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Mad Hatter Bakeshop and Cafe

Posted by TIF 24 May 2011 No Comments

The Mad Hatter Bakeshop and Cafe serves breakfast all day, has a case full of freshly baked cookies, bars, pastries, brownies, cakes, muffins, and cupcakes, and offers free refills on soda and coffee when you dine in. These perks, along with some of the friendliest employees in Durham, are the reasons why I go to the Mad Hatter at least twice a week. When thinking about potential places to write about next, I was shocked to see that the Mad Hatter had never been reviewed. Perhaps it’s because the restaurant is just one of those places everyone knows about. But to be comprehensive, and for all of the Carpe Durham readers who are new to the area, I thought a review was in order.

Located near Duke’s East Campus and 9th Street, the Mad Hatter Bakeshop and Cafe shares a parking lot with Whole Foods and Ben & Jerry’s. The extensive menu offers everything from oatmeal and silver dollar pancakes to crab cakes and quesadillas, as well as a number of hot and cold wraps, grilled and cold sandwiches, and soups. Despite the large menu, I tend to stick with “the salad trio”–a combination of any three salads of the customer’s choosing (My pick is the tomato & mozzarella salad, the fried goat cheese salad, and the fruit salad). With every salad, you get a large hunk of hearty, yet airy ciabatta.The day I took pictures for this review, I was with a friend who ordered the chicken salad wrap, which came with a side of pasta salad. She said the chicken was full of flavor and that the portion was more than enough for lunch and leftovers.

Although I think the cupcakes at the Mad Hatter are a bit small for the price, they are really tasty and come in fun flavors like chocolate turtle, vanilla hazelnut, and pink lemonade (my personal favorite). The Mad Hatter also offers special order cakes with 24-hour notice (48-hour notice for cheesecakes).

The cafe has outlets lining the perimeter of the restaurant, as well as a few in the center of the restaurant. If you’re someone who likes to do work in coffee shops, this makes the Mad Hatter “the money spot.” But if study groups and folks on computers in restaurants irk you, be sure to visit the Mad Hatter in the early morning or in the evening to avoid the lap top crowd. Whenever you go, you’ll be sure to get great service and good food for a fair price.

Mad Hatter Bakeshop and Cafe

1802 W. Main Street

Durham, NC 27705


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