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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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[10 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

Over the years, Piedmont has had several iterations of brunch – remember when a small bluegrass band would play every Sunday? Remember when you could stroll in after hitting the farmers’ market and enjoy that elusive beast – Saturday brunch? (Consider this our plea for bringing it back Piedmont.) In it’s current iteration, even though it’s only on Sundays from 10:30-2, Piedmont is giving Vin Rouge a run for its money as – yes I’m going to say it – the best brunch in Durham. Yep, Piedmont is currently throwing …

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[8 Mar 2016 | 3 Comments | ]

If you’ve ever been lured in by that jelly doughnut sign on 85 near mebane and you’ve stopped at NC Jelly Doughnut, then you have a good idea of what you will find if you seek out Durham’s newest doughnut shop – Carolina Glazed Doughnuts. It’s a pretty bare bones operation and while you won’t find rosemary infused glazes or siracha stuffed crullers, you will find solid classic doughnuts. These are the doughnuts we grew up eating – glazed, cinnamon sugar, sprinkle covered, chocolate dipped, lemon curd filled, dense cake …

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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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[20 Aug 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

In that eye-catching, impossible-to-miss bright yellow/red building on University (just behind the Target), Taco Nacos is the latest taco/papusa/torta joint to occupy that  space. Formerly Coma Rico (among other things), Taco Nacos has done the most with the space behind the check-cashing venture.

They’ve painted, upgraded the menu and gotten rid of the gift shop in the back. Don’t be put off by the line at the check cashing/convenience store in the front, just head straight back to the taco counter where you’ll find an impressive menu of …

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[14 Aug 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

Open in the seemingly doomed location on Hillsborough, we were actually fans of Gregoria’s – especially their Sunday brunch on the patio. However, most nights and weekends, it was sadly empty. In light of the light crowds, Gregoria’s has rebranded itself into a contemporary latin restaurant – Mesa Latin Kitchen.

The remodel though not extensive did a good job of refreshing the space – they’ve added a hostess stand, updated the lighting and refreshed the paint. The patio, a sadly overlooked and …

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[16 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

Purple Monkey is a bubble tea shop/ice cream parlor in a strip mall behind the Target on 15-501 with plans to expand into fair foods. Yep funnel cakes and corn dogs.

Currently they’re offering a wide variety of iced boba teas, blended frozen boba teas, coffees, a selection of hand-scooped Hersey’s ices creams, Dippin’ Dots, shaved Hawaiian ices, milkshakes, fruit smoothies, baked goods, canned Asian drinks and a small variety of penny candy and toys. It’s a bit of a mishmash as they figure out …

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[23 Jun 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

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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[27 Apr 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

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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[26 Mar 2015 | 5 Comments | ]

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 …