Where: The Morning Times, 10 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601. One of the six Empire Eats restaurants, The Morning Times is located in downtown Raleigh, situated next to the Raleigh Times Bar, the historic home of Raleigh’s original city newspapers.
GF Menu: No.
What I ate: Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Torte + Cappucino
How to order it: The Morning Times serves All-Day Breakfast, Lunch Items, and Local Gourmet Cakes, seven days a week. I had ducked inside the cafe to order beverages before, but the word on the street was that they also carried a GF chocolate cake.
I have now seen it for myself — a large, freshly baked chocolate cake with a colorful, hand-printed sign next to it, proclaiming, “Yes, it’s Gluten-Free!”. When ordering menu items without a cheerful sign posted next to them, be sure to ask your server whether they are GF.
What it looks like:
This fudgey cake with deep, dark cocoa icing, served here beneath clouds of fresh whipped cream, is a decadent slice of nirvana. Take one bite and get lost in the flavor, leaving your thoughts of to-do lists behind. Nothing else will matter – just this piece of chocolate.
Green Note: In addition to sourcing their gourmet cakes and coffee beans locally, The Morning Times features the art and photography of local artists on its cafe walls.