2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
I was in Durham this past weekend for a music video that Chen + Wong were shooting for Delta Rae. I had been to Durham once before for another music video shoot but never had the chance to hit up Foster’s Market. Foster’s Market is a food market and cafe that offers all kinds of pastries, soups, sandwiches, and various sides (such as green pickled mango).
It was buttery, herby, and just cheesy enough without being overwhelming. The texture was dense and light at the same time… meaning it was chewy, substantial, airy, and fluffy. It kiiiiiiind of reminded me of the fluffy scallion pancakes my mom makes because there were bits of green onions. The cheddar added just a bit of sharp saltiness that completed the biscuit. MmmmMmmMmmmmm… gotta find me some of these in NYC.
I also had the Grilled Turkey Club with bacon, spinach, brie and Dijon vinaigrette on focaccia ($8.95). I realized that 9 bucks is actually quite expensive for a sandwich in Durham but after taking just one bite, I stopped caring. This is definitely one of the best turkey clubs I have ever had. It wasn’t particularly unique in any way. It just got all the classic parts right. The ingredients were all amazing individually and worked very well together. The ratio of bread to meat to sauce was also perfect (equal amounts of bread to meat+veggies and just enough sauce to add a little flavor and fat but not to the extent where it is dripping and making the bread all soggy). The focaccia was effing amazing. It was soft and chewy on the inside but slightly crisp on the outside. It had a healthy amount of olive oil in it and was sprinkled with rosemary. The turkey was tasty and moist and seemed to just fuse together with the brie… resulting in something creamy, smokey and flavorful. The wilted spinach was tender and very spinachy tasting (not redundant, I swear. Some spinaches have no flavor!). Bacon was some of the best bacon I’ve ever encountered in a sandwich. It was mostly lean and extremely crispy but also carried just a teensy bit of fat to grease up the sandwich. The crispiness and saltiness of the bacon tasted so good with the creamy turkey+brie. Dijon vinaigrette added a little mustardy kick to keep you wanting more…
Next time in Durham I’ll definitely need to drop by Foster’s again. I want to try some of their sides, such as the Tarragon Chicken Salad, which I’ve noticed is a staple of many Durham markets. Their grilled portabella mushroom sandwich with spinach, grilled onions, roasted red peppers, Provolone, pesto, and balsamic vinaigrette on focaccia also sounds amazing… especially because I now know that they work with top notch, quality ingredients.