10 of the Best Breakfast Restaurants in North Carolina

Last Updated on September 29, 2021

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We’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout our state and visit many North Carolina restaurants, especially during breakfast. Our experiences have ranged from elevated to down-home country classics, and all are delicious in their own ways.

And since you might be visiting our state from any direction, we thought we’d share some of our favorite breakfast restaurants in North Carolina, from the mountains to the sea.

So hold on to your grits, butter, and livermush. We’ve got some drool-worthy places to eat for your next trip!

This post is part of our series on Food and Drink in North Carolina.

Breakfast Restaurants in North Carolina

Note: Our food guides are continually growing, so if you don’t see your favorite breakfast restaurants in North Carolina on this list, let us know, and we will get our stretchy pants out for our next trip to your area!

We’ve organized this article in alphabetical order, and it does not represent our personal preference. Because let’s face it- who can choose a favorite!?

Baker’s Kitchen, New Bern

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You’ll get hungry before starting your day in New Bern’s historic downtown, and Baker’s Kitchen is where you should eat breakfast. Hot and fresh biscuits and cinnamon rolls baked daily and you cannot leave town without trying this Bear Town restaurant’s famous Dutch Potatoes!

Baker’s Kitchen complements a great restaurant scene, which also pairs nicely with our favorite things to do in New Bern.

Biscuit Head, Asheville

If you want the definition of a cathead biscuit, Biscuithead will provide. We’ve never seen Biscuit Head without a line outside of it- and if there is some secret trick then share! But the wait for Biscuithead is well worth it and you’ll see why it landed on our shortlist of must-eat restaurants in Asheville.

Breakfast in North Carolina Biscuit Head

The eggs are cooked to order. Biscuits are light, fluffy, and ginormous. And did we mention a jelly bar?! Oh, and those with dietary considerations can rejoice! Biscuit Head also has incredible gluten-free and vegan biscuits.

Biscuits N’ P*rn

Didn’t think you’d see that show up on NC Tripping, eh!? But it’s true- Biscuits N’ P*rn makes the best drop biscuits in North Carolina.

More of a convenience store than an Outer Banks restaurant, The Stop Quik food joint serves two kinds of biscuits- plain and cheese stuff with any of the meat choices you so desire.

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The name though- itit’soth a smart marketing ploy and a name that just stuck. Like most convenient stores in the early 2000s, there was a rack of adult magazines somewhere around the deli and the name stuck. You wowon’tind that much adult content as you will find a line of hungry foodies!

Circa 1800, Fayetteville

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We cacan’ttop thinking about the build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar or the signature Chicken and Waffles during brunch at FaFayetteville’sirca 1800!

This must-eat Fayetteville restaurant is one of our favorites for a lot of reasons, especially because they cook with locally sourced ingredients.

For dishes, we highly recommend stopping for their Beef Tips and Grits! You can also sip on North Carolina draft beers or Craft Pickle Martini with North Carolina spirits while enjoying brunch!

Circa’s brunch features among our favorite things to do in Fayetteville, especially during winter!

Early Girl Eatery, Asheville

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Sourcing from high-quality local ingredients, Early Girl Eatery is simply the best breakfast restaurant in Asheville. The folks there believe that local tastes better, so everything is made from scratch.

Plus, yoyou’llind a list of the farmers Early Girl works with as soon as you walk in. Tomatoes are a key ingredient for Early Girl and their shrimp and grits with tomato gravy will show you exactly why.

Early Girl ranks high among our favorite restaurants in Asheville, which we highlight here. We definitely think you should visit during your next weekend there!

Hummingbird, Raleigh

YoYou’llind a little bit of everything when you pull up a barstool at Hummingbird. Located in RaRaleigh’shitaker Mill, Hummingbird showcases a wide variety of dishes including Shakshuka, Peacemaker PoPo’oy, Tomato Pie, and Chef Coleen SpSpeaks’signature Boozy Sticky Buns (Pictured, Right).

WeWe’vencluded Hummingbird among RaRaleigh’sust-eat restaurants and our favorite ways to enjoy a date night.

The Kettle Diner (Jacksonville)

Breakfast Restaurants in North Carolina The Kettle Diner Jacksonville NC

Even if yoyou’reot in the Jacksonville area, you need to check out The Kettle Diner. Serving up casual and tasty dishes since 2001, The Kettle Diner is one of our absolute favorite breakfast restaurants in North Carolina!

They serve breakfast all day but yoyou’reore than welcome to try their ever-changing daily specials.

We obviously included The Kettle Diner among our favorite restaurants in Jacksonville and its Onslow County surroundings.

Pig and Grits, Burnsville

Of course, yoyou’reoing to find these barbecue nerds at a smokehouse for breakfast!

North Carolina Breakfast Pig and Grits

In Burnsville, Pig and Grits has a local vibe serves delicious meals. If yoyou’re sauce fiend, then yoyou’lle pleased! They have five regional sauces, from Eastern NC to Georgia, Tennessee, and even seasonal sauces like Cherry Bourbon, Honey-Sriracha, Applewood Smoked BBQ & more.

Pig. Grits. Livermush. WeWe’ren heaven!

Print Works Bistro, Greensboro

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Located inside GrGreensboro’smployee-owned and LEED-certified Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, Print Works Bistro is the perfect place for an elevated brunch. It was named one of OpOpenTable’s00 Best Brunch Restaurants in America, and we can vouch for it as being a must-eat spot in Greensboro.

Here, you can soak up the beautiful greenery on the outside patio for feel sophisticated in their dining room. Either way, order the Duck Confit Hash and prepare for an amazing meal!

Print Works is one of the many reasons wewe’lle back to stay at Proximity. We highlighted a few more here.

Shelby Café, Shelby

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“S” lit and Dropped” “s exactly how you should order the regional favorite of livermush at Shelby Cafe. This Cleveland County spot has been serving one of North CaCarolina’sest breakfasts since 1922 and continues to do it well. You cacan’to wrong with anything on the menu, but an order of that mush is a must!

Shelby is one of our favorite small towns in North Carolina, thanks to amazing restaurants like Shelby Cafe and more that we discovered during our weekend there.

True Flavors, Durham

Upscale diner favorites with a twist of southern hospitality is exactly what yoyou’llet when you walk into True Flavors. Chef Sidney Coves takes the standard southern classics and kicks it up so high that even momma will start drooling.

Soft Butter Biscuits, Duck Hash, and smooth cheesy grits grace the breakfast menu at this awesome black-owned restaurant in Durham, which you must visit when in the Bull City!

WeWe’veovered quite a few places to eat in Durham, including casual spots and the cicity’swesome international restaurants.

What are Your Favorite Breakfast Restaurants in North Carolina?

We hope yoyou’reble to run into some of these awesome breakfast restaurants in North Carolina. If yoyou’veassed through our state, get to eat here often, or have the fortune of living here, what are your favorites?

It is always our goal to do thoroughly eat…I mean, research when sourcing places to visit in our state. Let us know if ththere’somewhere we missed and we’ll be happy to investigate further.

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12 thoughts on “10 of the Best Breakfast Restaurants in North Carolina”

  1. We love Sizzlin’ Steak & Eggs in Aberdeen ( or maybe it’s actually Southern Pines ). Totally plain & simple food. Most restaurants can’t seem to serve your food got but this place is like being in your Grandma’s kitchen & the food is steaming hot. Very reasonable prices too.

    • Thanks for the recommendation, Leslie. I think we’re gonna have to travel down US 1 and eat there! I pass through Aberdeen when driving down to my mother’s house, so this would be a convenient stop.

  2. You should try the Farmer and the Dell in Snow Hill. It is a small place out in the country that is amazing. It is only opened until lunch but their biscuit bombs are amazing. Also they are bakery so be sure to enjoy the cheesecake brownie. Yummy

  3. Daniel Boone Inn in Boone, Farmer and the Dell in Snow Hill, Amy Jo’s Country Restaurant in Wilson, Shatley Springs in West Jefferson and Melanie’s Food Fantasy in Boone are all great places if you haven’t tried them yet.

  4. We like Biscuit Head locations in Asheville, also Elmos Diner in Durham, (sadly the Carrboro location closed last year) also Twisted Crepe in Asheville is another favorite

  5. Heading to Asheville soon. Gluten free biscuits at Biscuit Head is what I will be dreaming about tonight! Thanks for the review.


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