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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.
$3 - $12
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
American, Cafe
Delivery, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews lunch cakes carrot cake chef salad sandwich home fries cookies omelet bread french toast wraps chilli bakery items great place for breakfast worth the wait love this place sunset beach
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ordered a Boston Cream Pie for my husband's Birthday. IT WAS OUTSTANDING!! A lot of creamy filling; chocolate was very tasty; and cake was moist. Everyone loved it. Should call 24 hours in advance.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 12, 2020 via mobile

My husband and I just went to pick up an order that we called in from the day before, but we decided to give their breakfast a try. Boy, we are so glad that we did. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. Our order...was came to us very quickly and we both received more than enough. It it tasted so amazing. We can't wait to be down in that area again so we can go back. We definitely would recommend Purple Onion to everyone.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 12, 2020

After years of driving by, we finally stopped here for lunch! It did not disappoint! Promptly greeted and seated. Everybody was friendly and answered all our questions! We ordered Crab Cake Sandwiches which were DELICIOUS!! The homemade chips were a little undercooked but I'm willing...to overlook that! Dessert was amazing..got it to go! I would recommend the Purple Onion and will definitely return!!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 5, 2020

Lunch with my husband, great food, best service. My husband had a burger and home made chips that were yummy. I had chicken salad on a croissant with sweet potato fries. All very good.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 12, 2020 via mobile

Seven years ago our son was married and we stumbled upon the Purple Onion. We’re back in town for vacation and decided to stop back for lunch. I’m not a fan of onions (and a few other veggies) so I ordered the chicken quesadilla without...onions or green peppers. I was told no problem. Problem. When I picked up the first piece, an onion fell out. So, I went looking for more. And, lo and behold, I found more. The flavor was good and the home made chips are tasty too. My wife loved her chicken salad on a grilled croissant. All in all not terrible, but having to pick out things I don’t like sorta took the fun out of the visit.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 8, 2020 via mobile

Everything was great! You have to try the Crab Cale Benedict! Pancakes are as big as the plate. Everything was quick

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 1, 2020

While waiting to be seated, a man and a boy came in and man cussed because he had to put a mask on for entry into the restaurant. Then we were seated and it took some time for a waitress to come and ask for...our drink order. When she did, we were also ready to order. The menu is a little misleading as one biscuit is actual a whole biscuit cut in half which is kind of "two" so one would have been enough if knowing such was the order. Usually you receive two slices of bread for french toast however not with an egg. The coffee was good. Another waitress filled up the coffee cups.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 13, 2020 via mobile

We had several meals in this restaurant during our stay at Holden Beach. The food and service is good. My favorite is big onion breakfast - you get to sample a lot of the food. I ordered an omelette before, but the veggies inside were...raw and not sautéed, so I religiously order big onion breakfast since then. Coffee is ok, it could be stronger.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 17, 2020

We have stopped here for lunch a few times while in the area and the food is great. The atmosphere is a little loud, but still nice. They also have a bakery. Recommend this restaurant for lunch.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 15, 2020 via mobile

Some of the best carrot cake I’ve had in my life. Try the fried green tomato blt add pimento cheese. Pimento cheese is a little spicy but tasty. Sweet potato fries are also a great side option.

Date of visit: February 2020
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