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Elmo's Diner

776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
919-416-3823
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Ranked #45 of 642 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Diner
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
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English first
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I'm not from the south so this was a new experience for me. I was in town on studies and this place was recommended to me. I would put this place above average. I found the menu original and refreshing. I had pancakes with some or another berry topping. It was really good and way to much for me. All... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Elmo's is where we head for great and filling breakfasts. Service has always been down home friendly and attentive. I love that there is help yourself coffee while you wait. There often is a wait on Saturday mornings if you arrive after 9 AM. My favorite are their whole grain pancakes with apple compote. Whatever I've ordered the portions have... More

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Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Elmo's Diner is a fantastic place to eat! Whether you are in the mood for breakfast, lunch or dinner, numerous choices are available and you can't go wrong with anything you choose. The food really is that good! My favorite thing to get at Elmo's is definitely one of the many pancake choices offered - pecan pancakes are amazing. A... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Looking for restaurants that are truly family friendly AND have good food can be tough but Elmos does just that. We have been a few times and even when it's busy the staff has been friendly, efficient and the food has been consistently good. We will definitely go again. It's a great place for us after a long afternoon at... More

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nc
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

we could understand the rest of the ratings. I have lived here for 18 years and never have gone here and absolutely would not go back

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Shelby, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Elmo's Diner offers up very tasty meals at a great value. I have been here many times and the food is consistently good. Last night, we had a family dinner there and we all enjoyed a variety of dishes from Salads, Sheppard Pie, BBQ to southern style veggies. The plates are plentiful like you would expect in a diner, but... More

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New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I'm a big fan of diners, and this is a good one. Absolutely jam-packed at lunchtime, with folks waiting to be seated. It's right by Duke University, and this place seems to be favored by that crowd (that's a compliment). The menu is standard diner fare, but it's well prepared, prices are fair, and it's the kind of place one... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Don't let the line scare you, rather its the reason you should stay. It is unbelievable how quickly they move through that line and get you seated and you will be glad you waited. I like the menu, they make a great breakfast, the service is efficient and friendly and the cost is very reasonable for the quality.

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Went here on a recommendation and very glad we did! Very friendly staff. The menu had a surprising amount of variety. I had the sweet potato and bean burrito and it was probably the best burrito I've ever had.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

One of the better diners I have been to. Good food, good service, good prices, and 50's type atmosphere make this a good cheap dining choice. An equally good choice for a family breakfast, lunch or dinner or a post-party all night kick the hangover breakfast. The menu has tons of options to satisfy every craving or meal idea. Just... More

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