While the lunch service (order and take a number) might evoke Foster’s, the food was considerably better, though not outstanding and certainly not in the same class as its delightful neighbor, Toast. Beyu was packed on MLK day when we stopped in for lunch. They offer some standard appetizers like hot wings and calamari, “pizzettes,” sandwiches, salads, pastries, and a wide range of coffee drinks. The coffee is reportedly sourced from Stockton Graham & Co. in Raleigh. We didn’t try any of the specialty coffees, but the killer espresso that XOR ordered was a contender for best espresso in the Triangle, which we hope was representative. Lunch entrees are reasonably priced, with most entrees around $7-8, bumping up to the $15 range for dinner.
We were intrigued by the first appetizer on the menu, Beyu Wings with “mocha java sauce” but were informed upon ordering that they had already been discontinued, so we stuck to the main courses on this outing. For lunch, that means primarily soups, salads and sandwiches. Sandwiches come with your choice of salad, fries, or a cup of soup. I had the Grilled Ham & Gruyere Cheese on wheat (croque monsieur), which was just that: no frills, not even mayo, or butter/margarine on the outside to grill. However, it came with some pretty good dijon-cheese sauce (on the side) that needed to be more mustardy…. still, a satisfying choice. I had it with fries, which had been sitting out a bit too long but were decent tasting otherwise. There was no ketchup on the tables, but the server was happy to bring me some.
XOR had their Oyster Po’ Boy, which he liked, but opined that the standard sub sandwich bun format works better than the smaller Kaiser bun at Beyu. He also could have stood a little more sauce as well. We both liked his chicken and broccoli soup cup, homey and rich without tasting fatty, although Beyu definitely does not skimp on salt; this particular soup is not suitable for low-sodium diets. I thought it was too salty but XOR kinda liked it that way as a small but potent and slightly spicy serving.
We finished off our decadent lunch with the most original thing in the dessert case, a slice of Harvey Wallbanger cake, which was well above average. A heady citrus flavor dominated both the delectable buttercream icing and
the moist, dense cream-style cake. 100% fabulous. The desserts allegedly come from a bakery in Greensboro. I want to go back to try the Grand Marnier truffles (in the dessert case) and some fancy coffee drinks (the Java Peppermint Patte espresso concoction, specifically), and someone should report on their dinner, and bar, which I neglected to mention (alcoholic beverages after noon only!).
As bustling as it was, we have a hopeful feeling that Beyu is here to stay, with its beautiful space, warm and inviting ambiance, outstanding coffee and above average food.
Beyu is open Monday through Saturday. Breakfast: 7 – 10:30am; Lunch: 10:30am – 5pm; and Dinner 5 – 11pm.