Delicious Southern Breakfasts in Raleigh, N.C.
Fri, Jun. 02 2017, 8AM by Kristen Baughman
Craving something down-home and Southern for breakfast? Check out these old-school diners and local hot spots in Raleigh, N.C., to find gigantic pancakes, buttery biscuits and gravy, country ham, grits and more for breakfast (and some for brunch!). Also, look out for places that put creative twists on Southern classics!
Known for hot cakes bigger than your hands, Big Ed's in downtown Raleigh's City Market and North Raleigh is the perfect spot for an early morning breakfast (pictured in header). Antiques and farm equipment hang from the ceiling, adding to the unique Southern charm of this Raleigh institution. Southern classics are found on Big Ed's menu like country ham biscuits and biscuits with sausage gravy. (Tip: Get there early to beat the crowds!)
State Farmer's Market Restaurant
at the North Carolina State Farmer's Market, the State Farmer's Market Restaurant
offers country cookin' at it's finest. Upon walking into the restaurant, you'll
be greeted by smiling hosts wearing overalls. Biscuits will soon arrive on your
table once you're seated and peruse the menu. The Granny Cone Sampler is a must
if you're hungry, and includes two eggs any style, sausage, bacon, N.C. country ham, sausage gravy, spiced apples, three silver dollar
pancakes, home fries or grits and toast or biscuits. There's no wonder a sign
out front of the restaurant reads, "Y'all come back now!"
Toot-N-Tell Family Restaurant
beside train tracks in the town of Garner, Toot-N-Tell Family Restaurant offers
Southern-style home cooking. This no-fuss restaurant has been around since the
1940s and offers your typical breakfast featuring home fries, eggs and your
choice of meat. Toot-N-Tell opens at 5:30am for all of you early risers, too!
Pam's Farmhouse Restaurant
Sure, it might seem like a hole-in-the-wall restaurant from the road, but Pam's Farmhouse is an institution. A staple at Pam's Farmhouse is the sausage gravy paired with two fluffy, fatback biscuits. You'll enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and your waitress is guaranteed to be as sweet as Southern iced tea!
Grill is a down-to-earth Raleigh institution serving generous portions. The
walls are adorned with interesting license plates, portraits
and other Southern-themed antiques. The hobo eggs are a crowd favorite, which
include a large portion of scrambled eggs with a meat of your choice. The toast
is commonly referred to as "just magical" by locals, probably because it's
slathered with butter and is perfectly crispy. Don't forget to bring cash!
trip to the town of Rolesville isn't complete without a stop at Rolesville Diner.
Breakfast is served all day, and the three-egg omelets are popular picks. If you're craving something a little sweeter for breakfast, try the
French toast with powdered sugar and syrup or the blueberry or chocolate chip
pancakes. You'll definitely feel like you're a part of the family at Rolesville
Diner, located on the quaint S. Main St.
Serving traditional Southern breakfast in Garner, Angie's Restaurant is a popular breakfast spot with locals. Breakfast is served all day and you can expect to find traditional egg platters served with hashbrowns or grits, choice of meat and biscuits or toast. With the tagline "A Taste of Friendship," Angie's offers great service, and you'll be leaving with a smile and happy belly.
downtown Raleigh institution, Mecca has been serving breakfast
since 1930. This old-timey diner is known for serving Southern comfort food in the heart of the City of Oaks. The most popular breakfast items include
made-from-scratch biscuits and the Western omelet.
Dallas Famous Chicken
in the town of Apex, Dallas Famous Chicken specializes in well, chicken, and Our State magazine included their fried chicken biscuit in its bucket list of 42 must-try Carolina chicken joints. Order one at the counter! This laid-back,
rustic restaurant is adorned with decor ranging from deer heads to country
antiques. If you feel like sharing, Dallas Famous Chicken even offers a
dozen biscuits to go.
Opened in 1988 in North Raleigh, this local favorite offers an extensive breakfast and brunch selection, including a new omelet, Benedict and griddle special every month! Check out the griddle combos with two eggs, any style, plus a side (go Southern and get grits, corned beef hash or country ham), or take advantage of the $6.49 weekday breakfast specials. Brigs serves up their popular eats all over the destination with locations in North Raleigh (the original!), Maynard Crossing and Tryon Village in Cary and Wake Forest.
Beasley's Chicken + Honey
One of James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen's restaurants, Beasley's Chicken + Honey knows their fried chicken. A line is usually wrapped around the corner on weekends, but this restaurant is definitely worth the wait. Chicken biscuits and fried chicken and waffles are the brunch staples. Go ahead and pour N.C. honey on your waffle, too.
NOFO @ the Pig
@ the Pig is a unique Southern cafe, gourmet market and gift shop located in a
former Piggly Wiggly supermarket. Located in Raleigh's Five Points, this
restaurant offers a delicious weekend brunch. The shrimp and grits are
outstanding and include sautéed shrimp, smoked bacon, sliced mushrooms, garlic
and scallions over pepper jack grits. What could possibly make this dish even
better? Biscuits served on the side, of course!
Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar
Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar's brunch menu focuses on offering comfort foods
with a new Southern twist. One of the stars of the menu is the pimento cheese
and bacon biscuit. It sounds simple enough but, wow, it's super delicious.
Choose the fried green tomatoes or cheese grits for your side.
Tupelo Honey Cafe
Rooted in the Carolina mountains, Tupelo Honey's Cameron Village location in the City of Oaks offers an exceptional brunch featuring a revival of Southern food and traditions. The banana pudding layered pancakes are a must!
Header photo: thorny20
Author: Kristen Baughman
Kristen Baughman is the founder of Tabletop Media Group, a boutique media agency based in Raleigh and serving clients in the food, beverage and agriculture industries. Her company offers consulting services in the fields of social media, graphic design, illustration, special events, website design and videography. In her free time, you can find her relaxing outside with her dog Cheerwine, writing about food and drink, or at one of the many breweries in the region sipping on a N.C. beer.
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