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Greensboro NC breakfast

I'll be in Greensboro, NC for a wedding this weekend - my family's normal spot for breakfast and lunch is Jan's House on West Market. We enjoy the breakfasts, burgers, sweet tea, etc....

I want to know if there are any other places we should try instead....particularly somewhere that makes better Southern breakfasts. Still looking for somewhere cheap and casual, and not too far away from this part of Greensboro.

Any suggestions? Or should we stick with Jan's House?

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  1. Have not been to jan's but I do hope you get an answer. I go for the place across from sheets on wendover. They don't do their own biscuits but where else but home can you get liver pudding at 3 am.My goal is a place that serves liver pudding and makes their own fluffy biscuits and is not 5 miles outside the city

    What features bring back to Jan's?

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    1. re: quazi

      It's kinda greasy, but it's the kind of southern breakfast we're usually looking for. Nice that the breakfast dishes are served 24 hrs a day. I also remember liking the paddy melt. Pretty good breakfasts (eggs, grits, etc) and sweet tea. I can't remember the biscuits very clearly.

      It's pretty close to where my relatives live, so that makes it a good choice for us (we are from MA and CA)...but we'd be willing to drive a little further for something better - though no one will be complaining if we're back at Jan's either.

      Dave MP

      1. re: Hushpuppy

        Skip herbies. They microwave their eggs. Need I say more.

        The place on Wendover is Jakes.

        1. re: quazi

          Last I was there I got eggs poached medium as ordered. If they nuked 'em, I'd like to learn that trick. Second on Jake's. Is Spring Valley Restaurant on Randleman Rd.still open? Used to get truly great sausage gravy biscuits there.

          1. re: Hushpuppy

            I went to herbies on battleground and asked for two poached softly. THey said they microwave all their eggs. THe guy tried to poch them in the microwave to truly lackluster result. I had the pancakes instead

      2. Smith Street Diner on Battleground may fit your bill. It is owned by the same people who own Bistro Sofia. Good southern breakfasts and Counter Culture coffee. They even serve foie gras (which doesn't really fit the ambiance) but I have never ordered it there.

        1. Tex and Shirleys in Friendly Center!

          1. Tex and Shirley's in the Friendly Center. Breakfast all day

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            1. re: wfl2

              Is it better than Jan's? If so, how?

              1. re: Dave MP

                I don't know that I'd say its better, but its different in that Tex and Shirley's has a more extensive menu and is more of a restaurant, as opposed to a diner like Jan's. All seating is at tables, for example, there is no counter like Jan's.

            2. Nothing beats Smith Street Diner downtown. Great food and great atmosphere. Supporting Greensboro's growing center city isnt a bad idea either.

              1. Speaking of breakfast in G'boro....we frequently go to the Colfax farmer's market on Saturday mornings but eat before we go. Has anyone been to The Moose Cafe and can report back? With the cost of fuel these days it'd be nice to know if they're worth a visit. Sorry to go slightly off topic...just didn't seem broad enough of a topic to start a new post.

                1. Just got back to San Francisco after a nice weekend in Greensboro. We ended up having a few more meals than expected.

                  On Saturday we had a late breakfast at Jan's. It was about the same as I remembered - nothing too special, but overall pretty decent. I had a waffle (not bad, good vanilla-ey taste) with eggs and grits. Others had various combinations of eggs, sausage (the patties are good and spicy), and toast. We didn't have any biscuits here. Good diner food, and the location was convenient for us that day.

                  Today (Monday) we had an early breakfast at Smith Street Diner. This was great, and I felt like the food was perhaps slightly better than Jan's. The biscuits were great, the grits were good (better than they were at Jan's), sausage patty wasn't that good though. I didn't see any foie gras on the menu, though I guess I didn't look that hard. Someone else had a breakfast sandwich of fried chicken on a biscuit which looked awesome.

                  Later in the day, my brother and I checked out Stamey's, which we were told was the best BBQ in Greensboro - we briefly considered a side-trip to Lexington, NC, which apparently has better BBQ, but we didn't have time to do this. Anyway, Stamey's was good - I had chopped pork, and he had sliced - with hush puppies, slaw and sweet tea. I don't think I'm a huge fan of (let alone expert in) North Carolina vinegar-based BBQ, so I thought the meal was OK but nothing too special. Certainly fast, friendly and cheap though, and I liked the hush puppies.

                  Finally, on Sunday, I went with my family to the Colfax Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market. This was a lot of fun - lots of nice looking fruit for sale (and about 2 million bees flying everywhere). We sampled some peaches, though nothing tasted any better than peaches I'm getting here in CA. We bought a container of muscadines, which I don't think I'd had before - to be exact, I think we had scuppernongs - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scuppernong . To me they tasted a bit like concord grapes. We also had some excellent sorbet/ices from a stand outside (peach and strawberry), and we also bought a few plums. Inside the retail building I bought some packaged country ham, as well as some BBQ sauce to bring home. This morning (Monday) we swung by the market again, and offerings were definitely slimmer - so Sunday seems like the best day to go.

                  Dave MP