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[23 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Need an outlet for all that holiday spirit? Concerned about the health of the environment? Consider donating to the following Kickstarter campaign for GreenToGo.

The reuse/recycling advocacy group  Don’t Waste Durham is starting a reusable takeout container program called GreenToGo. The program will reduce the waste from single-use takeout containers. The group has already persuaded many local restaurants to discontinue their use of styrofoam containers, as you may have already taken note of around town. One of the main players in the group is a …

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[6 Mar 2016 | 4 Comments | ]

Blue Sting Ray is a family owned seafood joint on the end of strip on Duke St. less than 10 minutes from downtown Durham. According to their website, the owners met in Houston, Texas after they both resettled from a refugee camp in the Philippines, fleeing Vietnam. They’ve been in Durham since 1998 and,  inspired by family in Lake Charles, Louisiana, they opened Blue Stingray Seafood in 2014.

Blue Stingray has a board full of seafood options from the classic fried to steam pots and crawfish. …

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[1 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

After this past weekend’s grand opening (which they estimate some 3,000 people attended), if you haven’t been to Ponysaurus’ new taproom/brewery, then you know about it. Located between downtown and Golden Belt, Ponysaurus has tons of outdoor seating and a large lawn that is sure to become a favorite Durham hang spot. They also already have a regular schedule of food trucks outside every night – currently American Meltdown is Wednesdays, Pie Pushers Thursdays, and Sympathy for the Deli on Fridays.

The night we stopped …

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[29 Apr 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

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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[11 Jan 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

Scott Howell (chef/owner of Nana’s), along with his wife and a partner opened Bar Virgile just before the holidays. Bar Virgile, with its warm glow and intimate setting, offers the perfect respite for these cool winter nights. It’s all wood, exposed brick and two really appealing curved leather booths in each corner. Bar Virgile does have one TV hung above the kitchen for those into the sport ball. They’re offering an extensive wine list, several beers on draught, and a list of classic cocktails like Manhattans, Fizzes …

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[10 Nov 2014 | One Comment | ]

Beer Durham, a bottle shop/growler store, opened in the newish building by the farmer’s market parking lot this past summer.

In addition to shelves of beer, Beer Durham has few inside tables, two outside tables, 20 taps, and a few wines by the glass. You can enjoy your pint in the store or take it home in a re-fillable growler.

We’ve stopped in after the farmer’s market to grab a sixer, popped in to have a quick dinner at a food truck and enjoy a flight, and gone to …

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[19 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Bull City Ciderworks, located on a side street between downtown and Golden Belt, feels a bit like Fullsteam a few years ago. The taproom is offering five ciders by the glass, growlers or a flight for four tasters for $7. Located next to a body shop, the taproom has a handful of tables and picnic benches, a cornhole set and a lovely little bar.

It has that somewhat ubiquitous aesthetic that we’re all pretty into these days – furniture made out of pallets, chalkboards, dark wood and exposed …

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[25 Sep 2014 | One Comment | ]

In just six weeks, Whiskey has been transformed into a craft beer bar called Criterion. Slightly brighter, Criterion feels like a cross between Surf Club and Whiskey. Gone are the dress code, the cigar smoke and the artisan cocktails – the bar and the bathrooms are the same.

Criterion has been renovated with a line of 10 booths, a few two-person tables and some beer garden tables out front.

Rhys is still at the helm but also at the heart of this new …

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[9 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Local Watering Hole has been open on Guess Road for a couple of years now (pretty near the All People’s Grill). A small cinder block building, it has a pool table, a few TV’s, and a fish tanks. The beer is in bottles and cans and mostly domestic. There are pretzels and a juke box. There is a fish tank with some sort of eel. It’s welcoming, it’s quirky, it’s the ideal neighborhood bar.

Out back is where …

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[6 Jun 2014 | One Comment | ]

This is just a quick look at the new menu at Triangle Pint & Plate. Triangle started serving food just a week ago and in this early stage, they are keeping things simple. There are a few burgers, a chicken sandwich and a handful of appetizers. They have fried pickles, macaroni bites and a pint glass full of bacon.

The sandwiches were pretty good, served on brioche with a side of tater tots. Triangle Pint & Plate is …