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New in Durham: 15 Spots You Need to Discover (November 2018)

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Welcome to the crisp, beautiful season of fall in the Bull City! A shift in seasons comes with many changes to the local food scene as well.

Posted By Amber Watson on Oct 26, 2018

Since the summer, a slew of new restaurants have opened in Durham and some exciting food news has been announced. Here is a compilation of the latest spots to add to your autumn eats list as well as some exciting announcements to keep in mind…

Fall Foodie News

Cucciolo Osteria

Cucciolo Osteria is a new Italian restaurant in a tucked away section of downtown at 601 W. Main Street. Owner Jimmy Kim previously ran the Triangle-based Korean food truck Mixed, recently selling it to focus on the new restaurant. After Kim’s cousin successfully opened a few Cucciolo Italian restaurants in South Korea, Kim decided to expand that concept to the Bull City. Kim attended Duke University, which is what led to him establish roots in Durham, and if you like flavorful, perfectly cooked pasta, you will agree it’s a good thing Cucciolo is now planted here.

Deeluxe Chicken

A beloved Durham staple, Nana’s restaurant, may have closed over the summer, but that doesn’t mean chef and owner Scott Howell is slowing down. He is shifting his focus to more casual concepts, such as the newly opened Deeluxe Chicken on Broad Street. The menu is everything you’d expect and more from a restaurant that promises plump and juicy chicken entrees in the form of sandwiches, baskets, and salads. What’s more, there are fried seafood plates, a variety of fun sides, and an impressive self-serve sauce bar featuring nearly a dozen signature creations.

Neomonde Mediterranean

A favorite Mediterranean restaurant in Raleigh is now right here in the heart of the Bull City: Neomonde is officially open, serving fresh pita, kabobs, salads and sides, on the ground floor of the Unscripted Hotel. It’s a great spot for hearty yet healthy, fast-casual lunches and quick dinners.

M Tempura

The newest restaurant from Chef Michael Lee, M Tempura opened in the former Scratch Bakery location on Orange Street. This cozy, traditional omakase-style tempura restaurant offers a brand new dining experience where each piece is enjoyed as it comes out, served warm after being lightly battered and fried. Chef Lee’s sister restaurants, M Sushi and M Kokko, are just down the street, and while the concepts are all unique, they are equally delicious.

Saint & Co.

A new bakery and café called Saint & Co. has moved into a large corner lot located on 9th Street, formerly occupied by The Pie Hole. Of course, there is coffee, along with fresh-baked artisan pastries, breads, salads, sandwiches, specialty toasts, and brick hearth Neapolitan style pizzas. The spacious outdoor patio is a perfect place to gather on nice days.

Urban Axes

Take dart throwing to the next level with newly opened Urban Axes on Foster Street. Expert Axe throwers teach you and your group how to throw like a pro, then you can all take a seat and toast the winner with a cold beer.


Pokeworks, a chain founded in 2015, now has a location on the ground floor of One City Center in downtown Durham. The poke trend is on point at this fast casual spot – pick your proteins and toppings and create a healthy and delicious poke bowl, burrito, or salad.

Vendors Announced for Durham Food Hall

The Durham Food Hall announced the 10 mini eateries that will provide fast-casual and/or grab-and-go menu items in the 15,000 square foot, open food hall concept to arrive on the ground floor of the Liberty Warehouse apartments in 2019. Vendors include Locals Seafood Market & Oyster Bar, Lula & Sadie’s, Liturgy Beverage, Simons Says Spread This, Old North Meats and Provisions, Napoli Pizza and Gelato, Afters Desserts, Ex-Voto Cocina Nixtamal, and Durham Raw. There will also be two bars and event spaces.

Tiny and Yoga Off East Relocating to Ninth Street

In a few short weeks, children's retail store Tiny and studio Yoga Off East will be moving to the bustling 9th Street corridor. Soon, adorable wares and restorative classes will be mere steps away!

True Flavors Coming to Lakewood

A beloved South Durham diner, True Flavors announced plans to open a second location in the former Lakewood and Baby Scratch location on Chapel Hill Road. They will serve drinks on the rooftop and their hearty Southern classics – plus they promise another fun concept in the former bakery section.

Pop Up @ American Tobacco

American Tobacco recently introduced a pop up space to showcase rising entrepreneurs and their unique concepts. In August, Caballo Rojo Coffee (who recently announced they will be opening a brick & mortar location) was the first to arrive at Pop up @ American Tobacco. Next up was Boricua Soul (also a local food truck), serving their Southern soul food with Caribbean flair throughout September. Next up in November? East Durham Bake Shop, with Thanksgiving hours, no less! We can’t wait to see what other pop ups are in store.

New Bar and Biergarten Menu at Guglhupf

Guglhupf is celebrating 20 years in Durham and just added a gorgeous industrial-style bar to its interior space. With 12 taps and a new dinner menu that offers more casual German bites, you'll want to stop by to experience the Biergarten addition for yourself!

Expanded Hours at East Durham Bake Shop

There’s now more time for pie! East Durham Bake Shop recently expanded hours and is now open 7am-7pm Tuesday–Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday and 9am-5pm Sunday (still closed Mondays).

Home Delivery from Durham Catering Co.

Durham Catering launched its Kitchen Table Dinners delivery program where you can purchase and enjoy scratch-made, locally-sourced, seasonal meals in the comfort of your own home. Menus can be viewed in advance, and delivered to your door weekly.

Kingfisher Bar Pre-Opening Pop Ups

Sean Umstead and his wife, Michelle Vanderwalker, are gearing up to open a new bar in Durham called Kingfisher, which specializes in cocktails with farm-to-table produce from nearby farms. Kingfisher will be located at 321 East Chapel Hill Street and is hosting a series of pop ups before they open, so keep an eye out for the chance to taste what’s in store.

Canned Cocktails from Durham Distillery

Durham Distillery, which was recently named the “Number 1 Craft Gin Distillery in the U.S.” by USA Today, launched its first line of canned cocktails – and the first cocktail to be canned in North Carolina.

Food Town Documentary

Food Town: Durham, N.C. is the latest project from Durham-based production company, Markay Media, which also produces the Emmy, James Beard and Peabody award-winning PBS series “A Chef’s Life.” The half-hour documentary, which aired on PBS in September and can be found on Bull Voyage (and below!) goes behind the scenes in Durham’s vibrant restaurant community, featuring spots like M Sushi, Pizzeria Toro, and Saltbox Seafood Joint.

Amber Watson is the creator and writer of the local Durham food news blog, Bites of Bull City. For more, follow @bitesofbullcity.com

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Amber Watson is the creator and writer of the local Durham food news blog, Bites of Bull City. For more, follow @bitesofbullcity.