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Apr 1, 2011 06:37 PM

Where to have Sunday lunch in Raleigh NC?

Please recommend a place for Sunday lunch in Raleigh. I've looked on and nearly all of the places listed are closed on Sundays.

Looking for French, Italian, fish, almost anything really... Will I have to go to a chain restaurant on a Sunday in Raleigh?

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    1. You might want to check for a Sunday brunch spot, there should be several threads on that topic. But I'd take a look at Jibarra (Mexican), Humble Pie (small plates) Capital Club 16 (German-American), State Farmers Market (Southern-basic), etc. There should be plenty of options out there...

      State Farmers Market Restaurant
      1240 Farmers Market Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603

      Jibarra Restaurant
      7420 6 Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

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      1. re: RonboNC

        The Pit is open from 11am to 9pm on Sundays.

        1. re: RonboNC

          The Farmer's Market restaurant is worse than a chain.

          1. re: veganhater

            To each his own people... I've heard just as readily that Vivace sucks but would prefer not to be so negative...

            1. re: RonboNC

              I'll agree with that if you can tell me what at the Farmer's Market is worth a trip. I've been there six times with hopes they use the bounty of the market right next to them, but they don't. The food is miserable and they constantly use products that are not sourced from the farmers right next door. I'll highlight (as I have before) their use of whipped spread, smuckers jelly packets, canned string beans, frozen french fries, bacon not from local sources, and in general a complete lack of concern for the source of their food. I would love to use the bounty they have at their disposal, as would anyone with an interest in the pedigree of their food.

              Vivace is an inviting space with a great beverage program. They source produce,
              meat and fish intelligently, and cook with a sense of passion. I have had dishes there that were underwhelming, but the effort in trying to cook at a high level is worth the visit even when they miss a bit. Compare the two restaurants, since you recommended the Farmer's Market and mentioned Vivace disparagingly, as far as service, beverage program, product sourcing, ambiance and menu are considered. This is based on the brunch I recommended at Vivace and the one you recommended at the NC State Farmer's Market.

              1. re: veganhater

                The restaurant at the farmer's market used to be decent, but then it was taken over by the same people who own Gypsy's Shiny Diner in Cary--the only diner I know of (and I've known a few) that refuses to stock butter. They will only use margarine, as per the owner's orders. (Utterly, utterly ridiculous, in my opinion.)
                Anyway, since the ownership change, the restaurant at the state farmer's market has gone to a menu entirely supported by Sysco. It's a crying shame.

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

                1. re: sisterbeer

                  It is disappointing how bad this place has become over the years. I am embarrassed that folks who come to visit Raleigh go there thinking they are going to get something special, and get such hum drum food. How can a place that truly should be a shining example of NC products give us such a bad image, and have such a consistent low sanitation rating. How can the owner keep her contract with the NC Dept. of Ag.

        2. Did you check Coquette? They have a brunch menu but I can't seem to see whether or not that is just for Saturdays or for all days or when ...

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          1. re: LulusMom

            Coquette is definitely open for Sunday brunch. Their quiche is particularly good.

            Poole's Diner also serves Sunday brunch, as does Porter's on Hillsborough Street.

          2. 518 West is fantastic. Alternately, I hear dim sum house in Morrisville is great!