In a recent trip to Durham, my wife took me to Pop’s Restaurant at 810 West Peabody, in the Brightleaf area just down from Morgans Imports.
It was a cool, misty evening and we parked down the street. We didn’t have a reservation and arrived early enough to be quickly seated in the bar where space was a little tight. They were busy and service was rushed, but we received plenty of friendly attention.
I liked the big open room with the bar overlooking the dining room and looking over to the open kitchen area. This is a warehouse building with a high-ceiling.
My wife started off with a white wine recommended by our server. For our meals, I ordered the risotto and my wife ordered pizza.
The risotto comes with NC shrimp, corn, smoked bacon and Reggiano. It was the perfect warm comfort food for the night’s weather. My wife had the mushroom lovers wood oven-fired pizza with herb-roasted Shiitake, Portobello and Button mushrooms and Pecorino-Romano cheese. She loved it.
I want to go back when we have more time to sit, eat and enjoy the evening. Their menu includes Italian fare as well as a seasonal menu that features NC Grouper and NC Tuna. They also offer a variety of specialty martinis. For dessert, the local blueberry and SC peach crisp looked interesting.
Pop’s is in the process of moving to a new location. Ann Prospero notes that early next year they hope to have relocated to a new space just down the street at 605 Main Street in Durham’s 605 Building.