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Here are some of the Triangle's best brunch spots, just in time for Father's Day

Ever wonder how a James Beard Award-winning chef can elevate a Southern classic? Find the answer in Ashley Christensen’s take on a fried chicken biscuit with pickled green tomato, dijon mustard and honey at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey in Raleigh.
Ever wonder how a James Beard Award-winning chef can elevate a Southern classic? Find the answer in Ashley Christensen’s take on a fried chicken biscuit with pickled green tomato, dijon mustard and honey at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey in Raleigh. jleonard@newsobserver.com

This one's for all the fathers out there.

Sunday is Fathers Day, which usually means grilling and barbecues. But it's Sunday, so it's also a day for brunch.

If you're looking to treat Pops this weekend, here are some spots that should do the trick.

Note that many don't take reservations.

Raleigh

Beasley's Chicken & Honey

237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh

919-322-0127 or ac-restaurants.com/beasleys

Some call the churros at this Ashley Christensen-owned spot the best in the Triangle, but the crowd lined up on Wilmington Street is there for chicken and waffles and great brunch cocktails served in mason jars.

Coquette

4351 The Circle at North Hills, Raleigh

919-789-0606 or coquetteraleigh.com

This North Hills brasserie serves all the French favorites.

The Cortez

413 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

919-342-8277 or cortezraleigh.com

Specializing in seafood, this sister restaurant of Jose & Sons serves shrimp and grits for brunch, two kinds of ceviche and fries topped with clam chowder for a poutine of the sea. (More on the Jose & Sons brunch below.)

Herons

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary

919-447-4000 or the umstead.com/dining

Every meal is a showstopper at this Cary resort, and brunch is no exception.

Jose and Sons

327 West Davie St., Raleigh

919-755-0556 or joseandsons.com

Claiming Raleigh's best bloody Mary, this upscale Mexican spot serves corn masa waffles with jam and fusion brilliance in huevos bennys.

Mandolin

2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh

919-322-0365 or mandolinraleigh.com

Order bloody marys by the pitcher and consider refined versions of brunch classics, like eggs benedicts with Johnston County ham, oatmeal sweetened with local honey and shrimp and grits.

Poole's Diner

426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh

919-832-4477 or ac-restaurants.com/pooles

Raleigh's most famous diner only serves one of its most famous dishes on Sundays: the Royale, a burger atop brioche, covered with jus.

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Poole’s Diner will begin serving brunch on weekends again starting Saturday, April 1. The menu will include hangover grits with cheese and bacon (pictured), biscuits and the gravy of the day, seasonal hotcake, eggs Benedict (with porchetta), shrimp and grits and a croissant Croque Madame. Kaitlyn Goalen AC Restaurants

Raleigh Times

14 E. Hargett St., Raleigh

919-833-0999 or raleightimesbar.com

One of downtown Raleigh's dining pioneers offers a wide ranging menu for just about every taste.

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The Brioche Beignets are on the dessert menu at St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar in downtown Raleigh. They recently were added to the new brunch menu served Saturdays and Sundays. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Sullivan's Steakhouse Raleigh

410 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh.

919-833-2888 or sullivanssteakhouse.com/raleigh

Serving specials for Father’s Day, including a 14-ounce bone-in filet, 12-ounce hand-carved prime rib with horseradish sauce and au jus, and a 26-ounce dry-aged long bone ribeye.

St. Roch

223 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh

919-322-0359 or strochraleigh.com

Serving a New Orleans-inspired brunch menu of beignets, sweet and savory waffles and oysters, raw or roasted.

Chef and owner Matt Butler makes a bagel breakfast sandwich at Cure Delicatessen and Cafe in Durham.

Durham

The Durham

313 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham

919-768-8830 or thedurham.com

This lobby restaurant in the Durham Hotel is a far cry from room service, serving latkes and scrapple as sides, shrimp sticky rice and steak and eggs as entrees and a brunch cocktail list a dozen drinks deep.

Cure Delicatessen and CafeCure Delicatessen and Cafe

245 East NC Hwy. 54, Suite 105, Durham

919-797-0355

curedelinc.com

Bagels are just one option for the breakfast sandwich lineup at this house-cured meat specialist. You can opt instead for a croissant or house-baked biscuit. Once you’ve made the bread decision, you’ll face the far more difficult dilemma posed by fillings ranging from the Number One (smoked salmon "bacon", baked egg, pickled onion, herb cream cheese) to the Number Five (fried smoked chicken thigh, baked egg, pimento cheese).

Grub

1200 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham

919-973-3636 or grubdurham.com

This modern diner is all about dining outdoors, boasting a large patio and an even larger rooftop. The breakfast menu is served until 3 p.m.

Guglhupf

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham

919-401-2600 or guglhupf.com

Serving weekend brunch starting at 9 a.m., the menu at this beloved German bakery and cafe includes buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries, a basket of pastries and mushroom omelettes.

Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant

3003 Guess Road, Durham

919-479-8339 or hongkongdimsumindurham.com

Dim sum carts full of dumplings, rolls and buns pass through this Durham dining room that's often full on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Lakewood

2022 Chapel Hill Road, Durham

919-402-8059 or thelakewooddurham.com

Brunch here begins with a perfect two-bite biscuit slathered with as much butter and jam as one can fit within their own moral or religious guidelines. Entrees include sourdough pancakes, a strong case for fancy avocado toast and with James Beard-nominated baker Phoebe Lawless as the owner, perhaps an even stronger case for pie for breakfast.

NanaSteak

345 Blackwell St., Durham

919-282-1183 or nanasteak.com

This steakhouse next to the Durham Performing Arts Center serves Saturday and Sunday brunch in one of Durham's handsomest dining rooms.

Vin Rouge

2010 Hillsborough Road, Durham

919-416-0466 or vinrougerestaurant.com

One of Durham's most popular brunch spots focuses on the French classics: omelettes, eggs benedicts and French 75s.

Watts Grocery

1116 Broad St., Durham

919-416-5040 or wattsgrocery.com

Serving Southern farm to table brunch of fried chicken and sausage gravy and county ham eggs benedict, along with Shrimp and Grits from Bill Neal's recipe and Huevos Rancheros.

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You might find it impossible to resist the siren call of Phoebe Lawless' Double Crust Muscadine Pie, which she’s serving with a couple of scoops of crème fraîche ice cream on a plate scattered with candied pecans, at The Lakewood in Durham. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Chapel Hill

Crook's Corner

610 West Franklin St., Chapel Hill

919-929-7643 or crookscorner.com

Serving one of the most famous shrimp and grits in the South.

Fearrington House

2000 Fearrington Village, Pittsboro

919-542-4000 or fearrington.com

The Belted Goat at Fearrington serves a breakfast and lunch in the middle of North Carolina's farm resort.

Greg Cox contributed to this story.

Drew Jackson; 919-829-4707; @jdrewjackson

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