“Judging by the crowds, it looks like they’ve scored a hit.” 

— Greg Cox, Restaurant Critic:  News & Observer

“The eatery serves homemade American fare while giving

customers a chance to reminisce about days gone by.

— “Wendy Mondello, Correspondent:  Cary News

“Patrons… might find comfort at Back in the Day Cafe.”

— Hal Goodtree:  Cary Citizen

Sharon M. — We celebrated my husband’s 50th birthday party at your restaurant last night with dinner, cake and open mic night. I just wanted to thank you for a great experience.  The food was amazing, with a huge selection and large portions. Truly a great night.

Mark T. — “Back in the Day is the best kept secret in Cary. Tucked away in a corner of one of those shopping plazas that cover every corner of every major intersection in Cary, you might miss it, but you shouldn’t. Everything I’ve tried here was better than it was at places where I’d paid much more for it. Good beer selection and very friendly staff. And the nostalgic posters are worth a tour in themselves.”

Vivienne H. — “I loved that my 8 year old fell in love with the eighties. In his words “everything was awesome”

Amanita T. — “I wanted someone to know that I had a wonderful time today at lunch in your establishment.  I went online and fund your place as my guest driving through wanted to go to a local establishment for lunch.  And all I do is work in Cary so it was a first time for me too.  We enjoyed ourselves.  We can get so lost in such a place that I was LATE getting back from lunch.  Neil was wonderful and the food was great.  I will be back with friends as I intend to tell my lunch time crowd about the nostalgia stuff you have.”

Debbie B. — “Awesome Restaurant!! The food is excellent! A must go to all who haven’t tried it out yet. Love Love Love the Forrest Gump (Shrimp & Grits).”

Colin L. — “Cool place for those in the area! It’s like stepping back in time and kids 5 and under eat for 1 cent while you will have to pay the outrageous price of $5 to feed older ones : ) AND today they had a classic car show so you know Jam was a happy camper.”

Karen A. — “OMG love this place. great homemade food, the atmosphere and decor very comfortable and fun and our waitress was wonderful…. This will be a regular place for me….can’t wait to spread the word…..”

Bootsie B.  —  “My very favorite place in the Triangle. My husband and I want to move-in!”

Lizz R.  —  “Great food and great service. I would highly recommend and will be back!”

Tom M.  —  “Wow! We loved it. Upscale comfort food at its best. Attentive and friendly service and a great atmosphere. I think this will be our new “regular” place. To quote a “back in the day” expression: TRY IY, YOU’LL LIKE IT!”

Jenny C. — “My husband and I went for lunch today and we were very pleasantly surprised! After reading a lot of reviews we were hopeful we wouldn’t be disapointed and we weren’t. They have food options for everyone, which is great. Their fries and onion strings as mentioned in a lot of reviews are really good. We will definitely be back.”

Gaynor F.  —  “Took the family for dinner tonight and LOVED your place. I think you may just have got a few new regulars.”

Cindy B.  —  “The menu selection is as interesting as I’ve ever seen!!  Burgers, Meatloaf, Fish & Grits – – all on the same menu.”

BethAnn F. — “What a great place to eat !! Our waiter “Cecil” aka Neal was great!! So much food for an awesome price!!”

Doug W. — Back In The Day Café brings it 100%. Really cool laid back retro feel to the place whereas all kinds of 70’s album covers and artwork lace the entire bar. That in itself made great conversation pieces. The staff is friendly and professional and the food is great there!!!

Gail H.  —  “Good vegetarian options.”

Roger W.  —  “The food was delicious. The menu has a great selection with prices that were quite reasonable.”


Ann H.  —  “The over the air shows, like Remington Steel and MASH, is a nice touch.”

Kerstin L.  —  “I’m an 80’s girl, and I loved walking into this place and looking at the all the stuff!  They actually have a console TV and a working Atari system!  Yikes!  :-)”

Steven M.  —  “What a great new place in Cary!  The food was served hot and fresh by competent, friendly staff.”

Kevin B.  —  “Nice local restaurant. Good food. Fresh. Attentive service.”

Paula A.  —  “Even though our food came out pretty quickly, we enjoyed playing with an etch-a-sketch, barrel of monkeys, and a game of Trouble with our toddler while we waited.”

Brad M.  —  ” Only my second time eating here, once for breakfast and once for dinner. I will deferentially become a regular customer.  The prices are in line with the portion size, but not high enough to see most customers drinking only water, after all they offer bar drinks as well.”

Jean K.  —  “The California cranberry salad with gorgonzola and candied walnuts was absolutely delicious. A couple in our party ordered the nachos to share. It was HUGE!”

Howard G.  —  “Absolutely Ahhhhhmazing! I had seriously felt like Chef Gordon Ramsey was going to come out and share that they had done a re-haul and made BITD the new BEST thing. All the food was fresh and made to order.”

Scott G. — “What a great place for food dance and atmosphere with local Cary people. From all the members of Rubber Soul we enjoyed playing our Beatles tribute and thank you all for making our first appearance a warm welcome! You all danced till closing and asked for more. The staff are great and the food is awesome!”