One of the most exciting newcomers is Hereghty Heavenly Delicious, a French-style patisserie and cafe that opened late last month in the old Simple Pleasures spot in Glenwood Village. The shop is operated by Swiss-trained baker and pastry chef Chris Hereghty and his brother, Brian, who runs the business side of things.
Savory options include the likes of ham and Swiss croissant, broccoli quiche, soup du jour, and an assortment of panini and sandwiches on house-baked focaccia, with fillings ranging from roast beef to prosciutto and cheese to Italian veggie.
Be forewarned, however. Even if enter the shop with the virtuous aim of dining light, you'll be hard-pressed to leave without succumbing to the temptations of Hereghty's display case, brimming with dozens of pastries and other confections such as lemon tarts, Charlotte mousse cakes, raspberry Napoleons, chocolate eclairs and an unusually varied selection of truffles. You'll probably find yourself taking home some cinnamon rolls and Danish pastries for the next day's breakfast, too.
Meanwhile in Research Triangle Park, the menu at Always Fresh (361-8881) takes its cue from this side of the Atlantic. Or it will, as soon as owner Michael Cheung opens the restaurant in Park West Crossing (in the old Fuji sushi bar spot) on N.C. 55. Cheung is aiming for a May 17 opening.
The bulk of the Always Fresh offering will consist of variations on the sandwich theme, from BLT to croissant club to Cajun grilled chicken on a Kaiser roll to steak and cheese sub to fried chicken tender wrap. The menu will also include a handful of salads, appetizers and a daily changing soup selection.
Jack Sprat Cafe, which has taken over the spot vacated by the Coffee Mill Roastery on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, lives up to its name with an unusually varied assortment of salads.
If you find yourself having a hard time choosing among options such as the Gobbler (turkey, pasta, and dried cranberries), the Caesar, and a distinctive chicken salad with apples, raisins and roasted almonds, don't despair. Just order the salad sampler, and get all three.
Jack Sprat also offers hot and cold sandwiches (barbecued chicken with bacon on focaccia, and roast beef with jack cheese and roasted red peppers, to name two), and a pair of soups -- the house specialty tomato basil and soup of the day.
Greg's Hot List: Greek culture
Say you're planning on attending the Greek Festival, scheduled for May 20-22 at East Chapel Hill High School? Then a meal at any of these area restaurants ought to set the mood nicely. All are open for dinner except Mariakakis' Fine Food & Wine, which serves lunch only.
Mariakakis' Fine Food & Wine, 1322 N. Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill
Papas Grille, 1821 Hillandale Road, Durham
Spartacus, 4139 Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
Spartacus Grille, 104-A New Waverly Place, Cary
Taverna Agora, 6101 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
Taverna Nikos, 905 W. Main St., in Brightleaf Square, Durham
Xios, 800 W. Williams St., Apex
Zorba's, 105 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill
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