Hayes Barton Cafe: TidBit of the Day

| March 22, 2012

You don’t always expect to find a cozy neighborhood stomp in a capital city. Hayes Barton Cafe & Dessertery is possibly one of the coolest places I have ever stepped foot in. Walking into this 1940s-inspired diner, sitting around the horseshoe counter, we literally met several regulars who soon became fast friends. We were welcomed by Frank the owner whose wife and co-owner Marget is the chef. Frank’s dad was the original cartoonist for the city paper, News & Observer, and his cartoons hang all around.

The food. Ridiculous.

They are famous for their mile high cakes, their coconut having placed them on the map. When we thought they had run out, Frank ran around trying to find us one because he knew it was our first time there. How cool is that? He put together a sampler plate for us…needless to say, we enjoyed dessert the next day too. The cakes are simply divine, and I think I have found the place to bring people for birthdays, etc. The cake is dense and moist and perfectly sweet.

This is a place I will certainly come back. You are welcomed like a long lost family, embraced by a community of strangers, and nurtured by fresh, homemade meals. Gives hope to neighborhood love.

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  1. kristy says:

    Oh dear, these cakes look so tempting. Wish I can have some right now.
    Have a great day,dear.
    Kristy

  2. Jeanne says:

    You know, my birthday is coming up in May… ;)

    Those cakes look spectacular!

  3. Super tall cake! Yum! I want to try the blueberry one…

  4. MaryMoh says:

    Wow…layered cakes….my favourite. And mile high! That’s even better :D I want it all!

  5. Liz says:

    Oh, what gorgeous cakes!!! I need to find a dessertery and fast!