The Mecca Restaurant

The Mecca is a fantastic restaurant, filled with history, located in the heart of downtown Raleigh.  It was established in May of 1930 by Nick Doumbalis and his wife.  Since the doors opened, this restaurant has been on a mission to provide the people of Raleigh with more than just good food.  They also strive to create an atmosphere were the patrons feel comfortable and like a part of the history of the city.


Overall:  5 out of 5

Food/Beverage:  5 out of 5

Ambiance:  5 out of 5

Value:  5 out of 5

Service: 5 out of 5

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It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and I knew only one thing would make it perfect – an amazing breakfast with my lovely neighbor.  So off we went!

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The interior has so much character, and so many little details that I just love.  The light fixtures, the tile floor, the church pew style booths…it’s all just so wonderful.  It’s like stepping back in time to the 1930s and seeing what Raleigh must have looked like before it was taken over by high rise apartment complexes, chain restaurants and strip malls.

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The menu is simple, and the coffee is good.  It’s just Maxwell House, but it’s dripped without pretension and served with a smile, not a smirk.  Even the hipsters seem happy here.

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Recently, a friend of mine had mentioned that Mecca serves one of the BEST bloody mary’s she has ever had.  We had to check it out!  It was delicious.  Nice and spicy, plenty of vodka and…it was 16 full ounces.  I want to say it was about $7.00, which is quite a deal considering how loaded with good stuff it was.

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I ordered one of my favorite, classic breakfast meals…two eggs, over easy with hash browns and a biscuit.  Their biscuits are made from scratch.  All in all, this meal was about $5.00.  It was great!  The biscuit wasn’t warm, but it was delicate and fluffy.

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My dining companion ordered the western omelet, hold the ham, with a side of grits ($7.75).  It was very good! Fluffy eggs, fresh veggies inside.

The wait staff were all great too!  They were fast, super happy, easy to be around, filled the coffee and water as often as was necessary and didn’t hesitate to crack a smile.  As we approached to pay, the lovely gentleman behind the counter took a minute to talk with us a little about some of the recent changes.  One of the things I noticed is that their website is GREAT! I didn’t expect it to be so easy to navigate, and so informative.  Mecca puts their daily specials and the menu on their site so you always know what the new amazing dishes they offer are.

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