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Posted by DID on 23 Jun 2015 [5 Comments]
Epachamo

My grandfather worked for Celenese in the seventies and his job took him (and the rest of the family including my dad) from Charlotte to Venezuela. My dad came back to the states for college and the grandparents stayed in South America for over a decade. When they returned to North Carolina, they brought back with them a giant stone water filter and family arepas nights.

My grandmother would break out the bag of masa, hand form the patties and drop them one by one …

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Posted by DID on 29 Apr 2015 [5 Comments]
The Glass Jug

There used to be just one beer game in town and that was (and some would argue still is) Sam’s. But for those who live on the other side of town, the Glass Jug is a respectable alternative. With a friendly vibe, solid selection and true bar setting – The Glass Jug would be a regular haunt for us if we lived in this part of Durham.

Not only do they have impressive selection of bottles and cans, The Glass Jug has a dozen or …

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Posted by DID on 27 Apr 2015 [3 Comments]
True Flavors Diner & Catering

Hidden in the same strip mall that used to house Papa Mojo’s is True Flavors Diner & Catering. As the name implies one half is a catering business and the other is a modern-take on the classic diner. There’s a counter and a handful of tables with a herb garden and long display of glass-covered confections. It’s a small place that’s ideal for parties of two or four. True Flavors has a charming decor that lets you easily forget you’re in a strip mall across from an …

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Posted by DID on 26 Mar 2015 [5 Comments]
Dashi

We know, we know –  you’ve probably already been and formed a strong opinion for or against. It seems Dashi was all that the foodie community talked about for weeks after its opening this past winter. The lines wrapped around the block, the instagram shots flowed freely and suddenly everyone in Durham was hankering for ramen. Dashi seems to inspire strong feelings, either complete and utter devotion or a quick dismissal based on the prices. We’ve managed to check both the upstairs tapas bar and the downstairs ramen shop.

First up, this …

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Posted by DID on 3 Mar 2015 [No Comments]
Basan

Somewhat quietly amid the openings of Dashi and Gonzo’s, a new sushi/Japanese joint opened up in American Tobacco. Located in between Moe’s and Tobacco Road, Basan has been discovered yet by the masses. You can still easily stroll in on a Friday or Saturday and grab a table without waiting, a rarity in Durham.

Basan is also offering another rarity in downtown Durham, quality sushi. We’ve tried Basan a couple of times and have been impressed with the quality and cut of the fish they’re serving. We’ve learned …

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Posted by DID on 24 Feb 2015 [2 Comments]
Gonza Tacos y Tequila

A whole plantain split open and stuffed with steak is pretty much all you need to know about the new Gonza Tacos y Tequila in Durham.

Located in the old 605 West Morgan spot in West Village, this is the third Gonza Tacos y Tequila in the Triangle (the other two are in Raleigh and Wake Forest). The decor is still the large open, exposed brick of 605 West Morgan, it’s just been updated and enlivened with day of the dead accessories and dozens of paper …

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Posted by DID on 12 Feb 2015 [One Comment]
Juju Asian Tapas and Bar

So it turns out Durham was longing for Asian tapas. Since it opened a few months ago, JuJu has pretty much been reservations required every night of the week. Don’t make the mistake of trying to stroll in for a table on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. The bar seems to calm down around 8:30 pm. Before it opened, there were plans for a dim sum cart and cocktail cart, but I’m guessing with the crowds the carts have been put on hold. Also because of the crowds and the …

 

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