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Rue Cler Bakery

Posted by DNR 7 Nov 2008 8 Comments

Not that Rue Cler, Durham’s premier French restaurant, needs any more good press, but for some reason I never remember about their bakery and cafe. That neuron was one of the few to fire this morning, and I thought that there would be no better way to recuperate from an awesome first night of the Troika Music Festival than coffee and beignets at Rue Cler’s bakery.


Rue Cler, which is right across the corner from the post office on East Chapel Hill St., was one of the first upscale restaurants to venture into downtown Durham, paving the way for many other venues.


I got a half-dozen beignets and the crepe du jour (egg, roasted peppers, bacon and gruyere). The crepe was exactly as good as it sounds.

Egg, roasted peppers, bacon, and gruyere crepe

Egg, roasted peppers, bacon, and gruyere crepe

It’s hard to describe how good their beignets are. They’re like flaky, chewy pockets of fried heaven. They also make fresh baguettes daily — they come out at about 2 pm, so show up early if you want one.

beignets at Rue Cler

Donut heaven: beignets at Rue Cler

While not as incredible as the Screaming Females show at the Pinhook last night, the bakery at Rue Cler made me feel like a new (and much fatter) man this morning. They stop serving crepes and beignets at 10.30 am, so don’t miss out!

Rue Cler Bakery (map)
Monday: 7.30 am – 4 pm
Tuesday – Friday: 7.30 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm


  • Christina said:

    wow, i haveee to check this place out, it looks amazing!


  • Jamie said:

    Don’t get too excited. The food is excellent, but if you’re looking for a display case chock full of delicious treats and stacks of freshly made bread, you’ll be dissapointed. Their egg sandwich is spectactular, though.


  • durhamfood said:

    Their duck confit crepe is the best lunch dish in town, in my opinion. It’s also available for brunch. Speaking of which, I had a three course brunch there this morning, starting with beignets. A fabulous start to a pretty productive day :)


  • gazebo said:

    I love their orange scones!


  • Alex said:

    I love beignets! Why aren’t they on every menu in every restaurant?!?!


  • Mike said:

    Best French breakfast in town. Go to Rue Cler as often as you can, because it is absolutely worth visiting multiple times.


  • mk30 said:

    took my visiting mama to rue clear for brunch on saturday. we got to sit outside and it felt like we were in vienna for a couple hours ;)

    i had the asparagus and chevre crepe with a tomato sauce. let’s just say it was glorious.

    basically everything was glorious. even the coffee was fucking glorious.

    and of course we got the beignets (which i had never tried before). i didn’t even bother with french overall but i felt pretty confident that beignet was pronounced like “bayonette” but without the o. too bad the waiter was like “okey dokey, half a dozen bin-yays” and i felt like the dumb american that i am. the humiliation was worth it though because the bin-yays were amazing.

    too bad that it was $40 for brunch for three people. then again, i was so full that i didn’t eat again that day. so i guess it was worth it!


  • cp said:

    They make really great blueberry muffins, great coffee, great onion soup but i’ve gone in there for 6 months, a few times a week, and it’s like I’m walking in for the first time. I wish they were a bit warmer. In contrast, Beyu on Main Street is like walking into a friend’s livingroom, (but they don’t have those divine blueberry muffins.) Also, on the donuts, which are THE BEST (and I’m from New Orleans) my guess is they’re made from their bread dough that they make nightly. They are nothing like N.O. beignets. They’re solid and round, not airy, light, and thin, not smothered in powdered sugar. They taste a little bit like sour dough, really awesome treat. So good food, not so friendly.


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