Enjoy barbecue, fried chicken, and other Southern staples at these top-rated Durham restaurants. The list includes old-school joints as well as the next generation of Southern food hot spots.
Backyard BBQ serves pit-cooked pork that's smoked over hickory, along with Southern sides like collards and Brunswick stew.
Bullock's is the longest continuously operating restaurant in Durham, having been in business since the 1952. The restaurant serves Eastern-style barbecue.
Dig into chicken and waffles at Dame's, where your plate comes with a signature butter schmear.
Geer Street Garden serves eclectic Southern fare in a casual setting with ample outdoor seating.
Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q serves Carolina-style barbecue, fried chicken, and seafood.
The Original Q-Shack serves Texas-style barbecue in the Rockwood neighborhood, specializing ribs and brisket.
Picnic specializes in whole hog barbecue, with pork sourced from the restaurant's partner farm in Durham.
Enjoy Carolina-style barbecue in the Central Park district. For large groups, you can share family-style portions of chopped pork, okra, and other sides.
Saltbox Seafood Joint serves sustainably caught seafood from a counter-service shack near downtown. Check Saltbox's Facebook page to see daily specials.
Watts Grocery serves locally inspired fare for brunch, lunch, and dinner in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood.