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47 great brunch restaurants to try in Raleigh

Raleigh restaurants, cafes, and diners serving up all the eggs, pancakes, mimosas, and other brunch favorites you want to eat.

A table of fried chicken, sweet tea, and biscuits and gravy.

If you don’t like chicken and waffles, try the classic fried chicken at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey.

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In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles, or mind-blowing bloody marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times.

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. With help from our readers, we’ve compiled a whole bunch of brunch options, along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas. Note: All times listed are brunch only.

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Weekend musts

Barcelona Wine Bar, 430 W. Martin St. | Saturday + Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | This tapas restaurant features dishes like olive oil pancakes, chorizo hash, and serrano Benedict.

Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, 237 S. Wilmington St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | What we’re ordering: Hot chicken eggs Benedict — poached eggs with bearnaise sauce and buttermilk biscuits.

Capital Club 16, 16 W. Martin St. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | This restaurant, housed in a former men’s social and literary club, pays homage to its 1930s roots but offers a modern take on brunch.

Cucciolo Terrazza, 4200 Six Forks Rd. | Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | What we’re ordering: The Monte Cristo — Jambon ham, fontina cheese, homemade blackberry Jam, dijonaise, and powdered sugar.

Driftwood Cantina, 8460 Honeycutt Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Try this: Tres leches French toast.

Gussie’s, 927 W. Morgan St. | Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Enjoy everything from shrimp + grits and sweet potato chorizo hash to inventive breakfast beer cocktails and Left Hook Coffee.

Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St. | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | What we’re ordering: Shrimp and grits with a sherry cream mushroom sauce, diced tomato, scallions, and Parmesan cheese.

The Oak, 4035 Lake Boone Trl. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Don’t miss a top-tier veggie omelet and the smoked salmon Benedict.

Parkside, 301 W. Martin St. | Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | What we’re ordering: Breakfast burrito with tater tot hash.

Relish, 5625 Creedmoor Rd. | Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Pro tip: Don’t skip Mama’s Chicken Biscuit (the pepper jelly is delicious).

Smokestacks Cafe, 701 E. Lane St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Pro tip: Check Instagram for the daily menu — and if the smoked buffalo chicken biscuit is being served, order it.

Standard, 205 E. Franklin St. | Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Raleighites love this spot for oysters + grits, patatas bravas tacos, and the dreamsicle mimosa.

For the fam

A table against a wall of board games at Kitchen Table.

Share your competitive side with your date over a board game.

Photo provided by Kitchen Table at Relish.

Big Ed’s, 220 Wolfe St. | Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | What we’re ordering: An omelet made with local farm fresh eggs.

Creedmoor Cafe, 8315 Creedmoor Rd. | Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Try the challah French toast and Nova Scotia lox omelet.

The Kitchen Table, 5629 Creedmoor Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Pro tip: Order a pimento cheese board + choose a game to play.

Longleaf Swine, 300 E. Edenton St.| Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.| Indulge in barbecue for breakfast — we’re fans of the collard green melt.

Mecca Restaurant, 13 E. Martin St. | Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | What we’re ordering: French toast strata with country ham.

NoFo @ The Pig, 2014 Fairview Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | This quirky southern cafe located in a former Piggly Wiggly has great eats and treats in its attached market and gift shop.

The Shiny Diner, 1550 Buck Jones Rd., Cary | Monday-Sunday, times vary | Pro tip: Bring quarters for the mini jukeboxes at each table.

State Farmers’ Market Restaurant, 1240 Farmers Market Dr. | Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Pro tip: Start your morning with biscuits and hush puppies before shopping for local produce at the market.

Great outdoors

A plate of pumpkin spice pancakes with a mimosa.

In addition to your brunch, grab a rainbow flight of mimosas or make your own with a whole bottle of Cava.

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Hummingbird, 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd. | Saturday, 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Oysters for breakfast? Yes please. We’re ordering charbroiled oysters with lemon, chili, Parmesan, herbs, and toast.

Taverna Agora, 326 Hillsborough St. | Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | What we’re ordering: Baklava sticky buns.

Whiskey Kitchen, 201 W. Martin St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Try this: Shakshouka or a Nash Square breakfast sammy.

Wye Hill, 201 S. Boylan Ave. | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | What we’re ordering: Morning Glory Burger with bacon and a gooey fried egg + a build-your-own mimosa.

For a special occasion

Two mimosas, a plate of Turkish eggs, and a plate of chicken and donut from Madre sit on a table next to the brunch menu.

Don’t skip the chicken + donut from Madre made with a Tepuy Donut creation and expertly fried chicken.

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Coquette Brasserie, 4351 The Circle At North Hills St. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | What we’re ordering: Seafood crepe and mimosas.

Element Gastropub, 421 Fayetteville St., Ste. 103 | Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Looking for a vegan alternative to your fave fast food breakfast? Try the “Nojangles” three piece supreme stack.

Madre, 518 N. West St. | Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | We’re falling for the chicken + donut, salmon lox, and mimosarita.

Mandolin, 2519 Fairview Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Pro tip: Fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosas are available by the bottle.

Rosewater, 110 Park at North Hills St. | Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | What we’re ordering: the breakfast risotto with a rose fashioned to sip.

STIR, 4242 Six Forks Rd.| Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Pro tip: Start your meal with oysters and a cocktail.

St. Roch, 223 S. Wilmington St. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Enjoy mimosas, flame-roasted oysters, and Sinner Rolls for the table.

The Willard Rooftop, 9 Glenwood Ave. | Sunday, times vary | Be on the lookout for specialty events like jazz brunches.

Daytime party

Flavor Hills, 319 Fayetteville St., Ste. 105 | Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Try Southern bites with a twist, like the Belleau wood devil eggs and caviar of the South.

Good Day Good Night, 603 W. Morgan St. | Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. | Feast on traditional breakfast options + the Larry’s Adult’s Only Latte made with Larry’s cold brew and vodka.

Hibernian Pub, multiple locations | Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Pro tip: Ask for the corned beef hash in this Irish-inspired pub.

Salt & Lime Cabo Grill, 6006 Falls of Neuse Rd. | Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Margaritas for brunch? Yes please. Plus, try six different guac varieties.

Weekday wonders

The storefront of A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table offers good eats at a discounted rate for those who need it.

Photo provided by A Place at the Table

A Place at the Table, 300 W. Hargett St. | Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Build your own breakfast platter and treat yourself to a cinnamon roll.

Brigs, 8111 Creedmoor Rd. | Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | This family-owned restaurant serves eight different types of Benedicts all day.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe, 2016 Clark Ave. | Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m | This spot has been serving brunch all day, everyday since 2009.

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen, 301 Glenwood Ave. | Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Try this: Crab cake benedict.

Tupelo Honey, 425 Oberlin Rd. | Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Hailing from AVL, try scratch-made shrimp + grits, sriracha honey fried chicken and waffles, and more Southern classics made modern.

Quick and easy

An iced coffee.

City Editor Cat likes working outside at The Morning Times.

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Benchwarmers Bagels, 500 E. Davie St. | Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | This shop takes bagel sandwiches to the next level — and food magazine Bon Appétit agrees.

Jubala Coffee, multiple locations| Times vary by location | Try this: The sweet drop biscuits are made from scratch and can be topped with anything from apple butter to country ham, egg, and cheese.

The Morning Times, 10 E. Hargett St. | Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | Enjoy various breakfast sandwiches, grits, burritos, and more with great coffee.

Rise, three Raleigh locations | Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Come hungry for biscuits, chicken, and donuts.

Sola Coffee Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Rd. | Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | Pro tip: Arrive before 11 a.m. to order from the morning kitchen with high-quality sandwiches and the mini donuts, available all day.

Union Special, multiple locations | Times vary by location | Try this: Carolina Grit Co. grits + greens.

DIY brunch

Prefer to stay in? Host your own brunch with crowd-pleasing spreads + supplies good enough for a chef.

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