Restaurants in this university town are pleased to accommodate lazy weekend brunch crowds. Here are some of Chapel Hill's most renowned brunch spots.
City Kitchen is known for walnut crusted brioche French toast. Imagine the flavors of custard, seasonal fruit compote and maple syrup coming together for a perfect, not-too-heavy brunch. The smoked salmon flatbread is also a hit. It’s served on pizza dough with a dill cream cheese and is finished with arugula and lemon zest. City Kitchen is an American Brasserie with eclectic décor, including teardrop lamps and a red focus wall covered with art. Brunch is served Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919.928.8200.
411 West Italian Café
There is plenty of variety on the brunch menu at 411 West Italian Café. For the hearty appetite that loves both breakfast and lunch options, there is a 6-ounce, wood-grilled beef ribeye along with French toast. House specialties include Scottish salmon, served with russet potato-onion hash. There’s a selection for every appetite in your party, from the barbecue burger to healthy salad options. Looking for a starter to satisfy your sweet tooth on a Sunday morning? Choose an order of homemade beignets or a slice of the weekly featured coffee cake. Brunch is served Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 411 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919.967.2782.
The Weathervane at Southern Season is as much about Southern hospitality as it is good food. Located within the specialty-foods store, Weathervane is known for its fried green tomatoes. You have three options: Enjoy them as an appetizer, on a BLT sandwich or served with eggs, country ham and cackalacky sauce. If you’re going all in with the Southern feel, go for shrimp and grits, served with andouille sausage and redeye shrimp gravy. Pancakes are just $5 on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Brunch is served Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919.929.9466.
Located within The Carolina Inn, Crossroads has a unique formula for putting together a memorable brunch. Guests choose an entrée, then select from their tasting table, which offers house-made breads, pastries, fruits and berries, as well as an assortment of desserts. And the main courses offer something for everyone. Braised short ribs and red bliss potatoes are served with fried eggs. The malted Belgian waffle comes with bananas and sorghum syrup. A kids’ menu offers pancakes and other casual fare. Brunch is served Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill. 919.918.2777.
Even the names of the brunch selections stand out at Crook’s Corner. You can almost imagine the taste of the “simple but very rich omelette,” including swiss cheese, winter herbs and crème fraiche. “Estelle’s big biscuit breakfast” is sausage and peach gravy served over a biscuit with cheddar cheese and scallions. Add scrambled eggs and apple sauce, and you know why it’s a “big” breakfast. If you still have room, top off your meal with madeira walnut pound cake, served with whipped cream. Brunch is served Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 610 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. 919.929.7643.