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    ( 5 reviews )

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, North Carolina, USA, 27707

Serves meat, vegan options available. Well-known for its brunch and special dinners as well as the baked goods. It has a European vibe and the menu is German-inspired gourmet. In 2016 added vegan option to all of its menus (breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner). Sample items include breakfast tofu scramble and lunch vegan blue cheese sandwich. Open Tue-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm, Tue-Thu 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm, Sat 8:00am-3:00pm, Sun 9:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Bakery, European, German, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by turtleveg

Upscale dining with vegan options - Edit

I lived 5 miles from this place for 13 years and never went until they entered and won the Bull City Vegan challenge last year. Now my husband and I go almost every other week! There are vegan options for dinner and lunch/ brunch...and lately the dinner menu has vegan options for small plates and dessert too. Several sides can be made vegan too. My omnivore friends love the place too.

Last year they had a wonderful vegan wine dinner too that appeared to be sold out....I hope they do it again.

And there is a bakery attached with vegan breads labelled.

Pros: Multiple vegan options, Great outdoor patio and indoor dining room, Good beer and whiskey selections

Cons: Not cheap, Bakery needs more vegan options

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Good upscale dinning experience, avoid the brunch - Edit

I ate here with my husband twice, once for dinner and once for brunch. The dinner was phenomenal, the brunch was so-so. For the dinner, the vegan ragout was really delicious, though I must say it was not a ragout. It is still a really good dish - the seitan had a really distinct wine flavor to it, and was sliced thinly giving it a different textures. The potatoes had a really great texture and a nice rosemary taste. And the green in cream - delicious! I also had the vegan salad, which was really good too, but very similar to the main dish in my opinion.
For brunch, I had the scrambled tofu. It was OK, not the best scramble I've had, but not the worst. It was fairly bland, and didn't really contain any veggies (or seitan sausage...) that can take it to the next level. I felt disappointed.

This place is a great place for a fancy dinner to celebrate a special occasion, but I would avoid the brunch. The dinner prices are too steep for me to eat here regularly.

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-08

Pros: Delicious food, Food is very unique, Great atmosphere

Cons: The brunch is so-so, Expensive, Limited selection (one vegan item per menu section

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May be the best, yet sinful breakfast in the Triangle - Edit

I love this place for breakfast or brunch! Amazing pastries and dishes! I always end up taking home pastries and bread! Great options for vegetarians and of course some things are appropriate for vegans. Also excellent coffee!

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has recently upped their vegan game!! - Edit

As another reviewer mentioned, they have recently expanded vegan options especially for lunch and a new three course offering for dinner after their amazing win in the 2016 Bull City Vegan Challenge. It is pricey so best for a special night, but with the ambiance and architecture it's worth it. Lunch is the same you'd pay at comparable places though, so try one of their new vegan sandwiches.

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innovative vegan options - Edit

Following their win in the 2016 Bull City Vegan Chef Challenge, the owner/management recognized the demand and potential for serving vegan options and decided to add at least one fully vegan option to every menu (breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner). Their winning dish was vegan Königsberger Klopse — tempeh meatballs with macadamia cream, capers and faux anchovies, served with a side of roasted potatoes topped with wood sorrel pesto. To say it was delicious doesn't go far enough to explain how much I loved this dish! I look forward to trying their vegan tofu scramble and vegan blue cheese & roasted beet sandwich!
The staff is top notch, and the atmosphere is like none other in Durham - a very European feel.

Pros: creative gourmet vegan, enthusiastic management and staff, vegan option on every menu

Cons: expensive

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