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Elmo's Diner

776 9th St, Durham, NC 27705-4803
919-416-3823
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Ranked #42 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We stopped in on our journey North and were very pleased we did. Service was quick and friendly. Food was very, very good. We had the Homade Turkey Plate and I totally suggest ya all to try it. Parking is a little tight but don't let that stop you.

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Topeka, KS
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We found Elmo's diner the first night we were in Durham and ate there 3 times in three days. The first meal was on a weeknight and it was very good. The menu has diner basics but some more adventurous selections too. The next two days we ate breakfast at Elmo's. If you want good home cookin', venture to Elmo's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

Food is always good whether breakfast lunch or dinner. Service is sometimes lacking. Staff is somewhat young and impersonal. Ambience is homey neighborhood kitchen. Highly recommend

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Apex, North Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

After walking for hours at the nearby Duke Gardens and chapel..my boyfriend and I were starving and decided to head to Elmos dinner since it was close by and was one of Rachel Ray's picks on her $40 a day show. Elmo's has a little bit of everything here and there are plenty of vegan and vegeterian options. Everything here... More

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Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 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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9 restaurant reviews
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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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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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