While wandering around downtown Durham this Saturday morning we found a great addition to downtown that is a perfect variation for the Three-fer Thursday that we just posted about. So, head up to downtown, visit the Main Library or Duke Park, and then head down the road to our newest find, Loaf.
What it is: Loaf is one of the new bakeries to open up downtown. It's located on Parrish St. and you can smell the delicious fresh bread from the street as you walk by, drawing you in. So, in we went. Loaf does not have any indoor seating, just a few tables outside on the sidewalk. Inside, there is a pastry counter, shelves of mouth-watering crusty bread behind the counter, a refrigerated case filled with other goodies, mostly local, and a table with some coffee. You can also look back into the kitchen where you can see a huge brick oven where the delicious breads are baked. The owners of Loaf have been selling their wares at the Durham Farmer's Market for a few years, so they've had a little practice creating delicious goodies.
When we walked in we were eyeing the pastry counter for a little morning snack. My sons immediately spotted the cookies while I focused on the chocolate croissant. My husband was interested in the ham and cheddar biscuit. All were absolutely delicious. You can tell when things are well-made. We were also excited to see that they were working with so many other local restaurants. They have stews from Pomegranate Kitchen, milk from Mapleview Farms, and work with fellow downtown eatery Reliable Cheese Co. to create their sandwiches. We will definitely be stopping back by to get a sweet treat or picking up some bread for dinner. Yum! Thanks to Abby on Twitter for pointing us to this new great stop!
What we liked: We loved the high quality of everything they were serving. The croissant was flaky, the biscuit had the most amazing flavorful ham, and the cookies disappeared quickly into my children's mouths. We also love how they work with so many other Durham and Triangle businesses.
What we would change: There's not really much we would change about this delicious stop, except maybe more of their delicious goodies. Oh, and it would also be nice to have indoor seating, but on a nice day, you could always sit at their outdoor tables.
Website and other important information:
Address: 111 Parrish St., Durham, 27701 (You can park on nearby street parking and on the weekends in a lot at the intersection of Mangum and Parrish-I didn't have any luck with that lot on the weekdays.)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 7am-6pm, Saturday 9am-3pm
1. yummy pastries
3. Their case of other local goodies