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Mecca: The Oldest and Best Breakfast in Town

Mecca Restaurant is known to many locals as the quintessential lunch spot and the oldest family-run restaurant in Raleigh (and probably in NC). I’m guessing there are many like me, though, that didn’t know until recently (or at all) that they also serve breakfast.

I never knew about Mecca’s breakfast because I was never downtown early in the morning during the week. After noticing the sign about two years ago indicating they were going to be open on Saturdays, I made the trip to try it out, and it surpassed expectations.

When Nicholas John Dombalis opened Mecca in 1930, it was open seven days a week. The current proprietor, Paul Dombalis, stated that it was closed on Sundays before he was born. The restaurant began opening on Saturdays, after a 40 year absence. Might we see more opening hours from the Mecca? Only time will tell.

Mecca isn’t just the oldest joint for breakfast in town, it’s one of the best. The biscuits are nothing short of delicious, and made from scratch. Over the past few years as the breakfast crowd has increased (due in no small part to being open on Saturdays), there have been a few additions to the menu, including hash browns and biscuits and gravy.

If find yourself wishing you could enjoy such a delicious breakfast but not downtown in the wee hours, stop by on Saturday. Breakfast is served 7:30-11:30 Monday through Friday, and 7:30-2:00 on Saturdays.

Bring cash though–they don’t accept credit cards.

13 East Martin Street
(919) 832-5714

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