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Watt's Grocery

1116 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705
919-416-5040websitePrice: Moderately Expensive
Area: Raleigh-Durham, NC

Don't let the "grocery" part fool you. This Triangle eatery is Southern inspired and offers a mostly comfort food menu, but there are still fresh and sensible options for those looking to keep it light. In fact the Chef emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients. The vibe is trendy and lively (noisy) and the décor is casual, with exposed duct work, wood tables and chairs and modern light fixtures. It's got an urban, warehouse vibe.

The lunch menu is quite small and offers three salads (including a cobb salad and an oyster salad), burgers, sandwiches (all are quite heavy), a few comfort food sides and desserts. The dinner menu is more impressive with several upscale salad starters, a local cheese plate and steamed clams. The entrées include a vegetarian plate, Angus Ribeye, roasted pork shank, and market fish among other things. Sides include roasted carrots and turnips, onion rings, and bacon and tomato braised collards. Brunch is relatively heavy with fruit with cream and granola being the lightest choice. But the buttermilk pancakes, Southwestern churros, free range egg dishes (huevos rancheros, country ham benedict), and lunchables such as the catfish Po'boy earn rave reviews. The sides will help those looking to do a little bit of customizing.

Note: You can eat at the bar

Open: lunch served Tues-Fri from 11a to 2:30p; dinner served Tues-Sun from 5:30p to 10p; late night served Tues-Sun from 10p to midnight; weekend brunch served 11a to 2:30p; closed Mondays

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