Durham >Food & Dining > The Broad Street Cafe
1116 Broad St, Durham, NC | Directions 2770536.015650 -78.919285
Mon.: 11am to 3pm, Tue. & Wed.: 11am to 11pm, Thurs.: 11am to 12 midnight, Fri. & Sat.: 11am to 2am, Sun.: 5pm to 10pm,
Neighborhoods: Watts Hospital-Hillandale
Great weekend hang out – My boyfriend and I had a great time at the Broad Street Cafe last Saturday night! We decided to check it out when a band playing at Broad Street was recommended by Indy Week. Not only was the band great, but so was their opener. The atmosphere at Broad Street definitely added to our experience. It is set up nicely that you can see the band from all seats but can also still talk to your party and are not over crowded. Food was just amazing, there is no other word for it. Best pizza I have had in a long time and very reasonably priced for all the toppings you get. Always love the local beer! Service was even impressive for a hang out-like atmosphere.
Great Pizza! Great Beer Selection! – Stopped in for lunch last Monday and enjoyed a Pizza Bianca at one of the outside tables. Wonderful! Perfect crust and very tasty. It was a work day so I couldn't enjoy a beer... so I figured i'd just go back for dinner.
I went back that Wednesday night. I got an Angus burger this time around and, again, very tasty. The hand cut french fries were awesome.
Seeing as how it was after work, I enjoyed a White Ale from Triangle Brewing (a Durham brewery) and a Hoppyum from Foothills Brewing (out of Winston Salem). They've got something like three dozen beers to choose from. Beer lovers... you gotta check this place out.
Service was great both times I was there and the Open Mic that Wednesday night was a lot of fun to watch. Everybody (staff and other customers) were very nice - this place has a very warm and inviting vibe.
I picked up one of their music schedules and am already planning on going back this coming weekend for food and some live music.
I think this is my new favorite place.
The Best Pizza in Durham? – Not only do they have their crust wired to a T, their sauce is flavorful and perfectly portioned on the crust. The result a pure wood-fired pizza experience. We got the Margherita & the Meditereanean to go and they were so good we almost went back to get another one...not that we were still hungry, we just wanted to experience more awesome pizza!!
Pizza too salty – I ordered the Pizza Bianca with cheese and artichokes and it was covered with pesto, which made it very greasy and salty. Having spent $9 for a personal pizza I was especially ticked off. When will Italian restaurants in the US realize that pizza and pesto are a heavy and toxic mess, which is why they do not exist together anywhere in Italy. Pesto is a very strong flavor which overpowers anything that it touches. Pesto works well with pasta , but not with pizza already salted with artichokes and salty cheese.
It was especially frustrating that there was no mention of the pesto on the menu' for the Pizza Bianca, only that there were herbs on it. I wouldn't have ordered the Pizza bianca had pesto been listed as an ingredient on the menu.
This is the second time I received a meal unlike the menu' description. A few months ago I ordered a sandwich and the chef ran out of bread and subbed focaccia bread for the sandwich bread. I am really not someone who dislikes salt, but the sandwich was salty to the point of being inedible. At this point I'd be a masochist if I ate at Broad Street a third time.
I will also add that it took me at least 15 minutes to even place my order at the cashier.
This evening there was live music playing and while the musicians were very talented, the acoustics were too loud and metalllic to hear the instruments or fully appeciate the sound.
It also irks me that their regular drink prices are not listed anywhere, not on the menu' nor on the chalkboard.
I won't be returning to the Broad Street Cafe for food anytime soon..
Awesome wood fired pizza. Great draft beer selection. Great music! These guys are great for lunch...or dinner. Great place to meet up with friends...either for conversation or to hear great bands.
Editorial Review – Neighborhood coffee shop offers space to sit and sip, or later the espresso turns to beer and hosts local bands.
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