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Feb 27, 2007 01:35 PM

Dream Catcher Cafe in Chapel Hill - Anyone know anything?

I happened to go by this place today - its in the little mall where the Chelsea theater is. The sign says "French Country Cuisine" although I can't think of a less french-country name than Dream Catcher Cafe myself. Anyone know anything about this place? Is it destined to be of the same caliber as that very disappointing place in Meadowmont (which my brain has decided i will forget the name of)? Is it new or has it been around for a while and I don't make it up that way that often?

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  1. I saw an article about it in the Chapel Hill News a while back and meant to try it.

    Before I saw the article, I'd assumed it was Native American. I go to the deli right there fairly often and I think I first noticed in December.

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    1. re: brokegradstudent

      It defintely sounds more like a native american place. I'll google it and see if I can find the article you mentioned. Since you go up there often, have you ever been to the little vegetarian place there? I think it is called Sage. I've wondered how it is. Anyway, thanks so much for the info.

    2. Hey, look at that, there was actually a blurb in the Herald-Sun over the weekend, in the same column that announced that Twisted Noodle is actually open (!).

      "Two Chapel Hill women have launched Dream Catcher Cafe, a new restaurant in Timberlyne shopping center that features French country cuisine.

      The restaurant, which is located at 1129 Weaver Dairy Road, seats about 50 and has a 12-seat bar that opens at 4 p.m. where you can nosh on meat or cheese platters while gearing up for dinner. Kathleen Bowerman and Charlene Allred are behind the venture with Bowerman serving as the matre'de and Allred as a chef. Anne Pambugian is the restaurant's head chef.

      Allread said menu choices range from Daub, a slow-cooked red meat stew, and herb-roasted chicken to mushroom and chestnut soup. Desserts include chocolate Charlotte and ice cream and sorbets made on site. The restaurant, which does not take reservations, is open 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

      "We wanted a small, intimate place where people can come back to conversation," Allread said. "

      IIRC, the article a couple of months ago in [whatever paper it was in] said that the two owners were both retired/exiled from the health-care industry, and that one of them had recently attended CIA.

      RE: Sage . . . I've eaten there twice. The food is Persian-influenced, I think, so you get things like thick sweet-savory sauces/stews with pomegranate & suchlike in them. In that sense it's sort of on that broad continuum of legume-heavy stews served over rice that runs from North Africa through the Middle East & on to India & etc.

      Given that, and given the range of ethnic restaurants serving similar stuff in the Triangle, I kind of felt like the prices were a little high for what I was served. For what it's worth, my vegetarian friends who've eaten there pretty much universally feel the same way . . . they tend to say things like "I could've had Indian, or Ethiopian, or just cooked at home, for a lot cheaper."

      Of course, most of my vegetarian friends are bohemian cheapskate types, so . . . ;-


      If I'm in the mood for Persian (which happens, though not very often), I suppose I'd pick Cafe Parvaneh instead. But I'm neither an expert nor a huge fan of the cuisine, so don't take my word as final on this.

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      1. re: rossgrady

        Wow, what a great chunk of information! thank you so much. Re: Sage - this is all good to know. I love those cuisines you name checked, might be worth checking out if I find myself nearby.

        I guess Dream Catcher must have opened very recently, given that this article just appeared this weekend. I can't wait to hear the first reports. I may even be brave and give it a shot in the next week or two myself, and if I do, I'll be sure to report. The CIA connection makes it worth a try.

        Again, thanks so much.

        1. It's new. The post office next to it is teh closest one to my house so I've seen them working on it when I've gone to the post office. Glad to hear that it's finally open.

          As for Sage, if you want that kind of food and willing to pay those prices you're better off going to Tallulah.

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          1. re: bbqme

            agreed. sage is too expensive, and in my opinion, not very tasty at all. Ive had 4 different entrees there and the best one was their veggie burger.

            1. re: bbqme

              I love Tallulah's and it is walking distance from my house, so I think i'll stick with that (more wine, please!). Thanks for the info.

            2. Went there 2 weeks ago. Nice atmosphere-a surprise in a strip mall setting. The service was awful. Our server knew nothing about the food or wine. We were one of the first tables seated that night, and had to wait for (yes it's true) 45 minutes for our appetizers to appear. When the entrees finally appeared they were cold--although the flavor was good. The prices were actually quite high for such poor service! Vin Rouge in Durham is a much better bet for French. Looking forward to trying Bonne Soiree.