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The Purple Onion Cafe

4647 Main Street, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470
+1 910-755-6071
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Ranked #1 of 41 restaurants in Shallotte
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $12
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
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.
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113 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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Harrisburg, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We found this little place on Google maps because we needed to find some different after we exhausted all of the restuarants in Holden Beach. Too bad we didn't find it sooner. Diner like atmosphere but the food is fabulous. Great service and everything we had including breakfast and lunch was great! May I suggest the crabcakes! Even for breakfast... More

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

This was a great place to get a quick HEALTHY lunch, something that is hard to find in the area. The bakery items look delicious and the cupcakes were a great treat for my kids. The prices were OK I think the sandwich and salad prices were a little higher than they should have been for the quality of food.... More

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Conway, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch on a day trip with my husband and baby. We enjoyed our meal which was very good and made even better by prompt and friendly service. Although we didnt save room for desserts, the selection looked incredible!

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Grapevine, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We eat here almost every year during our annual vacation. The breakfast menu includes all the good stuff - pancakes, french toast, pastries, omelettes, eggs benedict (and crab benedict!). Usually my husband gets the eggs benedict and I get blueberry pancakes and we share. We were delighted this time that they made a pancake in the shape of mickey mouse... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We love to come here every time we come to the beach. Breakfast and lunch are always fantastic. As farmers, we appreciate that they buy local fresh produce from the farmers. We recommend the omelets and the little Debbie like oatmeal cookies.

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Sevierville, Tennessee
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We ate here today with my family. My aunt spilled her drink as soon as she got it, and our server, Kim, immediately cleaned up the spill, and never made my embarrassed aunt feel bad for spilling her drink. Service was as fast as can be excpected when a restaurant is at their peak time for customers. We had our... More

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My husband and I went with another couple during a weekend beach getaway. Breakfast was delicious and the pastries we got to go were excellent also. I had the crab cake Benedict and my husband got a giant pancake. They were super busy, the 4 of us had to wait for 5-10mins and once we got seated we had to... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Forgot about us for one then asked him why he did over and over. His response was he had bigger tables and was busy. My mother father wife and I were offended. My dad complained when he paid the check

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Mount Sterling, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Stooped by for lunch based on recommendations from this site. The expansive menu made it hard to make a selection but the waitress was helpful with selections. The food was very visually appealing when brought to the table. Everyone in my party got something different and all items were as tasty as the presentation. Try the blueberry biscuit or shortbread... More

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Homosassa, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

And I can't seem to be able to order anything else besides the Porto "Southern" Bella Burger. A grilled Portobello with their homemade pimento cheese and sweet purple onion jam. It's insanely good. I was there late in the afternoon one day to order one but they ran out of mushrooms shortly after noon. That's how good they are, seems... 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 are so happy to hear that you love our new addition of the "porto-southern burger" & pimento cheese :) 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... More

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