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“tasty and quirky”

The Mad Hatter's Bake Shop
Ranked #2 of 13 Bakeries in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed September 6, 2012

i didn't have any baked goods-they looked yummy. i had lunch twice and i thought the portions were generous and tasty. i like to try local places. free wi-fi. i would come here again.

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Thank sallykay8
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Great food, great service, great ambience; a little pricier than we thought it might be. This is a great go-to place. Parking can be tight.

Thank Leah010
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

It has a very poorly executed ordering and delivery system. The atmosphere is that of the employees acting like mad hatters. I was new to the restaurant and the manager came to my table very angry because I did not pick up my coffee at the front. Unless you are a mindreader the people checking you out should tell you that is what you need to do. They assume because they are a popular place by Duke that the world revolves around them. The evidence of the empty tables might remind them not to be so arrogant. Why would a customer be treated so rudely by an employee over a cup of coffee. Another entitled citizen. Also very loud inside and had to wipe off my own table. Filthy empty tables were everywhere.

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Thank Marnie W
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

This location has seen a lot of change - from a gas station to a 50s diner to an upscale bake shop. Mad Hatter moved here from a smaller space just down the road and it is a favorite of Duke students, faculty and other smart diners. It's order at the counter and take a number. The servers will bring your food to the table. And the service is superb. That goat cheese salad? I stumbled onto it by accident and order it every chance I get. Wish I could eat two of them, but they are big and filling. The dressing is delicious too. And those cookies! And those CAKES! And divine eclairs! OMG. Could they please remove the calories so I could eat there every day?? Free wi-fi means students often stay at tables for hours, although management is trying to change that so foodies have a place to eat. Sit outside in the butterfly chair if you dare.

Thank Linda R
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

The best thing about Mad Hatters is that it is a wonderful place for children. The decor is whimsical and the children meals are even better. The chicken is delicious in the kids meal and they get a 'make-your-own cupcake at the end of it.

The staff is also great! I really enjoy the positive atmosphere as well as the coffee.

The only thing which could be a tad better is the adult meals are a bit pricey and sometimes not worth it. I love the rice and chicken wrap, the flavors were wonderful, but the chicken in it is often dry.

But overall I will definitely go back with my son!

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Thank Nyx A
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