Parker & Otis

The Friday before last, it poured rain (and I mean POURED).

So obviously, we went out to lunch.

Parker & Otis might be my favorite place I’ve eaten in Durham so far.

Bart and I had planned to go on our Valentine’s Day lunch date there, but the forty million inches of snow canceled that plan. So instead the girls and I went with some friends a week later.

And I loved it from the minute we walked in the door.

It definitely passes the “mom test” which means “if my mom were in town, would I take her here?” It’s the highest standard I have.

I ordered a panini from the specials menu – chèvre, bacon, and 7-pepper jelly on sourdough. It was superb. (If there is something with goat cheese on the menu, it’s going to be unbelievably difficult for me to choose something else).

I especially liked the part where Ella tipped her chair backward RIGHT while I was taking pictures of my food, making me look like the world’s most negligent parent.

It made a HUGE clang and the entire restaurant went completely silent for about 5 seconds until Ella let out the loudest howl known to man.

She’s currently sporting a pretty sweet purple/yellow bruise under her chin (which matches the one on her eye where she smacked herself on the rail of her bed in the middle of the night last week).

Not only does it have a fantastic menu, it also is a pretty extensive store, with toys, books, wine, perfume and makeup, cookbooks, gourmet foods, and a candy counter.

Ani carried around this tiny box of superhero baby socks for a good twenty minutes after we finished eating.

While Ella rode this little bumble bee around and I tried to keep her from accidentally smacking people’s shins.

I didn’t buy any chicken feet candy. But I should have. Obviously, I’ll have to go back. 

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  • Reply Karen March 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Looks like a great place. I hope you do take your mom there, and maybe even Bart. If you are still there in a year and a half, we will come, too. In the meantime, I might try to make my own chevre, bacon, and 7-pepper jelly sandwich, provided I can find the ingredients (I know I can find bacon).

  • Reply Rachel at Maybe Matilda March 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    That looks delicious! I love trying new restaurants. And if it makes you feel better, I'm pretty sure I look like a negligent parent about 99% of the time, so you're definitely ahead of me still 😉

  • Reply ellen March 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I have my eye on that red breadbox. 🙂

  • Reply Paige Flamm March 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    This looks delicious, and fun! Was it in Durham?

  • Reply april March 8, 2014 at 12:39 am

    There's a similar place here called Oxford Exchange, and it's pretty much the coolest place ever.

    By the way, you once requested to follow me on twitter and then the request went away – I think what happened is that my ipad declines requests when I try to approve them from the app (this happened tonight and sparked a memory). So if you would want to request again, I would love to be able to correspond with you via twitter! @aprilbapryll

  • Reply cardigancladculinary March 8, 2014 at 3:24 am

    So cute! Though it might not pass the Mom Test, I love Elmo's Diner (Carrboro, not Durham), and Tobacco Road. I miss the Triangle!

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