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Raleigh Breakfast?

blbst36 Aug 30, 2010 08:28 AM

I am looking for a good place to take some out of town friends for breakfast this weekend. I did a search on here, but the last thread was over a year ago. I was hoping to get some more current opinions.

I prefer somewhere in Raleigh, but Knightdale area is also acceptable. I would rather not a chain, but would be more willing if it was a Southern or local chain that they would not experience up north. I have already taken them to Briggs and Courtneys so I don't want to go there.

These are the ones I have in mind now:

- Gypsy Shiny Diner
- Farmer's Market Restaraunt
- Mclean's Ole Time Cafe
- Pam's Farmhouse
- The Flying Biscuit

Thanks in advance!!

  1. b
    blbst36 Oct 18, 2010 08:38 AM

    An update - I have since been to Finch's and Pam's. I think out of the 2, Pam's is the best choice. Finch's was ok, but the service was horrible.

    1. b
      blbst36 Sep 2, 2010 10:11 AM

      Dive's are ok for them. I have heard of Finch's but get mixed reviews - as I do with ALL other breakfast places. Even though Big Ed's seems to be the overwhelming choice in the thread, I have heard that it is not worth the time and price to go there. That they used to be good, but have gone downhill.

      I just may have to take the advice of some friends down here. I don't know about this type of food. I can usually find other cuisines, but not breakfast/brunch

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      1. re: blbst36
        Suzy Q Sep 2, 2010 05:21 PM

        IMHO, Raleigh has a pretty severe lack of great breakfast places. That being said, our usual go-to stops are either Ed's or Pam's. I like the food at both, and the friendly service can't be beat.

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        TerryG Sep 1, 2010 03:52 PM

        Poole's Diner near the convention center in downtown Raleigh has a good Southern-style brunch on Sunday. Used to be Sat as well but apparently they have cut that out.

        1. Naco Sep 1, 2010 01:30 PM

          I don't like the Farmer's Market Restaurant, either. Not really an accurate rendition of country/Southern cooking, and the food goes down about like a bag of Portland cement.

          1. panthur Aug 31, 2010 07:31 PM

            Of those I have been to Flying Biscuit and Farmer's Market. I agree with others that Farmer's Market food is not really that great. Flying Biscuit is pretty good but can be inconsistent. I have a review with pictures on my website: http://demandy.com/flying-biscuit-cafe/. You should try The Diner which is a good (and new) 24hr diner with patio as well as indoor seating on Glenwood Ave or Big Ed's as another person suggested. I hear Mecca is good for breakfast, and has been there forever. You might want to try that for authentic eats too.

            You'll have better luck if you take your friends out for brunch, there are a lot more options for Sunday brunch in Raleigh. I could start naming them but there are too many! I think there is another thread on that.

            Mecca Restaurant
            13 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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

            Farmer's Market Cafe
            63 Chattahoochee St, Helen, GA 30545

            Flying Biscuit Cafe
            2016 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605

            The Diner
            410 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

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            1. re: panthur
              RonboNC Sep 1, 2010 01:13 PM

              Aha, so there you are Demandy! Haven't checked out your blog in ages, will try and catch up with where you been eating...

            2. RonboNC Aug 30, 2010 02:36 PM

              Finch's is definitely old school, great for locals but maybe not as good for visitors. How about Big Ed's in City Market? Would give you the option to walk around downtown Raleigh too.

              I still like the Farmers Market Restaurant because you can then also stroll over to the FM. And of course definitely stop by Krispy Kreme on Person St before heading home!

              Krispy Kreme
              2706 Watson Blvd Ste A, Warner Robins, GA 31093

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              1. re: RonboNC
                rafeco Sep 2, 2010 08:17 AM

                If you go to Big Ed's, be sure to order the grilled biscuits.

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                sisterbeer Aug 30, 2010 01:01 PM

                I forgot to mention, if your friends are into dive joints, Finch's puts out a good breakfast/brunch. It's on Peace Street at the Capital Boulevard overpass.

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                  sisterbeer Aug 30, 2010 12:57 PM

                  I'd say skip Gypsy's Shiny Diner and the Farmer's Market Restaurant--as they are both operated by the same entity. It's not that the food at the Shiny Diner is bad, it's that they don't allow butter on the premises. Why, I do not know--but to me, a great breakfast is ruined by margarine. As for the Farmer's Market Restaurant, the food is nowhere as good as it was prior to this group operating it. It's all Sysco frozen stuff now.

                  Gypsy's Shiny Diner
                  1550 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606

                  Farmer's Market Cafe
                  63 Chattahoochee St, Helen, GA 30545

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