Restaurant News & Reviews

German treats in Selma

As anyone who has been hit with a craving for schnitzel knows, German restaurants in the Triangle are as rare as edelweiss in the Alps. That's why the opening in Selma of Edelweiss Cafe & Bakery is big news, even if the restaurant is a bit of a drive for most of the Triangle.

Owner/chef Steve Reed, a Beaufort native whose career as a military cook took him several times to Germany (where he met his wife and partner, Nicole), satisfies schnitzel cravings two ways: Wiener or jaeger. His offerings also include German style goulash, schweinebraten with red cabbage and homemade spaetzle, and a bratwurst plate with sauerkraut and German potato salad.

Because Reed apprenticed at a family-run bakery during one hitch in the land of lederhosen, his ovens turn out a wide assortment of German breads and pastries as well. And if your apple strudel or Black Forest cherry torte should happen to give you a hankering for a cup of coffee imported from Germany, Edelweiss has you covered.

The restaurant offers a modest selection of German wines, but as yet no beer. Except, that is, for special occasions such as Oktoberfest, which would be unthinkable without beer, and which the Reeds have scheduled for Oct. 13. They've even hired a German band for the event. For those of us who can't make the seven-hour flight to Munich for Oktoberfest, I'd say a 30-minute drive to Selma sounds wunderbar.

It isn't closed for good

The apparent closings of two popular area eateries have prompted quite a few panicked e-mail messages from readers. I have good news to report on both fronts.

Louise's, the Clayton takeout joint whose gumbo has earned a cultlike following among Cajun/Creole cognoscenti, has relocated to the Raleigh Crabtree Inn and changed its name to Battistella's New Orleans Kitchen. For the time being, owner/chef Brian Battistella is focusing exclusively on catering, but he plans to open a restaurant at this location by December.

According to owner Kim Lee, the closing of Rub's Smokehouse in Morrisville is temporary, and the result of "irreconcilable differences" with former partner Patt Rice. Lee and new partner Kevin Mote hope to reopen within 90 days, possibly at the same location.

Greg’s Hot List: More patio options

Last week, I shared a list of prime patio spots for those who couldn’t wait to get a jump on springtime al fresco dining. As promised, here are a few more fair weather options.

18 Seaboard, 18 Seaboard Ave., Raleigh

Alivia’s Durham Bistro, 900 W. Main St., Durham

Blue Fin’s Bistro, 3652 Rogers Rd., in Heritage Station shopping center, Wake Forest

Federal, 914 W. Main St., Durham

Guglhupf, 2706 Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham

Herons, 100 Woodlands Pond, in The Umstead Hotel, Cary

Starlu, 3211 Shannon Rd., Suite 106, Durham

Town Hall Grill, 410 Market St., in Southern Village, Chapel Hill

Vivace, 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd., in The Alexan, Raleigh

Weathervane, 201 S. Estes Dr., in University Mall, Chapel Hill