The husband and I made a last minute decision to have a quick getaway to the outer banks in North carolina for the memorial day weekend. It was quite unlike us. We generally make meticulous plans and neither of us like to do things on the fly. But we wanted to get out and decided to make the 7 hour drive with a pit-stop in Raleigh,NC. The suburb of Cary is close to the husband’s heart as he worked there and really liked the small city vibe. Very laid back and beautiful, as he describes it. He told enough stories of his favorite pubs and restaurants there and the fun times with friends that I was eager to get a glimpse of his life before we met.
I must say, I kind of liked the city and I could see why the husband seemed smitten by the town of Cary. We drove by his old apartment and the walking trails he used to take. The park close to his old place, was awesome. We tried taking a small walk, but it was humid and a little too warm for our comfort. But the mosquitoes were another story. They buzzed around like crazy zombies thirsty for our blood. I got bitten like 10 times within a few minutes and we were not sure if it was a good idea anymore.
Before the park walk, we had breakfast at this cute little Cafe called Chanticleer pronounced as shan-tuh-kleer. We found the place in google maps and the husband was curious because he did not recall the place. He thought he would have remembered some place with such a distinctive name. He was right, as we found out later that the placed had opened two years ago.
The first thing that caught our eye as we stepped into the bakery was the ambience. It was very open and inviting and was surprisingly less crowded for a Saturday morning. But we were early and as we sat there enjoying our buttery flaky croissants and delicious iced coffee, we saw families with kids, couples and regulars making a beeline and the place was full in no time.
They had a wide variety of breakfast items on the menu which was beautifully handwritten by one of the staff. They replaced the day’s quiche as they ran out of the one on the menu. As I got to talking to the older gentleman at the cash register, I found out that the name of the restaurant was based on the rooster named chanticleer from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and not a type of vocal orchestra as the husband speculated based on his Wikipedia knowledge :p
I have never read Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, but now – I wanted to find them and read a little more. It all made sense now. The rooster images all over the place.
We decided to stick to the croissants because it is our favorite breakfast. Muffins are close, but a good croissant with egg and sausage or bacon is the best. We were not wrong, because the croissant was heavenly. And the iced coffee was amazing. Starbucks macchiato had nothing on this one. The husband remembered to ask for whipped cream and a swirl of chocolate sauce on the top. It is the small things he does, that makes my day 🙂 . We spent a good one hour. I enjoyed the good lighting and the colorful quirky things there.
I asked their permission to click some pictures of them and the old man said that while he did not like posing for pictures, he enjoys candid photographs 🙂 . I tried clicking some candid photos as he attended to the customers and went about his day. I was so happy with the experience that I wanted to write about the place in the blog.
The most popular items on their menu are the almond croissant and chewy chocolate walnut cookie.
I would definitely recommend you to visit this place, if you are ever in Raleigh. It is located in the Wellington Park shopping center at 6490 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518.
Their website chanticleercafe.com has the menu.
Hope you have a wonderful day !