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Parts & Labor

Posted by DID 7 Jan 2014 3 Comments

Sure, sure I know many of you are holding up the lighter in honor of the empty parking spot that once housed the beloved KoKyu truck, but the KoKyu truck can be found across the street still on Thursday and Friday nights and they are working on their brick and mortar. Don’t let that loss prevent you from checking out Motorco’s venture into food, Parts & Labor.

Parts & Labor is offering affordable, street-eat inspired grub in a bar setting. It’s basically like eating at a food truck, but you hang at a bar instead of standing out in the cold while waiting for your order. All of the menu falls below the $10 mark and there is enough variety to please most everyone (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, meat-heavy, dairy-free, fried). There are a few hits and misses, but most everything we’ve tried has been excellent. The food is served in disposable, hand-stamped, cardboard take-out containers on small metal trays.

I’m a big fan of the samosa, fried dough filled with a hearty mix of peas and potatoes, topped with a really great tomato chutney. The soba noodle dish ($6) and the bratwurst ($7) offer the most bang for your buck. The soba dish is a large serving of noodles and vegetables tossed in a sesame oil vinaigrette and topped with small hunks of fried tofu and the large brat is a classic Bavarian served with spicy mustard on a Gugluphf pretzel roll. The mussels and fries will look familiar to anyone who’s a fan of the mussels at Milltown or the fries at the Federal. I didn’t dig Parts & Labor’s take on falafel (not enough parsley) or the latkes (not worth the $5 for me), but other folks dig them. The wings are meaty, offered in a bbq sauce (motor oil) or a classic buffalo style and at only $5, make for a great late night snack.

Parts & Labor still seems to be regularly refining the menu and offering specials. On New Year’s day, we had an awesome pork chop, black eyed peas, collards special for just $10. 

The garage bar at Motorco with the Parts & Labor food has become our go-to spot when we need a fast, affordable dinner in Durham with a big group. You can walk in with 10 or 12 folks on a Thursday night at 7pm, order food at the bar, enjoy a beer and avoid the annoyance of splitting the check.
Parts & Labor is open everyday of the week, serving food from five until midnight and from noon until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays.

Parts & Labor

723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC 27701


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