Breakfast

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast restaurants in Raleigh and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Finch's Family Restaurant thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Pam's Farmhouse Restaurant, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast.

10 Brigs Great Beginnings
Brigs Great Beginnings offers some of the area's best breakfast fare. If you have a hankering for a traditional Southern-style breakfast, this is the place to go! Generous portions of bacon, eggs, grits, and pancakes smothered in maple syrup are just waiting for you to call their name. Should you miss the most important meal of the day, never fear — you can order breakfast all day. They also serve tasty sandwiches and have a great kids menu. On weekday mornings, from 7am-10am, enjoy an omelet, waffle or pancake combo plate for $6. (919-870-0994)

9 Mecca
Since 1930, this family-owned downtown eatery has served some of the best burgers and country-style meals in the area. Hearty Southern breakfasts include eggs and grits, biscuits, cheese toast, and good coffee. If you are coming here for lunch, plan to arrive before noon or after 2pm to avoid the crowds. (919-832-5714)

8 Person Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain
Housed in a lovely historic building downtown, this pharmacy has an old-fashioned lunch counter, which offers traditional hot Southern breakfasts and lunch fare. Menu items include a variety of sandwiches, soups, burgers and hot dogs. For dessert, try one of their delicious ice cream soda concoctions. (919-832-6432)

7 Cary Café
This family operated restaurant/catering service is an excellent and inexpensive choice for breakfast or lunch. They serve a variety of omelets, quiches and homemade baked goods. (919-469-9415)

6 Pam's Farmhouse Restaurant
If you need to get going early, Pam's starts serving a delicious Southern breakfast at 6am. Dig into a plate of pancakes, drizzled with syrup, or a platter of bacon and eggs. Prepared with primarily local ingredients, from produce to meats, the fare is flavorful and fresh. Midday grub consists of succulent fried chicken, roast beef, okra, corn, collard greens, potatoes and gravy and more. NB They don't accept credit cards, but there is an on-site ATM. (919-859-9990)

5 Cafe Carolina & Bakery at the Arboretum
Accented with painted orange walls and white paneling, this inviting space is the perfect spot to start your day. Indulge in a Carolina velvet latte, flavored with chocolate and hazelnut, and a fresh muffin or pastry. Heartier eaters may opt for bacon and eggs, or a breakfast sandwich. Free WiFi makes the café a popular hangout throughout the day, and sandwiches, soups and salads satisfy the lunch crowd. Two other locations in Raleigh on Fayetteville St. and Daniels St. (919-678-8855)

4 State Farmers' Market Restaurant
Located on the grounds of the State Farmers Market, this diner celebrates the region's bounty and paintings on the walls depict the region's landscape. Harkening back to the agricultural tradition, the kitchen serves a full breakfast with all the fixings from sausage, bacon and country ham to fluffy biscuits, pancakes and grits. Meat and veggies highlight the lunch menu, which emphasizes seasonal produce, and tempting fruit cobbler fulfills the final course. (919-755-1550)

3 The Third Place
Works by local artists line the walls at this friendly coffeehouse, and a children's area, stocked with toys, ensures that everyone feels at home here. Throughout the day, patrons sip lattes or munch on inspiring organic fare, from the hummus plate to the tabouli salad to the baked cheese and tomato sandwich. Bagels, fruit, and bacon and eggs make for a satisfying breakfast. (919-834-6566)

2 Finch's Family Restaurant
Open since 1945, Finch's is a beloved Raleigh institution. Classic Southern eats at reasonable prices explain the appeal, although serving breakfast all day and adding free WiFi haven't exactly hurt business. A long list of weekday specials might include country fried steak with rice and gravy, fried shrimp, barbecued chicken and coleslaw, pot roast with carrots and potatoes, or fried chicken, with two sides of your choice. Omelets, bacon, sausage, country ham, waffles and pancakes are among the coveted breakfast items. (919-834-7396)

1 Big Ed's City Market Restaurant
You'll encounter a line, but don't pass on the opportunity to sample the good Southern cooking dished out at this local treasure. Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast amid the rustic surroundings of well worn tables and antique farm implements adorning the ceiling and walls. Feast on a meat-n-three lunch of fried pork chops, country-fried steak, country ham with red-eye gravy and sides of collards, mac-n-cheese, butter beans and blackeyed peas. Rumor has it that if you visit on Saturday morning, you'll be treated to a Dixieland band playing outside. (919-836-9909)


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Brigs Great Beginnings 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: North Raleigh
COST: $
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Mecca 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Soul Food
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Person Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southern
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Cary Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Greek
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Cary
COST: $
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Pam's Farmhouse Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: HILLSBOROUGH STREET
COST: $
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Cafe Carolina & Bakery at the Arboretum 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: CARY
COST: $
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State Farmers' Market Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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The Third Place 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: GLENWOOD AVENUE
COST: $
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Finch's Family Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Big Ed's City Market Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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