What it is: The Mad Hatter is a delicious little bakery and cafe right next door to Duke's East Campus and under a mile from other great kids stops like Playhouse Toys, The Regulator Bookshop, Blue Corn Cafe, or Elmo's Diner. When you first walk in you can see a display of delicious little cookies and brownies that are perfect for a quick sweet treat or snack. Around the corner you can find delicious cakes and cupcakes which can be made to order for anyone. If you're in the mood for a little more food you can also order delicious breakfasts, lunches, or brunches with items like sandwiches, wraps, salads, and much more.
On my most recent stop, we were just in the market for a sweet treat to bolster us in the middle of some marathon errand running. The cheesecake brownie that we found was heavy, sweet, and completely decadent-perfect for mommy and delicious for my son as well. We've also ordered custom order birthday cakes from them in the past and they have been delicious as well. We haven't sampled the mealtime fare? Has anyone sampled it?
What we liked: We love the pastries! Every sweet thing that we have tried from The Mad Hatter has been delicious!
What we would change: We tried to sit down to enjoy our cheesecake brownie after we purchased it, but seating was on a first come first serve basis and there was no room. We were there at about 11 on a weekday and the seats were full of people working on computers either by themselves or in groups. That is probably a result of it's proximity to Duke. I would imagine it would be really crowded on a weekend morning. Has anyone checked it out then? Maybe the time to go would be when students are out for holidays and the summer.
Website and other important information:
Address: 1802 W. Main St, Durham, 27705
Phone Number: (919) 286-1987
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7am-9pm, Sunday Brunch 8am-3pm