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The Purple Onion Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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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, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
American, Cafe
Delivery, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Order a day ahead, pick up after 11 following day. Request they slice it for u. The fresh sourdough bread is fantastic. Highly recommend u get a loaf for your stay on Holden Beach. Realize the cheese danish is not a cream cheese danish. The...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank J M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Love the crab cakes, so fresh. Love the coleslaw and sweet tea is awesome. The food is so fresh and the service is great. The desserts are amazing. Try something different each every time you go!!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank khall175
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Family had a pleasant lunch here. Four adults, four items: a wrap, a chicken salad in cantelope, burger and chips, a salad. All enjoyed. Note: kudos to the staff for answering my questions about the salad dressing ingredients, to ensure that it was gluten free...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Jackie Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best healthy meal I had in the area. All others involved fried food ( by choice of course). Enjoyed veggie omlete, multi grain toast and fresh fruit. Family enjoyed varity biscuits and gravy, pancakes, breakfast burrito etc. Fresh bakery selection amazing too!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank MomWhoHatesToCook
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the greasy Rubin and wife had the greasy portobello with fried green tomatoes. Very tasty and way adequate for a late lunch. But...it came home to roost overnight. Not hurrying back!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Robert M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for lunch and wanted something on the “lite” side. Luckily, the menu had the half sandwich and cup of soup. My very first taste of fried green tomatoes on my BLT were delicious. The restaurant was very busy but the waitstaff were efficient...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank margiegirl
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While on vacation we stopped in for lunch and the order was wrong. The best they could offer is that my family eat and wait on me while I waited for my meal to be remade then wait on me to eat it. Very unapologetic.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Jonathan P
Reviewed March 8, 2019

Always a good lunch. Great bakery at the front counter. I generally only have a sandwich -- and have never been disappointed. Quite busy during lunch.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sinnissippi
Reviewed March 4, 2019 via mobile

We visited this establishment TWINCE, both times were WONDERFUL. We are vacation from Texas and was VERY pleased with the portion size, freshness and taste of the food. For the record, if you have not tried the liver mush... your missing out! It’s fried into...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Tambeano
Reviewed February 27, 2019 via mobile

We met some friends at this cafe due to it’s location in Shallotte. The food was good, basic diner food. It’s a very busy place and while the server was pleasant, they probably needed one more wait staff to cover the number of people. Also,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Response from CandLL | Reviewed this property |
Mostly crab....pretty good
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