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Rose's Meats and Sweets Opens in Durham

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Been a long time coming but the meat and sweet shop is open and also serves a lunch and dinner.

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  1. Note that they don't have seating inside -- something about how the city regulates food consumption. It's pretty much take-out.

    And delicious!

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    1. re: peetoteeto

      The deliciousness I was sure about but didn't know the lay of the land and so thanks for that tidbit.

      1. re: peetoteeto

        I don't think you mean to say the city "regulates food consumption". The city (and or county) regulates, through health regulations and zoning laws, the amount of seating through things like bathroom size and number of parking spaces.

        1. re: carolinadawg

          Yeah, like that. Sorry, I rushed my reply. Just wanted people to know it was take-out.

          1. re: carolinadawg

            I wonder if their selling raw meat, as it is also a butcher shop, also has something to do with it? Speaking of the meat, it is of high quality and they offer cuts that I haven't seen elsewhere. I got something called the "Denver cut" which was a tender part of the chuck. Can't remember the other cut's name but it was basically a well-trimmed, thicker part of skirt steak. I appreciated the trimming on the skirt steak as it's a pain to do. I found these cuts to be more interesting than, say, a ribeye or NY strip-- and a far better value. I also tried their sausages. The Afrikaner was delicious; the Spanish sausage was too salty. Trying to keep my carbs down but their pastries and treats looked really yummy. I have to say though, downtown Durham has reached (exceeded?) its saturation point when it comes to sweet offerings-- I can think of a dozen places selling treats! I was happy to see them carrying Melina's fresh frozen pasta as I had only seen it at the Carrboro Farmers Market before. Her ricotta gnocchi is great-- hey, one can avoid carbs only so much! :-)

            1. re: bbqme

              I wonder if the "Afrikaaner" is a version of South African boerewors?


              1. re: bbqme

                A dozen Durham options! No fair. We're under saturated here in Raleigh. No interesting baked goods anywhere. Only over sugared cupcakes. Artisan bakers, come on down.

                1. re: TerryG

                  Let's see, Hummingbird Cafe, Whole Foods, Mad Hatters, Amelia Cafe, Rose's, 9th Street Bakery, Parker & Otis, Cupcake Bar, Beyu Caffe, Loaf, Scratch, Rue Cler, Daisycakes, Monuts Donuts, Cocoa Cinnamon, and Parlor Ice Cream. That's 16 places within ~3 miles of each other in the downtown Durham area who have substantial sweet treat offerings! Not that I'm complaining-- I just hope they can all make it!

                  1. re: TerryG

                    You have bakers in Raleigh. The difference between Raleigh and durham is the spread.

                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                      OK. Name Raleigh bakers in the same league as Scratch, Daisy Cakes, Hummingbird, Rose's, Loaf, Guglehupf, Rise, etc. Any? And don't count those overly sweet cup cake places like Sugarland. Not comparable.

                      1. re: TerryG

                        La Farm is the only one I'm aware of (actually it's in Cary), and I drive to Durham for bread and pastries, even though a lot of their things are in Whole Foods 6 minutes away.

                        1. re: TerryG

                          Hey you said you have no bakers. You didn't say what you were looking for.

                          Piebird, Neomonde, Benelux, Annelore's, Upper Crust, Hereghty, Balcazar, Almadina, Espiga, Crumb, Groovy Duck, Jerusalem, Great Harvest,..

                          IMHO I don't get the big hoopla over Scratch or Rise I think they are overhyped and Monuts is much better than cloying mess at Rise. Daisy Cakes is alright but not anything special and same for Hummingbird. Out of all the bakeries in the Durham area.. I like Loaf and Guglehupf. I have not been to Rose's yet but have had some of their small samples that they have had at farmers markets.

                          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                            So which of the Raleigh places on this list (based on your visits) do you feel are in the same league as Scratch, Daisy Cakes, Hummingbird, Rose's, Loaf, Guglehupf, Rise, etc. ?

                            1. re: meatn3

                              I didn't say any of them were. I don't get to Raleigh. I just said there were bakeries there :-) Again I don't think half of the names on that Durham list are worth it. Oh and I forgot Hayes Barton.

                              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                I think you kinda have to have tried a place to name check it though. I mean, is it just me?

                                1. re: LulusMom

                                  I get what you are saying but the poster stated that all there were were over sugared cupcakes.. I was pointing out that such hyperbole is not true. What is more is that for the same price.. a person could go to a decent restaurant and just have dessert as a possible option.

                            2. re: burgeoningfoodie

                              Thanks, burgeoningfoodie. You did rise to the challenge. Admit there are some interesting possibilities but most are apples and oranges. I'm looking for what I would term "artisan bakeries: which most of those in Durham are. My preference is for creative, not too sweet baked goods with some savories thrown in.

                              Neomonde, Annelore's, Balcazar, Almadina, Espige, Jerusalem, Benelux, Hereghty's are all what I would call ethnic bakeries. Not bad for their genres but not "artisan" -- except maybe Hereghty which is OK. But I still mourn Gourmandises de France. Now THAT was a bakery!

                              Wasn't impressed with Upper Crust or Groovy Duck. Pretty traditional. I've only been once to each but not inspired to go back.

                              Great Harvest's offerings use a lot of honey and are too heavy.

                              Piebird. Never been. Going for the first time later this week. We'll see.

                              I was impressed with Hummingbird, Scratch, and Daisy Cakes and see nothing in Raleigh like them. I agree Rise is way too sweet (but it is creative!).

                              1. re: TerryG

                                Monuts is better than rise and creative. What does the State Farmer's Market offer? Anyone sell goods at the Flea Market on Sat?

                                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                  I like the cakes my extended family has bought at the State Farmers Market. No artisanal bread makers there that I'm aware of other than La Farm.

                                2. re: TerryG

                                  On a separate note, I've been talking with members of a baking group out of Chicago to try and start a version of their club here and get in touch with Bread Baker's Guild of America. I just don't have the no how to start up a group/guild for amateur/enthusiast/would be pros, but it would help put you in touch with bakers who maybe would supply you with your needs :-)


                        2. re: bbqme

                          bbqme; Weaver St. carries Melina's fresh frozen past, it's in the refrigerator case with the olives across from the cheese counter.

                          hmm, it's not the carbs it's usually the cheese & butter....lol

                          1. re: Rory

                            Good to know, Rory, thanks! We're WSM members too!

                          2. re: bbqme

                            I have heard that this place is opening in a while on Person St. Maybe there is hope for Raleigh?

                            1. re: panthur

                              I feel like I've been hearing that rumor for almost a year. Good luck but hopefully it is half and half (bread and sweets).

                        3. re: peetoteeto

                          I really like this place. We bought a bunch of interesting sausage to try and a bag of meringues. The meringues were among the best I've had, certainly the most delicate.

                          1. re: peetoteeto

                            We are just a store and not a restaurant is all it is. However once the construction is complete on the space next to us I would love to beautify the parking lot and put in a bench or two. Maybe some plants and all that too to make a nice area where people could eat.

                            1. re: katiemeddis

                              Glad your first butcher class went well. Do you have that schedule up on the website?

                              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                We don't have that schedule up because it is just with the Kickstarter backers and all the classes are full but once we finish those in October we will begin offering classes and we will have all that info on the website. We will probably teach one class a month.

                                1. re: katiemeddis

                                  How soon before we can get ice cream?

                                  1. re: bbqme

                                    hopefully by tomorrow or thursday, first ice cream mission is ice cream sandwiches so prepping all that now.

                                    1. re: katiemeddis

                                      Take your time (but not TOO much).. builds anticipation :-p

                          2. Where is this place?

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                            1. re: Jeanne

                              121 N. Gregson Street.


                              1. re: carolinadawg

                                Thanks carolinadawg. I subscribed to their e-mail - will definitely check it out and would love to hear more about it!

                                1. re: Jeanne

                                  Are you on Facebook? If so, friend them so you can get updates on special items they have each day. Today it was a Okonomiyaki Hot Dog.

                                  1. re: bbqme

                                    Yes bbqme I am - thanks! I'll befriend them.