With a combined residence of over 50 years in this vibrant city, Everett Stevenson and I are thrilled to share some insider knowledge about the best dining spots in Durham, North Carolina. So, let's dive into the diverse culinary scene Durham has to offer. If you’re just visiting for the weekend, make sure to visit at least one of these spots. You will not be disappointed!
Breakfast and Brunch Delights
Starting the day right in Durham calls for a visit to Guglhupf. This German-inspired bakery and restaurant offer a delightful twist to traditional brunch. Indulge in their mouthwatering breakfast options, and don't forget to explore their bakery. With locations scattered across the Triangle area, Guglhupf is a must-visit for a delicious start to your day.
For a satisfying lunch experience, head over to Foster's Off 15-501. Situated in a choice location, this spot is perfect for an afternoon meal. Try their signature BLT Chicken Caesar wrap – a filling delight. The shabby-chic atmosphere and ample outdoor seating make Foster's an ideal lunchtime escape.
Downtown Durham hosts an authentic Cuban restaurant on Main Street, Copa. Run by a charming family with roots in Cuba, Copa offers a unique blend of cultural experiences and delectable cuisine. The Havana sandwich is a standout, and the backstory of the owners adds an extra layer of charm to your dining experience.
If you're craving a fusion of British and Indian flavors, Viceroy in downtown Durham is the place to be. This restaurant not only serves incredible Indian dishes but also boasts a creative array of craft cocktails. Enjoy a unique dining experience that blends the best of both worlds.
For an Italian culinary adventure, explore Maggiano's at South Point Mall. This chain offers a delightful traditional menu. Another standout option is Mother and Sons, known for its exceptional fine dining and Italian cuisine in downtown Durham.
If you're up for a more unique experience, venture Gocciolina, off the beaten path on Guess Road - for a top-rated Italian spot – a true gem in Durham.
Satisfy your sushi cravings at Rock and Roll Sushi, a hidden gem that offers a conveyor belt of deliciousness. The unique experience of grabbing your favorite fresh sushi as it passes by is unparalleled. Despite the potential long lines on weekends, the food is well worth the wait, making it a favorite among locals.
Cap off your culinary journey with delectable desserts. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams on Main Street in the Brightleaf District offers fantastic ice cream flavors. For a picturesque experience, head to Maple View Farm in Hillsborough, where you can enjoy incredible ice cream while soaking in views of farmland.
Pubs with Personality
When it's time for a laid-back pub experience, West 94th Street Pub in Woodcroft Shopping Center stands out for its shockingly good food, particularly the fish and chips. Another notable spot is Bull McCabe in downtown Durham, offering great outdoor areas and delicious pub fare.
If you find yourself hungry at 2 in the morning, satisfy those cravings at Cookout. Known for its affordable yet delicious offerings, Cookout is the go-to spot for a late-night feast. From burgers to cheesecake milkshakes, everything is under $10, making it a popular choice among locals. Although it is a southeastern US chain we still consider it a local staple.
Durham is undoubtedly a food lover's paradise, with an array of dining options catering to every palate. While these are some of our top picks, Durham has countless other culinary treasures waiting to be discovered. Stay tuned for more restaurant recommendations. Now, if you'll excuse us, it's time to satisfy our own cravings. Let's go!