Cameron Bar & Grill – Great For Brunch, Late Night, and Everything In-Between

Cameron Bar & Grill sits on the Clark Avenue and Woodburn Road corner of Cameron Village.  This Eschelon Restaurant group member has been up and running for 8 years under the management of Charlie Jones.  Frequented by college students and families alike, their menu expands across the likes of American favorites and modern takes on Southern classics.  Offering many tables and bar seating inside, we took advantage of the unusually warm November weather and dined outside.  I often find outdoor seating to be an issue in terms of a lower quality of service, but this was clearly not the case at Cameron Bar & Grill.

Cameron Bar and Grill - Fried Green Tomatoes

Cameron Bar and Grill – Fried Green Tomatoes

The Fried Green Tomatoes ($8.00) really started the meal with a bang.  Coated with cornmeal, the sweet crust balanced well against the slight tanginess of the green tomato.  I also appreciated the bacon jam being the “sauce” for the green tomatoes.  Oftentimes places will serve ranch or some creamy dressing with them that just overshadows the tomatoes.  The bacon jam offered a layer of rich flavor, saltiness and smokiness that rounded out the dish.

The Granola Egg Sandwich ($9.50) was comprised of an over medium egg, smoked gouda, Canadian bacon, spinach, tomato and green tomato remoulade sandwiched in between 9 grain granola bread.  This breakfast sandwich was so fresh and light, yet hearty from the bread.  However, be warned the perfectly cooked over medium egg still yields a bit of runny yolk, so have your napkin and/or plate ready to catch the remnants.  The combination of the slight sweetness from the 9 grain granola bread and savory egg make this a brunch classic.

Cameron Bar and Grill - Granola Egg Sandwich

Cameron Bar and Grill – Granola Egg Sandwich

The Southern Benedict ($10.00) tasted like a Southern breakfast on steroids.  The staples of Southern cuisine were amplified in flavor and dressed up to transform the common eggs benedict classic into something else entirely.  The cornbread and goat cheese grit cakes were crispy on the outside and creamy, cheesy on the inside.  There was a sprinkling of pulled pork on the grit cakes before the deliciously runny poached eggs were placed on top.  Drizzled with a Texas Pete hollandaise, this really took the dish over the edge.  Of course with the grit cakes, egg, pork and more eggs in the hollandaise, the richness was almost breakfast food coma-inducing.  However, the spiciness of the Texas Pete cut through the rest of the ingredients to bring you back down to appreciate and enjoy a well-executed breakfast dish.

Cameron Bar and Grill - Southern Benedict

Cameron Bar and Grill – Southern Benedict

Something to note is that both the Granola Egg Sandwich and Southern Benedict came with a side of fresh fruit.  Shout out to Cameron Bar & Grill for serving edible, sweet pineapple and grapes.  Nothing irks me more than when you order a side of fruit only to get hard, unripe and inedible fruit.

Not only was brunch great, but our service was also on point.  Everyone knows what I mean; the server who fills your drink before it tips too low, checks on you enough but doesn’t hover, etc.  Cameron Bar & Grill is the perfect place to head anytime of week since they’re open lunch, dinner, late night and for brunch on weekends.  Their menu is similar to its sister restaurant, Faire, in that there are enough plain Jane items to please the picky eaters, yet creative enough to spark interest in a foodie’s palate.

Address:  2018 Clark Ave, Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 755-2231

Tessa Nguyen is a chef and registered dietitian working in the Triangle area. She is an alumna of Johnson & Wales University and Meredith College. When Tessa isn’t traveling and discovering new food spots, she teaches culinary nutrition cooking classes at Duke and works as a consultant in the health and wellness industry. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @ChefTessaRD.

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