I have always thought of Brunch as a meal you would have on Mother’s Day or Easter, but why wait for a special occasion, when you can brunch every Sunday. I’ve discovered that the Raleigh area has some wonderful brunch spots, but my three favorites are Coquette Brasserie, NOFO @ The Pig and Driftwood Southern Kitchen.
Coquette Brasserie, located in North Hills offers Sunday Brunch from 10-3pm. I absolutely adore Coquette and it’s casual French Café vibe. From 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. One Sunday earlier this summer, my husband and I, and our two girls headed to Coquette. The weather was a little warm, but gorgeous and our table while situated inside the restaurant, was located adjacent to the sliders that were wide open.
The sounds outside and the wonderful smells inside were perfect. I of course had the traditional Quiche Lorraine, with its generous portions of ham, bacon, and Gruyere cheese. My husband ate the lemon and sugar crepes, and the girls had crepes slathered with Nutella and bananas. We all shared the Truffle Fries, racing one another to make sure we each ate as many fries as possible. I’m a sucker for truffle oil…..drizzle it on anything and I’m in love. Sipping on a glass of bubbly, hearing my girls talk about the happenings of the upcoming week, and my husband rave about crepes, all was good this moment, on this Sunday.
Another one of my favorite, rather funky and eclectic places is NOFO @ the Pig. 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 10-3pm and reservations are encouraged. My first experience at NOFO was Mother’s Day Brunch, celebrating with another family who also had recently moved to the area. The NOFO Rancheroo, 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 2 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. An overall cool place with good eats!
And let’s not forget Driftwood Southern Kitchen located in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village. Open for Brunch on Sundays from 10-2, Driftwood’s charming décor and rustic farmhouse cooking make it a great gathering place. Order a $2 mimosa or $5 Bloody Mary (I like mine spicy) to wet the palette. Their menu changes weekly but they have all of the typical brunch foods like eggs, bacon, biscuits, French toast, fresh fruit & salads, all with their unique twist. Eat indoors or outdoors, your taste buds will be in heaven. I usually indulge in their mac and cheese… it’s truly an experience.
So if you aren’t sure where to go for your next Sunday Brunch (and please don’t wait for a special occasion……!), check out my top 3…..you might discover that one or maybe all will be on your Sunday Brunch list too!