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Durham Local Favorites

In Durham, people are proud of their local businesses; so proud, in fact, there are several media-run polls to determine which businesses are the most popular in a variety of categories. Two of these polls, from Durham’s daily newspaper, The Herald-Sun, and the weekly newspaper, Independent Weekly, provide dozens of insights into local favorites.

The following listings represent Durham-located, non-chain winners in Dining, Nightlife, Shopping, and Things to See & Do categories. Click for a complete list of Durham winners and finalists, or visit the publication websites for additional information.

2014 Independent Weekly Winners

Wine & Dine

African - The Palace International

Bagel - Bruegger's Bagels

Barbecue - The Pit

Biscuits - Rise Biscuits & Donuts

Breakfast - Elmo's Diner

Burger in Durham - Bull City Burger & Brewery

Business Lunch - Mez

Cajun - Papa Mojo's Roadhouse

Caribbean or Cuban - Old Havana Sandwich Shop

Catering - Durham Catering Company

Chef in Durham County - Matt Kelly, Mateo Bar de Tapas & Vin Rouge

Food Truck - Chirba Chirba Dumpling

French - Vin Rouge

French Fries - Five Guys

Frozen Dessert - The Parlour

Grilled Cheese - American Meltdown

Indian - Sitar Indian Cuisine

Kid's Menu at Local Restaurant - Elmo's Diner

Local Pizza - Pizzeria Toro

Mexican/Latin American in Durham County - Dos Perros

Milkshake - Cook-Out

New Restaurant in Durham County - Pompieri Pizza

Outdoor Dining in Durham County - Mellow Mushroom

Salad - Saladelia

Sunday Brunch in Durham County - Watts Grocery

Sandwich - Toast

Sushi - Tasu/Shiki Sushi

Taqueria - Nanataco

Thai - Thai Café

Wine List - Six Plates Wine Bar

Wings - Buffalo Wild Wings

Out & About
Barista - David Chapman, Bean Traders
Bartender in Durham County - Shannon Healy, Alley Twenty Six
Bloody Mary - Motorco
Cocktail - Alley Twenty Six
Draft Beer Selection - Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom
Live Theater Venue - DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center
Local Brewery - Fullsteam Brewery
Margarita - Dos Perros
Neighborhood Bar in Durham County - Fullsteam Brewery
Open Mic - The Pinhook
Place for a Blind Date in Durham County - Cocoa Cinnamon
Place to Hear Country or Bluegrass - The Blue Note Grill
Place to Hear Jazz or Blues - The Blue Note Grill
Place to Shoot Pool - The Green Room
Place to Watch Monday Night Football - Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
Place to See ACC Basketball in Durham - Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
Sports Bar - Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
Theater to See a Blockbuster Movie - AMC Southpoint 17
Theater to See an Independent Film - Carolina Theatre
Trivia Night - Bull McCabe's Irish Pub
Goods
Bakery - Guglhupf Bakery & Patisserie
Consignment Shop in Durham County - Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel
Ethnic market - Li Ming's Global Market
Jewelry Store in Durham County - Jewelsmith 
Local Bookstore - The Regulator Bookshop
Local Moving Company - TROSA Moving 
Local Store to Buy Lingerie - Frisky Business Boutique 
Local Wine Store - Wine Authorities 
Local Women's Boutique - vert & vogue
Local Yarn Store - Cozy 
New Business - Oliver's Collar
Place to Buy Dancewear - Linden's Dancewear & Frisky Business Boutique
Place to Buy Musical Instruments - High Strung 
Place to buy previously owned furniture - Habitat For Humanity ReStore 
Retail Beer Selection - Sam's Quik Shop
Salvage/re-use Business - The Scrap Exchange

 

2013 Independent Weekly Winners

Wine & Dine
African - The Palace International
Biscuits - Rise Biscuits & Donuts
Breakfast - Elmo's Diner
Burger in Durham - Bull City Burger & Brewery and Only Burger
Business Lunch - Toast
Cajun - Papa Mojo's Roadhouse
Caribbean or Cuban - Old Havana Sandwich Shop
Catering - Durham Catering Company
Chef in Durham County - Matt Kelly, Mateo Bar de Tapas & Vin Rouge
Food Truck - Only Burger
German - Guglhupf Restaurant & Cafe
Grilled Cheese - American Meltdown
Indian - Sitar Indian Cuisine
Innovative Menu - Mateo Bar de Tapas
Kid's Menu at Local Restaurant - Elmo's Diner
Local Pizza - Lilly's Pizza
Mexican/Latin American in Durham County - Dos Perros
New Restaurant in Durham County - Mateo Bar de Tapas
Outdoor Dining in Durham County - Geer Street Garden
Salad - Saladelia
Sunday Brunch in Durham County - Watts Grocery
Sushi - Tasu/Shiki Sushi
Taqueria - Chubby's Tacos
Thai - Thai Café
Wait Staff in Durham County - Elmo's Diner
Out & About
Barista - David Chapman, Bean Traders
Bartender in Durham County - Kit Mason, The Blue Note Grill and Shannon Healy, Alley Twenty Six
Draft Beer Selection - Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom
Karaoke - The Pinhook
Live Theater Venue - DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center
Local Brewery - Fullsteam Brewery
Local Coffee Shop - Cup A Joe
Margarita - Dos Perros
Museum - Museum of Life + Science
Neighborhood Bar in Durham County - Fullsteam Brewery
Open Mic - The Pinhook
Place for a Blind Date in Durham County - Fullsteam Brewery
Place to Hear Country or Bluegrass - The Blue Note Grill
Place to Hear Jazz or Blues - The Blue Note Grill
Place to Salsa Dance - Cuban Revolution Restaurant & Bar
Place to See Music Before 10 p.m. - The Blue Note Grill
Place to Shoot Pool - The Green Room
Place to See ACC Basketball in Durham - Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
Sports Bar - Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
Theater to See a Blockbuster Movie - AMC Southpoint 17
Theater to See an Independent Film - Carolina Theatre
Trivia Night - Bull McCabe's Irish Pub
Upscale Bar - Whiskey
Goods
Bakery - Guglhupf Bakery & Patisserie

Bike Shop - The Bicycle Chain

Consignment Shop in Durham County - Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel
Jewelry Store in Durham County - Jewelsmith 
Local Bookstore - The Regulator Bookshop
Local Moving Company - TROSA Moving 
Local Store to Buy Lingerie - Frisky Business Boutique 
Local Wine Store - Wine Authorities 
Local Women's Boutique - vert & vogue
Local Yarn Store - Cozy 
Men's Clothing - vert & vogue 
New Business - Cocoa Cinnamon 
Place to Buy Musical Instruments - High Strung 
Retail Beer Selection - Sam's Quik Shop
Salvage/re-use Business - The Scrap Exchange
Store to Buy Eyeglasses - Specs
 
 

2012 The Herald-Sun Winners

Dining
 BBQ - Bullock's Bar-B-Que
 Best Kept Secret - Bennett Pointe Grill
 Best Breakfast/Brunch - Brig's at the Park
 Chinese Restaurant - Neo-China Restaurant
 Greek Restaurant - Spartacus Restaurant
 Ice Cream - Goodberry's Creamery
 Indian Cuisine - Sitar India Cuisine

 Italian Restaurant - Pop's

 Mexican Restaurant - El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant
 Mom & Pop - Bennett Pointe Grill
 Nightlife
 Afterwork Scene - Charlie's Neighborhood Bar & Grille
 Best Beer Selection - Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom
 Live Entertainment - DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center
 Outdoor Venue - Durham Bulls Athletic Park
 Sports Bar - Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
 Shopping
 Boutique - Bano Italian Boutique
 Gift Shop - Morgan Imports, LTD
 Jewelry - Ross & Co. Jewelers
 Things to See & Do
 Day Spa - Blue Diamond Spa
 Golf Course - Lake Winds Golf Course
 

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Photo Credits: Chirba Chirba Dumpling & Fullsteam Brewery - Jessie Gladin-Kramer/DCVB

March 6 - August 3, 2014

"Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection" Art Exhibit

Since the turn of the 20th century, artists have appropriated imagery from well-known works of art, commodities and the media in order to make a statement about art’s relationship to, and place within, our world. The artists included in this installation use appropriation in their own way and for their own purposes, addressing themes of identity, politics, economics, history and nostalgia. Central to all of these works are questions of originality and the processes that go into making art. This installation includes works from the Nasher Museum’s collection by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Alice Wagner, Vik Muniz, Alexander Kosolapov and others. Admission $5, $4 seniors, $3 non-Duke students with student ID.

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