Best Restaurants in Durham

By Catelin Brown

best restaurants in durhamWant the best restaurants in Durham?! Awarded the title of “America’s Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appétit Magazine, Durham, North Carolina offers high-quality food across a wide variety of different cuisines. Below we give you our top picks so you can hit the right spots on your next foodie adventure in Durham!


Juju Durham

Asian Fusion, Tapas
737 Ninth Street | Suite 210 | Durham

Juju Durham is the (younger) sister restaurant of Chapel Hill’s acclaimed Jujube. Juju Durham is perfect for trying multiple fusion dishes ranging from small bites to larger plates. This tapas trend has become highly popular in Durham and is the best bang for your buck when you are out with a group, on a romantic date or dining alone and just cannot decide on what you want! And what’s more, all of the food served is locally sourced.

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Our favorite dishes: The BBQ pork dumplings (pictured to the right), and the pork belly Bulgogi and Juju Bolognese made with hoisin-marinated pork, rice noodles, carrots and scallions (pictured below).

best restaurants in durham




New American
2514 University Drive | Durham

Do you have a special occasion coming up or are you just looking for an elegant evening with delicious fare? Nana’s will be your first and best option! The menu changes often to make sure you get a new culinary experience if you come back. Nana’s also has two sister restaurants in Durham, Nana’s Tacos and the newer Nana’s Steak if you want to continue with this hometown favorite on another visit!

Our favorite dish: Since the menu changes regularly, I would suggest any of their steak or risotto dishes, making it on of the best restaurants in Durham.

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Bull City Burger and Brewery

Burgers, Brewery
107 East Parrish Street | Durham

If you are looking for a burger joint that participates in the “farm to fork” movement, keeps the environment healthy using recycled materials and incorporates green technology then Bull City is the place for you. You have the option to build your own burger or hot dog, try one of their specials, eat fries three ways and end your meal with the ice cream of the day which is also made in-house. This is every weekenders dream: burgers and brews all made in the same place!

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Our favorite dishes: The Deep Fried Pickle chips, Make Your Own Burger (I chose Gruyère cheese, mushrooms and caramelized onions) and the Blueberry Cobbler ice cream

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2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. | Durham

Guglhupf is the place where dreams are made! Okay, that might be stretching it but when it comes to their bakery, it’s darn near close. From cream puffs to tarts to breads to wedding cakes, they can accomplish even the loftiest of your baking needs. If you’re looking for something more substantial, enter on the other side of the building for the cafe and restaurant side for lunch or dinner. If you are looking for pastries, there is no other place in the Triangle you should be stopping first!

Our favorites: Lemon bars (top row), fruit tarts (bottom) and a Bretzel – pretzel bread with ham and cheese!

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Tapas Bar
109 West Chapel Hill Street | Durham

This is my favorite place in Durham! Mateo hosts Spanish tapas with hearty, rich flavors mixed with ingredients and favorite dishes of the south. With a cool “European meets Steampunk” environment, this is definitely a place not to miss if you are looking for a night out of delicious food, a modern environment and a tasty nightcap, making it on of the best restaurants in Durham!

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Our favorites: There are so many to list but to narrow it down: Chicken Croquettas, Flor Astilla (with Ron Rico Silver Rum, Cesar Orido No, St. Germain, Orange bitters), and Chocolate Mousse and Homemade Churros.

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