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A comprehensive guide to brunch in Raleigh for Easter and Mother’s Day

Country Breakfast at Raleigh's Driftwood Southern Kitchen.
Country Breakfast at Raleigh's Driftwood Southern Kitchen.
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If thoughts of bottomless mimosas and warm, flaky biscuits are swirling around in your head, it may be time for brunch. And with Easter and Mother’s Day around the corner, you can plan ahead with a comprehensive guide to Raleigh brunch.

Another Broken Egg Café

Located in the North Hills shopping center, Another Broken Egg Café can meet all your brunching needs. The brunch and breakfast café offers a vast selection of egg, skillet and benedict dishes on its menu. Another Broken Egg doesn’t take reservations, so plan ahead for a short wait on the weekends.

160 Park at North Hills Street Raleigh 27609 | 919.307.8195 | menu | Hours: 7 P.M. – 2 P.M. everyday


It’s brunch with a Moroccan flair at Babylon in downtown Raleigh. Good weather calls for dining al fresco on Babylon’s killer patio. And, dishes like Chicken Bastilla (rolled phyllo, chicken, toasted almonds, saffron and honey) and Moroccan pancakes are a departure from the norm. Though if you want, you can still get omelets and Belgian waffles for brunch.

309 North Dawson Street Raleigh 27601 | 919.838.8595 | menu | Sunday brunch served from 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey

If the weekend morning lines wrapped around the Wilmington Street building in downtown Raleigh is an accurate indicator, brunch at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey is worth the wait. Sweet, savory and Southern: all the brunch bases are covered at Beasley’s with dishes like the Belgian Waffle, Biscuits and Gray and The Reunion--a piece of fried chicken served on a buttermilk biscuit with egg, cheese and Tobasco sauce.

237 South Wilmington Street Raleigh 27601 | 919.322.0127 | menu | Brunch served on Saturday and Sunday 11:30 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Big Ed’s

Big Ed’s has been serving Southern-style breakfast since 1989 in Raleigh’s City Market. The longtime brunch mainstay uses local eggs and locally-sourced ham and sausage to make omelets and the country breakfast platter. And, if breakfast foods aren’t up your alley, Big Ed’s also serves a variety of burgers and farm fresh salads.

220 Wolfe Street Raleigh 27601 | 919.836.9909 | menu | Brunch served on Saturday: 7 A.M. – 12noon; Sunday 8 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Black Cat Café

If you’re searching for a brunch spot with a home-grown, cozy feel, Black Cat Café might be the ticket. The local café serves dishes like the Black Cat Grits Bowl and the Southeastern Southwestern Tofu Scramble that contain a Southern and Southwestern influence. The café also a variety of options for vegetarians and serves Raleigh’s own Red Rooster brand coffee.

4209 Lassister Mill Road Raleigh 27609 | 919.788.8240 | menu | Brunch served on Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.


For many in Raleigh, Brig’s is an institution, a holy grail for breakfast and brunch in Raleigh for the after-church crowds and those looking to pacify hangovers from the night before. From benedicts, omelets, scrambles and skillets, if you can think of it, Brig’s probably can serve it for brunch. Brig’s offers a new omelet every week and also a new benedict every month so even past guests can look forward to new brunch creations.

8111 Creedmoor Road Raleigh 27613 | 919.870.0994 | menu | Saturday: 7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. , Sunday: 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Buku serves brunch buffet-style and amongst the offerings are made-to-order Belgian waffles and omelets. The downtown street food restaurant also serves a revolving list of globally-inspired hot dishes and a roasted meats carving station on Sundays. Buku also offers Larry’s Beans coffee and an assortment of Tazo teas and craft cocktails for Sunday brunch.

110 East Davie Street Raleigh 27601 | 919.834.6963 | menu | Sunday brunch served Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Busy Bee Café

If cheesy grits or pulled pork hash tickle your brunch fancy, you might want to head over to Busy Bee Café for brunch. Brunch is served three days at the café—Saturday, Sunday and Monday—and is served alongside the regular menu. Items like the Breakfast of Champions Burger and the Brunch Biscuit may be the perfect antidote to the previous night’s festivities.

225 South Wilmington Street Raleigh 27601 | 919.424.7817 | menu | Brunch served on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11 a,m. – 3 p.m.

Capital Club 16

Get in touch with your Bavarian side with Capital Club 16’s Sunday brunch. It offers a Bavarian Brunch Platter (complete with grilled sausage) and Schnitzel a la Holstein, a pork tenderloin cutlet with grits, gravy, mixed vegetables and a fried egg. Brunches looking for lighter fare can opt for the Frisee, Bibb and Mushroom Salad or the Roasted Turkey Sandwich.

16 West Martin Street Raleigh 27601 | 919.747.9345 | menu | Brunch served on Sunday 11 .am. – 3 p.m.


If you’re sick of soggy scrambled eggs and bland pancakes for brunch, Centro can turn that frown upside down with its flavorful brunch offerings. Dishes like Poblano and Grits and Chilaquiles con huevos ahogados are sure to switch up your usual brunch routine. Brunch cocktails like the Bloody Maria and Pepe’s Breakfast are available to spice things up breakfast style as well.

106 South Wilmington Street Raleigh 27601 | 919.835.3593 | menu | Saturday brunch served from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Coquette makes it easier to become enamored with brunch. Brunchers can unwind in the North Hills brasserie with French-inspired dishes like Steak au Poivre Benedict (beef tenderloin, eggs, brioche, bernaise and roasted potatoes) and its version of the Monte Cristo sandwich.

4351 The Circle at North Hills Raleigh 27609 | 919.789.0606 | menu | Sunday brunch served 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


At the newly opened Driftwood Southern Kitchen, farmhouse cooking comes to life. On Saturday and Sunday, those seeing nourishment can nosh on Southern dishes like a Fried Chicken Biscuit and a Shortrib and Potato Hash. On Sundays, Driftwood serves Bottomless Mimosas for $10.

8460 Honeycutt Road, Suite 112 Raleigh 27615 | 919.977.8360 |menu | Brunch served Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. 3 p.m.

Cafe Helios

If house made biscuits and bottomless mimosas sound good for the morning, Helios might just become your morning spot for brunch. Helios also serves quirky morning dishes like Green Eggs and Ham and Banana Bread Pudding.

413 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh 27603 | 919.838.5177| menu | Brunch served Saturday and Sunday

Humble Pie

Humble Pie might have the busiest patio in town during Sunday brunch. Tables are usually booked in advance, but if you’re lucky enough to get one, you’ll get to enjoy some of the best biscuits in Raleigh along with brunch favorites like Huevos Rancheros and the Breakfast Burrito.

317 South Harrington Street | 919.829.9222 | menu | Brunch served Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Jose and Sons

Forget Taco Bell’s Waffle Taco, Jose and Sons serves Chiharron and Waffles made with pork belly cracklins’ and corn masa waffles. Southern and Mexican cuisines intertwine to compose Jose and Sons’ brunch menu. Jose and Sons serves unique dishes like Huevos Benny (masa sopes, poached eggs, black beans, chorizo, tomato and jalapeno hollandaise) and a Spicy Veggie Omelet.

327 West Davie Street, #102 Raleigh 27601 | 919.755.0556 | menu | Brunch served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Dining in sophistication is an easy task at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s restaurant, Iris. Iris serves egg dishes like the Oak City Benedict and a frittata made with Holly Grove Farms chevre and also offers lighter fare like a watermelon salad and a ginger-poached yellowfin tuna entrée. NCMA members are also eligible for a ten percent discount.

2110 Blue Ridge Road Raleigh 27607 | 919.664.6838 | menu | Brunch served on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Brunch at Joule can replenish much-needed energy with dishes that include the North Carolina Sweet Potato Hotcake and Carolina Shrimp and Grits. Hash browns at Joule are crafted out of Yukon potatoes and the bacon is sourced from Cheshire pigs. For a real treat, coffee lovers may also want to opt for Joule’s coffee pour-over style, a manual method of brewing coffee.

223 South Wilmington Street Raleigh 27601 | 919.424.7422 | menu | Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. -3 p.m.


Elevated Southern cuisine comes to fruition at Mandolin’s weekend brunch. North Carolina products like Johnston County country ham and Farm Hands Foods sausage are used in dishes like the Johnston County Country Ham biscuit and the Scratch Made Biscuits. Brunchers looking for a hint of something sweet would be advised to look towards the House-Made Crepes made using roasted pumpkin, nutella and house made granola.

2519 Fairview Road Raleigh 27608 | 919.322.0365 | menu | Brunch served on Saturday 11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

The usual brunch suspects make an appearance on Plates’ Sunday menu (pancakes, steak and eggs, and biscuits and gravy), but those that want to try something out of the ordinary may want to try the Gobhi Aloo Hash, eggs served with potatoes, curry, smoked oyster mushrooms, cauliflower, and tomato jam. Plates also serves bottomless mimosas for $10 at brunch.
301 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh 27603 | 919.828.0018 | menu | Brunch served Sunday

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