Let’s be clear, brunch is not breakfast. There’s something quite special about the in-between weekend meal, and restaurants all over Durham are embracing the brunch lifestyle with dedicated menus just for this special course. Here’s a guide to some of the most unique brunch experiences in Durham, as well as classic Southern favorites.
Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Restaurant | Sample German fare on the weekend brunch cafe menu at this European-meets-Southern eatery. Familiar brunch items like eggs benedict over Westphalian ham and nutella on grilled brioche bread mix with traditional German cuisine, such as schnitzel and house-made bratwurst. Don’t leave before popping into the attached bakery for an almond schnecke pastry.
Straight Up Southern
Piedmont | Specializing in hyperlocal cuisine, brunch visitors to Piedmont will find menu items from some of their favorite nearby purveyors, like the Loaf Bakery brioche French toast served with poached apples, candied pecans, and bourbon-maple syrup, or the barbecue pork shoulder with root vegetable hash, a fried egg, and Pig Whistle BBQ Sauce.
True Flavors Diner | It’s hard to snag a seat at the cozy True Flavors diner on the weekends but the inventive menu is truly worth the wait. You’re served a hot, buttermilk biscuit the second you sit down (try not to inhale it), and the menu is filled with delicious dishes like slow roasted duck hash with roasted red peppers, thyme, shallots, and eggs, or the creamy four-cheese shrimp and grits with peppers, onions, fresh corn, sausage, and eggs on the side.
The Lakewood | With a comprehensive brunch menu and assorted house cocktails, you'll definitely leave The Lakewood satisfied. Try their biscuit Benedict, sesame sorghum granola and duck confit, all fit for a palette ready for a mid-morning adventure.
Watts Grocery | Start brunch on the sweet side with an order of Southwestern churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce, followed by the Farmer’s Scramble with eggs, house-made chicken basil sausage, mushrooms, kale, and feta cheese. If you’re in a lunch mood, munch on the fried oyster po’boy and French fries.
Durham Hotel Disco Brunch | Turn brunch into a full-fledged party at the Durham Hotel every third Sunday of the month, where local DJs spin vinyl in accordance with a monthly theme. Dishes like smoked North Carolina fish toast, pecan French toast, and steak and eggs are served alongside Bloody Marys and punch bowls.
Bottomless Mimosas | Bottomless mimosas can turn any meal into a party, and the weekend brunch menu at The Little Dipper Fondue on Main offer endless glasses of OJ and bubbly.
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours | If you're in the mood for both breadth and depth in your brunch adventures, a food tour may be just what you're looking for. Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours hosts 10am tours on Saturdays and visits Pie Pushers, NanaSteak, and Counting House for breakfast and brunch dishes, as well as Lucky's Deli for a lunch tasting and Pour Taproom for beer and dessert. Looking for a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning tour to even more Durham staples? They have those too.