David “Flip” Filippini, owner of the KoKyu BBQ food truck, opened the new Kokyu Na’Mean off NC Highway 55 after the first brick and mortar near Research Triangle Park. Kokyu BBQ became a quick favorite since taking to the streets in 2010 to serve mouthwatering global street food (we're talking short rib quesadillas and duck fat tots, here, folks). His diverse offerings have yielded an expansion of his mobile fleet, too, meaning the addition of a second truck, called KoKyu Ondo, to produce new offerings like a Cheerwine & swine slider, featuring seared pork belly, Cackalacky Cheerwine sauce and Korean pear slaw.
It's been less than six months since Sidney's second True Flavors location opened in Lakewood — the first (his baby, he says) is still going strong on NC Highway 55. Weeks ago, he celebrated his his third opening; a smaller shop serving delectable biscuits and hand-made jams named Debbie Lou's for his late mother (and now, his daughter). "My daughter was born on the same day my mother passed away," he said. "I gave my daughter my mother's name ... I wanted Debbie Lou to be the story of being reborn."
Right across from City Hall is a little gem, tucked away and filled with delightful, delectable treasures: @conviviowine. They've recently begun serving a full menu at their distinctive wine bar and restaurant.
The Cloche Coffee motto: coffee. plants. pastry... (then REPEAT. REPEAT. REPEAT.) One of the latest coffee shops to arrive in the Ninth Street district across from East Campus, this tranquil space is the perfect place to work, catch up with friends, or recharge. They serve organic, ethically sourced and fair trade coffee from Larry’s Coffee.
The beautiful interplay of bright yellow and green hues in this restaurant are just the tip of the iceberg; wait 'till you taste the food at @limeandlemongrill. This new addition to Ninth Street's already bustling foodie strip is a welcome combination of spice and everything nice.
The Fayetteville foodie corridor is home to tons of Durham staples, some of which have been around for decades. New to the historic Hayti community is Webson's Bar and Grill, which has shrimp, grits and so much more to explore.
You can see the pizza through a dozen floor to ceiling windows, y'all. Just kitty corner from local favorite East Durham Bake Shop is Sofia's Pizza, with pies named after their part of town, and cheese adornments like collards and pine nuts.
The latest in Mike Lee’s restaurant line took shape last summer. M Pocha is a Korean izakaya and bar that serves a creative variety of Korean-inspired tapas like DIY spicy pork belly steamed buns, bacon gyoza, Korean style BBQ meat plate, and Malaysian fried rice and shrimp. You’ll find it centrally located in Five Points where the former Cupcake Bar used to be.
Nolia opened this summer, and is all about family. This family-run coffee shop near Golden Belt is committed to blending great coffee and creating a kid-friendly space … while offering a relaxing and enjoyable spot for their caregivers.
Spanglish is another great food truck turned brick and mortar. We’re glad they’ve established their second location here in Durham at 104 City Hall Plaza (where the former Bagel Bar used to be). Their delicious Puerto Rican menu includes empanadas, mofongo, and crazy good Cuban sandwiches.
The Northern Spy is a bottle shop, bar, and restaurant that revived the former Black Twig Cider House on Erwin Road. The new space holds a connection to its roots; former Black Twig owner, Mattie Beason, now works as a sales representative for Stem Ciders, which now owns The Northern Spy. As you can imagine, there is a strong cider presence on the drink list, including creative cider cocktails, cider floats, and plenty of varieties to take home. The kitchen is also churning out fantastic bar bites that strive to utilize as many high quality, local ingredients as possible (meat from Firsthand Foods, for instance).
Husband and wife team Toriano and Serena Fredericks have been melding their Puerto Rican and African American heritage into delightful bites for locals everywhere at Boricua Soul, and moved to a permanent space at the American Tobacco Campus this summer.
Gusto Farm to Street proudly proclaims that they were 'born on a farm', endeavoring to "accelerate the world's transition to healthier calories." Their new location brings farm fresh eats to Research Triangle Park.
A short walk across CCB plaza will bring you right to the door of the newly open and breathtakingly beautiful Jeddah's Tea, where you can sip both hot and iced beverages sweetened with handcrafted simple syrups and decadent honey. The sweet treats are locally created too and are delightful accompaniments to each perfectly steeped cup.
Also along thebustling area of W. Geer Street is a new neighborhood bottle shop, bar, and intimate event space. LouElla offers curated wine, craft beer, and fortified selections from family operated producers. The owner and proprietor, Cam Davis, has been a part of the Durham restaurant scene for over 20 years and kept a majority of the building’s original charm intact, including the use of reclaimed wood for the counters and shelves.
The highly anticipated Kingfisher, which focuses on farm-to-cocktail concoctions, opened their delicately designed basement bar at 321 E. Chapel Hill St. in the summer. The husband and wife team behind Kingfisher are as intentional about what they serve — seasonal drinks and locally sourced bar bites — as what they serve it in. You will find handmade cups, accents, and art all around you.
Speaking of bars, a new drinking and D.I.Y-ing concept rolled out in North Durham called Crafts & Drafts — a fun, casual bar where you can purchase a project to work on solo or with friends any day you like.
National purveyor of scratch-made Mexican food, Uncle Julio's has opened another spot (this time on Renaissance Parkway), and brought its trademark table-side guacamole preparation and dark chocolate pinatas along for the ride.
This sibling, veteran owned juice and smoothie bar offers 100% organic, non-GMO, gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar free treats on the ground level of One City Center downtown. Find your raw juices and superfood shots at Juicekeys.
When your appetite is satiated, feel free to visit any number of partners offering delightful experiences: Gibson Girl Vintage, Boxcar Bar & Arcade, 5 Points Gallery, Triangle Rock Club, NorthStar Church of the Arts, Rumors Boutique, Salon de Miami, Cecy's Gallery & Studios, Gavin Christianson Bridal, and yoga off east, which also opened their doors in the last year.
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