Restaurant Finder

You’re new to Durham or new to Durham’s thriving Restaurant scene. It is date night, late night, lunch or time to eat out night and you can’t decide where to go. Here is THE short-cut list, based on Durham Cool restaurant reviewer experience that will help you avoid the trial/error the celebrants went through to bring you this list. Feedback is welcome. Share your favorites in the contact form below this article!


Best Empanadas:  Makus

Best Black Bean Soup: Ninth Street Bakery

Best New Italian cuisine: The Boot (Vegetarian and Vegan Options)

Best Kombucha on tap: Ninth Street Bakery

Best beetroot lassi:  Viceroy

Best Tacos: Nana’s Tacos

Best Gourmet Authentic Mexican taco: Tonali Restaurant

Best Vegetarian Burrito:  Nanas Tacos

Best Venezuelan Arrepa:  Guasaca

Best Pho:  Bowl of Pho

Best Falafel: hands down due to proprietary red pepper sauce: MediTerra

Best Smoothie : Happy and Hale:

Best Salads for lunch: Happy and Hale

Best Avocado Toast: Bullstreet Gourmet

Best Cuban Sandwich:  Old Havana Sandwich Shop

Best New Mexican Green Chili cheeseburger: Bull City Burger and Brewery

Best Burgers: Bull City Burger and Brewery

Best Ramen Noodle House: Dashi Ramen House

Best Donut: Monuts Donuts

Best pancake: Elmo’s Diner

Best breakfast and pie crust: Scratch Bakery

Best pastry,danish: Guglhupft

Best Mango Lassi: Sitar India Cuisine

Best old school Pizza: Bocci Italian

Best Gourmet Pizza:   Pizzerria Torro 

Best Mediterranean: International Delights

Best Indian: Suman’s Indian Cuisine

Best Thai Food: Bangok 54

Best Coconut Cake: Thai Cafe

Best Gourmet on a budget: the Federal

Best fish and Chips: James Joyce

Best Udon Noodle Salad: Motorco

The Best Panini: Dulce Cafe

Best Black Bean Burger: King’s Sandwich Shop

Best Fire Roasted Chicken: Alpaca Chicken

Best barbeque (so many excellent choices): Hog Heaven

Best sandwich: Toast

Best Kale Salad: Pizzerria Torro

Best Seafood for date night: Blu Seafood

Best Asian Fusion: Lantern Restaurant

Best Tapas: Mateo


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Blu Seafood

Bull City Burger and Brewery

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Dain’s Place

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles

Dashi Ramen

Foster’s Market

Geer Street Garden

Goccilla Restaurant


Hog Heaven Barbecue

International Delights

Johnson Family Barbeque

King’s Sandwich Shop


Mama Nora’s

Mesa Latin Kitchen

Monuts Donuts



Pale and Porter

Pizzeria Torro

Pompieri Pizza

Pop’s Backdoor

Rise biscuits and donuts

Scratch Bakery and Restaurant

Sitar Indian Cuisine

Six Plates Wine Bar

Suman’s Catering


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