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Durham

Wrangling the Bull City

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Rooted in both history and industry, Durham has become a cultural haven for diverse eateries, up-and-coming neighborhoods, and a rich, welcoming community. Durham has a robust international culinary scene that is ever-growing. Visit Zweli’s Kitchen, one of the few Zimbabwean restaurants in the entire country, for piri piri chicken and rice jollof. Or, for an unforgettable ramen experience, book an omakase experience at Dashi and its neighboring bar, Izakaya. Sample authentic Ethiopian fare at Goorsha or sneak away to Durham’s best kept secret, Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, which transforms into an unexpected dim sum joint on weekends only.

For more classic offerings, try a King Burger from long-standing family favorite, King’s Sandwich Shop, or venture to Saltbox Seafood Joint to grab the fresh catch from Ricky Moore. From Fullsteam to Ponysaurus, craft beer lovers are never without a cold glass in hand, but if ciders are more your speed, you can’t miss Bull City Ciderworks.

Stay a night or a week at the enchanting Durham Hotel, with its notable mid-century design and ample options for morning coffee, small plates, and swoon-worthy cocktails. If you’d prefer breakfast out, wander downtown to Loaf for fluffy pastries and bread or Cocoa Cinnamon for some single-origin coffee. No matter where your Bull City journey takes you, adventure is certain.

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Bottles of Conniption Gin by Durham Distillery and associated gin cocktails
In the Spirit

In the Spirit: Durham Distillery + Conniption Gin

TLP toured Durham Distillery with Melissa and Lee Katrincic to observe their methods and hear the story behind their iconic Conniption Gins.

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At the Table

Simple Recipes for the Fourth of July

Chances are your Fourth of July plans revolve more around food than fireworks—we’ve got simple recipes to kick off your holiday weekend.

Ricky Moore at the window at Saltbox Seafood Joint for Juneteenth
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Ricky Moore’s Juneteenth Lunchboxes

With Juneteenth coming up, chefs in Durham, North Carolina, sought out a way to make sure no one shows up empty handed to this year's cookout.

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AP Brined Wings with Duke's Mayonnaise and cilantro dip
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AP-Brined Party Wings with Leroy’s ‘Bama White Sauce

Made with 10 pounds of chicken wings, this party wings recipe from Lawrence Barbecue in Durham, North Carolina, is designed to feed a crowd.

Lemon Spritz Butter Cookies in a tin
Recipes

Lemon Spritz Butter Cookies

These butter cookies build on traditional recipes and are punched up with lemon to make them sing. Tart and creamy, these are a summer staple.

Mike D's Smoked Ribs with a bottle of Mike D's sauce next to it on a cutting board.
Recipes

Mike D’s Smoked Ribs

Seasoned with Mike D's signature dry rub and sauce, sweet apple juice, and your choice of whiskey, these smoked ribs take the backyard barbecue to the next level.

Dining Out

Saltbox Seafood Joint

Saltbox Seafood joint may have single-handedly placed Durham on the map when it comes to fresh-caught seafood and down-to-earth fixings. 

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La Farm Bakery

La Farm Bakery, headed by Lionel Vatinet, is baking heirloom Southern grains into French legacies in Cary, North Carolina.

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