Downtown Durham has been missing soul food in the heart of Parrish St for a while. Places have come and gone, but I really hope this place stays. delicious . sweet, friendly Durham style service with a smile, and southern comfort food. the night we went, slow jams were right on time, too.
Quickly became big fans of the new Battistella's - inviting space, knowledgeable, friendly service and scrumptious cocktails, food, wine and dessert! A little slice of New Orleans in downtown (facing Moore Square on the corner of Martin and Blount).
Our table of four, including two New Orleans' natives, savored the perfectly fried Gulf oysters, delicate onion rings and horseradish sauce for appetizer. Entrees of shrimp and grits, blackened catfish with crawfish étouffée, and fried shrimp were interesting, flavorful and enjoyed by all.
The finale? An order of espresso crème brûlée and an order of bread pudding with a white chocolate sauce. Seriously y'all, bon appétit.
Can hardly wait to go back for brunch and to sit at the bar to watch the Saints on Sunday.
We went to the Old Granary restaurant expecting it to be average, but boy! Were we suprised! My wife and I heard that Fearrington had a new restaurant in it's village and thought it would be fun to check it out. Also, friends of ours had eaten there and said that the food was great and the service was gracious, and they had fun looking at all the folk art on the walls. We were pleasantly greeted at the door, and shown to a table in the middle of the dining room. Normally, my wife hates this, but the energy of the room was alive and we had fun. Our server was knowledgeable and very accommodating, and paired us up with a great wine that the manager had put on special that night. Our food was not the Fearrington House; but we didn't want that kind of cuisine. We wanted to be comfortable, and to enjoy the ambiance and each other's company, and the staff made that possible. The fried oyster salad to start was just wonderful! and the scallops entree was incredible! And by all means, save room for dessert! We had the Beltie Brownie and it was good to share between us. All in all, a totally inventive and charismatic restaurant. Fearrington, which we have stayed at before many times, has always impressed, but we didn't see this one coming! Go try it out for yourself and enjoy the experience in the country. It is 'in the middle of nowhere, yet takes 10 minutes to get there from Chapel Hill. Fearrington has done it again!
Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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