The Mecca Restaurant

Diner, American Restaurant, and Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Central Raleigh, Raleigh
  • 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)
    William V.
    "Wonderful old school Raleigh location and excellent breakfast menu!"(4 Tips)
    Matt D.
    "Whoa, that peach cobbler?"(2 Tips)
42 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • rinky dinks
  • good for a quick meal
  • sandwiches
  • fried chicken
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  • 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.
  • William V.
    William VaughanFebruary 11
    Wonderful old school Raleigh location and excellent breakfast menu!
  • Molly J.
    Molly JerniganSeptember 12, 2015
    The aesthetic of this place is perfect, and the food is great too!
  • Charley T.
    Charley ToddSeptember 12, 2015
    Guys! Hush puppies WITH pulled pork inside. Nuff said.
  • 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. 👌
  • Jerald P.
    Jerald PrinceMarch 21, 2015
    Good friendly environment with good food.
  • 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
    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 :)
  • 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!
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • Yajhayra M.
    Yajhayra MAugust 23, 2014
    Established 1930 Old school joint with greasy breakfast! You don't see too many places like this anymore.
  • Hannah C.
    Hannah ChoeApril 29, 2014
    Pigs in a pup.
  • Califonza!
    Califonza!April 1, 2014
    The San Fran Chicken!
  • Mital P.
    Mital PatelJanuary 16, 2014
    It doesn't get more real than Mecca.
  • Ron K.
    Ron KellyJanuary 10, 2014
    Lemon pepper chicken on Fridays
  • Asa G.
    Asa GregoryAugust 29, 2013
    2nd time here...bbq is amazing, burgers are right on! Really fun atmosphere.
  • Angela H.
    Angela HardwickJuly 26, 2013
    Older looking was pretty good, portion size was really good. Didn't leave there overly stuffed after having a burger for lunch. Prices were good too!
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • Rachelle
    RachelleJuly 14, 2013
    Ask for Kaylee, she's the best
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportJuly 3, 2013
    Oldest bar in Raleigh. Head here before going to Neptunes. Great cheap beer and food.
  • lee B.
    lee BatchelorMay 5, 2013
    the food was great
  • Sharon J.
    Sharon J.April 26, 2013
    Pig in a Pup...
  • 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.
  • Forrest W.
    Forrest WilliamsApril 6, 2013
    Jk. #justjam
  • Andie H.
    Andie HoranMarch 17, 2013
    Late night grumpy crew... no thanks - i didnt order my meal with a side eye roll.
  • Karr T.
    Karr TysonNovember 20, 2012
    Really cool place to hang out. Straight from the 1930s.
  • Charity
    CharitySeptember 15, 2012
    Yummy breakfast!
  • Hunter W.
    Hunter WilsonAugust 2, 2012
    Sandwiches make for a good, quick lunch. Try the Double Decker.
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • brandon b.
    brandon burnsFebruary 14, 2012
    Love this place!
  • Andy S.
    Andy SentgeorgeNovember 21, 2011
    Monday special! Fried Chicken!
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonNovember 16, 2011
    Had a great breakfast. Sausage, egg & cheese on homemade biscuit. Loved the genuine 1930's diner ambience.
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse MoschlerNovember 14, 2011
    Get the chicken salad sandwich with a tomato!
  • Angela R.
    Angela RobsonOctober 9, 2011
    Best locals bar in town. Go here.
  • Katie V.
    Katie VuocoloOctober 9, 2011
    The Pig in a Pup on the late night menu was delish! Just wish the late night menu started a little later than 9pm!
  • Jeanie W.
    Jeanie WebbSeptember 26, 2011
    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!!
  • Nikhil
    NikhilAugust 12, 2011
    Fried chicken. Do it.
  • Gabi B.
    Gabi BenschopJuly 24, 2011
    Terrible service.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MartinezApril 30, 2011
    Jihan's bdAy
  • Matt D.
    Matt DohertyJanuary 26, 2011
    Whoa, that peach cobbler? Yeah make sure you get on that
  • Davina v.
    Davina van BurenDecember 17, 2010
    The turnip greens are awesome!!
  • Donovan P.
    Donovan PattersonAugust 21, 2010
    The steak sandwiches are the best thing ever! The only thing I ever get.
  • Will S.
    Will SpencerNovember 12, 2009
    Get anything it is all good but Thursdays the lasagna is the deal!
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