FostersMarket2Foster’s Market is located on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hillsborough Road, but the café’s artsy décor and eclectic atmosphere remind me of a Carrboro eatery.

The seating arrangement is a hodge-podge of colorful tables, chairs and booths.The décor is both cheerful and utilitarian, with warehouse-style lighting, exposed pipes, large paintings and bright colors.

Sara Foster opened the first Foster’s Market in Durham in 1990 and the one in Chapel Hill eight years later. The concept for the market is based on using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients to prepare simple food.

And the food at Foster’s Market is indeed simple and fresh. I ordered The Herbie Bird Wrap, with herb roasted turkey breast, spinach, tomato, cucumber, dill havarti and basil mayo. The turkey and havarti tasted fresh, the vegetables were crisp, even if they went a little heavy on the spinach, and the basil mayo complemented the ingredients well.

And Foster’s Market is convenient (eat in or take out) and affordable. Students get a free fountain drink and bag of chips with any sandwich or wrap. Also check out the soups, salads and pizzas, the breakfast menu, the baked goods, the coffee and juice bar and the specialty grocery items.

-Danielle Cushing