The best breakfast and brunch restaurants in the Triangle that serve more than just eggs and pancakes (not that anything is wrong with that).
By Greg Cox
A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains.
This month, we roll out of bed and set out in search of breakfast. We discover some eye-opening new ways to break out of the bagel-or-Cheerios rut.
16 E. Martin St., Raleigh
Eye opener: Scone of the day (poppyseed, cranberry-and-orange, chocolate chip and peach have all made appearances in recent months). Wash it down with an Irish coffee or boozy latte.
58 Chapelton Court, Chapel Hill
Eye opener: Braised lentil tartine, a fresh take on the classic French open-face sandwich topped with an earthy stew of lentils, dollops of goat cheese, a poached egg and seasonal greens.
Brewerks Cafe & Bakery
701 E. Lane St., Raleigh
Eye opener: Eggs Benedict, elevated. This one raises the ante on the traditional version with maple-glazed pancetta, poached egg and hollandaise on a house-baked English muffin.
19 E. Martin St., Raleigh
Eye opener: House specialty kolaches – Central European pillows of pastry – are offered here with a dozen or so sweet and savory fillings, from egg, cheese and peppers to apple butter and brie.
Note: Carroll’s Kitchen is a nonprofit restaurant dedicated to ending homelessness for women in Raleigh. It’s takeout only, so go ahead and pick up an assortment. (Pro tip: They reheat nicely in a 300 degree oven for about 10 minutes).
50100 Governors Drive, Chapel Hill
Eye opener: Barbecue brisket casserole, a rib-sticking medley of smoked beef brisket, barbecue gravy, parmesan potatoes, aged cheddar and Brussels sprouts, topped with a fried egg. Wear your stretchiest sweat pants.
Full Bloom Coffee Roasters
141 W. Main St., Garner
Eye opener: Pear and bacon grilled cheese, with a schmear of fig jam. House-roasted coffees – Fair Trade and single origin – deliver the essential caffeine kick to get your day off to a good start.