If hitting up one of Raleigh’s many brunch-serving restaurants on Sunday morning isn’t already part of your weekly routine, it’s definitely time to start—each weekend, the chefs in our city serve up everything from decadent seasonal pancakes to Southern chicken and waffles done <em>oh so right</em>. Indulgent entrées aside, let’s be honest—the greatest appeal of brunch is being able to sip a cocktail alongside your breakfast spread. Whether your libation of choice is the ever-classic mimosa, a Bloody Mary that is practically an appetizer in itself, or a specialty cocktail that sounds too intriguing to pass up, there’s a mid-morning sip for everyone, right here in Raleigh. Read on for 10 can’t-miss local favorites. Cheers!
Feel like mixing things up? Go right ahead...literally, with the Magnum Mimosa at Trophy Tap and Table. Perfect for a group, it includes a magnum bottle of bubbly served with carafes of freshly squeezed orange juice, pomegranate juice, strawberry puree, and lavender syrup. Be sure to enjoy your specialty mimosa concoction from a table on the rooftop patio for the ultimate TT&T brunch experience.
Luckily for Bloody Mary fans, there is no shortage of them in Raleigh...many claiming to be the best. While there are plenty of worthy options to sample, a particular local favorite is the Award-Winning Bloody Mary at Five Points gem, NoFo at the Pig. Packed with spices and seasonings and served with a skewer full of vegetable garnishes, it’s a budget-friendly option that pairs perfectly with NoFo’s hearty dishes.
Sometimes, there’s simply nothing better at brunch than a traditional glass of bubbly + OJ. If you’re brunching with a group, head to Capital Club 16 to order this classic cocktail in bulk. The “Short Round” party tray holds 11 mimosas, so it comes to your table ready for the ultimate “cheers” Boomerangs.
Possibly home to some of the most Instagrammable cocktails in town, Hummingbird is the new kid on the block, having opened its doors in fall 2017. They’re closed on Sundays, but you can head to their outdoor patio on Saturdays starting at 8 A.M. for colorful drinks like the Hummingbird Fizz (made of hibiscus tea vodka, lime, and Peycahud’s), plus irresistible dishes like avocado toast and coconut chia seed pudding.
Raleighites rejoiced when Poole’s Diner announced they’d be resuming their brunch service in spring of 2017. Ever since, you’ll find the same types of lines on weekend mornings that stretch outside of Poole’s every evening, but rest assured: their Rosé All Day cocktail, made of tequila, Lillet Rosé, lemon, simple syrup, Peychaud's, and soda, (not to mention their frequently changing, but always delicious, seasonal menu) is worth the wait. Arrive a few minutes before they open at 11 for your best chance to snag the first seating.
If your idea of a perfect brunch looks more like huevos rancheros and breakfast tacos than omelets and pancakes, the place for your Sunday morning reservation is Jose and Sons. While their brunch drink menu boasts “Raleigh’s Best Bloody Mary,” their super flavorful Michelada is the drink you’ll be especially hard-pressed to find a better version of anywhere nearby.
Be sure to make a reservation before heading to this Cameron Village hot spot on the weekends—their dining room fills up quickly thanks to the promise of free biscuits with blueberry preserves and (what else) tupelo honey. Two things not to miss—the perfectly sweet and sour Honeysuckle Lavender Flip, which is made of honeysuckle vodka, housemade lavender sour, lemon juice and soda, AND the Cherry Bomb Frosé made of rosé, Luxardo cherry liqueur, lime, mint, and cherry!
Rosé sangria at a French restaurant with marble tables and café chairs, surrounded by some of the best shopping in town? If you’re looking for a place to brunch with the girls on Sunday, Coquette is a crowd favorite—its Parisian-inspired decor is rivaled by its fresh-baked pastries, a delicious menu (quiche Lorraine, anyone?), and of course, bubbly beverages like this spring-inspired sangria.
For the days when you need both a little hair of the dog and a health boost, enter the kombucha cocktail (prosecco + kombucha) at Raleigh Raw. They don’t serve a traditional sit-down brunch, per se, but adding a little bit of bubbly to their menu of smoothie bowls, parfaits, and housemade granola makes for a delicious Sunday morning meal you can enjoy guilt-free.