Story and pictures by Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – I had a chance to eat lunch at Café 121 a few days ago. One word review: fabulous.
The old building at 140 East Chatham Street has seen a number of restaurants come and go, most recently EJ’s Soul Food.
My prediction: Café 121 is here to stay.
Café 121 is the brainchild of Greg Hamm, 20 years a chef and culinary instructor. Chef Hamm also has a well-established location in Sanford.
Well, the food is delicious – beautiful ingredients beautifully prepared. Café 121 serves fusion cuisine, blending a variety of classic cooking styles. I would call it eclectic American with a Southern twist.
Before I go any further, you must taste Chef Hamm’s fried green beans. Crispy, flavorful and rich, they will remind you of why you live in the South.
Other Southern favorites include Fried Pimento Cheese, Frazolis and Sweet Potato fries. Everything is prepared to perfection.
The lunch menu features a wide assortment of salads, sandwiches and soups.
For dinner, feats on Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Farm Raised Salmon or Herb Sautéed Shrimp. A fine selection of wine, beer and cocktails are available.
As we walked into the restaurant, a voice called out “give my bill to that guy!” It was Ed Gawf, Cary’s Downtown Development Manager, sitting with Town Manager Ben Shivar.
We joked around a bit and then sat down to study the menu.
Ben and Ed stopped by to say a few words after their meal. As they were leaving, I called after them, “Thanks for the lunch, Ed!”
140 East Chatham Street
Cary, NC 27511
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 AM – 2 PM
Dinner: Friday and Saturday, 5 PM – 8:30 PM