We’ve been fortunate enough to travel throughout our state and visit so many restaurants in North Carolina, especially during breakfast. Our experiences have ranged from elevated to down-home country classics, and all are delicious in their own ways.
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. We originally created it on May 13, 2019. It has been maintained and updated, as of October 17, 2019.
Breakfast Restaurants in North Carolina
Early Girl Eatery, Asheville
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, you’ll find 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.
Pines Country Inn, Brevard
Overlooking its beautiful Pisgah Forest surroundings near Brevard, the Pines Country Inn sits on a 12-acre pinewood plot. While it’s not a typical restaurant, we totally recommend a stay here just for their delicious farmhouse breakfast.
Locals rave about it and we couldn’t agree more, which is why it’s one of our favorites throughout North Carolina.
Fern, Flavors from the Garden, Charlotte
Southern breakfast is not just for carnivores in North Carolina’s largest city, thanks to places like Fern, Flavors from the Garden. At this Charlotte spot, you’ll find Seitan chicken and waffles and Panko-crusted Violife mac and cheese, which are delicious and yes, a healthier brunch option.
Just a heads up, you should reserve a table in advance because this place quickly fills up.
We included Fern among more tasty places in our guide to healthy eats in Charlotte.
True Flavors, Durham
Upscale diner favorites with a twist of southern hospitality is exactly what you’ll get 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!
Circa 1800, Fayetteville
We can’t stop thinking about the build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar or the signature Chicken and Waffles during brunch at Fayetteville’s Circa 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!
Print Works Bistro, Greensboro
Located inside Greensboro‘s employee-owned and LEED-certified Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, Print Works Bistro is the perfect place for an elevated brunch. It was named one of OpenTable’s 100 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 we’ll be back to stay at Proximity. We highlighted a few more here.
Baker’s Kitchen, New Bern
You’ll get hungry before starting your day in New Bern’s historic downtown, and Baker’s Kitchen is exactly where you should eat breakfast. Hot and fresh biscuits and cinnamon rolls are made daily and you cannot leave town without trying this Bear Town restaurant’s famous Dutch Potatoes!
Baker’s Kitchen complements a great restaurant scene in New Bern, which you’ll quickly discover while spending a weekend there.
You’ll find a little bit of everything when you pull up a barstool at Hummingbird. Located in Raleigh‘s Whitaker Mill, Hummingbird showcases a wide variety of dishes including Shakshuka, Peacemaker Po’ Boy, Tomato Pie, and Chef Coleen Speaks’s signature Boozy Sticky Buns (Pictured, Right).
Shelby Café, Shelby
“Split and Dropped” is exactly how you should order the regional favorite of livermush at Shelby Cafe. This Cleveland County spot has been serving one of North Carolina’s best breakfasts since 1922 and continues to do it well. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but an order of that mush is a must!
Barrier Island Bagels, Southern Shores
Grab an egg bagel and a smear, a delicious hot coffee, or an acai bowl and fuel up with goodness before you hit the beach.
It’s a no-brainer that Barrier Island Bagels features among the best Outer Banks restaurants that you’ll find.
What are Your Favorite Breakfast Restaurants in North Carolina?
We hope you’re able to run into some of these awesome breakfast restaurants in North Carolina. If you’ve passed 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 there’s somewhere we missed and we’ll be happy to investigate further.