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Raleigh area breakfast options?

I moved here a few years ago and have been delighted with the wide range of delicious dining options. The one category that I have not found a new "go to" spot is breakfast.

I am looking for breakfast served all day (or at least until dinner) in a comfortable atmosphere using local ingredients in interesting ways. Daily specials reflecting the season or the chefs whim would be a plus.

While I know it is annoying as heck to hear newcomers talk about how good ____ was back home, I guess I am hoping to find a Triangle incarnation of my last favorite breakfast place - Sunny Point in Asheville.


Any suggestions (aside from moving!) are appreciated!


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  1. We enjoyed Gypsy's Shiny Diner when we lived in Raleigh. I don't think anything else from there is good though (except their butterfly chips) but we always loved their breakfast offerings.

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    1. re: Lewes17266

      I meant to mention Brig's in Cary too. Brig's was very popular a few years ago. There were often lines outside the door on weekend mornings. I am not sure if they offer breakfast all day.

      1. re: Lewes17266

        Thanks for the reminder of Brigs. I've been to the Raleigh location and like their huge breakfast menu and monthly specials.

        I never think of the Gypsy's Shiny Diner except when I see it during a visit to Grand Asia.
        I'll make an effort to give them a try.

    2. Big Ed's .... City Market;
      Farmer's Market Restaurant;
      and - Finch's... on Peace St. next to Rollins Cleaners/Watkins Shoe Repair.

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      1. re: Tehama

        I haven't tried your 1st and 2nd suggestions. Do they serve breakfast all day?

        I have been to Finch's. They did a good basic, inexpensive breakfast. ISTR they close in the early afternoon? I don't recall local ingredients or specials that were out of the ordinary standards.

      2. Remedy Diner, downtown on Hargett Street, might fit your bill. They don't have a long menu of breakfast-type options, but they are offered all day, and they do use fresh, seasonal ingredients.

        Also, there is the Flying Biscuit in Cameron Village, which is more breakfast-centric. I have only been there a couple of times when it first opened, and the service was so slow and confused that we haven't been back. But if you like their menu, it might be worth giving them a try now that they have had some time to work out the kinks.

        1. State Farmers Market Restaurant is great! They serve breakfast until 3pm and have daily specials. I will 2nd the vote for Brigs & Gregory's is good also. I think everyone in the area should try State Farmers Market restaurant at least once---everything there is very fresh. ( I personally think Gypsys is nothing special)

          It looks like its doesn't have as large or eclectic of a menu as your Sunny Point, but what they have is good and fresh. Sunny Point looks like a great place!

          Here is a review and pictures:

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          1. re: eat2winraleigh

            Gypsy now runs the State Farmers Market Restaurant.

            1. re: eat2winraleigh

              Gregory's in Cary has now closed permanently. I have no details.

            2. Am I the only person who finds Brigs/Gregorys/Courtneys underwhelming? (I lump them all together because I haven't found much diference in their menu's.) I've been there several times, but it's more because of a lack of other options than out of any love for their food.

              Original Pancake House in Columbia...Pancake Pantry in Nashville...I wish I could say Raleigh had ANYTHING comparable.

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              1. re: Suzy Q

                I agree with you completely---other than there is one dish I order at Brigs that is really special--the Knight skillet. Everything else is just OK--I think

                1. re: eat2winraleigh

                  We love Acme for brunch, unfortunately, they only serve it on Sundays. They are inventive and keep it fresh yet still manage to pull off their staples. Try the Orange County Special... trust me.

                  Acme Food & Beverage Co
                  110 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

                2. re: Suzy Q

                  I used to go to the Pancake Pantry in Nashville!

                  Yes, so far I've found decent standard breakfasts in Raleigh. Haven't found much that is really unique. Gaks has a little something extra, but they are very slow, service is friendly but forgetful and it seemed a little to expensive for what you got, I have found a breakfast at Elmo's Diner in Durham that I like. But, I'm in east Raleigh. I was not as happy at their Carboro location.

                  I too end up at Courtneys on occasion due to lack of other options.

                  I really just want a place that puts some creative energy behind non Sysco ingredients...

                  1. re: meatn3

                    Have you been to Foster's Market in Durham? They used to offer breakfast into the afternoon on weekends. I would say their kitchen approached its breakfast specials in creative ways with seasonal and local ingredients.
                    We liked Elmo's for breakfast too. It is not a Chowhound favorite however, I found that out.

                    1. re: Lewes17266

                      I've been to Fosters in C.H. for lunch but was never early enough for breakfast.Once in a while we do a grown up sleep over (no dui's for us!) with friend in the area. Next time I'll try to get to Fosters early! I'm not positive, but I believe their Durham location (by Brightleaf Sq/ Morgan Imports) has changed hands. At the location I think was Fosters I have had a nice lunch.

                      My problem is I'm on an extreme night schedule, so very seldom am I able to catch a normal breakfast service...and that is the one meal I love but do not like to cook!

                  2. re: Suzy Q

                    No, you're not the only one who prefers to avoid Brigs. I can't really find any good reason to go there. I'd honestly rather have a country steak biscuit from Bo's any day.

                    1. re: Suzy Q

                      I'm with ya, Suzy Q! I've been once to each place and will not go back.

                      I do like Elmo's in Durham, though.

                      1. re: Suzy Q

                        Gregory's is one of the few (if not the only) places I've found that does a Monte Cristo sandwich in the area. I've only been there once and that was what I got and enjoyed it.

                      2. It's the time issue that's a problem suggesting a place for you! There are a lot of great brunches in the area but they often stop serving by 2pm. As a night owl, I feel your pain. =) On the weekend, I would also suggest Guglhupf, right next door to Foster's Market in Durham. They serve their brunch menu until 3 on Sundays and I love, LOVE their riff on Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, dill, and scrambled eggs. I do think Brig's is pretty good at the Highway 55 and 54 intersection in Durham, too. You might also want to try George's Diner on Hillsborough in Durham--I haven't been there yet but they do serve breakfast 24 hours. Reviews on the place is mixed, some raves, some rants but I'm reserving judgment until I give it a 3am hunger pain visit.

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                        1. re: thegourmez

                          FYI, George's Diner is no more. Saw a "for rent" sign when I drove past it the other day.

                        2. Apparently Neal's Deli in Carrboro does a breakfast and now Dos Perros in Durham does one (run by the chef/owner of Jujube).

                          Neal's Deli
                          100 E Main St Ste C, Carrboro, NC 27510

                          1. For a dive bfast place I liked Finch's Restaurant. I went with a couple out of town girlfriends after a night of reminiscing and wine drinking. Tried Farmers Market and wan't impressed. Also, don't knock the Cracker Barrell. And I agree about Brigs, over priced and boring.

                            1. I have eaten my way across the breakfast options of Raleigh and they are pretty sad. My favorites have been
                              1) Bob Evan's - suprisingly better than a Denny's or something like that with lots of options. Yes I know it's a chain, a shameless thing for a foodie to recommend.
                              2) Finch's (http://demandy.com/finchs-restaurant/) for that greasy spoon feel and for breakfast under $5.
                              3) Decent cheap breakfast at O'Malley's Tavern (http://demandy.com/omalleys/) off Glenwood Ave.
                              4) Flying Biscuit (http://demandy.com/flying-biscuit-cafe/) I loved but I have heard mixed things about service there (Cameron Village).

                              I agree that Brig's, Courtney's and god forbid Your House are generally crap. I also did not enjoy my overpriced breakfast at Remedy (http://demandy.com/remedy-diner/). I hear Watkins Grille is good downtown but have not made it there.

                              As linked above my blog has some reviews and food pics from these places - http://demandy.com.

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                              1. re: panthur

                                I have to say that I recently ate at a Bob Evans for breakfast and was very pleasantly surprised. Its not great by any stretch, but it was pretty good. There is a Flying Biscuit opening soon near me in Charlotte...I've heard so many good and bad things about it I want to try it myself and see.

                                Is there a Your House in Raleigh? I thought the only YH was in G'boro...I've never seen one anywhere else. Ah, memories from my youth...

                                1. re: carolinadawg

                                  There is a Your House on Capital Blvd in Raleigh. Open 24 hours. Have never eaten there.

                                  Your House Restaurant
                                  5110 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616

                                2. re: panthur

                                  Does Village Deli do a breakfast over in Cameron Village? I know Cafe Carolina probably does some semblance of the rush-to-work breakfast (a la Panera or Brueggers). I was only at Briggs in Durham twice and far apart in my times... I didn't think it was that awful, but the locations may be vastly different. Don't know Raleigh's options. I wonder if that new Diner place on Glenwood does Breakfast All day. What type of a breakfast are you looking for? Does Pam's do breakfast? What about Birds (I think thats what it is called) near Peace St.. or maybe that is Finches..

                                3. We love Brigs for breakfast. Recently stumbled on to another great breakfast restaurant, at Capital Blvd just inside 540, called Mimi's Cafe. Check out their menu at: http://www.mimiscafe.com/ .