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12 Stops for a Satisfying Brunch in Durham, North Carolina

From egg plates to Southern favorites

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Breakfast plate at Plum in Durham.
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Brunch is back in a big way and there is no shortage of great choices throughout the Bull City. Brunch crowds in Durham run the gamut from bleary-eyed Duke students to retirees out on the town and everyone in between, and the faces sitting down at restaurants across the city have a diversity of brunch options to choose from. The pancakes and eggs crowd will find plenty to be pleased with, but what about dim sum? Sure Southern favorites like biscuits and gravy or chicken and waffles are well-represented, but how about a more sophisticated French bistro affair? Whatever the mood, Durham has a brunch to meet it.

New additions April 2022 - Plum, Jetplane Coffee, Spanglish, Honeysuckle at Lakewood

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant

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Carts of shu mai, chicken feet, radish cakes, and more navigate the tight interior of this former house-turned-Chinese restaurant in North Durham. A traditional Chinese restaurant during the week, Hong Kong transforms into a bustling dim sum joint reminiscent of any big-city Chinatown each weekend. Be prepared to wait for a table, though service is fast and efficient.

Vin Rouge

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Sunday brunch at Vin Rouge is practically a Durham institution. Whether dining inside the cozy bistro-like space or out on the airy patio, diners dig in to dishes like eggs Florentine, ham and gruyere omelette, and fluffy French toast. A classic brunch cocktail menu consisting of a mimosa, a French 75, a kir royale, or a bloody mary round out the experience.

Eggs Benedict from Vin Rouge.
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Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar

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Plum’s popular weekend brunch is a little bit Southern and a little bit international. There’s sausage gravy and biscuits and a classic eggs-your-way platter, but there’s also brisket huevos rancheros and a herby scramble with greens that would be at home in a Paris bistro. Shrimp and grits bowls are a dime a dozen around town, but Plum serves a shakshouka atop creamy grits with poached eggs and flatbread.

Jetplane Coffee

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Jetplane bills itself as a restaurant disguised as a coffee shop, and it has helped breathe new life into the Old Five Points neighborhood. The all-day menu of items like huevos rancheros, a vegan banh mi, and the City Breakfast (an everything bagel with fried egg, hoop cheese, and bacon sausage) complements a full coffee, beer, and wine selection. The Disco Fries are a unique take on poutine, with red-eye gravy and brie sauce replacing the traditional curds and gravy.

Dame's Chicken & Waffles

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Dame’s claims its chicken and waffles are “almost” world famous, and the lines to get in on the weekends attest to that. With four locations across North Carolina now, Dame’s serves up this classic soul food staple in a variety of ways — the Carolina Cockerel comes with three chicken wings, a blueberry waffle, and peach and apricot butter, while the Red Crested Rose Comb is a classic waffle with strawberry butter and pecans. The build-your-own option lets diners choose their style of chicken, waffle, butter, and add-ons, and there is a variety of other breakfast options for the person who wants something other than chicken and waffles (as if that person exists).

Chicken and waffles from Dame’s.
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The Durham Hotel

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Brunch at the Durham Hotel has been one of the city’s most popular weekend outings since the hotel and restaurant opened in 2015. Whether dining inside the hotel’s airy midcentury modern lobby or on the outdoor patio, diners can choose from dishes like the Asheville omelet (smokey North Carolina sausage and bacon, peppers, onions, cheddar, and Yukon gold potatoes with peppers and onions), Rudy’s chilaquiles (masa tortilla chips, chorizo, black beans, local eggs, queso fresco, creme fraiche, and salsa roja), or the ABJ&Y (almond nut butter, bananas, house-made local blueberry jam on boulted wheat toast, housemade yogurt with fruit and granola).

A bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich from the Durham.
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Grub Durham

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Located in between downtown and Duke’s West Campus, Grub serves Southern comfort classics in a colorful dining room or rooftop patio. The menu consists of breakfast sandwiches, bowls, or plates and includes items like the West End grit bowl (stoneground cheddar grits, roasted red pepper sauce, turkey sausage, sunny side up egg, and green onions) and the Country Road (roasted ham, fried egg, melted sharp cheddar cheese, and Creole mustard on a sweet potato biscuit). There is a smoothie menu for those looking for a lighter meal, as well as a rotating pastry selection.

A plate from Grub.
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Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter

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Smack in the middle of downtown Durham, Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter offers an eclectic brunch menu with options for almost any preference. The fish and grits comes with fried catfish, tomato gravy, and bacon, while the duck confit tamales come with sunny-side-up eggs and a mole sauce. Their crullers are fried to order, and folks with a more hearty appetite might want to take a look at the double cheeseburger (with caramelized onions, jalapenos, mayonnaise, house-processed cheese, on a benne seed bun) or the Szechuan fried chicken sandwich (fried chicken breast, Szechuan peppercorn sauce, poblano mayo slaw, and pickles).

Spanglish

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Brunch heads to San Juan at Spanglish, a Puerto Rican-inspired eatery with locations in both downtown Durham and Raleigh. The morning menu of pressed sandwiches include the Menorca (ham, fried egg, cheddar, pressed brioche, dusted with powdered sugar) and the Spanglish Cubanito (slow-roasted pork, black forest ham, Swiss cheese, stone ground mustard, dill pickle, sobao bread). There are also artisanal toasts, breakfast platters and omelets, coffee, and beer.

The Honeysuckle at Lakewood

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The Durham outpost of popular Chapel Hill spot Honeysuckle Tea House, Honeysuckle at Lakewood has brought family-friendly brunch vibes to a neighborhood previously lacking in a lot of dining options. It opens at 9 a.m. every day except Monday, with a morning menu that includes a vegetarian burrito, grit cakes with a Creole gravy, and a brioche breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheddar, and herbed mayo. Brunch-friendly items on the lunch and dinner menus, such as shrimp hush puppies, a deviled egg salad sandwich, and shrimp and grits are also available. It has a full draft and bottled beer list along with wine, coffee, and teas.

Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten

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The South meets Germany at Gugulhupf, a Bavarian-inspired bakery, cafe, and beer garden. The menu has a large selection of egg dishes, sandwiches, and plates. The pork schnitzel can be brunchified with the addition of a sunny egg, or choose Holstein style, which comes with caper brown butter and white anchovies in addition to an egg. The bakery offers an ever-changing selection of fresh breads and pastries, and there is a menu of brunch cocktails as well as a rotating tap list heavy on German favorites.

True Flavors Diner

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True Flavors has had a few different locations over the years but its current South Durham iteration still serves the innovative Southern comfort food that it has become known for. A variety of omelets like jerk salmon, Cajun chicken, and North Carolina lump crab can be found on a menu that also includes biscuit sandwiches, spicy shrimp and grits, and country fried chicken and eggs. A sweet biscuit menu is a surefire kid-pleaser, as is the standalone mac ‘n cheese menu (although adults might also want a bite of the crab or roasted duck versions).

Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant

Carts of shu mai, chicken feet, radish cakes, and more navigate the tight interior of this former house-turned-Chinese restaurant in North Durham. A traditional Chinese restaurant during the week, Hong Kong transforms into a bustling dim sum joint reminiscent of any big-city Chinatown each weekend. Be prepared to wait for a table, though service is fast and efficient.

Vin Rouge

Eggs Benedict from Vin Rouge.
Vin Rouge Restaurant/Facebook

Sunday brunch at Vin Rouge is practically a Durham institution. Whether dining inside the cozy bistro-like space or out on the airy patio, diners dig in to dishes like eggs Florentine, ham and gruyere omelette, and fluffy French toast. A classic brunch cocktail menu consisting of a mimosa, a French 75, a kir royale, or a bloody mary round out the experience.

Eggs Benedict from Vin Rouge.
Vin Rouge Restaurant/Facebook

Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar

Plum’s popular weekend brunch is a little bit Southern and a little bit international. There’s sausage gravy and biscuits and a classic eggs-your-way platter, but there’s also brisket huevos rancheros and a herby scramble with greens that would be at home in a Paris bistro. Shrimp and grits bowls are a dime a dozen around town, but Plum serves a shakshouka atop creamy grits with poached eggs and flatbread.

Jetplane Coffee

Jetplane bills itself as a restaurant disguised as a coffee shop, and it has helped breathe new life into the Old Five Points neighborhood. The all-day menu of items like huevos rancheros, a vegan banh mi, and the City Breakfast (an everything bagel with fried egg, hoop cheese, and bacon sausage) complements a full coffee, beer, and wine selection. The Disco Fries are a unique take on poutine, with red-eye gravy and brie sauce replacing the traditional curds and gravy.

Dame's Chicken & Waffles

Chicken and waffles from Dame’s.
Dame’s Chicken and Waffles/Facebook

Dame’s claims its chicken and waffles are “almost” world famous, and the lines to get in on the weekends attest to that. With four locations across North Carolina now, Dame’s serves up this classic soul food staple in a variety of ways — the Carolina Cockerel comes with three chicken wings, a blueberry waffle, and peach and apricot butter, while the Red Crested Rose Comb is a classic waffle with strawberry butter and pecans. The build-your-own option lets diners choose their style of chicken, waffle, butter, and add-ons, and there is a variety of other breakfast options for the person who wants something other than chicken and waffles (as if that person exists).

Chicken and waffles from Dame’s.
Dame’s Chicken and Waffles/Facebook

The Durham Hotel

A bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich from the Durham.
The Durham Hotel/Facebook

Brunch at the Durham Hotel has been one of the city’s most popular weekend outings since the hotel and restaurant opened in 2015. Whether dining inside the hotel’s airy midcentury modern lobby or on the outdoor patio, diners can choose from dishes like the Asheville omelet (smokey North Carolina sausage and bacon, peppers, onions, cheddar, and Yukon gold potatoes with peppers and onions), Rudy’s chilaquiles (masa tortilla chips, chorizo, black beans, local eggs, queso fresco, creme fraiche, and salsa roja), or the ABJ&Y (almond nut butter, bananas, house-made local blueberry jam on boulted wheat toast, housemade yogurt with fruit and granola).

A bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich from the Durham.
The Durham Hotel/Facebook

Grub Durham

A plate from Grub.
Grub Durham/Facebook

Located in between downtown and Duke’s West Campus, Grub serves Southern comfort classics in a colorful dining room or rooftop patio. The menu consists of breakfast sandwiches, bowls, or plates and includes items like the West End grit bowl (stoneground cheddar grits, roasted red pepper sauce, turkey sausage, sunny side up egg, and green onions) and the Country Road (roasted ham, fried egg, melted sharp cheddar cheese, and Creole mustard on a sweet potato biscuit). There is a smoothie menu for those looking for a lighter meal, as well as a rotating pastry selection.

A plate from Grub.
Grub Durham/Facebook

Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter

Smack in the middle of downtown Durham, Jack Tar & the Colonel’s Daughter offers an eclectic brunch menu with options for almost any preference. The fish and grits comes with fried catfish, tomato gravy, and bacon, while the duck confit tamales come with sunny-side-up eggs and a mole sauce. Their crullers are fried to order, and folks with a more hearty appetite might want to take a look at the double cheeseburger (with caramelized onions, jalapenos, mayonnaise, house-processed cheese, on a benne seed bun) or the Szechuan fried chicken sandwich (fried chicken breast, Szechuan peppercorn sauce, poblano mayo slaw, and pickles).

Spanglish

Brunch heads to San Juan at Spanglish, a Puerto Rican-inspired eatery with locations in both downtown Durham and Raleigh. The morning menu of pressed sandwiches include the Menorca (ham, fried egg, cheddar, pressed brioche, dusted with powdered sugar) and the Spanglish Cubanito (slow-roasted pork, black forest ham, Swiss cheese, stone ground mustard, dill pickle, sobao bread). There are also artisanal toasts, breakfast platters and omelets, coffee, and beer.

The Honeysuckle at Lakewood

The Durham outpost of popular Chapel Hill spot Honeysuckle Tea House, Honeysuckle at Lakewood has brought family-friendly brunch vibes to a neighborhood previously lacking in a lot of dining options. It opens at 9 a.m. every day except Monday, with a morning menu that includes a vegetarian burrito, grit cakes with a Creole gravy, and a brioche breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheddar, and herbed mayo. Brunch-friendly items on the lunch and dinner menus, such as shrimp hush puppies, a deviled egg salad sandwich, and shrimp and grits are also available. It has a full draft and bottled beer list along with wine, coffee, and teas.

Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten

The South meets Germany at Gugulhupf, a Bavarian-inspired bakery, cafe, and beer garden. The menu has a large selection of egg dishes, sandwiches, and plates. The pork schnitzel can be brunchified with the addition of a sunny egg, or choose Holstein style, which comes with caper brown butter and white anchovies in addition to an egg. The bakery offers an ever-changing selection of fresh breads and pastries, and there is a menu of brunch cocktails as well as a rotating tap list heavy on German favorites.

True Flavors Diner

True Flavors has had a few different locations over the years but its current South Durham iteration still serves the innovative Southern comfort food that it has become known for. A variety of omelets like jerk salmon, Cajun chicken, and North Carolina lump crab can be found on a menu that also includes biscuit sandwiches, spicy shrimp and grits, and country fried chicken and eggs. A sweet biscuit menu is a surefire kid-pleaser, as is the standalone mac ‘n cheese menu (although adults might also want a bite of the crab or roasted duck versions).

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