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True Flavors Diner & Catering

Posted by DID 27 Apr 2015 4 Comments

Hidden in the same strip mall that used to house Papa Mojo’s is True Flavors Diner & Catering. As the name implies one half is a catering business and the other is a modern-take on the classic diner. There’s a counter and a handful of tables with a herb garden and long display of glass-covered confections. It’s a small place that’s ideal for parties of two or four. True Flavors has a charming decor that lets you easily forget you’re in a strip mall across from an Auto Bell.

We stopped in on a Saturday for brunch (note for those of you who don’t work in this area – True Flavors is only open for brunch on Saturdays on the weekends). The menu is pretty basic with a variety of egg dishes, chicken and waffles, traditional plate lunches, a burger and sandwiches. They also have a floats and shakes menu.

Good first sign, before you’ve even had time to study the menu and place your order, a plate of steamy biscuits and jam are put on the table.

We opted for the chicken and waffles and the PBLT (pimento cheese and bacon sandwich). The chicken rivaled the fried chicken at Dame’s (I know a bold statement) with a similar crusty coating with some rosemary flavor. It’s a large hunk of bird served with three mini waffles and a serving of eggs.

The pimento cheese was served on thick, toasted Texas toast. It was great, but the bread was so thick that the pimento cheese didn’t actually melt, which resulted in an odd combo of warm toast and cold pimento cheese. But this may be my fault as I requested that the sandwich be toasted and I’m not sure if it normally comes that way.

True to the diner name, the portions are impressively large. Everything seems to be prepared with care and an attention to detail.

The only complaint is that the service could use some work. I got the sense that we happened to get a waiter in training. He never checked on our table, took 30 minutes to take our order, didn’t refill drinks and forgot syrup for the waffles. I think this was just a fluke and something that will be ironed out the longer True Flavors is open.

A great addition to Durham’s dining scene, I wish True Flavors was downtown, but then again with only 11 tables it’d probably ┬áhave a line around the block just like Dame’s.

True Flavors
5410 HWY 55
Monday-Friday 6:30 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 – 2:30 pm


  • GG said:

    We popped in on a Saturday late morning and were pleasantly surprised. The food and the presentation were above regular diner quality. We did experience service issues as well, with our waitress apparently not knowing the menu very well and not knowing how to register our orders. Fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and eggs benedict were all very good. Table near us had a very large ice cream float near us and seemed to enjoy it. We also noticed the baked goods by the door, like a cookie the size of a small frisbee. Combination of location and food quality was enough for us to rent out the diner for a graduation party in late May.


  • burgeoningfoodie said:

    From what I’ve heard the food is solid and the service is either good or acts like they don’t want to be there or just doesn’t have the experience considering it’s been open for a month or two. Apparently, they also don’t have the support for a full dining room. Hopefully things will smooth out and the food will stay consistent. I am most curious about some of those duck dishes.


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  • Ber said:

    Went to Brunch on Saturday morning. We ordered Duck Hash and Chicken and Waffles. Both were delicious and huge! Brought some home and had breakfast a second morning. The review of giving Dames a run for their money on the waffles and chicken was spot on. We do not live close to True Flavors but will definitely return wen on that side of town.


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