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Worth It Cafe

Posted by TIF 17 Mar 2011 4 Comments

Worth It Cafe, nestled in a RTP strip mall, makes “everything, everything in house,” explains co-owner Eileen. I heard about the restaurant from a friend who works in the area and was impressed by the large number of options for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. So, we went one afternoon to partake in their lunch time rush. The restaurant was busy, but the staff were quick, without making us feel rushed. My friend ordered the veggie burger with homemade ranch root chips and the espresso brownie. I ordered the Jerk Tofu (they also had Jerk meat options) with the root chips and the vanilla and chocolate Rice Krispies treat.

Somehow Eileen, who was at the register, remembered what everyone ordered because as the food came out from the kitchen, she pointed the runner in the direction of its appropriate table. The veggie burger and the Jerk tofu were both seasoned really well, but they were both a bit soft for our liking. The bread that the Jerk sandwich came on was fantastically soft. My friend went on and on about how great the addition of the dill pickle was on the veggie burger. And the homemade chips were hot, salty and crunchy. In a word, yum (you can also get pasta salad or sweet potato fries as a side). The brownie was cakey and tasted like the espresso was infused through the confection after it was baked; the Rice Krispies treat was marshmallowy, soft, and had just the right amount of chocolatey goodness swirled throughout.

Although Worth It Cafe is only open from 11am-2pm, you can order meals to go (order by 3pm) and pick up your food curbside between 4:30 and 7, which I thought was a pretty cool dinner option for folks who work in the area. The only downside to the curbside option though, is that you’d miss out on how great the dining atmosphere is. About 20 minutes into our lunch, Chef Chuck came out to talk to all of the tables. He greeted each table and asked each diner how their food was. A sucker for random conversations, I kept Chef Chuck at our table long enough to find out that: a) the restaurant will be celebrating its one year anniversary soon, b) a new menu will be up on the website soon, c) Eileen at the register is his wife, d) he went to culinary school at Johnson and Wales in Miami and then worked in the Charleston area as a chef before moving to the Triangle, and e) he specializes in cuisine that “uses local ingredients to highlight national and international flair.” I can definitely say that witnessing Chef Chuck’s wholehearted enthusiasm for his food and for his craft was the best part of the meal. It reminded me, once again, why I love eating out so much in Durham.

Worth It Cafe (website)

2945 S. Miami Blvd.

Suite 122

Durham, NC 27703

4 Comments »

  • ernesto said:

    Worth It Cafe is a great place for lunch. They have several fantastic soups every day. We love the root chips. As you said the owenrs are super friendly too.

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  • babeshka said:

    All i can say is yum yum yum

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  • Tooth said:

    Yeah, this is a pretty rad place for lunch. I ate there just yesterday and while I was chowing and watching NCAA tourney basketball on the teevee, I reminded myself that this place has the best sweet potato fries in the area. Perfectly thin, crispy and simply seasoned.

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  • srdaystay said:

    I agree, awesome place! The chicken salad is the best in the area and I’m a sucker for those root chips!

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