Restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Durham

Mateo

A poster child for Durham’s remarkable comeback, this James Beard–nominated ‘bar de tapas’ is downtown’s culinary anchor. Many dishes come with a Southern bent, and particular revelations include the pan com tomate …
Top Choice Chicken in Durham

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

While they can’t claim to have invented chicken and waffles – it’s been a ‘thing’ for a couple of centuries – Dame’s has raised the ultimate comfort food to a fine art. Their relocation to these larger premises shou…
Japanese in Durham

Dashi

The downstairs half of this cool, friendly, split-level Japanese joint serves sizable bowls of ramen noodles in various broths, with added ingredients such as pulled pork or catfish. Upstairs, and open in the evenin…
Bakery in Durham

Guglhupf Bakery & Cafe

We like this superior German-style bakery and cafe for lunch, when skirt-steak sandwiches with blue cheese, homemade bratwurst on sub rolls and vegan mushroom salads bring an upbeat crowd to the sunny patio. Add a G…
Sandwiches in Durham

Toast

Families, couples, solos and the downtown lunch crowd – everybody loves this tiny Italian sandwich shop. Order your panini (hot and grilled), tramezzini (cold) or crostini (bundle of joy) at the counter, then grab a…