This is a post by N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox:
After a week of ramping up with limited hours, Joule Coffee (223 S. Wilmington St.; 919-424-7422; ac-restaurants.com/joule) is slated to open its fully caffeinated version tomorrow (Sept. 4) with an all-day menu and cocktail service.
In the mornings, that translates to traditional hot breakfast fare supplemented by house-baked pastries - including croissants that were getting snapped up last week as soon as they came out of the kitchen (word to the wise: they’re baked hourly, and usually hit the dining room a few minutes before the hour).
Brunch, offered Saturdays and Sundays (and on long weekends like the one just past, Mondays as well), covers the sweet-to-savory spectrum from tuna carpaccio Niçoise to Georgia peach hotcake. Sherry-spiked Carolina shrimp and grits was a big hit with the opening weekend crowd.
Joule’s lunch and dinner menus will be inspired by the cuisines of the world’s coffee regions - which, in turn, are represented by one of the area’s most impressive coffee selections.
The coffee menu (yes, there’s a coffee menu, complete with glossary) lists nine different bean and/or plantation options, from Mexican Las Milpas to Ethiopian Idido. These are ground to order and prepared as you specify: drip coffee, pour-over, French press or espresso. Iced coffee and decaf options are also offered, as well as a small selection of teas and botanicals, chocolate with milk (hot or cold) and caffeinated concoctions such as the Australian iced latte.
Joule Coffee is the latest venture of Ashley Christensen, owner/chef of the nationally noted Poole’s Diner, as well as Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chuck’s, and Fox Liquor Bar.
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