Special Alert
restaurants/features/tastiest-town ihi-

restaurants/features/tastiest-town ihi-

Tastiest Town

In January 2013, Durham's food scene was again catapulted into the national spotlight by inclusion on Southern Living magazine's "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." It shared company with culinary megastar destinations like New Orleans, Charleston, and Miami. The winner was chosen by popular vote through an online poll. Despite the difference in size between Durham and many of its competitors, the Bull City took home the title.

In the ensuing article, Southern Living recognized the creativity, accessibility, and passion in Durham's food scene. The article commended Durham's "elevated casual fare" and abundance of "artisans committed to crafting their own to-die-for takes on simple culinary delights." (Read the full article.)

The Tastiest Town title is a crowning recognition after years of praise for Durham's food scene. In 2008, Bon Appétit named Durham (along with Chapel Hill) America's Foodiest Small Town. In addition, out of Durham's 700+ restaurants, more than 50 have been recognized by regional or national media, many of them repeatedly. (The full list of those businesses can be found at the Celebrated Cuisine page.) Many Durham chefs and restaurateurs, including Matthew Kelly of Mateo and Vin Rouge and Phoebe Lawless of Scratch, have also been nominated for national awards, like the James Beard Award.

All this praise proves what the locals already know: Durham is rich with culinary delights. Go ahead, get out and explore all the culinary treasures that Durham has to offer. Discover firsthand why so many agree that Durham is the Tastiest Town in the South!


Scratch Profile Thumbnail

Phoebe Lawless Interview

Hear what acclaimed pastry chef Phoebe Lawless has to say about Durham’s food scene and Scratch, the restaurant she owns in Downtown Durham Read More


Search All Durham Dining:

Use the filters to search by category, amenities, region, and keyword.  




Group Tour Info




Food & Beverage Options

Property Details & Services

Room Amenities

Arts & Culture

History & Heritage

Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Dining/Food Service



Dining Style

Dining/Food Service


Meals Served/Open


Free Things To Do

Activity Type

Kids Things To Do



Nightlife & Entertainment

Entertainment & Amusements

Music Type

Nightlife & Entertainment

Recreation & Activities


Recreation & Activities

Relocation/Resident Info


Government Services

Relocation/Resident Info




Health & Wellness

Meeting/Event/Group Services





Food/Beverage Specialty


Shopping/Venue Type

Uniquely Durham


Facility Amenities

Facility/Sport Type

Transportation Providers


Ground Transportation

New Developments

New Developments


1-10 OF 70

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 …

American Red Cross

  • 4737 University Dr, Bldg UP3
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 489-6541
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Many volunteer opportunities are …


  • 6340 Quadrangle Dr
  • Chapel, NC 27517
  • (919) 782-5111
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Due to their close connections with a variety of companies worldwide, Accountemps offers outstanding opportunities to find temp accounting jobs at all experience levels. From accounting clerks and …

Durham Spotlight


Art isn't just shown here. It's made here, Fresh Daily. From touring exhibits to works made in Durham's own studios, find something new.
Get a taste of the South's Tastiest Town: from fine dining to food trucks, from burgers to gourmet French, find your flavor, Fresh Daily.
History isn't just in the past in Durham. It's everywhere you look, from historic sites to city blocks, and it's born anew, Fresh Daily.
Whether you're watching or playing, Durham is where you'll find the best of sports, Fresh Daily. It is the City of Champions, after all.
New knowledge is uncovered, Fresh Daily. In the labs, the universities, and the startups, experience all of Durham's scientific wonder.

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
101 E Morgan St.
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604