It took a little longer this year, but winter coats have finally been sloughed off and replaced with a comforting breeze blowing the green, leafy tree branches to welcome in warmer months. On a most ideal of weekend days, there is nothing quite like basking in the sun and enjoying brunch, a favorite of lazy weekend fare.
Part of the dining out experience is the atmosphere, and with these idyllic rooftops in Raleigh and Durham, you may find that your brunch just tastes better with a view.
A newer hotel to the downtown Durham scene with its opening last summer, the Unscripted Hotel does not lack in originality. From the striking blue of the hotel itself to the beautiful lobby, it is almost a bonus that they should have a picturesque rooftop area, called The Patio, complete with beachy chaise loungers and inflated flamingo floats in the pool.
Whether a table for two or a dozen buddies under an umbrella-covered lounge area, the variety of menu options should not disappoint. Order a pitcher of activated charcoal margaritas and enjoy the DJ-spun tunes.
Not a stone’s throw away from the Unscripted Hotel is the equally recognizable Durham Hotel. While sans pool, it makes up for this in gorgeous views of the Durham skyline and exceptionally-made cocktails.
Open year-round, this weekday nighttime hot spot is always bustling. On a Sunday after 3 pm, this is that “second brunch” stop where you want a few light bites to share with friends and a refreshing cocktail to help you forget that the workweek starts the next day.
Although only serving brunch on Sundays, Taverna Agora has an extensive brunch menu to satisfy any craving and food preference. While there is no shortage of tasty meatless options, including the Spanakopita Benedict and the Baklava Pancakes, the gyro meat at Taverna Agora is worth mentioning.
The inviting, beautifully crafted rooftop in downtown Raleigh is unmatched on a gorgeous spring day, but don’t wait too long to venture over after their 10:30 opening on Sunday mornings; they don’t take rooftop reservations.
This is another hotel hotspot that lets you enjoy the area from a bird’s eye view. The tapas-style shareable menu and multiple styles of seating, from lounging couches to barstools overlooking the view and high-tops in front of the TV, make this North Hills spot cater to multiple occasions.
This could just as easily be an ideal Saturday or Sunday for an easygoing brunch winding down after a long week with a tray of charcuterie and vino or an ideal hangout for a football game day.
This has to be the love child of Trophy Brewing Co. and brunch, but don’t arrive expecting a tame salad. Whether the breakfast burrito full of breakfast food favorites and coated in sausage gravy or the savory French Toast Monte Cristo that elevates the classic to make both the breakfast and lunch lover at your table happy, Tap and Table gets your Saturday and Sunday started the right way.
The experience is only heightened by enjoying a number of Trophy Brewing Co. brews on tap and surveying the beyond-exceptional view of downtown Raleigh from its prime location on Wilmington Street.
Ready, Set, Go!
North Carolina weather is a fickle as it comes, so don’t wait another weekend to cross off each rooftop spot that, when combined with brunch, can only result in a memorable experience.
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This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Raleigh Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Melissa Kahan for exclusive digital publication via TBN