First, I hope readers and posters appreciate the accurate comments on Chowhound. No matter where I travel (and food is always high on the agenda), chowhound is a reliable resource. So on to my contribution.
Just returned from a weekend in Durham. A quick snapshot of my experience.
Guglhuph: A great asset for the area. ALL the food is excellent with very fresh ingredients. Highlights include Salad Nicoise, Duck Confit salad with poached pear candied cashews and bacon, and corn-beef and hash. We came with a party of 9 and EVERYONE loved their order. To be critical, I don't really like the "order food and coffee at the register" process, which tends to create a long line whether you want a cappuccino or a frittata. Nice Patio.
411: Went with 3 other foodies and all enjoyed the meal. Thin-crust pizza was especially nice. Great service.
Fosters: Better than average bar food with a funky retro feel. Good beer selection, which seemed a bit pricey. Pulled pork was decent as was the shrimp po-boy.
Locopops: Small shop opened by a woman who learned the Popsicle trade in Mexico. This was a big hit with adults and kids. Selections split between cream and water based pops. Kids tended to stick with the tried and true (chocolate, strawberry, etc) while adults experimented with more exotic flavors. Selection includes Chocolate & Clove, Mango & Chile, Mellon & Apple, Olive Oil and Cream (not a typo), Chocolate & Chili. All ingredients are fresh (she peels the mango herself). Besides having a tasty unique Popsicle, you can support a small proprietor.
I know these are all positive review. I am a pretty critical foodie with the good fortune of having some good meals...thanks mostly to chowhounds.
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