If you have one breakfast in Durham, or you land at RDU any time before 2pm, the first place you should go to is Monuts. What started as a donut cart at the farmers market is now a bright, large space with tables and a wraparound coffee bar - and one of the best and most popular breakfast/lunch spots in the area. This means on weekends, there’s a line from morning until close (4pm), but it moves quickly and gives you more time to choose between the eight or so donut options. Get a few to share along with a BEC with maple sriracha, an open-faced sandwich with chevre and farmer’s market vegetables, or fried chicken biscuits with pickles and hot honey.
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