Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What took you so long…?

Having lived in Durham, NC for the past two years, I've been relentlessly exploring new places to eat, drink, hang out, and generally enjoy the vibe of this progressive and incredibly diverse Southern town. Over the past few days, I've looked around the lesser-known blogs and Twitter feeds to find things beyond the obvious. One place I've seen time and again, but missed because it's a bit off my usual stomping grounds is the Old Havana Sandwich Shop.
The owners of this downtown lunch spot are committed to making the space friendly, tasty, and welcoming. I stopped in today, between snow storms, to grab a bite and try out their coffee. I'm happy to report that both are wonderful!



Unfortunately, the sandwich, (El Caney - pork, avocado, cheese, mustard, and the ever-present mojo sauce) disappeared before I even thought about taking a photo. My after-lunch Café Cubano and Mantecaditos, however, stayed around for a few minutes.

While I was enjoying the afterglow of my repast, the owner came in and spoke with one of the guests, obviously a friend. I caught the pic below just because the hat, stance, and background decoration so perfectly captures the ambiance of this eatery.



If you're in the downtown area between 11 & 3 on a weekday (closed Mondays), you owe it to yourself to try it out. I'm going to bring the Lovely Bride here on a Sunday for brunch and see if I can tear her away from our usual breakfast-y haunts. I'll report back here and let you know how it goes.

from dusty archives - Largo Lodge

[ed. This piece was written some time ago, but I found it recently while moving hard drives on a computer. I thought some folks may find it ...