Mar 14 2014

First Take: Finch’s Restaurant, a Taste of Breakfast and Raleigh

Classic front of Finch's Restaurant in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies


 Along with the Mecca, Finch’s Restaurant is one of those places that often gets mentioned as a taste of old-school Raleigh.  And it TOTALLY is exactly that!  Located in a dusty parking lot on Peace Street near the on-ramp for Cap Boulevard, Finch’s looks like it used to be a drive-in eatery.  And the lot is usually packed on the weekends so try not to be scared off!  Inside Finch’s you’ll find a lot of formica, wood paneling and worn chrome.  Opened in 1953, Finch’s lays claim to being one of the oldest restaurants in Raleigh.  I grab a seat at the counter to watch the action in the kitchen and at the grill.  Order up the Big Man breakfast and it’s time to hang loose.


Menu at Finch's Restaurant in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies


At the counter, I can spin around on my stool and check out the rest of the diner space.  Great mix of people, all ages and all colors, a real cross-section of Raleigh.  An old boombox is gently pumping out some pop tunes, regulars are stopping in to say hi and the grill cook is sassing the waitresses, it’s all good here at Finch’s!  My breakfast comes out on two plates: a couple of hotcakes on one, and my eggs over easy, sausage and home fries on another.  There is a lot of food here and even though I’m more of a small guy, the Big Man breakfast makes me happy.


Big man's breakfast at Finch's Restaurant in Raleigh, Foodalicious Follies


The pancakes are decent, probably buttermilk, light and fluffy. With a bit of butter and syrup, we’re talking about a solid starter.  The eggs and home fries aren’t quite as successful.  The eggs are fine and well-fried, the home fries are red skin potato chunks and tender but sorta flavorless, oh well.  The star of the plate is the hot link sausage which is different from what you usually get at breakfast spots.  It’s spicy and delicious, nice change of pace.  Overall Finch’s is a decent spot if you’re not expecting stellar food and just want a comfortable spot to nurse your hangover and watch the nice people of Raleigh pass by.  This Raleigh classic is still classic but don’t get too focused on the food, it’s all about the overall experience.


Finch’s Restaurant
401 W Peace St
Raleigh, NC 27603

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  1. Arthur in the Garden!

    :-) I love overhearing the ol’ time stories from the seasoned Raleighites!

  2. Ron Wen

    Hah, yes Arthur. You get everyone at Finch’s. Politicians, lawyers, landscapers, students are more….

  3. Randy Owens

    I always wondered about this place. I’ll have to add it to the ‘need to try’ list. Glad you reviewed it!

    1. Ron Wen

      Hey Randy, Finch’s is definitely worth a visit if you don’t have super-high expectations. But it’s still worth checking out. Sort of reminds of Frank’s Pizza which is another 70’s, 80’s throw-back…


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