The Morning Times

It’s almost the weekend!  If you are looking for a spot to dine for breakfast, make sure to check out this local little breakfast gem, The Morning Times.  It’s located on Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh.  It’s a part of a local chain of restaurants by Empire Eats with Raleigh times, The Pit, Sitti and Gravy as it’s sister food spots.  The only one of those I haven’t visited is Gravy…otherwise I’ve always been pleased with the food and service at their establishments.

Overall:  3.6 out of 5

Food/Beverage:  3.5 out of 5

Ambiance:  4 out of 5

Value:  3 out of 5

Service: 4 out of 5

We visited Morning Times on a Saturday for what we were hoping would be a quick breakfast.  Now, we expected to wait to order and didn’t think our food would appear immediately, but our whole visit took about 2 hours start to finish.  May be a little longer.  You have to stand at the counter to order, then they give you a number and bring your food out to you.  I like this, because usually the order is taken very accurately.  On this particular occasion, we were crammed like sardines in the room with about 6 other people (which tells you how small the space in front is).  We ordered our food and created our own table from the stack sitting in front of Raleigh Times.  You have to wait for your coffee drinks, no problem, but they were made relatively quickly and were VERY good.

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I just love when baristas take the time to make a pretty little flower or heart in my foam.  It shows that they really took pride in the drink.  The temperature was good, the size was great and the milk to espresso ratio was just right!  Our food order, on the other hand was not so perfect.  After about 30 minutes of waiting, our server brought us out the wrong food.  We had ordered the fruit bowl and two egg-white frittatas.  The fruit bowl was delivered along with two orders of french toast.  We told the waiter that we had ordered frittata and he took a minute, then went back to inform the kitchen of the mistake.  He was very apologetic, offered us a biscuit to hold us over (which if I had known it would be another 30 minutes I would have said yes) or more coffee – which we did accept.

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When it was delivered, we were very pleased (and hungry).  The eggs were cooked very well, topped with spinach (fresh, not frozen), tomatoes, mushrooms and goat cheese.  The toast was dry, which was kind of a bummer, and the eggs needed salt and pepper.  The portion size was a bit small, especially considering it was $7 for just the frittata and toast.

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It’s hard to beat sitting outside on a lovely day when summer is just tempting you with it’s goodbye.  So, we sat outside.  The issue with sitting outside on Hargett St. is the noise.  Each passing truck interrupts conversation.  From what I’ve heard, the upstairs dining area is very nice!  I am excited to check that out sometime soon.

I will definitely go back for a cup of coffee and a little treat.  I don’t know if I would order the frittata again, but some of the other items sound fantastic.  I read they make their bagels and yogurt in house!


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