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Elmo's Diner

776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We last had a meal at Elmo's a couple of years ago (we don't live in Durham and visit periodically). It was a fun and delicious breakfast. We tried Elmo's for lunch this time and were disappointed. My wife asked for fresh (i.e., not toasted) bread on her turkey sandwich. The bread was crusty and stale and had some blue... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

When you just want a good, home cooked meal, this is the place! I have eaten here several times, and it is always delicious, home-cooked food. Great comfort food! The place to go when you want a meal you can always count on.

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Durham, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This was the first place that I tried Shrimp and Grits. It is the best in town. I have tried them at several other places for brunch and have to say Elmo's is over the top. Great flavor, smooth creamy grits and a plate full! Great work Elmo's

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Durham, North Carolina
13 reviews 13 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Elmo's is a Durham institution. The food is really great and I always seem to need a to go box before I leave. They have generous portions! Staff is friendly, helpful, and despite the crowd that seems to hover over Elmo's (esp on weekends) never rush you. I like that they have tons of crayons and kids activities available to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Traditional local fare very good tasting choices friendly for the most part staffed by college students and at times ther is standing room only especially on occasions such as others day or Easter. They do not skimp but.......................$$$$

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Bangor, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We went to Elmo's for brunch during a trip to visit family in Durham, NC a while ago. I still remember the great choices and how delicious my meal was and hope to go back there sometime in the future . The service was excellent, and they did not hurry us out when we continued to chat for a while... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

There are two Elmo's restaurants in the Triangle, one in Durham and the other in Carrboro. Pretty sure the menu is the same at both. Whichever you choose, you can always get wonderful food served by very friendly staff from morning until night. More familiar with the Carrboro restaurant, which is located behind Carr Mill, with plenty of parking, though... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I was looking for a breakfast spot with traditional southern foods, Elmo's did not disappoint. Located in a beautifully restored brick building, it had lots of character and a friendly staff. The biscuit was homemade - fluffy and not dried out as biscuits often are. The sausage gravy was the best I ever had- not too salty. Combined with eggs,... More 

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Scarsdale, New York, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Wonderful food prepared with fabulous ingredients, in a wonderful way! Tasty, healthy, unique meals for breakfast,lunch and dinner.Elmo's has that "homey" friendly atmosphere with food prepared like mama would want to give to us, if mama was a great cook! Their home made deserts are top of the line! A must experience if in the Durham area.

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Oxford, North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Have been here numerous times over the past few years. Always great food - creative omelettes and other tasty entrees Service staff are friendly and trendy.

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Additional Information about Elmo's Diner

Address: 776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
Phone Number: 919-416-3823
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Diner

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