The Easter Bunny Does Brunch: Tazza Kitchen in Raleigh, NC

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Well. We did it! Hubs was ushering and we made it to church on time. Actually, before it started! Yay! This NEVER happens, especially when he isn’t helping me out the door!

A few weeks ago we were walking through Cameron Village (cool because it is the oldest outdoor shopping center in the US, filled with boutiques, eateries, markets, and more), and it appeared that Tazza Kitchen had closed.

I. Was. Devastated! So before I let another good one get away, I called, and was thrilled when someone answered. They were briefly closed for renovations (they got rid of their fun screened porch area for a big open window concept instead). They still have outdoor dining too, and their menu looks pretty much the same!

Tazza Kitchen
432 Woodburn Road, Raleigh, NC 27605
http://tazzakitchen.com

Tazza Kitchen makes incredible pizza, a delicious cast iron goat cheese appetizer, and one of the greatest kale salads in Raleigh (seriously, try it with grilled shrimp! To die for!). But right now, we’re talking brunch! They make the BEST Huevos Rancheros I’ve ever had and I cannot wait to go back!

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Huevos Rancheros

One of our friends met us this morning, and we order two starters; a coffee cake, served with warm spiced apples and a delicious cream cheese icing, and a wood fired avocado with a peppercorn dressing, brown butter breadcrumbs, and chili pequin! Both oh, so good! But nothing comes close to their brioche rolls, which melt in your mouth and are that perfect touch of sweet in the mid-morning!

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Coffee Cake

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Grilled Avocado

We went all in today – all 3 adults ordered the Huevos rancheros; yes! They’re that good! Usually we’ll get different things to share, but we’re old hat here. Hands down, the best thing I’ve tried on this menu – the crab cake benedict is a close second, but I ordered that once and was disappointed I didn’t go with my standby! It sits on a bed of hash browns, the tostada stays crispy throughout, and it’s just a tad bit spicy without overpowering! I love it! The baked eggs are a perfect “over medium” and the meal is totally filling! I’m not dying for lunch an hour or so later!

At the risk of not being able to get an easy reservation in the future, I am sharing my favorite brunch spot with you! There are 5 locations – 3 in Virginia, 1 in Raleigh, and 1 in South Carolina. If you find yourself in the area, definitely check them out! Their dinners are amazing as well! Do not miss out on that goat cheese app – and make sure to ask for extra bread! I have never once been disappointed – they nail the trifecta of great food, great service, and a great atmosphere! It’s also noisy enough to bring the kids! Hope you enjoy!

As an aside, thanks to blue laws here in NC, Sunday Brunch before noon is pretty cheap! I think we walked out, with tip, for under $40! Just remember to make your reservation after 12 if you want to partake in any adult beverages. As for me, I’ll be spending the rest of this rainy Sunday watching movies with the kids! The Easter Bunny surprised them with Minions and stocked the fridge with orange juice and prosecco for me!
Tazza Kitchen Cameron Village Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Katie Livingston

I am a New England girl who has bounced between Connecticut and North Carolina her whole life! Raised by busy parents and with 3 siblings, we often ate very simple meals together, and would come together on Sundays after church for a big meal. In the summers we would head out to a small town in Rhode Island, where there are no chain restaurants. That really established my attitude that it is so important to support small business and source locally grown products. Even to my pre-teen self, you got to know the restaurant owners and their success made you proud! The majority of my developmental jobs were in the restaurant industry. I scooped ice cream. I made sandwiches. I worked in the kitchen at a summer camp, doing hundreds of dishes a night! I managed a snack bar, waited tables, served. Through all these years it instilled many simple and critical habits. How you plate a meal. How it should taste. How you treat people. How the quality of the food is the most important thing. Today, I am happily married with two kids and a full-time job, commuting about an hour a day. We still love eating out and have established a “family date night” every Friday night. It’s our time to come together and breathe. Our kids are 2 and 6 months. We eat at 5:30 – it doesn’t matter how fancy the restaurant is if you go early enough! This gives my husband and me the opportunity to try out new restaurants. It gives us time with the kids and each other without any distractions. We feel normal and fun! The rest of the week I try to get a healthy dinner on the table every night. I love looking at recipes and tweaking them! There’s a lot of crock pot meals and meal prepping. It’s so much fun! I’m so excited to be joining the Girls on Food community and sharing recipe ideas and fun restaurants in and around Raleigh, NC! Follow me on Instagram @RealFood2015 for my day to day!

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