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Affordable Raleigh Brunch?

lcw_nc Apr 23, 2012 09:59 PM

I'd expected that this would have been well covered but didn't see anything when I searched.

My friends and I are getting into the Sunday brunch habit and since we have a range of incomes (including several grad students) we'd like to find places with interesting food/atmosphere but with good value. Assume about $12 per person or so.

Please don't say Briggs, IHOP, Denny's, or Waffle House without a smiley or two.


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  1. brsmith2 RE: lcw_nc Apr 24, 2012 03:33 AM

    What's great about brunch is you can often eat at some great places for about the price you mentioned. I would suggest Beasley's Chicken & Honey, Market Restaurant, Mandolin, Coquette, or Battistella's.

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      Guilty Gourmand RE: brsmith2 Apr 24, 2012 06:24 AM

      Porters and 518 have some good and reasonably priced offerings in an inviting atmosphere.

    2. klmonline RE: lcw_nc Apr 24, 2012 06:29 AM

      I have enjoyed the all you can eat Sunday brunch at Cantina South on Glenwood. It's $15, so just a bit above your target price, but lots of options and an easy-going pleasant atmosphere.

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        veganhater RE: lcw_nc Apr 24, 2012 07:01 AM

        If a ride to Durham is ok, you need to check out scratch. It is small and hard to get a table, but the food is worth it. Very reasonable, awesome coffee and plenty of baked goods to take home

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          burgeoningfoodie RE: lcw_nc Apr 25, 2012 06:58 AM

          I've been to Market and Coquette and like both. What about Wilmoore Cafe? Not sure if there is some place nice like Fraziers that is doing brunch. Actually I'm not sure who does and doesn't do brunch anymore. Would someone be willing to add to this thread a list of places (by city) that do brunch and then list whether they do Sat, Sun or both? I'd also vote for Dame's Chicken and Waffles (in Durham) all meals are in the 10-12 dollar range and are filling, but they close on Sundays at 3 I believe.

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            cackalackie RE: lcw_nc Apr 25, 2012 08:22 AM

            I haven't been yet, but my friends swear by the PR (Players Retreat). They say the brunch food is amazing - and it's very reasonably priced. Humble Pie is one of my go-tos. And you can't beat Nofo for Shrimp & Grits, French Toast, or a healty fry-up. (And their juice and coffee are good!)

            We went to the buffet at Cantina South recently - and although the food was good, I ended up wishing I'd just gone to Humble Pie for Huevos Rancheros! ($15 is only good if you want to eat a lot of stuff, versus paying $12 for what you wanted all along.)

            1. Tehama RE: lcw_nc Apr 30, 2012 06:08 PM

              Vivace has $10 all you can drink mimosas at brunch on Sundays. Not bad. Not bad at all.....

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                burgeoningfoodie RE: Tehama May 7, 2012 08:47 AM

                Does anyone really need more than 2? Skip the drinks and give me $10 all you can eat food :-p

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                  dinersaurus RE: burgeoningfoodie May 10, 2012 08:09 PM

                  Ha ha.

                  Wait. You're not joking?

              2. arthurb3 RE: lcw_nc May 11, 2012 09:33 AM

                Irregardless Cafe, Ciago's Italian, Neomonde, just to name a few. I would also check out http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/ or other side for Raleigh - not any of the national sites!


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                  tsmyther RE: lcw_nc May 26, 2013 05:31 PM

                  My Lovely Bride and I have been frequenting Helios on Glenwood South on weekend mornings for a year or two. Some interesting selections, which they change out seasonally. The coffee is first rate (counter culture) and properly brewed, no matter how you like it: French Press, espresso drinks, boring old drip - it's all great!
                  The food is equal to the coffee, using mostly local ingredients, cooked and seasoned to perfection. Try the Turkey Avocado sandwich, or the farmer's breakfast. Served til 4 on weekends, be there early for good seating.

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