8 of the Best Raleigh Breakfast Spots to Start Your Day


Rise and shine! Breakfast is calling. Between breakfast burritos, pancake platters and egg delights, Raleigh has mastered the most important meal of the day. These top Raleigh breakfast spots have the dishes you’re craving, from savory to sweet.



You might not think of North Raleigh as a mecca for great food options. But Brig’s offers one of the best brunches in town, not to mention great everyday breakfast options. You can’t go wrong with staples such as the French Toast and Belgian waffles, or if you’re up for something different, the restaurant has weekly Benedict, omelet and griddle specials.


Barry’s Cafe

Cozy up to a table at Barry’s Cafe for top-notch coffee and breakfast. This hidden gem is located in a strip mall with a decorated fire truck out front. Make sure to get the biscuits and the pancakes – both are fluffy and cooked to perfection. The beloved Raleigh breakfast joint also serves up delicious omelets and “Royal Skillets” made with homefries, fresh meats and vegetables, basted eggs and cheese.


Poole’s Downtown Diner

Get a dose of classic breakfast fare at Poole’s Downtown Diner. The menu changes daily and is written on big chalkboards behind the bar. Enjoy upscale takes on Southern classics like peach and brown butter tart, crispy cornmeal-battered fried okra and crab beignets.



If you’re looking for lighter breakfast fare, Lucettegrace is your best bet. The elegant Raleigh breakfast spot sells scones, croissants, cakes and pies that are inspired by Parisian pastries and Southern sweets. Try the local favorite: the Valparaiso, a cake made of coconut shortbread and vanilla mousse. Get your caffeine fix with a latte, tea or craft soda, and quench your thirst with a house-made agua fresca.


Tupelo Honey

Must-Try Raleigh Breakfast Spots


Bloody Mary lovers should make plans to dine at Tupelo Honey. The farm-to-table restaurant specializes in Southern-style brunch, featuring a variety of foods for every taste. The signature Appalachian Breakfast consists of grits seasoned and topped with sausage, eggs and black-eyed peas. Enjoy the light-and-fluffy complimentary biscuits served with jam and honey while you wait for your order to be served!


Humble Pie

If you find yourself in downtown Raleigh in the morning, head to Humble Pie for a breakfast that’s anything but humble. Expect filling, savory small plates that are perfect for sharing during weekend brunch. There’s something delicious for every taste, from biscuits and gravy to huevos rancheros.


Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant

Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant has some of the best Southern-style home cooking in Raleigh. Since opening in the 1950s, customers have lined up for fresh, cooked-to-order Southern breakfast dishes like hot cakes and fried catfish. Don’t forget to get a drink! Big Ed’s sells North Carolina’s unofficial state beverage, the super-sweet red soda called Cheerwine.


Nofo @ The Pig

Located in a restored Piggly Wiggly grocery store building, NOFO @ the Pig is a fun and wacky Raleigh breakfast spot serving delicious breakfast and brunch favorites. If you aren’t sure what to order, the Shrimp and Grits, Pulled Pork Hash and Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict are all crowd pleasers.


What are your favorite Raleigh breakfast spots? If you have a recommendation, we’d love to hear from you! If you’re looking for a new home in Raleigh, we’d like to invite you to stop by Park Central Apartments for a look at the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at ParkCentralRaleigh.com to schedule a tour or call us directly at (888) 267-9483.


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