Many times, a social gathering for new friends and old usually consists of either drinks out one evening, or a meal shared on the weekend when life has (hopefully) slowed down a little. One of the more leisurely meals to suit most occasions is, of course, brunch. With such a busy social life, those brunches can add up quickly.

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No worries though! There are a number of options in Raleigh and Durham to get the most out of your brunching on a budget.

Pizza La Stella, Raleigh

Pizza is the shareable food of any time of day, so it should be no surprise that breakfast pizza would be the perfect shareable brunch dish! With three options to choose from, Pizza La Stella has the sweet and savory thing down pat, namely with the Chicken and Waffles pizza. Two pizzas for under $20 total and one (or four) $2 mimosas or $3 Bloody Mary’s should do the trick for your crew of two-four to keep the bill lean on a Sunday.

Pizza La Stella is set to open another two locations in 2018, one in North Raleigh and another one in Cary.

Jubala Coffee, Raleigh

There are not enough great things to say about both Raleigh locations of the locally-sourced coffee shop that touts some of the best biscuits in the Triangle area. Jubala Coffee is the brunch spot you go to enjoy a beautiful weekend day, with patio seating in the quaint Lafayette Village in North Raleigh and a direct view of the NC State Memorial Bell Tower at the downtown Raleigh location.

Either way, soak in the day and great company with an addictive egg and maple bacon Sweet Biscuit sandwich, a stuffed Liege Waffle, and an espresso – your wallet won’t budge much past $10.

Monuts, Durham

Grab your early bird brunch posse and head to the bustling Monuts when it opens to get your pick of the day’s brunch goods, namely the donuts. I challenge you not to find a donut that suits your style! The bagel sandwich selection is not afraid to push the unique flavor combo limit, such as the Green Eggs on Toast with pickled jalapeno and queso fresco.

No matter the choice, you can be sure the ingredients are top quality and awesomely delish. Order up, grab a table, and sip on a daily brew, whether that be beer or coffee.

Geer Street Garden, Durham

This has to be one of the best deals for a Sunday brunch when you need to soak up some of last night’s fun y’all. Geer Street Garden boasts a brunch buffet – yes, get your fill of breakfast hash, French toast, the works — all for a whopping $13! This also includes a drink (coffee, tea, juice), as if the breakfast bevy of goodies at your disposal wasn’t enticing enough.

The prime location in downtown Durham right near Fullsteam Brewery and Parts & Labor also make it a great pre-game to continuing the day with any willing participants for other fun adventures close-by.

Rise Biscuits Donuts, Raleigh/Durham

Sometimes you just need to head on over to a no-frills spot that will fill your belly and provide the consistent quality you need to start your morning right each and every single time. There is no shortage of biscuit toppings at Rise to create a hearty breakfast sandwich, but throw in an assortment of those giant, artisanal donuts in a variety of seasonal flavors and your group can split quite the spread to try a little of everything and keep cost lower.

With three convenient locations in Raleigh and two in Durham, don’t be surprised if the menu at one location is totally different than the next.

Tons of Budget Friendly Options For Brunching

Whether a more drawn-out affair or a casual meet-up spot for ready-made goods, a local brunch can surely be enjoyed even on a budget without sacrificing the experience!

So what are some of your favorite brunch spots in the Raleigh – Durham area that are budget friendly? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

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