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The Purple Onion Cafe

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4647 Main Street, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470
+1 910-755-6071
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6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Purple Onion Cafe opened on Main Street in Shallotte in 2004. Since...
The Purple Onion Cafe opened on Main Street in Shallotte in 2004. Since then they have become a community favorite serving locals & visitors breakfast and lunch with a delicious menu of pastries, traditional breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.
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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Late Saturday lunch. Husband and I stopped in. For the time of day, it was a little busy, but not full. Seated immediately and order taken promptly by courteous waitress. Had Southern Belle Burger with side of homemade potato chips. Chips were okay by me, husband really liked them. A few on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Noisettiana
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Monroe, NC
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
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148 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Monroe, NC
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Late Saturday lunch. Husband and I stopped in. For the time of day, it was a little busy, but not full. Seated immediately and order taken promptly by courteous waitress. Had Southern Belle Burger with side of homemade potato chips. Chips were okay by me, husband really liked them. A few on top were a little soggy. I believe these... More 

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Wilmington, NC USA
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Fast service, delicious meal for all at our table. The bakery goods were so tempting , had to split a cinnamon bun, had it warmed , yum!

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Southport, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We ordered simple breakfast. The eggs came as ordered but the remainder was re-heated and blah, as was the service. The biscuit came cold - like it was right out of the a package (definitely not hand made) and a very small pile of lukewarm bacon SCRAPS that were mostly fat! The coffee was good and hot and the ice... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We stopped in for a late breakfast and then went back the next day! Owners were very nice, and most of the food (and all the items in the pastry case) was excellent! The only exception was the pancakes as they were just average. The presentation on the plates make it even more enticing. Service both times was good, but... More 

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Coatesville, PA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Went there with a friend and ordered the portabella mushroom burger. They gave it a nice try but it was so greasy/oily that it kept slipping out of the bun. Even out of the bun, it was hard to cut it into bite-sized pieces. I have been there before and my wife reminded me about the last one I had... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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85 reviews 85 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

My husband and I stopped here for lunch yesterday on our way to Wilmington. I had read the reviews and it sounded great---and for the most part it was. We ordered the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer, and they were very good. We shared a turkey Reuben and fries. The fries were blah and not even crisp. The sandwich... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Yes, the food was excellent but it was almost overshadowed by the attitude of the waitress who all but flung our food on the table before us and seemed to be annoyed at having to wait on us. I had an excellent and most enormous Cobb type salad to which i added avocado. My dining companion had a nice bowl... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Went for breakfast - Loved everything! Went home with some delicious pastries too! Great prices and friendly service! Will def go back!

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Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe. We hope you enjoyed your pastries to-go too! :) Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly made meals. We look forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Andrew & Terry Bland, Owners More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Wonderful fresh baked bread on my fried green tomato BLT. My husband said his Shrimp burger and fried onion rings were excellent. Amazing coconut cake for dessert. They have a bakery with lots of homemade goodies. Very reasonable prices, $2.50 for a big slice of cake.

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Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your lunch :) Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly made meals. We look forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Andrew & Terry Bland, Owners More 

Shallotte, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a go-to place for us, and a place we often take visitors. The menu for breakfast and lunch covers all the bases you'd expect, plus more, and the quality of the food is really good. I particularly like the wide array of choices for lunch, with plenty of salad and sandwich options. Their home-made potato chips are great,... More 

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Terry B, Owner at The Purple Onion Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe. We love hearing feedback from our customers. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly made meals. Also, please know that we are currently making some changes that will help with the noise :) We look... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4647 Main Street, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Shallotte
  • Phone Number: +1 910-755-6071

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 12
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Bakeries, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Description

The Purple Onion Cafe opened on Main Street in Shallotte in 2004. Since then they have become a community favorite serving locals & visitors breakfast and lunch with a delicious menu of pastries, traditional breakfast items, burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?