We all long to hear those three little words – ‘Let’s Do Brunch’! Just the word invokes images of friends and family, yummy food, and mimosas (or Bloody Marys). We’ve done the tough research for you, and are excited to share our favorite local brunch spots.
We absolutely love the European vibe at Lafayette Village in North Raleigh. While they actually have five restaurants that offer a form of Sunday Brunch, we are going to focus on our two absolute favorites.
Simply Crepes – ooh la la! While they offer a delicious selection of small plates, soups, and salads – they are of course known for their extensive crepes menu. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, the Héroux family has you covered. Our personal favorite is the Crepe Madame – the bacon jam is life changing. Their coffee bar is the most indulgent of any spot on our list – we can’t wait to try the Affogato! We absolutely love that they locally source many of their ingredients and they also offer Gluten Free options. Bonus points for the fact that they serve their breakfast/brunch options all day long – making half price Mimosa Monday’s even more appealing.
Driftwood Southern Kitchen , with their rustic farmhouse cuisine and communal dining experience, is the perfect place for a southern Sunday brunch. They offer a full brunch buffet with weekly rotating items and of course all the standard brunch staples (bacon is life after all). We are partial to their fresh fruit with homemade whipped cream and the southern style fried chicken. The best part? $2 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys make for a perfect Sunday Funday! They also use locally sourced ingredients and offer Gluten Free options – make sure you stop by from 10am – 2pm on a Sunday soon. (Note – they do not offer their regular menu during brunch hours).
Downtown Raleigh is absolutely a foodie’s paradise. We really struggled with narrowing down our picks to our top two – we know you will love them as much as we do!
Humble Pie is located in the bustling Warehouse District of Raleigh. While they don’t offer an extensive brunch menu, their focus is definitely quality over quantity – all with locally sourced ingredients. The dinner menu is designed as ‘meant to share’ and we love doing the same with their brunch menu. We are obsessed with the Shrimp and Grits (made with ‘broth of the gods’) and the Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. They have an amazing outdoor dining area (complete with tiki bar!) – perfect for the warmer months. This is one place that we definitely recommend having a reservation for – and check out the parking options here.
Big Ed’s Restaurant at City Market – founded in 1958 by Wake County native ‘Big Ed’ Watkins. Their motto is ‘Country cookin at its best!’ and we can’t think of a better description for the amazing food they serve. While they don’t serve mimosas, we can all agree that sweet tea pairs better with local country ham and red eye gravy! Our recommendation is to come hungry and be prepared to wait in a bit of a line on the weekends – they are open 7 days a week. They do have a location in North Raleigh and just announced plans for Garner – check here for hours by location.
We are going to wrap up the list with The Third Place, located in Five Points. They serve lighter brunch choices like sandwiches, wraps, pastries, and yogurt with fruit and granola. While their food is absolutely delish, the coffee steals the show here. They exclusively use Larry’s Coffee beans (yay for supporting local business!), and the baristas carefully craft daily drink specials – our holiday favorite was the Eggnog Latte. Make sure you spend some time check out the local art and craft displays.
We hope you enjoy trying one or all of these brunch spots. Stay tuned for more blog posts – and if you have a place or idea you’d like us to blog about, email us here.