This is a post by N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox:
The Fiction Kitchen is now open at 428 S. Dawson St., serving dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Owners Caroline Morrison and Siobhan Southern plan to add Sunday brunch by the end of the month.
The brunch service will no doubt open to a ready-made following. Morrison and Southern have been catering a vegan brunch at The Pinhook, a private bar in Durham, for nearly three years now - out of a borrowed kitchen, which explains the rather unusual name of their establishment.
They kept that name for their brick-and-mortar location, where they're cooking their seasonally evolving menu with a strong emphasis on local and sustainable produce in a real - albeit small - kitchen. The bulk of the offering is vegan, though a number of dishes can be adjusted for a less restricted vegetarian diet. These options are clearly denoted on the menu, as are gluten-free dishes.
Regardless of dietary lifestyle, you're likely to find temptations among a varied offering that currently includes NC apple fritters with bourbon-agave syrup, root vegetable chips with edamame hummus, chipotle soy "tinga" tacos, and a coconut curry of seasonal vegetables. Throw in a full bar with six local brews on tap and a seasonally changing cocktail list (Troy & Sons moonshine and blackberry jam, anyone?), and you can count me in.
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