In town for the weekend? Enjoy a lazy—and scrumptious—brunch at these Raleigh restaurants loved by locals.
If you’re the type to try the house favorite, look no further than the arancini benedict. At Mia Francesca, a fried risotto cake—crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside—replaces the traditional English muffin. Then it’s poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, served with roasted potatoes, giving this breakfast classic an Italian twist. If you’re leaning toward something sweet, try the crème-brule-battered French toast. Blueberry compote and candied walnuts make this a can’t-miss selection. Bottomless mimosas are a Sunday staple at Mia Francesca, where the high ceilings and natural light create a vibrant atmosphere. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 401 Main at North Hills St., Raleigh. 919.278.1525.
At the redesigned Faire, the crepes are a good place to start. The French Canadian is a tasty combination of aged gouda, bacon and onion. Want something a bit more exotic? How about the Seattle crepes—smoked salmon and capers with a dill yogurt? And nothing says brunch like champagne strawberries with chantilly cream. Other popular items include enchiladas montadas and crabcake benedict. Faire’s new look is elevated, not upscale, with a beach house feel that features wood floors with orange and blue décor. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2130 Clark Ave., Raleigh. 919.307.3583.
At Coquette Brasserie, Sunday brunch is the most popular meal of the week and French favorites abound. The Monte Cristo is that perfect blend of sweet and savory with ham, turkey and gruyere cheese on house-made bread—and don’t forget the maple syrup. Steak benedict is another must-try, served with mesclun greens. Coquette Brasserie is casual fine dining, where children’s portions are available for their delicious pancakes and French toast. Mimosas are $2 after noon. Brunch is served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4351 The Circle at North Hills, Raleigh. 919.789.0606.
Got a taste for huevos rancheros? Humble Pie will satisfy your craving. The restaurant's employees get chorizo and homemade tortillas from a local Mexican butcher shop and fry them up with refried beans, cheese and sour cream. The shrimp and grits is another winner, served with bacon and chives. If you love biscuits, you’re in luck. They’re made with real butter and they’re complimentary to your meal. Don’t worry, they won’t run out. The chef comes in three hours before the restaurant opens and makes a batch of 300. Humble Pie's atmosphere is casual and social. Brunch is served Sunday 11 a.m to 2 p.m. 317 South Harrington St., Raleigh. 919.829.9222.