Weekends are meant to be brunched on. Time spent with family and friends over stacks of blueberry pancakes or the perfect Eggs Benedict should be cherished—in Raleigh, it is. We get asked about brunch spots all the time. Last time around we heard from a local blogger on 10 spots to brunch like a local, and now we've put together 10 more of Raleigh, N.C.'s favorite places to convene for muffins and mimosas. Cheers!
It's not unusual to see a line form before the doors open on weekends at this popular eatery by James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen. And it's impossible to go wrong here, but we can't not recommend getting a taste of the fried chicken that Beasley's is named for. At brunch time, spring for the chicken and waffles (drizzled in honey with real maple syrup on the side) or the The Reunion—fried chicken on a buttermilk biscuit with fried egg and Tabasco. If you're with a group, order up a few sides to share.
When: Sat. and Sun., 10am-4pm
This neighborhood restaurant and bar located in Cameron Village knows comfort food, and brunch provides lots of choices: breakfast burritos, Benedicts, a build-your-own omelet option and more. You'll find that the Southern Benedict has a cult following for obvious reasons—cornbread and goat cheese grit cakes loaded with poached eggs, pulled pork and a Texas Pete hollandaise is a sure winner. If it's warm out, definitely take advantage of the patio seating.
When: Sat., 11am-2pm, and Sun., 10am-2pm
Open since 1999 in Cary, La Farm Bakery has consistently wowed visitors and earned media recognition from all over the world. Under the guidance of master baker Lionel Vatinet, La Farm produces some of America's high-quality bread, pastries and other baked products on a daily basis. Open for breakfast seven days a week, try one of the house specialities—the Croque Madam (ham, Gruyère and mozzarella on toasted La Farm Bread with Mornay sauce and a fried egg) or Quiche Lorraine (bacon, aged cheddar cheese, onion, farm fresh eggs and cream in their signature flaky crust). It's a smart move to grab a fresh-baked loaf of bread to take with you, too.
When: Sun., 7am-3pm
This Mexican restaurant, opened in 2013 by a set of brothers with a family history of owning popular Mexican eateries in the Raleigh area, has truly made a name of its own in recent years. Located in downtown Raleigh's Warehouse District, the heavily Southern-influenced restaurant (roosters and milk jugs adorn walls and shelves) is known for its warm, rustic atmosphere and its feast-worthy food. For brunch, you'll start with what they call "Raleigh's Best Bloody Mary," then dive into menu staples like the huevos rancheros and Guadalajara skillet.
When: Sun., 11am-3pm
Tucked away in Raleigh's Lassiter District in North Hills, Midtown Grille is upscale-but-comfortable and serves a brunch worth traveling for. You'll find contemporary American cuisine with some classic Southern flavors, and you'll likely find the pancake and waffle items (pictured in the header) tough to pass up. The menu has great options for vegetarian and gluten-free diners, too.
When: Sun., 10am-3pm
Recently opened across from downtown Raleigh's Nash Square, Parkside's brunch menu has lots of Southern staples, including a chicken and waffle sandwich that tastes as good as it sounds. Elsewhere, they've got you covered with everything from their Short Rib Benedict to a massive pancake plate and a bananas foster French toast that's sure to hit the spot (especially when paired with mimosa or Bloody Mary). With a spacious dining room and casual ambiance, Parkside works especially well for bigger group outings.
When: Sat. and Sun., 11am-3pm
Poole's Diner (brunch coming soon!)
Major brunch news alert! Poole's Diner, the downtown comfort food spot from chef Ashley Christensen that will turn 10 years old this Dec., will begin brunch service in the spring. Poole's previously served an incredibly-popular brunch service before Christensen opened a handful of other dining and drinking spots in town. Items like short rib hash, seasonal hot cakes and grits bowls, plus lots of weekly specials, will likely make up the menu. Follow @poolesdiner on Twitter and Instagram to find out about the latest on exact opening dates.
When: Brunch expected to be served Sat. and Sun., 11am-3pm
The Rockford's almost-hidden upstairs location in the Glenwood South entertaintment district has been going strong for more than 20 years now—it's all about good food with good friends at this neighboorhood staple. With a focus on locally-sourced and fresh ingredients, you can always count on the short ribs quesadilla or their Pork Belly Benedict, plus the $2 mimosas on Sundays.
When: Sat. and Sun., 11:30am-3pm
The restaurant, grocery and butcher shop that opened in Raleigh's hip Person St. neighborhood in late 2015 has now introduced weekend brunch service to everyone's delight, and the menu sounds incredible. Duck Benedict, smoked salmon salad, quiche, a brunch burger, steak and eggs and more can all be expected to have been elevated in a typical Standard Foods way. Definitely don't forget to browse the grocery area—the pints of housemade ice cream make for a perfect takeaway treat.
When: Sat. and Sun., 11am-3pm
You'll find Southern-inspired, refined comfort food at Verandah, the restaurant at The Mayton Inn in Cary, one of the area's most unique hotels. The atmosphere is relaxed with a touch of elegance—both the hotel and restaurant space are truly gorgeous. The menu, with plenty of gluten-free options, is super affordable. The shrimp and grits, Belgian waffle or brunch burger—paired with a cocktail—all make for a great, leisurely Sun. meal.
When: Sun., 11am-2:30pm
Header photo: Felicia Perry Photography (Midtown Grille)