The 11 best breakfast and brunch spots that go beyond the omelette

Brewerks Cafe & Bakery in Raleigh serves an 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.

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

Correspondent

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.

 

Bittersweet

16 E. Martin St., Raleigh

919-977-3829

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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.

 

Breakaway Cafe

58 Chapelton Court, Chapel Hill

984-234-3010

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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

984-269-5982

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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.

 

Carroll’s Kitchen

19 E. Martin St., Raleigh

919-670-3622

carrollskitchen.org

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).

 

Flair

50100 Governors Drive, Chapel Hill

919-967-9990

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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

919-720-4013

fullbloomcoffee.com

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.

Brewerks Cafe & Bakery in Raleigh is located at 701 E. Lane St.