4810 Hope Valley Road
Brunch: $5 – $15
Sundays, 10:30 – 2:30
I first posted this review on Carpe Durham a few days ago.
City Beverage started offering Sunday brunch (the menu) about a month ago, so it was time for a revisit. As evident from the comments on Carpe Durham’s previous review, this restaurant has a reputation for playful dishes and decor with occasionally lax service and a hipsterish vibe that some folks interpret as unwelcoming, finding the whole place overhyped. My opinion is much less complicated: it’s within walking distance of my house, and I could live off the chicken nachos if I needed to. In fact, I might welcome it.
The brunch menu has a range of specialty items, from the pricy crab cake eggs benedict at $15 to the buttermilk pancakes with choice of sides and a meat for $8. There are also many sandwiches, salads, and entrees from their regular menu available at brunch.
Coffee was so-so; I definitely think they need to step up their game for that and offer a local roaster’s beans. My bloody mary was heavy on the pepper and Worcestershire, which I like.
It came with a quintet of pimento-stuffed olives, if you’re a fan of those. For $5, it’s a good deal.
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Bobbi’s Rum Punch
West 94th Street Pub
Bobbi’s Rum Punch is silver rum with orange and pineapple juices and a floater of Bacardi 151 and grenadine.
Well, it is supposed to have a floater, but based on the lack of layers and its singular color, I’d say all those ingredients are just mixed together. It would be prettier it they were floaters instead, but this is still a strong, tasty rum drink. In fact, I would say it’s at the perfect saturation point for rum in a cocktail. It’s potent, but that fruit flavor is strapping enough to resist overwhelming the taste buds.
I would love some lime with this drink, but otherwise, all it as it should be when you think of a tropical cooler that’ll knock you out in two.
Reviewed 13 July 12.
The LoMo Market
Various Durham Locations
The LoMo Market started making rounds about a month ago. It’s “a team of farm luvin’ folks who want to connect customers with farm fresh foods. If people who value high quality, local foods don’t have time to seek them out, let’s bring the food to them! We have created a new retail experience where the market is on wheels.”
In other words, the LoMo Market is for people like me who sleep in late on Saturdays and miss the Durham Farmers’ Market entirely — I value sleep more than fresh food, what can I say? Luckily for me, one of the LoMo Markets stops is in Woodcroft, about a block from my house. I can’t complain about that distance nor the hours of 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Convenience, they name is fresh produce on a truck.
There were golden beets, kale, scallions, cucumbers, and plenty other farm-fresh items for sale at reasonable prices last night. Farms include Uncle Henry’s and Cottle Organics and many more. Additionally, the LoMo Market stocks meat from Coon Rock Farms, Farmhand Foods, and other local producers and a variety of grab and go items from Scratch, Triangle Raw Food, and specialty items like Muddy Pond molasses. You can check out their daily wares and sources on their website.
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