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The Boot

Posted by DID 22 Jan 2015 9 Comments

In all honesty, we are some of those annoying Durhamites who rarely venture outside of the downtown loop when looking for dinner. We have admittedly complained about driving that extra five minutes down Vickers to reach University and the mini hub that is Thai Cafe, Nana’s, Nana Taco and the Q-Shack. But when restaurant owner/chef Andy McGowan (of Geer St. Garden)¬†opened The Boot in the original Local Yogurt spot, we ventured down University to check it out.

A large open space with long communal tables and a handful of booths, the Boot is unrecognizable from it’s former occupant. This location, as many of the other restaurants in this part of town, is ideal for families with young kids. It has a pretty family friendly menu and the long bar is hidden in the back half of the restaurant.

Our first visit, we stopped in for a quick lunch and were really impressed by the sandwiches. We had the chicken parm and the somewhat out of place pastrami. Both were great, large portions and satisfyingly indulgent. The chicken was pounded thin, fried crisp and covered in cheese and tomato sauce. The ciabatta roll did an excellent job of holding up under such weighty ingredients. The pastrami was house made, piled high and one of the best we’ve sampled in Durham.



On a recent night, we stopped back in for a quick dinner. We opted for the spaghetti and meatballs and the ravioli. The¬†spaghetti was a pretty classic take, plentiful spicy meatballs with a house made marinara. The ravioli needed some work – a little too al dente and swimming in an overly greasy sauce. This is the only misstep we’ve had at The Boot.

We have high hopes for the Boot and are guessing the menu will continue to be refined and perfected.

The Boot
2501 University Dr.
Durham, NC


  • BurgerFan said:

    How were the fries you got with that sandwich?

    I like the Boot okay but it’s not nearly as good as Pop’s was.


    Div replies on January 23rd, 2015 at 1:27 pm:

    The fries are GREAT. Crispy and tossed with herbs.


    DID replies on January 26th, 2015 at 3:28 pm:

    awesome -sea salt and rosemary


  • EnoMary said:

    I like The Boot, but only for lunch – WAY too noisy for dinner. I liked the eggplant parmagiana sandwich – I had it fries. I also liked the arancini. I certainly will go again, but never at dinner


  • Brian Poe said:

    Brian Poe…

    The Boot | Carpe Durham…

  • Jim Wulforst said:

    Another home run for Andy McGowan ! Finally a great place for something as simple as spaghetti and meatballs! Family friendly for sure. My only wish he was closer to me in Chapel Hill so I could dine there a few times a week! Way to go Andy!


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