In 2013, Southern Living Magazine announced that Durham, over competitors like New Orleans and Charleston, had earned the title "Tastiest Town in the South," a distinction driven by the votes of thousands of dedicated fans. From fine dining to innovative food trucks to ethnic establishments, over fifty of Durham's more than seven hundred restaurants receive attention and praise from national media.
The Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau compiled local "Best of" lists from Durham's daily newspaper, The Herald-Sun, and the weekly newspaper, Indy Week, to put together a list of local restaurant favorites.
Best African Cuisine: The Palace International
Best Bakery: Guglhupf Artisan Bakery
Featured in The Daily Meal and The New York Times for its local, seasonal, and German cuisine.
Best Barista: Bean Traders
Best BBQ: The Original Q-Shack or The Pit Authentic BBQ
Best Beer & Draft Selection: Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom and The SpeakEasy
"Tyler's Taproom is a must," raved Metro News Canada. Tyler's serves traditional pub fare like burgers and sandwiches and offer sixty craft and specialty beers on tap.
Best Biscuits: Rise Biscuits and Donuts
Tasting Table called the doughnuts a "worthy indulgence," and Food & Wine named Rise's biscuits among the "Best Biscuits in the US."
Best Burger: Bull City Burger and Brewery
Southern Living knows that "Bull City takes its locally sourced agenda seriously." Almost everything is locally grown and made in house.
Best Business Lunch: Mez Contemporary Mexican
Best Caribbean or Cuban: Old Havana Sandwich Shop
Best Catering: Durham Catering Company
Best Chinese: Neo-China Restaurant
Best Food Truck: Chirba Chirba Dumpling
In Mandarin Chinese, Chirba Chirba means "eat eat!" This truck was the subject of the television show, My Family Recipe, and customers love to chow down on the dumplings, bun, and dim sum they offer.
Best French: Vin Rouge
A French bistro with provincial cooking and an extensive wine selection with Wine Spector's Award of Excellence as well as a nod in The Wall Street Journal.
Best Fries: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Best Frozen Dessert: The Parlour
Best Greek: Spartacus Restaurant
Best Grilled Cheese: American Meltdown
Cosmopolitan dubbed it, "a meal [they'll] drool over" and Food Republic said, "Whoever believes that there is no such thing as a gourmet grilled cheese needs to take a trip to American Meltdown." Melted cheese sandwiches are served on fresh, locally baked breads.
Best Indian Cuisine: Sitar Indian Cuisine
Best Italian: Pop's Backdoor Pizza and Calzones South
Best Karaoke/Open Mic: The Pinhook
Best Kept Secret: Monuts Donuts
According to The New York Times, Monuts Donuts makes "sublime" hand-crafted, seasonally and locally inspired donuts.
Best Known: Nana's
Nana's serves Southern regional cuisine with Italian and French influences. Winner of an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.
Best Local Brewery and Neighborhood Bar: Fullsteam Brewery
Best Mexican/Latin American: Dos Perros
Best Mom and Pop: Bennett Point Grill and Bar
Best New Restaurant: Pompieri Pizza
Best Outdoor Dining: Mellow Mushroom
Best Pizza: Pizzeria Toro
Tasting Table loved the thin crust pizza made in a wood-fired oven in an open kitchen.
Best Place to Hear Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, or Blues: The Blue Note Grill
Best Salad: Saladelia Cafe
Best Sandwich: Toast at Five Points
Italian sandwich shop featuring, "prompt, friendly service" (The New York Times) and "inventive crostini" (Food and Wine).
Best Place to Salsa Dance: Cuban Revolution Restaurant and Bar
Best Seafood: Saltbox Seafood Joint
With daily-caught fish that "bristles with freshness," Saveur Magazine raved that it "fulfills our wildest fantasies of what a takeout fish shack can be."
Best Sports Bar: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
Best Sushi: Shiki Sushi Asian Bistro
Best Thai: Thai Cafe
Best Trivia Night: Bull McCabe's Irish Pub
Best Wine: Six Plates Wine Bar
Best Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings
Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is proud to be part of the Durham, North Carolina community. The wonderful people of Durham voted these as some of the best local restaurants around. Remember, Morehead Manor guests enjoy a delicious full gourmet breakfast each morning.
There is so much to see and do as well as explore and taste! From art to theater, sports to shopping, and gardens to historic tours. Fortunately, Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast is open all year round. Monica and Edward enjoy extending their friendly Southern hospitality to each one of their guests. Visitors are always welcome at Morehead Manor.
Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging
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