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Durham

Wrangling the Bull City

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Written by Amber Chase

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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Ekhaya

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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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Nanas draws from the concept of nanas, nonnas, and grandmas, invoking feelings of nurturing intentionality and effortless hospitality.

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

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