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11 Instagrammable Restaurants for you to Bookmark. ASAP.

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From seasonal menus to beautiful interior, we love a restaurant that plays to all of our senses. In an age where social media is queen, we know there are plenty of folks who want to visit Instagrammable restaurants. Some leave a restaurant with interior-design inspiration. If you fall in one of these categories and love a good food and cocktails, we have two lists for you to pin.

Places That Will Make Your Instagram Pretty

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We can count on CurEater Angela Hansberger to create specific lists like her CurEat list of Instagrammable restaurants. Sometimes we want to eat at a restaurant that serves incredible food and gives us the opportunity to snap a cool photo. If you plan to travel to Atlanta, pin Angela’s “Places That Will Make Your Instagram Pretty” CurEat list. Tiny Lou’s at Hotel Clairmont and Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits are some of the Instagrammable restaurants that she recommends. We can guarantee that these places are not just a pretty spaces. If Angela likes them, we’ll like them.

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Restaurants With Major Interior Design Goals

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Sometimes we walk into a restaurant only to discover that the interior is just as breathtaking as the food. You’ll find restaurants like Hello, Sailor, Brewery Bhavana and Picnic on CurEater and writer Jenn Rice’s “Restaurants With Major Interior Design Goals”. We can verify that Hello, Sailor and Brewery Bhavana’s interiors will inspire you to remodel your home. The food will also leave you coming back for more.

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Now that we’ve shown you how to find Instagrammable restaurants via CurEat, can you think of some that you’ve visited. If so, create your own CurEat lists and share them with us and your friends.

Beat the Heat in New Orleans and Eat

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The heat in New Orleans in the summer is not a joke. Seeing that Raleigh, NC has its fair share of piping-hot days, we know all of the great bars and restaurants with good patios and refreshing menus.   We are headed to the Big Easy in July and found ourselves asking, “Where do we beat the heat in New Orleans?” So we tapped into our CurEaters’ to see what they had on their New Orleans lists for us to bookmark for the trip. 

Our Beat the Heat Bookmarks

Cane & Table
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When you want to cool down in a sweet courtyard with a cold cocktail to beat the heat in New Orleans, Cane & Table is it. We found this gem on CurEater Amy Langrehr’s “New Orleans” CurEat list and immediately bookmarked it. After taking a look at the menu, we know that we’ll 100 percent order the Coconut Marinated Cucumber Salad, Little Gem Salad, Coctel de Mariscos, and basically the entire small plates menu.

Cochon Butcher
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We don’t always crave sandwiches when it’s hot out but we can’t resist the urge to try Cochon Butcher, especially since it’s on 14 CurEaters’ New Orleans lists. We would order the Moroccan Spiced Lamb or the Cold Roast Beef and add on a cocktail.

Willa Jean
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There are many reasons why we want to try Chef Kelly Fields’ Willa Jean. For one, it’s on CurEater Lisa Donovan’s New Orleans CurEat list. They also serve up frosé. We couldn’t think of a better beverage to beat the heat in New Orleans. You can choose dishes made with fresh, local ingredients from their breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menu. Kelly Fields is a stellar chef and person, so we would eat anything that she puts on our plates.

Compère lapin
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Thanks to CurEater Keith Rhodes and 8 other CurEaters for the Compère Lapin recommendation. Chef Nina Compton received the James Beard Foundation Best Chef: South 2018, so we definitely bookmarked Compère Lapin. For brunch, we would go for the Bottom-less Brunch Punch/Dealer’s Choice, chilled shrimp, and goat bolognese. After looking at the menu, we know we can’t go wrong with the playful dishes that are inspired by Caribbean folktales.

 

The Best Barbecue Road Map. You’re Welcome.

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Being from North Carolina, we’re serious about barbecue — real serious. We may be a little partial to NC ‘cue, but we know that the taste varies from state to state. Now that summer holidays are upon us it’s time to indulge in the American classic, whether you go a barbecue restaurant or serve it up in your backyard. To guide you to the ‘cue this summer,  follow our 7 barbecue CurEaters.

Amy Mills 

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Known as the barbecue heiress, CurEater Amy Mills is the daughter of barbecue legend Mike Mills. Amy co-authored the James Beard Award-nominated Peace, Love, and Barbecue with her dad and owns OnCue Consulting. She is known as the go-to girl for all things barbecue, and it’s obvious why. If you find yourself in St. Louis this summer, it’s imperative that you check out her and her dad’s 17th Street BBQ. Amy also has CurEat lists that highlight more than just BBQ. We’ve always wanted to know where a barbecue maven eats when she isn’t slinging ‘cue.

Sam Jones

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If Amy Mills is the barbecue heiress, then pitmaster and CurEater Sam Jones is the barbecue heir in North Carolina. He is the king of whole hog ‘cue in eastern NC and a 3rd generation pitmaster. Just in case you were unsure, eastern NC BBQ is vinegar based. (The rival between western NC and eastern NC barbecue is another story.) Sam’s grandfather opened Skylight Inn BBQ in 1947 in Ayden, NC where he smoked whole hogs over wood. Sam took over Skylight Inn and opened a second restaurant, Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville, NC. You can bet your bottom dollar that Sam’s CurEat lists are filled with some great barbecue classics!

Alex Graf
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Pitmistress and CurEater Alex retired from architecture to open ZZQ* Texas Craft Barbeque in Richmond, VA with her husband Chris Graf. ZZQ* blends together the flavors of Central Texas and the influences of Central Virginia. If you missed our blog post about Alex in April, you can head over to read more about her. You can also follow this pitmistress on CurEat to see where she enjoys BBQ in Austin, TX!

Matt Register

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Co-founder of Southern Smoke BBQ and CurEater Matt Register smokes pork the old-fashioned way, slow and over oak wood. Matt co-founded Southern Smoke BBQ with his wife Jessica in Garland, NC, which is also in eastern NC. (We’re noticing a trend, here!) Matt and Jessica also make two barbecue sauces that are highly sought after in NC. Follow Matt on CurEat and check out his BBQ Peeps list to see some of his favorites.

Wyatt Dickson
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Barbecue man and CurEater Wyatt Dickson was on the law school track until he stumbled upon the world of whole hog BBQ. In 2016 he opened Picnic, a whole hog barbecue joint, with chef Ben Adams and heritage pig farmer Ryan Butler. Southern Living called Wyatt’s whole hog barbecue the “next generation ‘cue”. We’re pretty lucky to live in driving distance to Picnic. We highly recommend you check out Wyatt’s NC Barbecue Musts CurEat list.

F Griffin Bufkin

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In out highlight post about F Griffin Bufkin back in February, we learned that Griffin spreads the Southern food/BBQ gospel. He opened Southern Soul BBQ with pitmaster Harrison Sapp on St.Simons Island, GA about a decade ago. Griffin may not be the pitmaster, but he does know a thing or two about barbecue and Southern food. If you want to taste the soul of Georgia, Griffin’s CurEat lists will guide you to the best places.

CurEat Craft Cocktails Like a Boss (or CurEater)

In Raleigh, NC, it feels like we skipped over spring and steam rolled right into summer. That being said, you’ll find us drinking fresh, craft cocktails on breezy patios or in cool (cold) bars. This spring/summer whether you’re in the mood to go out and socialize with a big group or pick up some beer for your backyard barbecue, we know exactly where and what you should be getting.

For the person who wants to hit the town…
The Punch Room
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Located inside the Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown Charlotte, The Punch Room is the perfect place to grab craft cocktails made by CurEater and master mixologist, Bob Peters. He is a Charlotte native and winner of the 2015 Global Bartender of the Year for the Ritz Carlton, is the head mixologist at the Punch Room. Thanks to Bob, the charlotte beverage scene is on the up and up, and all we can say is that you don’t want to miss out.

What to get?

Roman Punch: Brandy, Dark Rum, Lemon, Raspberry Syrup, a Splash of Port and Prosecco.
For the beer-loving barbecue master…  
Tasty Beverage Co.
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If you’re throwing a porch party or a hosting barbecue this season in Raleigh or Asheville, NC, might we suggest picking up some beverages from CurEater Johnny Belflower’s Tasty Beverage Co. Tasty Beverage Co. has locations in Raleigh and Asheville and is dedicated completely to beer. The best part? You can place an order online for pickup or delivery. Game changer.

What to get?

Jam Band Berry Ale: It’s a fruit wheat beer with blueberry, red raspberry and tart cherry flavors.
For the DIY cocktail lover…
Crude Bitters

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If you’re the type that loves to make your own cocktail, we have the ingredient that will crush your cocktail game. CurEater Craig Rudewicz’s Crude Bitters, a North Carolina-based cocktail bitters company creates handcrafted bitters and syrups that are just the thing to take your craft cocktails to the next level. The Crude Bitters website features a recipe section, and we’ve found the perfect spring, craft cocktail recipe and we’re passing it on so you can turn those 

What to make?

Ol’ Rita: with Tequila, Lime Juice, Orange Juice, Cointreau, Crude Bitter, Marriage bitters and one drop of “Tiki” bitters
For the day drinker/bruncher…
The Lakewood Restaurant
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CurEater Phoebe Lawless’ The Lakewood Restaurant is the place to go on the weekends for crisp, craft cocktails. You can enjoy a house cocktail at the bar or grab a table on the rooftop for bites and drinks. One of the coolest parts? The Lakewood is in a historic building that was home to Durham, NC’s Davis Baking Co. for more than 60 years! Our personal favorite is the tin ceiling! 

What to get?

Fizz:  Aperol, egg white, lemon and soda

Bookmark, Pin and Discover Restaurants and Lists

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It’s Friday and you’re scrolling through the screenshots in the album on your phone. You’re looking for the pictures of restaurants, bars and coffee shops to plan your weekend brunch, lunch and dinner excursions. In all honesty, you most likely deleted them because your phone’s storage space was running low. So, we are going to take this moment to tell you about two CurEat features that will not only change your life, but they will also decrease the amount of screenshots you have on your phone: bookmarking and pinning. (We’re always here for you.)
How to Bookmark

Did you know that you can bookmark the restaurants you want to remember for future trips, date nights or Sunday brunches? (This would be the perfect place to insert a happy dance gif.) Open your CurEat app, browse through some of your favorite CurEaters and friends, find a restaurant you want to try in the future and simply click bookmark. Yep, it’s that easy. After bookmarking your restaurant of choice, just head to your profile and click the bookmark tab. Underneath, you’ll discover restaurants you’ve bookmarked.

How to Pin

If you discover CurEat lists that have multiple restaurants you would like to try, you can pin the entire list. Think about it like Pinterest. All CurEat lists are different and you might want to reference CurEater Jenny Bonchak’s “Coffee – Austin” list and CurEater Sam Jones’ “Austin” list. Simply hit the “pin” button on each list so you’ll remember to check them out. Like the “Bookmarks” section on your profile, there is a “Pinned” section where you can find the lists you pinned!

Now that you know how to swing a little more on the CurEat ropes, we challenge you to bookmark and pin as many restaurants and lists as you can. Happy listing!

6 CurEaters Who Are Here for You on National Pizza Day

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It’s not a secret. We’re in love with pizza. If you follow us on social media, then you know we recently embarked on our inaugural “I Wish You Were Pizza” tour — inspired by CurEater Mattie Beason and Felicia Trujillo. While you may think we’re “pizza’d” out, we’re absolutely not. In fact, some of us eat pizza more than twice a week, which means we’ll definitely be eating a slice (actually slices) for National Pizza Day. If you want to follow suit, we found 6 lists to give you some inspiration.

Mattie Beason // “I Wish You Were Pizza” List 

CurEater Mattie Beason influenced the name of our pizza tour with his t-shirt and the name of his pizza list. To say Mattie really loves pizza is an understatement. If you are feeling really adventurous and you live in the Triangle, you can take your own pizza tour this week (maybe Valentine’s Day) with Mattie’s “I Wish You Were Pizza” list. And if you’re in Baltimore, you can check out Hersh’s Pizza.

Vivian Howard // “Inspiration for Benny’s Big Time” List 

CurEater Vivian Howard recently opened Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria in Wilmington, NC. (We’re already planning a road trip to the Big Time.) We were overjoyed when she created a list of pizzerias that inspired her. Vivian’s taste doesn’t lie, so we know that each place on her list definitely hits the pizza mark. From NYC to Phoenix, you’ll 100% find a spot to fall in love with pizza all over again.

Robert Alexander // “Pizza” List 

CurEater Robert Alexander is the Master Baker at H&F Bread Co. in Atlanta, so we know his pizza list is top notch. For all you Atlanta natives and those traveling to ATL, you now have 4 solid pizzerias to choose from to celebrate the National Pizza Day today and everyday.

Bob Peters // “My Favorite Pizza Places” List

Bob Peters is a cocktail artisan and the Creative Director of Bar Operations of The Punch Room at The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, NC. When Bob Peters creates a cocktail, we know we are about to sip something that will change our lives. Literally. He knows how to make a solid cocktail. Seeing that we trust him to blow our minds with a creative cocktail, we trust he knows good pizza. He did create a list for his favorite pizzerias in Charlotte, after all.

Amber Faulisi // “Fav Pizza spots in the USA” List 

Pizzeria Faulisi in Cary, NC was the first stop on our “I Wish You Were Pizza” tour. We hearted everything about it, especially the interior. When it comes to finding the best pizza in the U.S., you can 100% count on Amber Faulisi to know the right spots. She has places listed from New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Oregon. Thank you, Amber, for making all our pizza dreams come true on National Pizza Day.

Kevin Getzewich // “Pizza N Breakfast or Lunch” List

CurEater Kevin Getzewich, Executive Chef at One Broad Street, gives you two pizzeria options in Charleston. Sometimes it’s better to have just a few options that you know for a fact will be amazing. We’ve wanted to try Luke’s Craft Pizza for a while now, and we plan on doing so when we are in Charleston for the Charleston Wine and Food Festival. We’re coming for ya, Luke!

Lists for the Slopes: Find the Best Places to Eat at the Top Ski Destinations

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Let’s face it, the best part of skiing is the après. We will put our fear aside and take on a black diamond if we know there’s an exceptional dish and libation waiting at the end of the run. If you’re packing your bags for a few more winter hurrahs on some of the top slopes before beach season, we’re 120% here to help you find the best places to eat and drink. These three CurEaters have lists in some of the most popular ski destinations in the country.
Jenn Rice // Where to get a drink in park city 
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This list is it. Aside from some of the best spots to grab an after-the-mountain drink, it’s also got some pretty good eats. Whether you want a glass of wine, burger and fries, cocktail, or elk loin, you’ll find a place for each on this list. Jenn Rice definitely has her finger on the top bites in one of the top ski destinations.

Kenny Gilbert // Telluride 
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CurEater and Chef Kenny Gilbert lists his favorite restaurants in Telluride, and they’re all extremely different. Looking for the pub vibe where you can sip a brewski and eat a burger to recover from a day on the mountain? Try Smuggler’s Brewpub. If you have a hankering for authentic Thai cuisine, check out Siam. Maybe you just want a classic cheese pizza that makes you feel right at home. Well, Brown Dog Pizza has you covered on that one. You never know what you’ll crave once you conquer some of the most difficult slopes. Clearly, Chef Gilbert’s cravings differ, so you’re in luck.

Carrie Morey // Jackson Hole 

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With 12 spots on this list, it will be hard to pick your favorite. We would definitely start our day at Persephone Bakery because their milk toast caught our eye. We’d absolutely find our way to Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas for, yep, tacos and tequila. There really is something for everyone in Jackson Hole, so let Carrie’s list act as your field guide.

4 Restaurant Bucket Lists to Follow ASAP

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It’s no secret that we find comfort in the familiar. Even though we are creatures of habit, there’s nothing like stepping out of the routine to try new flavors. Because life tends to be a bit wild with schedules, it’s hard to keep track of the best restaurants and bars you’ve heard about through the grapevine. So naturally, we’re here for you. We explored and found 4 CurEaters with solid restaurant bucket lists to give your tastebuds a nudge in a new direction.

Rochelle Johnson’s “NYC on my List”

If you have a restaurant bucket list in New York City, you’re already ahead of the game. With NYC being such a popular spot for a winter, summer, spring or fall vacation, it’s a no-brainer that we share CurEater Rochelle Johnson‘s  NYC bucket list. On her list you’ll find classic Italian joints, swanky bars, and lively Mexican cuisine. Go ahead and check it out for your future trip to the Big Apple. Disclaimer: You may need multiple NYC restaurant bucket lists. 

Billy Allin’s “Billy’s List”

When it comes to Atlanta grub, we trust CurEater Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale. If you want to add the best restaurants and bars to your Atlanta bucket list, check out “Billy’s List”. From pizza joints and Southern fare to taverns and bars, you’ll find what you’re looking for.  From us to you, you’ll definitely want to put Cakes & Ale on your list. And if you go to the Cakes & Ale Café, sit at the table that’s nestled in the corner by the window.

Lydia Clopton’s “Places I Want to go”

CurEater and pastry chef Lydia Clopton has a great bucket list for the Southeast. On her “Places I Want to Try” list, you’ll find restaurants in Raleigh, Atlanta, Durham and Asheville. Seeing that Lydia is the pastry chef at PinPoint Restaurant in Wilmington, NC, you know she has bakeries on the list that she wants to visit. Follow Lydia’s list to see if your restaurant bucket list matches hers. 

Angela Hansberger’s “Bucket List Favorites”

We spent Martin Luther King weekend CurEating our way through Atlanta with CurEater Angela Hansberger. For the record, all of the restaurants on Angela’s “Bucket List Favorites” are now on our bucket list. If Angela likes it, then we know we will, too. Her list has roots all over the country with restaurants in California, Tennessee, and Georgia. If you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone, take a look at this list (and all of Angela’s lists).

Holidays with the Sommeliers

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The holiday cheer is flowing like wine, and we’re here for it.  We’re also here for the rest and relaxation. If you’re like us and you look forward to the end of the day when you’re curled up in your favorite spot on the couch, sipping on your favorite libation, we have some great news. With a little over a week left in the holiday season before the new year, we are spotlighting five sommelier CurEaters and why you should follow them on CurEat to find the restaurant(s) that will carry you out of 2017 and tastefully into 2018!

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Inez Ribustello

After starting her wine career at a Best Cellars wine store in New York City, Inez went on to become an Assistant Cellar Master at the acclaimed World Trade Center restaurant Windows on the World. She was then promoted to Beverage Director which made her the buyer for the largest grossing restaurant in North America. Need more reason to follow her on CurEat?

In 2002, she and her husband opened On the Square, a restaurant, wine bar and wine store which won Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence in 2009. They also founded Tarboro Brewing Company in 2008. All we have to say is that we trust someone with great taste in beer, wine and food.

When Inez finds herself in NYC, she likes to eat at Charlie Bird, Cosme and Le Coucou. Check out her “Where to eat in NYC” list for other recommendations.

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André Mack

While working as a sommelier in San Antonio in 2003, André was awarded Best Young Sommelier in America at the age of 30. Four years later, he went on to start Maison Noir Wines, which are served at some of the best restaurants in the U.S. In addition to founding his own company, he also curates for Club W, a wine club that provides personal recommendations for its members. 

If you’re wondering where André likes to eat when he’s traveling, his profile houses some great lists from Portland, Memphis, Detroit, Charlotte and more. We can guarantee you’ll find great wine at any of the restaurants on his lists.

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Hai Tran

In November 2016, Hai Tran became the beverage director and sommelier at The Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. Before that, he worked as the sommelier at Herons at The Umstead Hotel in Cary, North Carolina. Hai Tran received his Advanced Sommelier certificate by the Court of Master Sommeliers in July 2014, and was one of only 13 individuals in the country to pass the notoriously hard exam at the time.

Hai’s CurEat profile includes 14 different lists with tons of great recommendations in a city you might find yourself in over the holiday season. You’ll find recs in cities like Asheville, Atlanta, Boston, Charleston and Dallas. And that’s not even half of them.

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Jason Restivo

Jason Revisto has over 21 years of experience in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. His experience started at Peppoli in Pebble Beach. He eventually made his way across the country to Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, where he’s spent the last six years as a beverage program developer at two esteemed restaurants in Savannah, Georgia. Jason is a certified Sommelier of the Court of the Master Sommeliers, and was voted Best Sommelier from 2012 to 2014 by the Savannah community. Jason is a go to for not only wine, but he’s also got some great food lists.

If you plan to spend your holiday in Savannah, Jason’s profile is one you’ll want to browse through. He has a list for Best Burger in Savannah, Best Coffee Shops in Savannah, and of course Best Wine list in Savannah.

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Justin Amick

Justin Amick is the Co-owner of The Painted Pin in Atlanta. After moving to Napa Valley and working for the Trinchero Estate’s winemaking team, Amick became the proud recipient of the prestigious Rudd Scholarship from the Master Sommeliers in 2011. If Napa is your holiday destination (and we’re jealous if it is), Justin has a list for some of the best restaurants in Napa. He also has an Atlanta list, Edisto list and a Nantucket list. You won’t want to miss out on one of his recommendations.

The CurEat Brunch Club

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Real talk: brunch is the best meal of the day, and we’re going to take liberties and assume you agree. How could it not be when you can drink coffee for the first half of the meal and switch to bottomless mimosas for the second? Because you’re technically eating two meals at once, there’s no shame at all in eating pancakes drenched in syrup, a cheeseburger with fries, or both. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet and sugary or something savory and warm, you can always find it on a brunch menu. For all you brunchers out there looking for the perfect spot for a mid-weekend meal, we have the lists.


Visit Raleigh’s “But First Brunch” List

With 28 restaurants to choose from in Raleigh, visitRaleigh’s list has it all. From breweries to diners to cafe’s, there’s something on this list for everyone and for every craving you’ve ever experienced. From CurEater Ashley Christensen’s Poole’s Diner to CurEater Vansana Nolintha’s Brewery Bhavana, this brunch list will be your number one guide to Raleigh brunch. 

Robert Alexander’s “Sunday Brunch” List

Robert Alexander is not only a self-taught baker and a 2016 James Beard semifinalist, but he also worked at a French bakery in a small village in the French Alps. We definitely trust someone who worked at a French bakery when it come to brunch. If you find yourself in this bread master’s neck of the woods this holiday season, check out his “Sunday Brunch” list to see his top Atlanta brunch spots. If we were you, we’d start at West Egg Cafe

Stanfield Gray’s “Rise & Refuel” List

If coffee is your thing (you know it’s ours), this is the list for you. Stanfield’s list offers an amazing selection of some of the best brunch spots in Charleston. In addition to listing some great restaurants with southern dishes like like shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles, it also has restaurants with trendy, unique alternatives like avocado toast, crepes and ham and cheese croissants. Be sure to bookmark this list for your next visit to Charleston. You can thank us later.

French Broad Chocolates’ “Favorite Breakfast” list

Although this list says “breakfast”, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be out of bed before noon. It also happens to be one of our favorites when it comes to eating a mid-morning meal in Asheville. It has it all. Doughnuts? Oh yeah. Eggs? You bet. Cocktails. Heck yes. If you’re in the mood for anything at all, scroll through French Broad Chocolates’ list and find your happy place with your favorite brunch squad.

Ralph Brabham’s “DC Brunch Essentials” List 

When in D.C., you brunch. We couldn’t think of a better place to drink mimiosas and Bloody Marys. If you plan to spend a weekend in D.C., it’s vital that you follow CurEater Ralph Brabham, owner of beau thai, and check out his “DC Brunch Essentials” list. You can’t go wrong with any of the restaurants on his list. If you want a good place to start, head to All-Purpose Pizzeria for their Antipasta Bloody Mary.