This place is incredible. I've eaten there a few times and my experience always delivers or exceeds expectations. Food is fresh, they have a wonderful section of 'take and bake', and staff/ownership is top notch. What a win for Durham.
May 16, 2022
We drive 30 minutes from Raleigh just to get these amazing sandwiches. We really love the eggplant/broccoli rabe and the chicken cutlet ones. The brown butter cookie was also amazing. I love looking at all their fresh baked breads and goodies inside the shop. 10/10
There isn’t a lot of seating, but take your sandwiches to the Duke Gardens or somewhere downtown to eat outside!! You will not regret trying this place :)
Apr 21, 2022
I can’t stop thinking about how amazing our sandwiches were (the Primo and the Italian)!! Highly recommend getting the whatever sandwich you decide on with the focaccia bread. Truly incredible how crisp but somehow soft the bread was. If you want water, bring a bottle of water yourself or buy one for $1 inside the store!
Feb 15, 2022
Went here for the first time to get a Valentine’s Day lunch, such a cute spot with a fun grocery area to snag some extras. I got an Italiano, and got my partner the Eggplant + Ricotta, both with their homemade garlic chips. While I was waiting for my food, I glanced around the grocery area and grabbed some focaccia and vanilla heart cookies. Everything was so good, the sandwiches are god-tier. The right amount of meat and veggies, delicious bread, and the chips are sooo well seasoned (also they actually fill the bags with chips, rather than the classic “there’s a chip in my bag of air” situation). 10/10 would recommend.
Feb 11, 2022
My first ever review! That is how good Ideal's is.
Ian and the team are really doing something truly fantastic here.
I got the Primo sandwich, some fresh chips, and a bag of English muffins. Everything at Ideal's is absolutely incredible. The Primo was honestly one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had. AMAZING focaccia bread, super juicy chicken, fresh mozzarella, top quality prosciutto, savory herb mayo, crisp arugula salad…. Mouthwatering symphony of flavors!!
The quality of ingredients, the amazing selection of goods and pre-prepared foods in the grocery, the kindness of the staff, and the love for good food is really next level.
This will be a Durham institution in the coming years!!