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Thanks to a thriving colony of imaginative chefs and celebrated restaurants, Durham is known as the Tastiest Town in the South. Praised by noted critics at outlets like Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and The New York Times, Durham has garnered a long list of fans that have fallen in love with its imaginative culinary offerings.

Options range from low-key but high-flavor experiences at food trucks, to award-winning fine-dining featuring fresh classics, to original fusions. With such a wealth of one-of-a-kind opportunities, Durham is a place where food cravings can be satisfied many times over and where new experiences can be found, Fresh Daily.

Find your Durham dining experience by using our search to explore restaurants by cuisine, location, and a variety of dining preferences.

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Tastiest Town in the South

Beating out competition from much larger cities, including New Orleans, Durham was named the Tastiest Town in the South by Southern Living magazine. Find out what makes Durham such an acclaimed culinary destination. Read More

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Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken

  • 302 Davidson Ave
  • Durham, NC 27704-4454
  • (919) 220-9028
  • East Durham

Best known for its Peruvian rotisserie chicken, cooked over wood charcoal and served from a bright red and yellow storefront. Acclaimed chef Ashley Christensen cited Alpaca (formerly called Mami …

American Meltdown

  • Mobile truck see website for location
  • Durham, NC -
  • Durham-Roaming

"Whoever believes that there is no such thing as a gourmet grilled cheese needs to take a trip to American Meltdown," says Food Republic. This food truck serves melts and grilled cheeses crafted …

Backyard BBQ Pit

  • 5122 NC Hwy 55, I-40 Exit 278
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 544-9911
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

The Travel Channel's Man v. Food hails the open pit-smoked chicken and other Southern classics, but "it’s the succulent pulled-pork barbecue that really makes this family-run restaurant a hungry …

Blu Seafood and Bar

  • 2002 Hillsborough Rd, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 286-9777
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

"Three-time winner of the best seafood restaurant award from Durham Magazine and three-time winner of the same award from the News & Observer, Blu Seafood and Bar serves responsibly sourced seafood. …

The Blue Note Grill

  • 709 Washington St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 401-1979
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Located in Downtown Durham near the Historic Durham Athletic Park, the Blue Note Grill is known for both the blues music you can hear there on Fridays and Saturday and their North Carolina smoked …

Bull City Burger and Brewery

  • 107 E Parrish St, Ste 105
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 680-2333
  • Downtown Area

Bull City Burger and Brewery is a locally owned, independent restaurant and craft brewery. The restaurant is very much farm-to-fork, working closely with North Carolina farmers supplying beef (with …

Bullock's Bar-B-Que

  • 3330 Quebec Dr
  • I-85 exit 173
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 383-6202
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

"At Bullock's, the lines form early for chopped or sliced pork... great hushpuppies too." That's how Southern Living describes Bullock's, a barbecue joint that's been operating in Durham since 1952. …

Chamas Churrascaria

  • 905 W Main St, (Inside Piazza Italia) Brightleaf District, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 682-1309
  • Downtown Area

Chamas Churrascaria is a Brazilian steakhouse that serves rodizio, a style of barbecue from southern Brazil. There are a variety of different cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken that a server, …

Chirba Chirba Dumpling

  • Mobile truck see website for location
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • Durham-Roaming

Speaking literally, chirba chirba is Mandarin for "eat eat!" But the phrase evokes warmth and hospitality to friends and guests, and that's what Chirba Chirba tries to do with the Chinese-style …

Dain's Place

  • 754 Ninth Street, Ninth Street District
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 416-8800
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Dain's Place is a bar and restaurant located on Ninth St., near Duke University. It was named one of the country's 25 best college campus bars by Complex magazine, and Adam Richman, of the Travel …

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101 E Morgan St.
Durham, NC 27701 USA
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