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jean9 Oct 30, 2008 10:20 AM

Hi everyone. I have family coming into town for a wedding and they would like to meet up for breakfast on Saturday. They need to be ready for the wedding by two so I think I need to get them back to the hotel by Noon, which has me wondering... where can we go for breakfast / brunch that will meet the time frame? Type of food is not important but quality is. If it helps my favorite place for brunch in the area is Piedmont.

They are staying downtown so someplace within walking distance would be great. Poole's opens for brunch at 10:30 and is close to the hotel. Has anyone been and do you think we could get in and out in about an hour?

Thanks in advance!

  1. f
    fallingup Nov 4, 2008 09:27 AM

    I was about to recommend Finch's in downtown Raleigh, local legend, but they take forever. So just a head's up in case you were considering them.

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    1. re: fallingup
      jean9 Nov 4, 2008 10:41 AM

      Thanks for the recommendation for Finch's. I have always wanted to go and never been. We went for breakfast last weekend and ended up at Bid Ed's. It was pretty good and my family enjoyed the band playing outside as well as our waitresses accent (they are from NY). Thanks for all the recs!

      1. re: fallingup
        goodeatsinadive Nov 4, 2008 04:29 PM

        Biggest problem with Finch's is that the place is just plain nasty.

        1. re: goodeatsinadive
          fallingup Nov 8, 2008 07:11 AM

          Really? It's not shiny but it's not dirty either. I guess I haven't been in a while. Their service is damn slow though.

          1. re: fallingup
            DC Gal Nov 9, 2008 05:51 PM

            Big Ed's at City Market is about as Raleigh -local as you can get. In fact, my husband and all our groomsmen had a wedding day breakfast there the day of our wedding 9 years ago! Nothing fancy, but good eatin'!

      2. k
        klar Oct 31, 2008 11:49 AM

        yes, poole's is an excellent choice. be sure to be there right away, as poole's is literally a slow-food joint.

        humble pie also has great brunches and is located downtown.

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        1. re: klar
          jean9 Oct 31, 2008 03:13 PM

          I was looking at Humble pie but from the web it looks like they only have brunch on sundays

        2. c
          cackalackie Oct 31, 2008 10:10 AM

          Poole's is great. However the only issue is timeliness. Having said that - if you get there right when they open, I'd imagine you'd fare better. The key is to get your order in before they all pile up, I believe. It's a great place with a cool vibe and good food.

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