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Boricua Soul


705 Willard St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (984) 888-5365
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Husband and wife team Toriano and Serena Fredericks have been melding their Puerto Rican and African American heritage into delightful bites for locals everywhere, first as a food truck and now in the brick-and-mortar restaurant, Boricua Soul. Located in the American Tobacco Campus, this restaurant is perfect for anyone looking for unique plates inspired by Puerto Rican flavors.

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Photo of Banita Paxton Banita Paxton
Dec 9, 2023 5

My first time coming here. I live in Raleigh so I don’t come to Durham often. A friend took me here and said they had BEST Empanadas. We order the chicken ones and YES!! They did the D*mn thing 😊. Two isn’t enough, 4 may be good enough. Order the chicken empanadas.. you won’t regret it .

Photo of J C J C
Oct 12, 2023 4

Food was really good. My only complaint is that the tostones were somehow flavorless? Probably just a bad batch and I'll be sure to try them again the next time I'm in the area.

Photo of Tony Cunningham Jr. Tony Cunningham Jr.
Sep 29, 2023 5

This is, by far, one of the best lunch time experiences I’ve ever had! The Boricua Soul Bowl 😮‍💨🔥🙌🏾! The bowl was packed with flavors that married so well. The atmosphere was great! Super clean, superior service, and an overall great experience! If you’re looking for a fusion of Puerto Rican and that good ole SOUL, this is the place to go! You won’t be disappointed. HIGHLY recommend!

Photo of Christina Hubbard Christina Hubbard
Sep 9, 2023 5

I recently went here to have dinner with a friend. I had the Boricua Soul bowl and he had the empanadas and we were both very impressed! The location was very gorgeous and it was a nice place to catch up. I also ordered the frozen rosé, and it was delicious. There was so much that I even shared with my friend. I highly recommend trying Bourica Soul and dining in!

Photo of Alejandra “Ale” Santana Alejandra “Ale” Santana
Aug 20, 2023 5

20/10, my Puerto Rican soul was really touched 🥲 😌 Legit, I wanted to cry of happiness and nostalgia altogether because the flavors were giving authentic vibes and hitting the spot. I am so grateful that I found this spot in my 24-hour layover at Durham. I am from Caguas, PR, but I have been living in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, for the past 2 years, and even though I do love my area, you don't find any Hispanic food yet even less a Caribbean nor Puerto Rican place whatsoever so having the chance to try a gem like this was a real treat and honor. Also, the live music and customer service made the experience way more memorable. 🙌🏾 🥰❤️‍🔥👌🏾✨️

Photo of Dee Dee
Aug 12, 2023 5

My favorite place for Puerto Rican 🇵🇷 food. The staff is friendly and passionate about the food they provide to you. I drive quite a bit for their food. Love the beef Empanadas, Boricua Soul Bowl, Chicken Wings, frozen peach wine drink! Don't forget dessert the key lime and sweet potato Empanadas 😋 Will see you soon!

Photo of Kaleigh 17 Kaleigh 17
Jul 12, 2023 4

I really enjoyed Boricua Soul! The macaroni and cheese was Amayzing! Really some of the best I've had. Their collards were good too. The Pernil was great there was just a small portion of it for the price. May have just been my plate though! I will definitely make this a regular spot for date days and nights!

Photo of John Lawler John Lawler
Jun 27, 2023 5

Delicious Puerto Rican lunch spot. Great sauces and platters/empanadas. Got the boricua bowl with the guava sauce and it was delicious to mix it together and eat with their provided chips. Super flavorful contrast mashup of what felt like some southern cooking and islander taste vibes wrapped into a bowl and served. Nice outdoor seating covered by a large roof, fun games like connect 4 to play as well. Quick to get food.

Photo of Eric Woods Eric Woods
Jun 23, 2023 5

Great food. Great staff. Great vibe. Some of the best food we have had since leaving NYC years ago. My mother said the mac and cheese tasted like hers. My wife, who makes some mean empanadas herself, signed off on the empanadas. Everything was great. Went their for Father's day and loved the live music.