Durham >Food & Dining > Elmo's Diner
776 Ninth St, Durham, NC | Directions 2770536.010515 -78.921291
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 6:30am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 6:30am - 11pm
Neighborhoods: Old West Durham
Elmo's Diner Rules – I keep finding an excuse to come back to eat at Elmo's! Whether it is for the Vegi-Chili, the Trifecta, the incredible vegi-burger, the hamburgers or any one of their breakfasts... it doesn't matter. I've eaten there seven days a week for two weeks once and I could still find something new on the menu. Elmo's I love you and I am spreading the love across the U.S.A.!
Great little diner! – Great place to go for Sunday brunch or any time for that matter! Service is always good and fast! Selection is wonderful.
Ninth Street's greatest asset – Elmo's is the greatest place to go for eggs and grits. The shrimp & grits special is particularly good. I've always gotten friendly service, and the prices are very reasonable. I also love being able to get breakfast all day. It can get busy at certain peak times, but Sunday brunch is the only time I just wouldn't go.
Doesn't live up to its hype – I don't know what the deal is with this place. When we moved here this summer, people told us we had to go here with our kids because the food was great and it was family-friendly. Yes, they provided crayons and an Elmo coloring page, but the food was sub-standard. What I thought was going to be a twist on diner food was pretty much run-of-the mill diner fare. None of us in our lunch party (my husband and his parents) raved about our food and in fact we thought it was pretty blah.
Pleasant – Good diner food at a pretty good price. The menu has good variety, but you will never go wrong with ordinary diner food. Strikes a good balance between niceness and informality. A good place to talk.
Elmo's rules – Elmo's is very inexpensive and is always reliable. Great coffee, fast and efficient service. A real attribute for Durham! We go here often and are seldom disappointed.
My recommendation: pancakes or huevos rancheros, and coffee, of course.
Great for Breakfast – Great place for an inexpensive breakfast if you dont mind a diner. The service is very quick.
solid breakfast – elmo's is a good diner... nothing highly original or innovative on the menu but food is consistently good. excellent place to bring kids as their tolerance is high. not a standout among it's peers however. Best thing to have is their breakfast omelets. only drawback is the parking which can be painful to find.
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