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Badass Breakfast Spots Across the Triangle +276 fire icon
By Sydney Narayan
Thursday, Oct 05 2017

Whether you think it’s the most important meal of the day, or choose to count coffee as your main food group before noon, everyone has an opinion about breakfast. For breakfast lovers, the Triangle offers up some pretty mouthwatering options. For those who usually skip out on morning meals in favor of hitting snooze, see if a few of these places don’t change your mind.

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Savor A Biscuit At True Flavors Diner

There are many things to love about True Flavors Diner—this diner-next-door serves up Southern dishes for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, with a revolving menu that makes it hard to pick just one favorite item. Still, if you’re going for one reason, it should be the biscuits that come at the beginning of your meal. Let’s just say they’re topped with melted honey butter and leave it at that.

Treat Yourself to True Flavors Diner
$$   .  True Flavors Diner & Catering   .  Durham
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Cure A Hangover at Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

While we’re on the subject of biscuits, we’ll let you in on a hangover secret: a fried chicken biscuit from Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen. Adding cheese is optional but recommended. Wearing pajamas—also highly recommended. Why not? It’s a drive-thru!

Traffic Jam Causing Biscuits
$   .  Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen   .  Chapel Hill
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Grab & Go Breakfast At Happy + Hale

We get it—you’re busy and you’re especially busy in the morning when you woke up late, you're rushing and now you have to hustle to get to work on time. Stop by Happy + Hale for a quick, healthy breakfast that you can eat on-the-go, like a smoothie or breakfast wrap.
P.S. For breakfast-lovers, they serve the breakfast menu all. day. long.

Crisp Salads & Fresh Smoothies at Happy + Hale Durham
$   .  Happy + Hale Durham   .  Durham
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Explore Endless Options At Elmo’s Diner

Elmo’s is a low-key breakfast diner with a very comprehensive menu. Don’t let the options overwhelm you—you’ll be a repeat customer in no time, and you can try everything! Visit either of the two popular locations (one in Carrboro, and the other on 9th Street in Durham) to get your hands on all-day breakfast and delicious Southern specialties.

Grab Good Eats at Elmo’s Diner
$   .  Elmo's Diner   .  Durham
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Grab a German Bite at Guglhupf

Guglhuphf describes itself as “a little bit German,” but there’s a whole lotta’ lovin’ going into this contemporary restaurant’s pastries and breads. Most of their breads and pastries are baked daily, but you can check out their baking schedule online if you have a craving for something specific and want to make sure it’s fresh when you pop in to get it.

Grab a German Bite at Guglhupf
$   .  Guglhupf   .  Durham
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Taste Dame's Legendary Chicken and Waffles

Craving something sweet? Or maybe you’re more in the mood for something savory? Why not both? Dame’s Chicken & Waffles is serving up a popular dish for Southerners and Instagram-lovers. The aptly-named restaurant is serving up crunchy fried chicken and buttermilk waffles. Don’t forget to snap a pic before you dig in.

Taste Dame's Legendary Chicken and Waffles
$$   .  Dame's Chicken & Waffles   .  Durham
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Start Your Day Right At Foster’s Market

Foster’s Market’s morning menu is basically a long list of all your favorite breakfast options: avocado toast, customizable French toast, and a daily omelette special that always features fresh seasonal ingredients. Foster’s is open daily for breakfast, and offers a special brunch menu on weekends.

Savor a Lazy Sunday at Foster's Market
$$   .  Foster's Market   .  Durham
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Feed A Huge Appetite At Big Ed’s City Market

When you wake up super hungry, you need something that’s going to hit the spot. Head to Big Ed’s for a scratch-made, jumbo-sized hot cake with butter and syrup. And they mean jumbo-sized. There’s a reason the line stretches out the door every weekend—but don’t worry, it moves fast.

Hot Cake Eating Contest at Big Ed's
$   .  Big Ed's City Market Restaurant   .  Raleigh
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