Mouthful

April 23, 2014

Cafe Love brings raw vegan concept to Durham, takeout only for now

Former food truck owners have opened a takeout restaurant on Old Chapel Hill Road.

After three years of delivering prepared raw foods to people’s homes with their Triangle Raw Food Truck, and expanding their fan base at local Whole Foods Markets, Jane Howard Crutchfield and Matthew Daniels have taken the next step. After a trial run last week, the partners have opened Cafe Love, a restaurant to showcase their wholesome fare.

Well, sort of. It’s a tiny restaurant, and for the time being there’s no indoor seating. According to Crutchfield, the partners didn’t learn until they were halfway through the permitting process that the bathroom door is too narrow to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pending widening of the doorframe, the restaurant is officially takeout only, though Crutchfield points out that there’s a nice outdoor seating area beside Doyle’s Sports Bar in the same building.

Dine in or takeout, the menu tempts with a global palette of flavors from cucumber-dill gazpacho to sweet potato sushi to green tacos to falafel with tzatziki. Even if you throw in a couple of sides (Asian kale, Indian carrot paté), you’ll no doubt still feel virtuous enough to splurge on dessert. Strawberry cashew cheesecake, say, or a “Chocolate Jungle” peanut butter bar.

Cafe Love (3219 Old Chapel Hill Road; 919-491-6413; trfcafelove.com) is open Monday-Wednesday from 11 a.m to 7 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Fridays and Sundays.

Greg Cox, the longtime N&O restaurant critic, also covers restaurant news. Tune in to hear his radio show at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WPTF. Reach him at ggcox@bellsouth.net.

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