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Market Restaurant in Raleigh

Has anyone tried this place? Just learned about it through a listserv posting from NC State. Sounds good--locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The brunch menu for this Sunday, 2/20, sounds totally delicious. Curious if it is worth that long haul from Chapel Hill to Raleigh.

Sunday Brunch - 2.20.2011

French Quarter Style Beignets $7
drizzled with local honey

Chai Tea French Toast $10
crispy baked french toast served in our homemade chai tea reduction with a side of sweet glazed bacon or vegan sausage (vegetarian)

Farm Hand Eggs Benedict $11
sweet potato biscuits topped with shredded pork BBQ with a poached eggs and a side of stone ground grits

Fall Pancakes $9
whole wheat pancakes with sauteed cinnamon apples served with sweet glazed bacon or vegan sausage (vegan)

Farmers Market Omelette $10
prepared with local eggs and vegetables topped with Hollandaise and served with side of fruit Quinoa (vegetarian)

Grits and "Grillades" $12
creamy stone ground grits topped with house duck sausage and mushroom gravy

Pumpkins Last Stand $9
crepes with pumpkin maple cream cheese filling and toasted pecans served with sweet glazed bacon or veg.sausage (vegetarian)

"Chorizo" Scramble Taco $9
marinated tofu scrambled with potato and vegan "chorizo" dressed with salsa fresca and a side of fruit Quinoa (vegan)

Huevos Mercado $12
slow roasted goat, black beans, sunny side up eggs, salsa verde, avocadoes, and queso fresco atop fresh corn tortillas

Drinks
Bar service starts at 12pm

Joe Van Gogh Coffee and assorted Hot Teas

Fresh Squeezed OJ - $3

Fresh Apple Juice - $3

Housemade Soy Milk - $3

Market Bloody Mary - $7

Chai Tai - with kracken rum - $6

Blount Street Daisy - $7

Kicked-up Coffee
Joe Van Gogh coffee with house infused chocolate coffee liqeur topped with fresh vanilla whipped cream $6

Peppermint Joe
homemade irish cream and mint syrup in Joe Van Gogh coffee $6

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French Quarter
321 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Joe Van Gogh
1104 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705

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    1. Only been to Market Restaurant once and I thought it was ok. Casual neighborhood eatery type place with a gourmet twist. I think the main appeal of the place is that it's in an odd spot of Raleigh where there isn't much else. But thankfully Escazu Chocolates is right next door.

      Admittedly the brunch menu does look pretty good but I'd be just as happy eating at Acme or Watts. FWIW

      1. I've had dinner and lunch there and both were quite good, if not great. Still, it's a place I would go back to, especially with that kind of menu for brunch. Thanks for posting the menu; maybe I'll head over there this Sunday too! As RonboNC mentioned, Escazu chocolates (next door) is awesome, but I believe they are closed on Sundays. I really like the vibe of Market, and the fact that the menu offers stuff you don't see at every other place. It's a good place for Raleigh, but Poole's Diner is the best bet for brunch in the city.

        1. I agree with RoboNC in that I think the location is partly the appeal. I like that it's kind of hidden off in a neighborhood where you wouldn't expect it. I may be a bit more enthusiastic about what I've tried there - been three times, twice for lunch, once for dinner - than he is though. I've never been unhappy with things, but I've never been wildly excited either. The presentation of items always seems just a bit off; however, some things that looked a little ugly on the plate turned out to be pretty tasty.

          The prices aren't bad and it's got a nice laid-back vibe. They appear to be shooting for: casual moderately priced, neighborhood feel, and pretty decent food. I think they succeed at that, and it's a place that I plan to return to when I'm in that kind of mood, and I will definetely give them a shot for brunch. I could see them doing a pretty good job with that sort of thing.

          1. I enjoyed it and well there is escazu next door. I don't quite remember how the price matched up with the food (in comparison to say Parker and Otis or NOFO), but myself, fiancee and future In-Laws like it.