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Local 22

Posted by DID 24 Nov 2013 3 Comments

A mere week after Vita shut its doors, George Bakatsias opened Local 22 in the same spot. This time Bakatsias is looking to tap into the Southern cuisine done gastro pub style trend  (hushpuppies of the day, pimento cheese, BBQ “pops,” sriracha dipping sauce). The bar is offering up a pretty diverse selection of NC brews on tap (Starpoint, Fullsteam, Mother Earth, Highland), fancy cocktails and Durham-made sodas from Brood.

Open just over a month now, Local 22 was bustling on a Saturday night. Though we nabbed a spot at the bar, if you have a bigger group it might be a good idea to make a reservation.

Despite a really similar decor and the same lay-out/bar as Vita, Local 22 manages to feel warmer and cozier than Vita ever did. They’ve added some wood details, new lights, chalkboards, etc. and it works. The Local 22 menu is made up of small plates, sandwiches, flatbreads and a few larger entrees. The menu does throw around the words “farm” and “local”, but doesn’t really give many specifics.

I’ve heard mixed reviews of Local 22, but everything we had was excellent. Just looking for a light dinner, we ordered the meat/cheese board, wings and a large salad. The cheese/meat board is a deal. You select one/$7, three/$15 or five/$21 selections from Local 22′s board list. We chose Johnston County Prosciutto, local sausages and the local cheeses. The board comes with grilled and toasted bread, house pickles, seasonal relishes and a deviled egg. The bartender was vague about the type of cheeses on our board – he thought one was a farm cheese from Goat Lady, the other two – a hard cheddar and a brie he couldn’t identify. The excellent deviled egg was a mustardy take on the classic Southern picnic staple.

We also tried the grilled wings with jalapeno dipping sauce. Despite being on the puny side, they packed a lot of flavor (thanks to a cumin/lime/garlic rub) and a nice slow-build heat.


We also ordered the blue cheese salad (iceberg, bacon, chives, chervil). A giant bowl of goodness, this is an update of the steakhouse standard wedge salad.  The chopped iceberg was lightly dressed and tossed with small hunks of thick-cut bacon and blue cheese, which were balanced nicely with the parsley-like chervil and chives (apologies for the horrid picture).

Local 22 is open every day from 11 am to 2 am (kitchen until midnight), making it a great spot for late night eats.

Local 22
2200 W. Main St.
Durham, NC 27705


  • Tooth said:

    The things you ordered for dinner are impossible to screw up and I’m glad that Local 22 didn’t drop the ball when you were there. However, when I was there recently for brunch they screwed up equally simple things such as eggs benedict, shrimp and grits, and a friggin’ simple omelet. To top it off the “hand cut french fries” were raw and limp. I have no problem paying premium prices for premium food, but this place only has premium prices and low-to-mid quality diner food. Nothing to see here.


  • Nikki said:

    Couldn’t name the cheeses? A big red flag in my book.


  • Himalaya said:

    My wife and I checked out Local 22 the other night and were disappointed. It’s not bad; it’s just nothing special. She started out with a cup of tomato soup that tasted like it was from a can. I had a goat cheese salad that was OK at best. Our entrees were a steak and a “puff chicken” version of chicken pot pie. Again, both were OK but hardly worth the price. Basically, we felt like the whole experience was a step (but only one step) above a good cafeteria. Our server was nice but he won’t be seeing us there again.


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