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pauldude_in_durham Jul 17, 2010 07:17 AM

Dear Chowhound,
I live in Durham, NC, and have had a hard time finding a really good place for breakfast. Any suggestions?

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    mdv31616 Jul 17, 2010 01:08 PM

    The best breakfast place in the Triangle is Breadman's in Chapel Hill. I think a bit better than Elmo's (Durhan/CH) but similar $$/type. They have great pancakes and omelettes. Choice of sunflower toast (biscuits are up and down). and not a breakfast item but try the chocolate cake, served warm, no icing but powdered sugar.
    As to breakfast in Durham?? Watt's Grocery on broad street. Definately upscale compared to Breadmans. Amy (owner/chef) promotes local ingredients. My favorite in Durham.

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    Watt's Grocery
    1116 Broad St Ste 100, Durham, NC 27705

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      marisold Jul 17, 2010 04:28 PM

      Have you tried Brig's at the Park on Hwy 55? We drive from Greensboro to get breakfast there. They have interesting omelet creations--my favorite is the Ultimate Omelet with smoked turkey, cream cheese, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and broccoli--but they have more traditional ones, too. My husband goes for the skillets that combine fried potatoes, meat, cheese, and vegetables, and a fried egg. The pancakes and waffles are good, too.The menu is varied, the service is always good, and we've liked everything we've ever tried.

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        jsb23nc Jul 17, 2010 08:48 PM

        I would rank Brig's #1 with Elmo's #2 (I prefer the Chapel Hill location to the Durham locatoin but they are equivalent). Unfortunately, Breadman's in Chapel Hill has dropped a bit in the past few years.

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          jonfrank604 Jul 18, 2010 06:45 AM

          Brig's is very good, lots of options...tons of different kinds of benedicts...We also like Mad Hatters on main street for breakfast, very fresh!...and you can get awesome deserts for later!

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        TerryG Jul 18, 2010 05:38 PM

        Brig's is chain restaurant food to me (heavy and gussied up) and I've consistently been disappointed with Elmo's. I've never been, but I just learned that Parker & Otis (nr. Brightleaf Sq) serves breakfast every day and I bet it's fresh and good.

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        Parker & Otis
        112 S Duke St, Durham, NC 27701

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          burgeoningfoodie Jul 19, 2010 05:42 AM

          I think Benetis (near Papa Mojos) does breakfast and I would imagine Scratch Bake does some form of breakfast. Rick's Diner I would believe also does breakfast. Are you looking for something special? Foster's does breakfast, but it's overpriced to me. I mean what are you looking for? I make my own breakfast and only do breakfast out on vacations or if I'm running late.

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          Benetis Restaurant
          5410 Nc Highway 55 Ste Q, Durham, NC 27713

          Rick's Diner
          4015 University Dr Ste A2, Durham, NC 27707

          1. ToothTooth Jul 19, 2010 06:08 AM

            Rick's Diner serves breakfast all day, everyday. Are you looking for weekday breakfast places or weekend/brunch places?

            For weekday options my order of preference would be Guglhupf, Foster's, Parker & Otis, Rick's Diner, or Saladelia Cafe.

            For weekend/brunch places you will NEVER go wrong with Piedmont, Vin Rouge, Watt's Grocery, Rue Cler, Tonali, Guglhupf or Papa Mojos.

            For what its worth, I went to Scratch bakery for the first time this past Saturday morning and they had some really good breakfast offerings. Not a huge variety of choices, but all high quality stuff. There were some egg dishes, but the real star was a slice of tomato pie (not pizza, a TOMATO PIE) that was out of this world. In fact, I ended up buying a whole tomato pie to take home.

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            Rue Cler Restaurant
            401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

            Vin Rouge
            2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

            Saladelia Cafe
            4201 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707

            Tonali Restaurant
            3642 Shannon Rd Ste 1, Durham, NC 27707

            Watt's Grocery
            1116 Broad St Ste 100, Durham, NC 27705

            Parker & Otis
            112 S Duke St, Durham, NC 27701

            Rick's Diner
            4015 University Dr Ste A2, Durham, NC 27707

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              bbqme Jul 19, 2010 10:46 PM

              I haven't been in awhile but I've enjoyed breakfasts at Rick's Diner too. It is a great place as a meat and two for lunch too.

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              Rick's Diner
              4015 University Dr Ste A2, Durham, NC 27707

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                Remsleep Jul 21, 2010 08:20 AM

                Be aware that Rick's has moved from University -- the address given in the right-hand sidebar -- to Shannon Road by the P.O. I haven't been there since the move, but it was my hands-down favorite for a cooked breakfast in D/CH.

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                  jonfrank604 Jul 25, 2010 11:17 AM

                  Alivia's on main st is really good too!

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