lunch the BBQ chicken is fabu!
              http://search.cityguide.aol.com/ralei...

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              1. re: grits girl

                When did they go smoke free? I used to go a lot several years ago--great breakfast and home cooking--but quit going because it was a giant ash tray half the time. Can't wait to go back if it's really smoke free now!!

              2. Don't forget the Farmer's Market.

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                1. re: dvhartley

                  The Farmers' Market restaurant is certainly a good choice for a good breakfast but a very bad choice for a business meeting. The place has all the ambiance of a grade school cafeteria and a similar noise level. Absolutely not conducive to conversation. The tables are too close for privacy and it's way too loud. Good food, though.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    Thanks, everyone for your input- in the end, there weren't any obvious great choices, and the schedule shifted just enough so the breakfast meeting could be lunch in Chapel Hill. I appreciate your help in this!