Cafe Carolina and Bakery

★★★★☆
  • 401 Daniels St

    Raleigh, NC 27605

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  • 919-821-7117

About Cafe Carolina and Bakery

Hours
Monday � Saturday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Avoid. Over-priced food that is bland bordering on gross. I made it 1/2 way through my last sandwich and threw the rest away. Never again!

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★★★★★

Avoid. Over-priced food that is bland bordering on gross. I made it 1/2 way through my last sandwich and threw the rest away. Never again!

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YUMMY!!!! Love the blue cupcakes!!! : )

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★★★★★

YUMMY!!!! Love the blue cupcakes!!! : )

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The desserts look great and the staff was nice but the breakfast was not good. The hashbrowns were yellow, cold, and tasteless. The sweet potato buscuits were cold and hard and tasteless. The cheezy buscuits were dry with a sprinkle of cheddar on top... they weren't even browned. The eggs tasted like the powder king and they were cold. The bacon was cold. I'll try them again for the desserts but not for breakfast.

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★☆☆☆☆

The desserts look great and the staff was nice but the breakfast was not good. The hashbrowns were yellow, cold, and tasteless. The sweet potato buscuits were cold and hard and tasteless. The cheezy buscuits were dry with a sprinkle of cheddar on top... they weren't even browned. The eggs tasted like the powder king and they were cold. The bacon was cold. I'll try them again for the desserts but not for breakfast.

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I have eaten at the Cafe Carolina at Cameron Village for years and have always enjoyed their food. We had them cater an event at work, but they totally messed up the order. After I spoke with two different people at Cafe Carolina about the order and was able to prove from the fax that they had made the mistake, they immediately remedied it and we were pleased. I especially love how they move large numbers of people through there quickly, the lines move fast; however, there have been times when I have literally not found a place to sit, especially in winter, when you cant utilize outdoor tables. The place where you pick up your food is too close to the drink machine, which makes for a bit of chaos during lunch rush. I think they need to add a drink machine or move the one they have. Otherwise, the grilled paninis and french onion soup are super!

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★★★★☆

I have eaten at the Cafe Carolina at Cameron Village for years and have always enjoyed their food. We had them cater an event at work, but they totally messed up the order. After I spoke with two different people at Cafe Carolina about the order and was able to prove from the fax that they had made the mistake, they immediately remedied it and we were pleased. I especially love how they move large numbers of people through there quickly, the lines move fast; however, there have been times when I have literally not found a place to sit, especially in winter, when you cant utilize outdoor tables. The place where you pick up your food is too close to the drink machine, which makes for a bit of chaos during lunch rush. I think they need to add a drink machine or move the one they have. Otherwise, the grilled paninis and french onion soup are super!

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We've visited Cafe Carolina a number of times during lunch. But go early. It gets really crowded. Try their signature chicken salad sandwich and of course a cupcake with blue icing! I haven't had a bad meal there yet. It does fill up fast, though, even though it's a nice sized restaurant. There's also outdoor seating.

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★★★★☆

We've visited Cafe Carolina a number of times during lunch. But go early. It gets really crowded. Try their signature chicken salad sandwich and of course a cupcake with blue icing! I haven't had a bad meal there yet. It does fill up fast, though, even though it's a nice sized restaurant. There's also outdoor seating.

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I didn't think there was anything special about the food. It's not bad but it's not worth the price or the ""hype."" I don't think the cupcakes were really special - nothing that you couldn't get at a grocery store bakery. The staff was fairly friendly and the atmosphere seemed nice enough. I do like that they have some choices on the menu that seem fairly healthy (or at least give you a fair shot at making healthier choices!) I won't turn down a meal there but I won't go out of my way to visit, either.

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★★★☆☆

I didn't think there was anything special about the food. It's not bad but it's not worth the price or the ""hype."" I don't think the cupcakes were really special - nothing that you couldn't get at a grocery store bakery. The staff was fairly friendly and the atmosphere seemed nice enough. I do like that they have some choices on the menu that seem fairly healthy (or at least give you a fair shot at making healthier choices!) I won't turn down a meal there but I won't go out of my way to visit, either.

Pros: good selection, tasty coffee

Cons: food was just average

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This place is overrated, the food is bland, over or undercooked and definitely overpriced, but the kids love the cupcakes and I finally tried and and they are good! Great cake, great icing, not too sweet, but definitely sweet tooth satisfying.

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★★☆☆☆

This place is overrated, the food is bland, over or undercooked and definitely overpriced, but the kids love the cupcakes and I finally tried and and they are good! Great cake, great icing, not too sweet, but definitely sweet tooth satisfying.

Pros: The CUPCAKES

Cons: everything else, especially the price

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We really don?t understand why this place got high reviews on ?City Search?. \r\n\r\nThe ?Carolina Bakery? reminded us of a cafeteria with a modern theme and the food absolutely had No Taste. We spent over $16.00 on brunch that was cold couldn?t finish because it was awful! (Country brunch and French toast with ham and cheddar cheese.) We were so dissatisfied we left and went somewhere else. I have lived in Raleigh for more than 30 years and have never been to a restaurant like this and been this dissatisfied. \r\n\r\nThe ?Carolina Bakery? management also might have their help not clean the windows when people are eating! I sure there is other times during the day it could be done.\r\nDon?t believe ?City Search? raving reviews! \r\n

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★☆☆☆☆

We really don?t understand why this place got high reviews on ?City Search?. \r\n\r\nThe ?Carolina Bakery? reminded us of a cafeteria with a modern theme and the food absolutely had No Taste. We spent over $16.00 on brunch that was cold couldn?t finish because it was awful! (Country brunch and French toast with ham and cheddar cheese.) We were so dissatisfied we left and went somewhere else. I have lived in Raleigh for more than 30 years and have never been to a restaurant like this and been this dissatisfied. \r\n\r\nThe ?Carolina Bakery? management also might have their help not clean the windows when people are eating! I sure there is other times during the day it could be done.\r\nDon?t believe ?City Search? raving reviews! \r\n

Pros: None that I could see

Cons: Brunch is awlful!

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I went on an end of the exam celebration with some friends for lunch. It was great-- I had the salad and sandwich combo. Very fresh ingredients, well made, and it tastes wonderful. I also had their baked goods on other occasion and they are very tasty too. The service is excellent-- very helpful, personable, and nice.

4
★★★★☆

I went on an end of the exam celebration with some friends for lunch. It was great-- I had the salad and sandwich combo. Very fresh ingredients, well made, and it tastes wonderful. I also had their baked goods on other occasion and they are very tasty too. The service is excellent-- very helpful, personable, and nice.

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Cafe Carolina has a good selection of sandwiches on great bread. Soups are good, especially the Potato Soup. :) The desserts are delicious. This is definitely not a cheap place, but worth an occasional visit.

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★★★★☆

Cafe Carolina has a good selection of sandwiches on great bread. Soups are good, especially the Potato Soup. :) The desserts are delicious. This is definitely not a cheap place, but worth an occasional visit.

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YUM! Just tried this place for the first time and we were very pleased. For under $8, we got 1/2 a turkey sandwich (REAL shredded turkey, not that rubbery deli-meat kind, on fresh bread, with a nice dressing, sprouts, and lettuce), a cup of Broccoli-Cheddar Soup (delicious, creamy, and cheesy), a bag of pretzels, and 2 drinks. I typically don't like turkey sandwiches unless they're hot, but this one was perfect! For an extra $3 and change, we got a vanilla cupcake (good, but not amazing) and an ""inside out peanutbutter cup"" (AMAZING -- gooey and rich). Very full and it was very affordable. \r\n\r\nThe place itself is clean, cool, and the staff was friendly. I look forward to going back soon and trying something else!

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★★★★☆

YUM! Just tried this place for the first time and we were very pleased. For under $8, we got 1/2 a turkey sandwich (REAL shredded turkey, not that rubbery deli-meat kind, on fresh bread, with a nice dressing, sprouts, and lettuce), a cup of Broccoli-Cheddar Soup (delicious, creamy, and cheesy), a bag of pretzels, and 2 drinks. I typically don't like turkey sandwiches unless they're hot, but this one was perfect! For an extra $3 and change, we got a vanilla cupcake (good, but not amazing) and an ""inside out peanutbutter cup"" (AMAZING -- gooey and rich). Very full and it was very affordable. \r\n\r\nThe place itself is clean, cool, and the staff was friendly. I look forward to going back soon and trying something else!

Pros: Clean establishment, fresh and delicious food, not too pricey

Cons: Looks like it could get a bit crowded (parking and seating) during peak hours

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The new salads are wonderful AND filling. I recommend the mediterranian salad. They have great vegetarian options as well as standard deli sandwiches. The only thing i don't like about this restaurant is that the bakery doesn't have many whole wheat or hearty grain baked goods.

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★★★★☆

The new salads are wonderful AND filling. I recommend the mediterranian salad. They have great vegetarian options as well as standard deli sandwiches. The only thing i don't like about this restaurant is that the bakery doesn't have many whole wheat or hearty grain baked goods.

Pros: great salads

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I've told several friends the Cafe Carolina Salad is the best salad in town. Full of pungent gorgonzola, sugared pecans, sweet, fresh strawberries and crisp, tender lettuce, to name a few, the ingredients create a personality that won't quit. Consistently enjoyable, Cafe Carolina has a winning combination with this offering.

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★★★★★

I've told several friends the Cafe Carolina Salad is the best salad in town. Full of pungent gorgonzola, sugared pecans, sweet, fresh strawberries and crisp, tender lettuce, to name a few, the ingredients create a personality that won't quit. Consistently enjoyable, Cafe Carolina has a winning combination with this offering.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Too cold in the restaurant and staff not responsive to feedback

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Their new Chicken Fiesta Salad is terrific, so much flavor and quality...welll worth the trip there. I hear that the Signature Salad is equally excellent. The staff is so friendly and helpful, you can alter your salad, sandwich, flatbread, just ask. You have to try this place!

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★★★★★

Their new Chicken Fiesta Salad is terrific, so much flavor and quality...welll worth the trip there. I hear that the Signature Salad is equally excellent. The staff is so friendly and helpful, you can alter your salad, sandwich, flatbread, just ask. You have to try this place!

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I make a special trip once or twice a week just to swing by to purchase the delicious lemon bars. Definitely the best dessert on the menu.

2
★★★★★

I make a special trip once or twice a week just to swing by to purchase the delicious lemon bars. Definitely the best dessert on the menu.

Pros: Salads and Desserts

Cons: The hours. When I have to work late it's difficult to get to the restaurant before 8pm

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I go there often and the food and staff are wonderful!! I have never had bad service there and if you call in your order you can pick it up and you are out of there in no time. IThey are also great for business lunches. We have never had a bad delivery order. Always prompt, even during bad wether. Try it you will like it!! \r\n

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★★★★★

I go there often and the food and staff are wonderful!! I have never had bad service there and if you call in your order you can pick it up and you are out of there in no time. IThey are also great for business lunches. We have never had a bad delivery order. Always prompt, even during bad wether. Try it you will like it!! \r\n

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Great place for a sandwich for lunch, this friendly atmosphere lets you eat at your pace and enjoy your meal. THe people are friendly and the food is great with a a large selection. I enjoy going back and back

2
★★★★★

Great place for a sandwich for lunch, this friendly atmosphere lets you eat at your pace and enjoy your meal. THe people are friendly and the food is great with a a large selection. I enjoy going back and back

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I go there often and the food and staff are wonderful!! I have never had bad service there and if you call in your order you can pick it up and you are out of there in no time. It is at the top of my list for places to eat in Cameron Village. Try it you will like it!!\r\n\r\n

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★★★★★

I go there often and the food and staff are wonderful!! I have never had bad service there and if you call in your order you can pick it up and you are out of there in no time. It is at the top of my list for places to eat in Cameron Village. Try it you will like it!!\r\n\r\n

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If you're looking for something light and healthy this is a great place to go! Awesome salads and flatbreads! They also have some of the best breakfast food around. I am not a pastry person.. but I hear those are great too. Wonderful staff, never had a bad experience! Love the Cary location too!

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★★★★☆

If you're looking for something light and healthy this is a great place to go! Awesome salads and flatbreads! They also have some of the best breakfast food around. I am not a pastry person.. but I hear those are great too. Wonderful staff, never had a bad experience! Love the Cary location too!

Pros: Light, healthy fare, but sandwiches hearty enough for a man too!

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Love their signature salad, their pannini's, and their chicken salad on croissant. I always get their cupcake for dessert, even if I feel guilty later for it, they are just soo good! The sweet tea is good there and I always go away feeling full and happy. My only complaint is how busy it can be sometimes, esp for lunch! But, doesn't keep me from going. :)

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★★★★★

Love their signature salad, their pannini's, and their chicken salad on croissant. I always get their cupcake for dessert, even if I feel guilty later for it, they are just soo good! The sweet tea is good there and I always go away feeling full and happy. My only complaint is how busy it can be sometimes, esp for lunch! But, doesn't keep me from going. :)

Pros: chicken salad, sweet tea, Cupcakes!!

Cons: busy busy at lunch!

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GREAT PLACE TO RELAX AND ENJOY A ONE OF A KIND FLATBREAD, THE CRUST IS SO THIN AND CRISPY AND THE INGREDIENT COMBINATIONS ARE OUTSTANDING

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★★★★☆

GREAT PLACE TO RELAX AND ENJOY A ONE OF A KIND FLATBREAD, THE CRUST IS SO THIN AND CRISPY AND THE INGREDIENT COMBINATIONS ARE OUTSTANDING

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who wouldn't love to walk into a restaurant and have the employees know your name. everyone is so friendly with the customers. maybe i eat at the various triangle locations a few too many times but i enjoy having my mocha latte handed to me before i even order. the downtown location is a great chance for excercise. i leave my office and walk the few short blocks for my mocha and cookie as an afternoon snack.

2
★★★★★

who wouldn't love to walk into a restaurant and have the employees know your name. everyone is so friendly with the customers. maybe i eat at the various triangle locations a few too many times but i enjoy having my mocha latte handed to me before i even order. the downtown location is a great chance for excercise. i leave my office and walk the few short blocks for my mocha and cookie as an afternoon snack.

Pros: friendly and attentive staff

Cons: not enough locations...what about apex?

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Loved this place. Friendly, pleasant people. Free Wi-Fi. Great Food! Great location. I live in Greensboro and go to the one there, too. TRY IT!!! You'll love it.

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★★★★★

Loved this place. Friendly, pleasant people. Free Wi-Fi. Great Food! Great location. I live in Greensboro and go to the one there, too. TRY IT!!! You'll love it.

Pros: Friendly folks, great food fast.

Cons: Need more in Greensboro

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Real grilled Paninis that are hot and tasty.\r\nBest atmosphere to dine with friends and use FREE Wi-Fi.\r\nGreat outdoor dining in Cameron Village.\r\nFast service. Great new healthy salads.

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★★★★★

Real grilled Paninis that are hot and tasty.\r\nBest atmosphere to dine with friends and use FREE Wi-Fi.\r\nGreat outdoor dining in Cameron Village.\r\nFast service. Great new healthy salads.

Pros: Best Neighborhood Cafe with Taste of the South

Cons: Its so busy you need to get their early for lunch

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I discovered Cafe Carolina about a year ago and have introduced all my friends to it. Great salads - the Signature Salad is my favorite. The sandwiches are terrific, especially the paninis on thick grilled bread. All the breads are fresh-baked - you get your choice of bread with the salads. Be sure to top off your meal with a cupcake - they're out of this world.

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★★★★★

I discovered Cafe Carolina about a year ago and have introduced all my friends to it. Great salads - the Signature Salad is my favorite. The sandwiches are terrific, especially the paninis on thick grilled bread. All the breads are fresh-baked - you get your choice of bread with the salads. Be sure to top off your meal with a cupcake - they're out of this world.

Pros: Fresh, Fast and Flavorful food

Cons: Cupcakes are habit forming!

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The food at Cafe Carolina is so fresh and delicious. My favorite item is the Signature Salad. It's a good choice for summer. I also recommend the portabella panini, and the pulled pork panini (my husband's favorite).

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★★★★★

The food at Cafe Carolina is so fresh and delicious. My favorite item is the Signature Salad. It's a good choice for summer. I also recommend the portabella panini, and the pulled pork panini (my husband's favorite).

Pros: Great Salads! Friendly service.

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This restaurant is all about fresh baked. From the items found in the bakery area (love the cup cakes), to the fresh baked bread for the sandwiches (love the panini's) and the hand tossed salads, you won't find another cafe around here that can match the taste. The service was great and being able to sit outside is a plus.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is all about fresh baked. From the items found in the bakery area (love the cup cakes), to the fresh baked bread for the sandwiches (love the panini's) and the hand tossed salads, you won't find another cafe around here that can match the taste. The service was great and being able to sit outside is a plus.

Pros: Thumbs up for the Sandwiches

Cons: Free Wi-Fi made me stay for dessert

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I love their new salads. Take home their Flatbreads all the time to feed the family.\r\nMeet for business and use their free wi-fi. Great coffees and friendly servers.\r\nMy favorite local neighborhood cafe, realxed like the south.

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★★★★★

I love their new salads. Take home their Flatbreads all the time to feed the family.\r\nMeet for business and use their free wi-fi. Great coffees and friendly servers.\r\nMy favorite local neighborhood cafe, realxed like the south.

Pros: Best Paninis, Salads and Flatbreads in town

Cons: Not enough seats, always packed

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Cafe Carolina is a great find! The food is awesome and the atmosphere is great! It's a \r\nterrific place to get a quick top-quality meal in a comfortable environment. They've got a great variety of food - the panini sandwiches on thick grilled sourdough bread are the best you'll find anywhere (try the Chipotle Chicken Panini!) and the Signature Salad is an incredibly delicious and unique salad - made to order, so it's super fresh. The flatbreads are great, too (Hawaiian Pulled Pork Flatbread is MMMMMM and a great change of pace). Don't miss the cupcakes - their dessert specialty! Great friendly service, too. And free wi-fi.

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★★★★★

Cafe Carolina is a great find! The food is awesome and the atmosphere is great! It's a \r\nterrific place to get a quick top-quality meal in a comfortable environment. They've got a great variety of food - the panini sandwiches on thick grilled sourdough bread are the best you'll find anywhere (try the Chipotle Chicken Panini!) and the Signature Salad is an incredibly delicious and unique salad - made to order, so it's super fresh. The flatbreads are great, too (Hawaiian Pulled Pork Flatbread is MMMMMM and a great change of pace). Don't miss the cupcakes - their dessert specialty! Great friendly service, too. And free wi-fi.

Pros: Great food, innovative menu, excellent service. BEST CUPCAKES anywhere!

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okay so i usually hate chickensalad but the chicken salad on a croissant is the most amazing sandwich ive ever had! i dont know why it taste so good but omg its so amazing and the sweet tea and lemon squares are just as amazing

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★★★★★

okay so i usually hate chickensalad but the chicken salad on a croissant is the most amazing sandwich ive ever had! i dont know why it taste so good but omg its so amazing and the sweet tea and lemon squares are just as amazing

Pros: food

Cons: too cold inside, sprouts are nasty

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I was very unhappy today when I returned to my office, finding my chicken noodle soup was mostly soup, what gives? The chicken salad was great but they need to work on putting more ingredients in the soup, I have many friends that like eating here and I do too, but boy was I unhappy today. Maybe they should try Campbell or Presgo instead?

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★★★☆☆

I was very unhappy today when I returned to my office, finding my chicken noodle soup was mostly soup, what gives? The chicken salad was great but they need to work on putting more ingredients in the soup, I have many friends that like eating here and I do too, but boy was I unhappy today. Maybe they should try Campbell or Presgo instead?

Pros: Sandwiches, Variety, Nice Breakfast items

Cons: Soup lacking, Not Friendly, Pricey

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My husband and I ate here a few times when we visited North Carolina. I fell in love with the Sweet Potato biscuits and wish I could have them shipped to me. The service wasn't the greatest but it seemed like a standard, busy place.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I ate here a few times when we visited North Carolina. I fell in love with the Sweet Potato biscuits and wish I could have them shipped to me. The service wasn't the greatest but it seemed like a standard, busy place.

Pros: Food

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I LOVE Cafe Carolina. Can't say enough nice things about it. Sorry the other reviewer had a bad experience...all of mine have been excellent. I'm absolutely crazy about the tuna salad in a tomato-basil wrap. Yum, yum!!

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★★★★★

I LOVE Cafe Carolina. Can't say enough nice things about it. Sorry the other reviewer had a bad experience...all of mine have been excellent. I'm absolutely crazy about the tuna salad in a tomato-basil wrap. Yum, yum!!

Pros: casual, tasty, location

Cons: lunch is crowded

 

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