5 Local Spots To Grab Brunch in Raleigh
Mimosas anyone? I think we can all agree that there’s nothing quite like brunch. From chicken and waffles to decadent omelets (and maybe a Bloody Mary or two), this breakfast and lunch combination has become overwhelmingly popular in the Triangle — and I’m not mad about it!
While there are plenty of places to brunch in Raleigh, there are a few local eateries that outshine the rest. Check out this list of my favorite spots for brunch in Raleigh, so you know exactly where to go this weekend.
Ready to get started (read: hungry for brunch)? Let’s go!
1. Coquette Brasserie
Coquette Brasserie, located in North Hills, offers brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I absolutely adore Coquette and it’s casual French Café vibe. After all, between the décor, delicious food, great service and a little champagne, what’s not to love?
Their brunch menu offers a variety of quiches, salads, meats, cheeses, french toast (of course!), pastries, eggs, omelettes, crepes and more. With a little something for everyone, it’s the perfect place to spend a Sunday morning with your family.
2. NOFO @ The Pig
Another one of my favorite spots for brunch in Raleigh is NOFO @ The Pig. NOFO is known for it’s rather funky and eclectic features. Previously a Piggly Wiggly, NOFO is located on Glenwood Avenue in one of the best neighborhoods, Five Points.
Brunch is available on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and reservations are encouraged. However, reservations for Sunday brunch are only accepted on Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, so plan accordingly!
My first experience at NOFO was Mother’s Day Brunch, celebrating with another family who also had recently moved to the area. The NOFO Ranchero, with eggs, crispy tortillas, pepper jack grits, black beans and chorizo, was super! We’ve been back many times, and now that my parents have moved here to Raleigh, they have fallen in love with NOFO.
The orange and candied pecan salad, and shrimp and grits are two more dishes I’ve enjoyed. Downstairs is the main dining area, although there is some seating upstairs where the market and gift shop are located. Overall, NOFO is a great place with even better eats. Definitely a go-to spots for locals and visitors alike!
3. Driftwood Southern Kitchen
And let’s not forget Driftwood Southern Kitchen located in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village. Open for Brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Driftwood’s charming décor and rustic farmhouse cooking makes it a great gathering place.
Order a $2 mimosa or $5 Bloody Mary to kick things off — because why not! Their menu changes weekly, but they have all of the typical brunch foods like eggs, bacon, biscuits, french toast, as well as fresh fruit and salads, each with their own unique twist.
And while pasta may not seem like the ideal brunch item, you have to snag the macaroni and cheese from the buffet — your tastebuds will thank you!
4. Hibernian Restaurant & Pub
If you’re looking for a nontraditional Irish brunch with an out-of-this-world Bloody Mary, you’ve got to visit Hibernian Restaurant & Pub.
While you can’t go wrong with anything on their brunch menu, I would suggest ordering the Irish Breakfast. Complete with two fried eggs, two bangers, two pieces of bacon, two hash browns, black and white pudding — no, not done yet — three fried mushrooms, two fried tomatoes, baked beans and sourdough toast. I’m already full just thinking about it!
Plus the Bloody Mary is a breed all of its own. Topped with bacon, jalapeño, tomato, celery, pepperoncini and, of course, fried chicken, it’s sure to make you forget all of the Bloody Mary’s you’ve ever had before.
Brunch is served on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out one of their two locations, either in Downtown or North Raleigh, for a truly exceptional brunch experience.
My last, but certainly not least, favorite spot for brunch in Raleigh is Poole’s. Open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Poole’s is well-known by almost every Raleigh local.
Their brunch menu offers comfort foods like shrimp and grits (one of my favorites), smoked salmon, hot cakes — with local whipped cream and Virginia maple syrup, yum! — and plenty of delicious weekly specials. Unfortunately, their famous Macaroni Au Gratin is not on their brunch menu (sigh), however you can order it during the week for dinner.
And let’s not forget about cocktails! While you can’t go wrong with a classic mimosa, coffee lovers should definitely try the Duderino. Mixed with vodka, cold brew, vanilla syrup and cream, it’s by far one of my favorites. Or, keep things on the lighter side and order a Poole’s Pimm’s, full of fruity flavors like apricot, cucumber, mint and lemon.
Local tip: Do yourself a favor and order the cinnamon sugar donuts. They’re worth it — trust me!
No matter where you decide to go for brunch in Raleigh, there are plenty of delicious, local spots to visit. We are full of recommendations here at Spencer Properties, so be sure to check out our other blog, Our Guide to the Best Places to Eat in Raleigh, for 16 more yummy Raleigh eateries!
And if you’re thinking of calling Raleigh home, reach out to us! We’ll work with you to find the perfect home for you in the Triangle.
A note from Spencer Properties
Andrea Giangrosso is one of our Buyers Agents and Brokers here at Spencer Properties. Learn more about Andrea and her brunch-loving family — as well as other members of our team — by visiting our Meet The Team page!