Many restaurants in the area focus on locally sourced ingredients which is a blessing of living in an area with farms so close by; Piedmont in Durham is just one of these restaurants. A few weeks ago, we found ourselves with a free day (it was too hot to go to the beach!) so we had dinner with a friend of mine from high school who now lives in Durham (small world!). The open dining area has a great ambiance with dark woods and muted neutral accents and walls. It is a large and spacious so the tables are nicely spaced and it isn’t too loud.
The restaurant partners with several local farms and has a menu that changes daily. We each started with a signature cocktail as we studied the menu. We shared the heirloom tomatoes, basil, with basil dressing appetizer. It was just perfect, simple and elegant! For my main dish I had a steak which was served with cornbread and a corn and butterbean hash. The steak was very good, however a bit underdone for my taste. The hash was delicious and summery! G had the goat ragu served with pappardelle which he enjoyed though he felt the pasta was a bit overcooked. My friend had the squash ravioli which she enjoyed. As we were having a nice leisurely meal, we all got dessert as well. I tried the peach cobbler which was a perfect rendition of a summer classic! G tried the chocolate pot du crème. It was rich and delicious!
Overall, it was a lovely meal in a relaxed atmosphere. We will certainly be back to enjoy another relaxing evening of wonderfully prepared locally sourced food!
401 Foster Street