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[22 Oct 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

Old Havana opened to rave reviews and has become a staple in the steadily expanding Main St. corridor.  I came through as a newbie to the Sandwich Shop and thought I’d offer my thoughts on its current performance.

The first thing you’ll notice if you’ve read the initial review is that the prices have gone up (about two bucks a sandwich), which for me always figures into my calculus of enjoyment—I’ll shout about a tasty $2 taco but be more critical of a plate I’m shelling out twenty five …

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[17 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

Durham has several notable coffee roasters–Joe Van Gogh and Bean Traders make my list–but none have as large a profile and the nationwide distribution that Counter Culture does. The company is headquartered here and Durham hosts one of their several training facilities. Counter Culture has a tradition at all their training centers: at 10:00 am every Friday, they hold a coffee cupping. If you’re unfamiliar with that term, a coffee cupping is a method of tasting and evaluating coffee, much like a wine tasting.

Making Counter …

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[20 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

Cocoa Cinnamon, the much anticipated coffee/chocolate shop at the corner of Geer and Foster from the Bike Coffee folks, is very close to being open to the public. Owners Leon and Areli (and their talented friends/family) have poured their hearts into this new shop, doing most all of the work themselves. Their dedication shows – from the quality of the espresso machine and the selection of beans to the handmade tables and both small and large artistic details that can be found in every corner. The latte we sampled …

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[27 Feb 2012 | 21 Comments | ]

Less than two weeks after their opening, Respite Cafe is already a popular place to hunker down over a laptop. When we stopped this past Saturday, it was packed and I’m guessing Respite will continue to be a choice work/study spot for the West Village crowd.

Respite is fairly small but a bright and welcoming coffee shop. There is a room off to one side filled with a couch and cushy chairs and another small private room with a door and conference …

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[11 Jul 2011 | 9 Comments | ]

With contributions from MEZ

Stepping into Dulce Cafe, the newest restaurant in Sutton Station on Fayetteville Road, makes you feel like you’re sitting in your Nana’s living room. The intimate space has large comfy chairs, a lavish chandelier and other regal ornamentation, green tea lights on the tables and the bar, fresh lilies and orchids, mahogany wood, brushed metal, large windows with classically braided curtain ties, green walls with goldenrod accents, coffee table books, and a running water fountain–all seemingly put in place to create ‘la dulce vida‘ …

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[21 Jan 2010 | 18 Comments | ]
Beyu Caffe at 335 W. Main Street opened in downtown Durham on January 16th. The manager, Dorian “DJ” Bolden left his job in finance to start his own business, taking various positions as barista, bartender, line cook, etc. to gain experience. In encouraging him, his friends would say “just be you bro,” which morphed into the cafe’s name, pronounced “be you.” It’s wonderfully decorated with a large dining room cleverly broken in two by a lounging couch area. They’re open for all three meals, …

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[5 Oct 2009 | 9 Comments | ]
Saladelia Cafe

Saladelia is a staple of Durham’s lunch scene with a bustling catering business in addition to their onsite food. It is a favorite of mine for a late breakfast also, as their breakfast menu is available until 2pm on the weekend. They offer sandwiches, salads, pastries, and desserts with a Mediterranean bent. Order at the counter and your food will be brought to you. Espresso drinks are available.

They recently completed some remodeling of their seating areas and counter. There’s now a lovely row of …

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[15 Sep 2009 | 11 Comments | ]
Amelia Cafe

Amelia Cafe is an appealing spot for lunch or dessert if you are in the Brightleaf area.

The atmosphere is relaxed but sophisticated with smooth jazz playing and very comfy leather chairs at their tables.

They offer candy, sweet and savory crepes, gelato, and desserts all day but their sandwiches, soups, and salads are only available from 11-2. Espresso drinks, smoothies, shakes, beer, wine, and cocktails are all on the plentiful beverage menu.

Their setup is confusing at first: if you are eating in, you should grab a …

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[2 Sep 2009 | 18 Comments | ]

Numerous excursions to Bright Leaf Square and Morgan Imports had left me curious about Parker and Otis, whose shabby chic exterior is fully visible from the parking lot.  I did not have the pleasure of dining there until lunch on a Tuesday, however, and I am wondering why I did not explore it sooner.

Parker and Otis is reminiscent of Fosters in that they provide sandwiches and salads within the setting of a gourmet food market.  However, Parker and Otis’ selection of foods for purchase is far superior …

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[25 Jul 2009 | 6 Comments | ]

Hard to believe, I know–the SouthPoint mall.  But where there is awesome, Carpe Durham will risk life and aversion therapy to get it.

Vita Dolce has been around for about a year and a half and I’ve been shamelessly enjoying it for most of that time without ever posting on it.  What once seemed like a bit of a secret within the mall, there is now a preponderance of advertisements for the tasty treats at the gelateria (incidentally, most of the ads are not for the gelato, exactly).  The marketing is pretty …