It was time for my annual fall pilgrimage to North Carolina, when I visit some of my nearest and dearest in Raleigh and head to Chapel Hill for a football game. This year, my alma mater was playing Notre Dame, and we were sure to get destroyed. So the focus was more on catching up with the girls and drinking mimosas. Actually, that’s always the focus.
I stay in Raleigh, where my friends Steph and Sarah are real adults with houses and responsibility. On Saturday, Adrienne and I were on our own for the game, as everyone was adulting. We began with brunch at Beasley’s, one of Ashley Christensen‘s restaurants. Christensen is Raleigh’s famed and favorite chef, a powerful girl boss who crafts decadent Southern fare and was a leader on the right side in the bathrooms-are-for-everyone debate (to much publicity). I’ve enjoyed brunch at Beasley’s before (review here) as well as Joule, which has since closed. Adrienne wanted to try one of her spots, so we decided on a return visit to Beasley’s.
The line was out the door and around the corner on this Saturday. So our odds of snagging a table were not promising. Luckily, we snagged two seats at the end of the bar and immediately ordered mimosas.
The friendly bartender poured us two massive mimosas: fresh, frothy, and accented with an orange slice. They were served in massive wine glasses, and one was enough to make a gal tipsy.
Adrienne leans vegetarian, and she ordered the Eggs Beasley. The poached eggs were served atop cornbread biscuits and collard greens. The dish was appropriately Southern, with well-executed collards and moist cornbread. No dry, crappy cornbread here—bless the South, y’all. She said it was filling yet not too overwhelmingly dense.
I went with a variation of chicken and biscuits: It was topped with a fried egg, Tabasco sauce, and cheese. The fried chicken was utter perfection: moist, tender white meat on the outside, and crispy crunchy deliciousness on the outside. The egg was fried perfectly, and the cheese and Tabasco atop it were perfect. The biscuit was hands down the best biscuit I’ve ever had—moist, dense, and decadent. I insisted Adrienne have some, and she wholeheartedly agreed.
We ordered a side of the pimento mac and cheese casserole because who passes off an offer like that? The dense mac ‘n’ cheese casserole was just the right amount of creamy and spicy, with massive spiral noodles covered in melted cheese. This is the Southern food of dreams.
We also shared a side of fruit, which was comprised slices of pears, apples, and oranges in a perfect portion. It was very fresh and easy to eat and share. I appreciated that fruit was an option on a menu that was mostly carbs and calories.
The Bitches say: A for a solid Southern brunch that’s group- and family-friendly and affordable. A must-visit for brunch in Raleigh—and bonus points for serving brunch on a Saturday!
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey
237 S. Wilmington St.
Beasley’s Chicken + Honey serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m.