The Mecca Restaurant

Diner, American Restaurant, and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Central Raleigh, Raleigh
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  • Jeanie W.
    "... very popular are the rinky dinks, yum! Ask the bartender about drink..."(2 Tips)
    Todd W.
    "Their fried chicken is so good it makes me want to slap my mama."(5 Tips)
    Jesse M.
    "Get the chicken salad sandwich with a tomato!"(4 Tips)
    William V.
    "Wonderful old school Raleigh location and excellent breakfast menu!"(4 Tips)
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  • Todd W.
    Todd WilliamsSeptember 2, 2014
    Literally like stepping back in time. And for me, it's pure comfort. Their fried chicken is so good it makes me want to slap my mama. Blackberry cobbler is mind blowing good. Love it!
  • The News & Observer
    The News & ObserverJuly 10, 2012
    Mecca's doesn't offer gourmet dishes. People come here for comfortable atmosphere and simple, but delicious homemade food. Fried chicken is a common favorite. Read more
  • Emma
    EmmaSeptember 3
    I love Mecca! They have every kind of food for any type of person. I get the daily vegetable plate with the local vegetables and Mac n cheese! It's delicious- trust me!
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan TalbotJuly 22, 2015
    Everything here has an extra dash of TLC. The food, the staff and the lived-in feeling of this precious step back in time. You can tell it's been owned by generations that take pride in their work. 👌
  • Angela H.
    Angela HardwickJuly 26, 2013
    Older looking atmosphere....food was pretty good, portion size was really good. Didn't leave there overly stuffed after having a burger for lunch. Prices were good too!
  • Jeanie W.
    Jeanie WebbSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried chickens great it dies take 15mins bcz they drop it when you order it. Also very popular are the rinky dinks, yum! Ask the bartender about drink specials!!
  • Gregory D.
    Gregory DahlinApril 20, 2013
    The charbroiled angus patty is awesome! Hold the roll and fries, and skip the salad dressing for a great paleo meal.
  • Katie V.
    Katie VuocoloOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pig in a Pup on the late night menu was delish! Just wish the late night menu started a little later than 9pm!
  • mj
    mjSeptember 12, 2015
    The aesthetic of this place is perfect, and the food is great too!
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonNovember 16, 2011
    Had a great breakfast. Sausage, egg & cheese on homemade biscuit. Loved the genuine 1930's diner ambience.
  • Michael H.
    Almost like a big city diner/dive spot. No GF options. Dinner companions all liked the food. Simple but good diner level food.
  • Yajhayra M.
    Yajhayra MAugust 23, 2014
    Established 1930 Old school joint with greasy breakfast! You don't see too many places like this anymore.
  • Asa G.
    Asa GregoryAugust 29, 2013
    2nd time here...bbq is amazing, burgers are right on! Really fun atmosphere.
  • Tom N.
    Tom NudellMarch 2, 2015
    Not sure if they have vegetables, but both the grits and the biscuits are delicious
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportNovember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pass on the Rinky Dinks and load up on the Pigs in a Pup. Yes these are real menu items.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica ThompsonSeptember 18, 2014
    They have a big salad that's delicious if you're being health conscious :)
  • William V.
    William VaughanFebruary 11
    Wonderful old school Raleigh location and excellent breakfast menu!
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Oldest bar in Raleigh. Head here before going to Neptunes. Great cheap beer and food.
  • Hunter W.
    Hunter WilsonAugust 2, 2012
    Sandwiches make for a good, quick lunch. Try the Double Decker.
  • Karsten T.
    Karsten TysonNovember 20, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Really cool place to hang out. Straight from the 1930s.
  • Ella L.
    Ella LeeOctober 8
    I love the grilled cheese with tomato!!!
  • Jerald P.
    Jerald PrinceMarch 21, 2015
    Good friendly environment with good food.
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddSeptember 12, 2015
    Guys! Hush puppies WITH pulled pork inside. Nuff said.
  • Donovan P.
    Donovan PattersonAugust 21, 2010
    The steak sandwiches are the best thing ever! The only thing I ever get.
  • Rachelle
    RachelleJuly 14, 2013
    Ask for Kaylee, she's the best
  • Angela R.
    Angela RobsonOctober 9, 2011
    Best locals bar in town. Go here.
  • Andie H.
    Andie HoranMarch 17, 2013
    Late night grumpy crew... no thanks - i didnt order my meal with a side eye roll.
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse MoschlerNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the chicken salad sandwich with a tomato!
  • Sharon J.
    Sharon J.April 26, 2013
    Pig in a Pup...
  • Davina v.
    Davina van BurenDecember 17, 2010
    The turnip greens are awesome!!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DohertyJanuary 26, 2011
    Whoa, that peach cobbler? Yeah make sure you get on that
  • Ron K.
    Ron KellyJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Lemon pepper chicken on Fridays
  • Will S.
    Will SpencerNovember 12, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get anything it is all good but Thursdays the lasagna is the deal!
  • Mital P.
    Mital PatelJanuary 16, 2014
    It doesn't get more real than Mecca.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SentgeorgeNovember 21, 2011
    Monday special! Fried Chicken!
  • lee B.
    lee BatchelorMay 5, 2013
    the food was great
  • Nikhil
    NikhilAugust 12, 2011
    Fried chicken. Do it.
  • Califonza!
    Califonza!April 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The San Fran Chicken!
  • brandon b.
    brandon burnsFebruary 14, 2012
    Love this place!
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah ChoeApril 29, 2014
    Pigs in a pup.
  • Charity
    CharitySeptember 15, 2012
    Yummy breakfast!
  • Forrest W.
    Forrest WilliamsApril 6, 2013
    Jk. #justjam
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MartinezApril 30, 2011
    Jihan's bdAy
  • Gabi B.
    Gabi BenschopJuly 24, 2011
    Terrible service.
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