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1802 W Main St, Durham, NC | Directions 2770536.006374 -78.920144
Mon-Sat: 7am-9pm, Sun: 8am-4pm
Neighborhoods: Old West Durham
Great Cake, Better Food – My Family has been getting cakes from the madhatters for years and the cakes have always been great, but what really makes the cake is the custom decorating and great service. The atmosphere is also warm and inviting with free wi-fi(which can be pain during lunch). The food fresh and unique, the salmon and crab cakes are some of the best in town, and the hot thai wrap is always a great fall back. The one item I would stay away from is the noodle bowls. Also their new breakfast menu is a great change.
Bad food, nice decor – The Mad hatter is attractive and well lit. There's free wireless and a strip of power outlets on the wall. But please, don't eat there. We were there once and ordered french fries which were clearly made with old oil. The second time, we went for dinner. The food was served cold, and my mom got sick. To make up for the bad food, they gave us a free cake, which tasted like plastic or freezer burn.
The decor and location is so nice I might go again, just for coffee, but I'm going to bring my own muffin. That being said, I haven't tried the coffee yet.
a wonderful place to eat and the best desserts in the tiangle – i LOVE the mad hatter! great new menu -yummy!! - you cannot get this quality anywhere without paying twice the price. i don't know what is up with the reviews saying the cakes were just okay... i get all my sweets and "occasion" cakes from here and they are fantastic - delicious and sooo beautiful - comparing them to wherehouse cakes is CRIMINAL! who are these people? i do agree that the mad hatter's is busy though - as one would expect from such a great place... hopefully they will open another location soon! my friends in chapel hill would love to have one out there...
always a pleasure – Check out the new menu! Very good. I love that the mad hatter's changes their menu every so often. The rant about cake tasting is stupid. My friend did a wedding cake there and there is no price minimun. They have a set price per person. This amount was still the lowest around for comparible cake.
Not as good as it used to be – I used to think it was such a treat to visit Mad Hatter's in their original location. Loved breakfast and the desserts were to die for. The new location is even better but I think qualilty has suffered. The last 3 cakes I've ordered tasted stale. I even asked it the cake was fresh and was assured it would be made the day ordered but it definitely tasted stale. They must freeze the cake and assemble when requested. I'll still consider an occasional breakfast or brunch (if I can find a place to sit) but I'm passing on the desserts. More trendy than actual quality.
Don't trust the cake – I know that some swear that this is the best cake available, but really it's just okay cake. The frosting has an odd texture and the cake themselves are not that flavorful. I've had much better sucess with their meals. Every meal I've tried has been fresh and tasty. I actually think Costco has a much better tasting cake.
Great place – My fiance and I try to make it at least once a week for brunch (on the weekends) or a lunch date (during the week). We love it, but I have to tell him what I want and while he's in line I will go hunt for a table. We have found this strategy works the best :) Also, it gets slightly annoying when its a busy Sunday morning and there are 20 people waiting for a seat (sometimes with their food in hand) and there is someone with a laptop sitting alone at a 4 top table.
Wonderful Brunch – Went for brunch this Saturday and had the most amazing eggs benedict. My hubby tried the veggie omelet with organic shitake mushrooms, the food was superb. I picked up some cupcakes for Easter Sunday and had such a pleasant time. Theyre a real treasure to Durham.
Half cafe, half bakery--this place is madly popular with all ages. – In Short
It's the bakeshop that greets you, before you even notice the casual-chic dining room, with glass cases stuffed with scones, cakes and elaborately decorated shortbread cookies. Menu boards overhead announce a full, mostly sandwich-oriented menu. In the morning, order up the chevre and grilled vegetable-egg scramble. For lunch, you might try the chicken fajita quesadilla with lime-cilantro sour cream.
I just don't get it – Pastries about as good as you could find... at a grocery store. Mediocre coffee. Barely adequate breakfast. I can't, for the life of me figure out why this place gets any love at all. The simple fact that there's a dirth of breakfast joints around goes some way to explain why people actually come here, but that doesn't mean you have to like it.
Despite this, people seem brainwashed. "Ooh, we got our cake from Mad Hatter!" Big deal. There are a few good bakeries in the area and this isn't one of them. Heck, I've gotten better stuff from the big membership wholesale places.
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