I had never heard anything about Coleman’s (1006 E Pettigrew St), but I went as part of Carpe Durham’s mission to go everywhere. Wow I am glad I did. Just so you know, it has either changed names or has multiple names, because the sign outside says Thompson’s. ** But when I asked someone at the gas station where Coleman’s was, he pointed me there.
We got a ridiculous amount of food–two “dinner”s for $12 total, which included two sides each and either hushpuppies or rolls. The hushpuppies were actually the best I have had, ever, in my life. The collard greens (which are not vegetarian) were not as good as at The Know, but the fried okra and the yams were great and the pinto beans were AMAZING. I got a “Chuck Wagon Dinner,” which the waitress couldn’t exactly explain to me but said it was very popular, which was seconded by the guy at the next table. It was some kind of beef, very much fried (I think it might have been chicken fried steak, which I have never had). They are apparently known for the fried chicken, which was wonderful (crispy, juicy, tender, the right amount of greasy).
The place itself seems like an awesome hangout. They have bottles of beer for $1.60 (the coldest Ice House in town). The bar has a jukebox full of r&b, soul, funk, and includes of course plenty of JB. I would have stayed to have another beer or two, but I had class (I know, whack priorities…but at least I am writing this during said class).
I am extremely upset that my camera ran out of batteries before I could get any photos. The giant plates of food were especially photogenic. But luckily I’ll be going back.
There was also a taqueria around the corner (Taqueria Cordobesa) but somehow I managed not to stop.
** UPDATE: According to the most recent Restaurant Openings Report, Thompson’s is actually the NEW name of this place.