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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

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
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 The Herald-Sun Winners

 BBQ - Bullock's Bar-B-Que
 Best Kept Secret - Monuts Donuts
 Breakfast/Brunch - Brig's at the Park
 Butcher - King's Red & White
 Chinese - Neo-China Restaurant
 Greek - Spartacus Restaurant
 Indian Cuisine - Sitar India Cuisine

 Italian - Pomodoro Italian Kitchen

 Japanese - Kurama Japanese Seafood & Steak House - Sushi Bar
 Mexican - Dos Perros
 Mom & Pop - Bennett Pointe Grill
 Pizza - Italian Pizzeria
 Seafood - Mayflower XVI
 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
 Boutique - Bano Italian Boutique
 Collectibles - Lamps Ltd
 Consignment/Furniture - Classic Treasures
 Gift Shop - Upchurch Gift Shop
 Jewelry - Ross & Co. Jewelers
 Thrift Store - Habitat Restore
 Things to See & Do
 Day Spa - Sheer Bliss Salon
 Golf Course - Hillandale Golf Course

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

October 1 - 1, 2014

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