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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 #3 of 42 Restaurants in Shallotte
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $12
Hours:
Sun 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
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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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English first
Shallotte, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The remarkable detail about this restaurant is the food itself, which is very fresh, made of the best ingredients, and excellently prepared. I've eaten there more than a dozen times. The salads are exceptional, and so are the sandwiches, although a few of them are a little small (esp. the rueben) Not to be missed are the desserts, which are... More 

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Waitstaff desperately need training and supervision...The food is good...the desserts are great, the prices are excellent, but the service? Not so much...As a corporate trainer for many years, and a server during high school and college, it pains me to see staff so poorly trained/managed. When you frequent a restaurant, are always pleasant and kind to staff and tip well,... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We've been to the Purple Onion about a dozen times over the last couple of years and it has always lived up to it's reputation. Everything that we've ever eaten has been good to very good, with most of it clearly made fresh just a couple minutes before. Sizes are plentiful and the prices are definitely reasonable Make sure you... More 

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Springfield
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Good food, good service, good prices. This appears to be a local favorite with a good down home atmosphere. Not terribly fancy place, but if you want ambiance you should probably be looking elsewhere.

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Calabash, North Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My wife and our friends love this local place to eat. We go there often. You will love it! Just ask the locals.

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

Tom, Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe, and thank you for coming in so often! 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 

Salisbury
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have visited this restaurant several times for breakfast. The food is outstanding. The service is normally excellent, but we did have one visit when we did not have our coffee cups filled as we ate our meal. This was a one-time experience, so this is not a pattern, but rather an exception. I would highly recommend this place for... 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, and thank you for coming in! We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your meals with us. We do apologize for the coffee and hope that it was brought to the attention of your server while dining with us, we never want a... More 

Clemson, South Carolina
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

One of the best signs that the food is good is it's the place locals go to eat. The place was full. When you walk in the door you're immediately hit with a display case full of delicious-looking desserts. The sign on the wall said, "Life is short, eat dessert first." So, we saved room for dessert, a slice of... More 

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

Larry, Thank you for taking time to review your dining experience with us at our Cafe, and thank you coming in! Don't you just love that sign? We couldn't resist when we saw it in the store :) We are happy to hear that your party enjoyed their dining experience with us. Please come back and dine with us again.... More 

Summerfield, North Carolina
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223 reviews 223 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We eat here when we are in the area (Usually every November for Marcaroo!). This place is clean with great wait staff and menu. The food is fresh and excellent. We visited with a good friend of ours and 2 tweens. Everyone was happy! Two of us had the crab cake Benedict and it was one of the best we... 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, and thank you for coming in! We are happy to hear that your party enjoyed their dining experience with us. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly made meals. We look forward to your visit... More 

Shallotte
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

As a local, I have visited the Purple Onion on numerous occasions for both breakfast and lunch and the food is consistently excellent! The menu has a good selection of tasty items at both lunch and breakfast. They have yummy bakery items also!

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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, and thank you for supporting a local establishment :) 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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Purple Onion has wonderful food and very quick service, as well as a great fresh baked good. I love this place.

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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, and thank you for supporting a local establishment :) We strive to be the "best" in all that we do and are so happy that you noticed. Also, make sure you follow us on Facebook to see daily posts on our homemade desserts and freshly... More 

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Additional Information about The Purple Onion Cafe

Address: 4647 Main Street, Suite 1, Shallotte, NC 28470
Phone Number: +1 910-755-6071
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Shallotte
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
Average Prices: USD 3 - 12
Cuisine: American, Bakery, Vegetarian, Café

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