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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 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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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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Cosmic Cantina

Serving "The best Mexican food on the planet," according to the sign on the wall, Cosmic is a crowd favorite for its inexpensive menu, late-night hours, and hidden second-floor location.

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Dain's Place

Dain's Place is a bar and restaurant located on Ninth St., near Duke University. It was named one of the country's 25 best college campus bars by Complex magazine, and Adam Richman, of the Travel …

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Dame's Chicken & Waffles (Closed until further notice for relocation)

Chicken and waffles is a classic Southern comfort food, and Dame's does it with "perfectly fried chicken" (according to Oxford American) and "tender fluffy waffles" (according to Southern Living). …

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Dashi

Dashi is a traditional Japanese ramen shop and izakaya (Japanese pub) in Downtown Durham. Centering on exquisite ramen noodle bowls, the menu also features innovative small plates and a unique sake …

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Elmo's Diner

Elmo's is a locally owned and operated diner that consistently wins awards for best wait staff, best breakfast, most kid-friendly restaurant, and best comfort food. They serve breakfast all day, as …

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Fairview Dining Room

The Fairview Dining Room is a restaurant located on Duke University's campus at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. Executive chef Jason Cunningham uses locally grown foods to create seasonally …

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Food Court at Li Ming's Global Mart

LiMing's Global Mart is a large (49,000 sq. ft. large) grocery store stocked with products from Asia and other nations that aren't found in most grocery stores. It also houses a food court with a …

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Foster's Market

According to Country Home, "owner of the beloved Foster's Market Sara Foster has built a reputation with her special brand of homey, delicious food." That brand found its origins when Foster honed …

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Geer Street Garden

When the Boston Globe visited Geer Street Garden, they said, "Owner Andy Magowan transformed a dilapidated brick building and onetime gas station into a hopping dining and drinking spot. Favorites …

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