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[3 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Somewhat quietly amid the openings of Dashi and Gonzo’s, a new sushi/Japanese joint opened up in American Tobacco. Located in between Moe’s and Tobacco Road, Basan has been discovered yet by the masses. You can still easily stroll in on a Friday or Saturday and grab a table without waiting, a rarity in Durham.

Basan is also offering another rarity in downtown Durham, quality sushi. We’ve tried Basan a couple of times and have been impressed with the quality and cut of the fish they’re serving. We’ve learned …

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[24 Feb 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

A whole plantain split open and stuffed with steak is pretty much all you need to know about the new Gonza Tacos y Tequila in Durham.

Located in the old 605 West Morgan spot in West Village, this is the third Gonza Tacos y Tequila in the Triangle (the other two are in Raleigh and Wake Forest). The decor is still the large open, exposed brick of 605 West Morgan, it’s just been updated and enlivened with day of the dead accessories and dozens of paper …

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[12 Feb 2015 | One Comment | ]

So it turns out Durham was longing for Asian tapas. Since it opened a few months ago, JuJu has pretty much been reservations required every night of the week. Don’t make the mistake of trying to stroll in for a table on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. The bar seems to calm down around 8:30 pm. Before it opened, there were plans for a dim sum cart and cocktail cart, but I’m guessing with the crowds the carts have been put on hold. Also because of the crowds and the …

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[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 …

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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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[9 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

We put up a quick post about Gregoria’s back in 2012, but since then they’ve moved buildings, expanded their menu and started offering brunch on Sundays.

It’s getting harder and harder to find a brunch spot in Durham where one can just stroll in grab a table and relax until noon rolls around and the bloodies and mimosas start flowing. But Gregoria’s is still off the beaten path enough when it comes to Durham’s dining scene, that you can easily walk in on a Sunday morning no …

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[9 Sep 2014 | 12 Comments | ]

There’s a new great, magical thing in the Bull City – a joint that delivers wings, waffle fries and beer until 3 am on Friday and Saturday nights. Seriously – wings and waffle fries – delivered. And not just any wings, Heavenly Buffaloes is offering (also for take-out) cage-free wings in a variety of flavors and styles.   The beer, which we appreciate, is only the tall boy variety or big bottles (22 oz.+).

Heavenly Buffaloes opened the in the small take-out building on Markham, just across from …

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[20 Aug 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

The Triangle officially has its first restaurant with a completely gluten-free kitchen – it was only a matter of time. I personally (luckily) have no need for a gluten-free environment, but I do have enough friends who forego all things gluten to understand the appeal of being able to walk into a restaurant and order absolutely anything on the menu (other than the beer, of course).

Not surprising from the guy behind Blu Seafood downtown, but Primal is going …

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[15 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

In the heat of the summer, if it was possible to exist solely on ceviche I would. So when Mi Peru opened, I was pumped about the first Peruvian restaurant in Durham to not just carry the albeit great classic rotisserie chicken, but also classic Peruvian ceviche.

A family venture, Peruvian couple Edwin Vergaray and Gladis Muñoz with the help of their daughter opened Mi Peru just behind the Target shopping center and across from G2B.

We stopped in on a Saturday night and tried the Chorlos …

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[14 Jul 2014 | 16 Comments | ]

During the Bulls fan fest this past weekend, we stopped into Ed Mitchell’s much talked about and long anticipated Que. Ed Mitchell is BBQ royalty and his new restaurant features his famous whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue in addition to some nods to modern tastes like BBQ tempeh and pork rind crusted brie.

The atmosphere, honestly, like most restaurants around ATC, feels like a chain restaurant. Even the seemingly cast iron pans in which the sides are served are disappointingly just enamel.

Que has a full bar including a well-curated draught beer …