Elmo’s Diner – Local Comfort Food

Omelet with Cheddar Cheese, Soy Sausage, Spinach and Mushrooms

Elmo’s Diner
Carrboro, NC
Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-free Friendly
Outdoor Seating

Elmo’s is the ideal spot to go when you are looking for a relaxed, home town feeling. Located in the heart of Carrboro in Carr Mill Mall, you are very likely to run across some of the friendly (hippie) locals. Once you try this family friendly restaurant you will see why it is a favorite for the Carrboro community.

The restaurant itself is casual, loving and free-spirited all in one. When I went for brunch one day there was a communal table where you could be seated with other guests. While this may be a big alien to most people, it just further proves the idea of diner comfort with the love of community. The staff is interested in making sure you have a wonderful experience. If one server sees you may need something they have no problem getting it theirselves for you. I really enjoyed the relaxed environment and the focus on good, Southern food. The menu is inclusive for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets. Another plus is when it is a chilly the outdoor seating becomes fully covered and heated very well inside.

Elmo’s menu is full of choices ranging from meatloaf and vegan burgers to banana pancakes and orange French toast. Breakfast foods can be ordered all day which is a plus for breakfast lovers like me. Before I became vegetarian I frequently ate their Salmon cakes. I would recommend them to any fish lover especially with the smooth yet tangy dill sauce. If you order the Salmon cake be sure to squeeze lemon over them. I personally am a huge lover of omelets. Elmo’s omelets remind me of home cooked eggs. They are rich and filled with love. My last omelet from the restaurant consisted of mushrooms, spinach, soy sausage and cheddar cheese. It was stuffed to the brim and so yummy. You can choose from an freshly prepared side items and then one of their baked goods (I chose one of their huge, buttery biscuits). They also make a handmade lemonade which is a must have during the summer. It is sour with just enough sugar to balance the pucker in your cheeks!

All in all Elmo’s is worth the visit if you are looking for a place decorated with the love of a community in the company of friends and family.


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