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Celebrated Cuisine

Durham is a culinary destination. That fact may have been solidified when Southern Living named it the Tastiest Town in the South, but it has been well-known for years. Brimming with nationally acclaimed and independently owned restaurants, Durham's chefs and restaurateurs have been recognized for innovative menus, unique flavor palates, skilled preparation, and impressive and welcoming atmospheres. The following searchable list compiles all of the restaurants that have received national or regional coverage, which are designated as Celebrated Cuisine.

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58 Fifty Bistro & Martini Bar

  • 5850 Fayetteville Rd
  • Sutton Place
  • I-40 Exit 276
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 544-8585
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Serving a full menu of American cuisine, including seafood, steaks, burgers, wraps, and pizzas. Appetizers and nightly drink specials. VacationIdea called the bistro “friendly and moden,” noting its …

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

  • 6910 Fayetteville Rd & Mobile truck--see website for location
  • The Streets At Southpoint
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 473-6358
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

"Whoever believes that there is no such thing as a gourmet grilled cheese needs to take a trip to American Meltdown," says Food Republic. American Meltdown 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 …


  • 359 Blackwell St, Downtown Durham, Diamond View III
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 797-9728
  • Downtown Area

Modern Japanese cuisine focusing on specialty sushi, seafood, appetizers and sake. The interior design features a mix of rustic materials and modern design, like the pagoda-style booths made of raw …

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
  • Downtown Area

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. …

Chez Moi

  • Mobile truck see website for location
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 824-2610
  • Durham-Roaming

A mobile and home bakery offering a variety of cakes made from scratch. Serves customers locally by appointment and also provides direct shipping throughout the U.S. Chez Moi along with its brown …


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