Ah, Devil’s Krafthouse. A novel restaurant that is otherwise known to seniors as “what we get to enjoy for the final month before we graduate.” Some of us may even call it “a project that impeded our four years at Duke” or “a tease of what could have been finished last year if construction didn’t completely and utterly suck.” Believe me, we could go on and on.
Bitterness aside (mostly), Devil’s Krafthouse is part of the new and improved West Union on Duke’s West Campus. They incorporate a ton local flavors in both their food and drink. A local restaurateur, Andy Magowan, who owns and runs both Geer Street Garden and The Boot in Durham, will be operating this new venue. He has a lot of big ideas for the Krafthouse and wants to make sure that delicious options are available for all customers, including those with dietary restrictions and allergies.
Lucky for the seniors, after suffering through years of construction inconveniences, sidewalk detours, cranes and fake stone walls, we got to experience some of the new foods offered by Andy and the rest of his crew throughout the week leading up to their grand opening on Duke-UNC gameday.
Monday they served up classic hamburger and cheddar fried chicken sliders on golden brioche buns, accompanied by Krafthouse French Fries. Next up was Taco Night, and the pulled whole-roasted chicken tacos with house-made guac and pico de gallo had us goin’ up… on a Tuesday. But we all know a pub isn’t a pub without some mouth-watering chicken wings and the class of 2016 went to flavor town with three types of wings on Wednesday: Southwest Chili, Sweet Carolina BBQ, and Teriyaki.
Seniors said goodbye to their SB2k16 bods and indulged in the Krafthouse’s house-made Italian sausage and beer-braised bratwurst sandwiches, which were served on a toasted hoagie rolls with luscious sweet potato tots with garlic aioli and honey mustard on the side. The Krafthouse continued to show off their sandwich game on Friday with Italian, Roast Beef, and Turkey Subs with assorted veggie chips. Other foods off the menu such as the cheesy quesadillas with grilled veggies, chicken or chorizo could be ordered separately, and people raved about them.
We’re definitely looking forward to adding the Devil’s Krafthouse into our small, but steadily growing variety of campus dining options. Grab a sneak peak at the never-before-seen full menu here: