This is a post by N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox:
Mohamad Kahlout, owner of Petra Grill in North Raleigh, has opened Euro Café (2101 S. Main St.; 919-761-5002) in Wake Forest. His new restaurant is a departure from the kebabs and pita wraps that have made Petra Grill a popular lunch spot.
Think more along the lines of Panera, the chain that Kahlout says inspired Euro Café. “We bake our own breads and pastries, too,” says Kahlout. “But we’re local, and we use organic produce when we can.”
Panini with fillings such as spinach-artichoke and chicken-pesto wouldn’t look out of place on the menu board at a Panera. Nor would a roast beef asiago sandwich, though you’re not likely to get watercress on the chain version.
Entree salads and cavernous bowls of homemade soup round out the savory offering. To top it off, choose from an assortment of cookies, muffins and other pastries. Better yet, a first-rate pistachio baklava - another thing you won’t find at Panera.
Here’s yet another: breakfast. At Euro Café, you can start your day with a homemade bagel with cream cheese. Or pancakes, or a fritatta, or steel cut oats topped with pecans, honey and fruit. And wash it down with a coffee or espresso drink made with beans from LavAzza in Italy.
Euro Café is open Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant doesn’t have a website yet, but you can find it on Facebook.
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