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Top-Rated Restaurants

Durham has been a culinary destination for years -- long before the national media arrived.

Since then, Durham's been hailed the Tastiest Town in the South by Southern Living magazine and America's Foodiest Small Town by Bon Appétit, among other titles. Many Durham chefs and restaurateurs, including Matthew Kelly of Mateo and Vin Rouge, and Phoebe Lawless of Scratch, have been nominated for major awards, including the James Beard Award.

National praise has just confirmed what locals have known all along: Durham is brimming with innovative restaurants, skilled chefs, and unique flavors. What are you waiting for? Discover Durham's culinary treasures for yourself.

The following categories include all of the restaurants that have received national or regional media coverage, which are designated as Top-Rated Restaurants.

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Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken

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 …

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American Meltdown

"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 …

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Backyard BBQ Pit

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 …

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Bar Virgile

Handmade snacks and artfully crafted beverages. Bar Virgile is a food and beverage partnership between husband and wife team Aubrey Zinaich-Howell and Scott Howell and their great friend Daniel …

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Blu Seafood and Bar

"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. …

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The Blue Note Grill

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 …

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Bull City Burger and Brewery

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 …

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Bullock's Bar-B-Que

"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. …

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Chez Moi

A specialty bakery dessert truck, which offers a variety of made-from-scratch desserts. Chez Moi serves customers locally from the dessert truck and offers direct shipping throughout the U.S. Cakes …

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Chirba Chirba Dumpling

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 …

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