Start The Morning with Brunch at
One of These Local Joints

These restaurants have been serving excellent food for
more than 15 years.

By Jackie Boeheim
Above image from Herons at the Umstead Hotel & Spa


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Bass Lake Draft House

124 Bass Lake Road, Holly Springs
Brunch (Saturday & Sunday 9am – 1pm)

The Bass Lake Draft House is a casual and welcoming restaurant with more than 30 beers on tap. While they are known largely for their award-winning hamburgers, it’s their weekend brunch that has become famous among the locals.

Breakfast platters are traditionally Southern, and both hearty and robust. The Bass Lake Chicken & Biscuits are not only served on Southern style biscuits, but topped with applewood smoked bacon and sausage gravy. The corned beef hash and cheddar omelets are also savory choices for the whole family.

Belgian Café

1232 W Williams Street, Apex
Breakfast & Brunch

With a menu straight from Brussels, Belgian Café prides itself on the authenticity and creativity of their dishes. The café chefs are creating divine chocolates, macaroons, pastries and more. Everything is made from scratch and handcrafted to provide you with the ultimate Belgian coffeehouse experience.

Breakfast at Belgian Café is light yet filled with flavor. Everything is made with recipes from the kitchens of Brussels, including authentic Belgian waffles, freshly baked croissants, and handmade quiches. Pair that with fresh-squeezed orange juice, coffee, and custom espresso drinks made by their in-house baristas.

Brunch is the six-letter word that defines any good weekend. You stroll into the hippest breakfast joint where you hear the sound of plates clacking and the smell of coffee lingers. Smokey bacon, poached eggs and succulent pastries decorate the menus, and you escape into the wonderland of brunch.

There are many five-star restaurants serving up delectable breakfast fare. Some offer their morning goods every day of the week and some specialize in weekend brunch. Below are a few restaurants that are cooking up some seriously scrumptious morning meals.

photo by davies photography

photo by davies photography

Dean’s Kitchen + Bar

1080 Darrington Drive, Cary
Sunday Brunch

Dean’s Kitchen works closely with North Carolina farmers and vendors to source fresh and local ingredients, the foundation to the success of their savory meals. Their lunch and dinner menus change seasonally to provide their guests with the best our state has to offer.

The restaurant serves up an extensive Sunday brunch buffet fit with shrimp and grits, oysters on the half shell, fried chicken, made-to-order omelets, s’mores station and more. The full-of-variety fare is just $23 for adults, $12 for kids ages 3-10, and free for those under three. $5 Bloody Marys and Mimosas round out an already delicious brunch.

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Herons at The Umstead Hotel & Spa

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary
Breakfast (M-F 6:30am – 10am)
Brunch (Saturday & Sunday 7am – 1pm)

Located right here in Cary is a Forbes five-star restaurant. Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa has been featured in multiple national magazines and has won awards for its exquisite cuisine. The ambience is classic and elegant, perfect for a romantic morning out.

Herons serves a quaint weekday breakfast. The cured salmon bagel is decorated with red onions, capers, and dill. Order the crab cake benedict with choron hollandaise or grab a traditional breakfast of old-fashioned pancakes.

The weekend brunch offers a well-rounded menu with traditional and specialty breakfasts. The specialty items include chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and steak and eggs. Order a side of shareables, like deviled eggs or duck confit croquettes for the table and you won’t leave hungry.