What it is: We were excited when the new McAllister's opened in the Rennaissance Center shopping area near Southpoint Mall. It's great to have another kid-friendly option so nearby, and since it's the second one in Durham in addition to one in Chapel Hill there's one close to lots of our readers. So, one day after another successful trip to Portrait Innovations in the same shopping center, we stopped by.
McAllister's Deli has lots of delicious options for grown ups and kids alike. For adults, there are a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches as well as some of the largest fountain drinks around. For kids there are lots of toddler friendly options such as mac and cheese, little individual pizzas, grilled cheese, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Most of the kids options come with chips or applesauce and Teddy Grahams as a little dessert treat. However, our kids' pizza did not come with the side, so make sure and double check.
What we liked: The food was delicious, and the kids liked the food, especially the Teddy Grahams. They also had the option of outdoor seating which we thought was a nice touch. McAllister's is a good addition to the S. Durham kid-friendly dining options. (We have also heard that the 15-501 location offers a kids eat free night with paying adult on Mondays after 4pm. Does anyone know if this location offers the same perk?)
What we would change: We didn't have the best service at this new location. However, we've never had that experience before at McAllisters. Perhaps they are just working out some of the kinks in their new restaurant operation.
Website and other important information:
Address: 6807 Fayetteville Rd, Ste 117, or 5218 New Hope Commons Dr.