A Local’s Guide to Brunch In Boone
You’ve heard it time and time again: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Well, we’d like to respectfully make the case that brunch is the most important (and anticipated) meal of your entire week! Visit any, or all, of the following spots and you’ll know exactly what we mean. Keep in mind, some of these restaurants have brunch-specific menus and some do not. Either way, each of these dining options has a mix of breakfast & lunch options for your weekend foodie adventures, and that’s brunch enough for us!
Saturday, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm & Sunday, 10:30 am - 2 pm* | Reservations recommended.
Arguably the best chicken and waffles in Boone, Vidalia features mouthwatering southern classics with a touch of sophistication. Enjoy the casual, yet upscale atmosphere while supporting North Carolina agriculture with their farm-fresh brunch offerings. And don’t skip out on the brunch beverages! The wall of wines may be tempting, but drinks like the “Bloody Vidalia” and the “Brass Monkey’ will leave you satisfied and smiling. Just don’t leave TOO happy - the county courthouse is right across the street!
Friday & Saturday 7 am - 9 pm, Sunday - Tuesday 7 am - 3 pm, Wednesday & Thursday 7 am - 8:30 pm*
At this retro 50s-style diner, brunch is an everyday thing. Dine like an icon of the Golden Age with the “Patsy Cline Patty Melt,” or stick with familiar country breakfast options like Troy’s version of steak & eggs, the “Razzle Dazzle.” Troy’s has been serving up an expansive selection of down-home favorites for almost two decades; snag a barstool next to a regular and you may be lucky enough to catch an endearing oral history. One thing is certain: if you don’t order one of their mouthwatering milkshakes or bountiful banana splits before you leave, you didn’t get the full Troy’s 105 Diner experience.
Monday - Friday 7 am - 1 pm, Saturday & Sunday 7 am - 2 pm*
Get there early, order a latte from their coffee counter & prepare for a wait – this local favorite fills up faster than Kidd Brewer Stadium on game day. Once you take that first delectable bite into their specialty “High Country Hash,” you’ll realize what all the fuss is about. Fan favorites include any of their eggs benedict options, seasonal homemade corned beef hash, and the “Crunch and Munch”, which is the breakfast version of a certain worldwide taco franchises’ trademarked supreme wrap with crunch (if you know, you know). Point is, Sunrise Grill is one of the best family-owned and operated brunch spots in the High Country.
Sunday, 11 am - 3:30 pm*
For those looking to enjoy an upscale brunch, The Local is a fantastic downtown option. Teleport to the low country with creamy shrimp and grits, finishing with beignets featuring a Carolina twist. Share a pitcher of mimosas with the crew while you pop locally-made cheese curds and people-watch from the porch. Above all else, don’t forget to start with the pulled pork nachos–no sharing necessary.
Sunday, 11 am - 3pm*
A local’s favorite for housemade pasta and free wine tastings on Wednesdays, Basil’s will have you coming back for brunch when the workweek is done. Sunday’s offerings range from brunch salads to biscuits with beer cheese, duck confit tacos to spaghetti & meatballs. For those of you that had a little too much fun at Boone Saloon the night before, soak up your sins with the “Naptime” and postpone your Sunday plans accordingly. Or, try a little hair of the dog with Basils’ mimosa flights. Options like blueberry-pomegranate and guava-pineapple are sure to tempt your tastebuds. Local tip: be sure to ask about the french toast special, it changes weekly.
Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm - 4 pm*
From the team that brought some of the best burgers to Boone, Lily's Snack Bar should be your first stop if you're looking to have "A Real Cool Time" in a laid-back and inclusive environment. This brunch-all-day sandwich shop and bar like to have fun with their specialty cocktails, vegan-friendly entrees, and general tiki-bar-meets-adult-summer-camp vibe. For fans of reimagined brunch classics, try their McLily's Muffin (pictured above). If you aren't afraid to get adventurous, the delicious Brunch Corndogs will leave you thinking, "Why haven't I thought of that?" And the cocktails! YUM. Ultimately, it would be a crime to leave without ordering their Famous Potato Wedges and taking a selfie in front of that iconic neon sign.
Daily, Breakfast 8 am - 2 pm, Lunch 11 am - 2 pm*
If you’re staying downtown, you’ll want to get brunch at Melanie’s. Even if you’re not staying downtown, you’ll want to get brunch at Melanie’s. The homemade apple butter is downright habit-forming. Multiple vegan and vegetarian options promise a delicious plate no matter the preference. On one of Boone’s beautiful bluebird days, snag a seat on their pet-friendly patio, fresh-squeezed Melanie’s Mimosa in hand. Sadly, they don’t take reservations, so get there early if you can. If not, shop around on King St. or take a walk through the Jones House while you wait. Trust us, this one’s worth it.
*Restaurant hours are subject to change.
Visiting during a particularly busy time of year?
Here are some other brunch suggestions just a short drive from Boone, in the village of Blowing Rock: