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GRUB Durham

4.5

1200 W Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 973-3636
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Photo of Jodie Stauffer Jodie Stauffer
Jun 16, 2019 5

We are visiting from Michigan and drove past and saw how busy they were. Figured it must be good. So glad we stopped! The food is worth the wait! The cheddar grit bowl was outstanding and they let me customize it with some wonderful heirloom tomatoes and their incredibly delicious sausage! My husband loved his breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuit, sausage and potatoes as well. Thank you for the great breakfast and offering delicious gluten free options.

Photo of Naisargi Sheth Naisargi Sheth
May 17, 2019 3

The food was good, but I only wish if they had more vegetarian options. I thought it would serve some very good milkshakes but even that was kind of okay. The quantity was good enough but I didn’t find any other veg options. So not a good option if you are a vegetarian.

Photo of Scott Jablonski Scott Jablonski
Jun 15, 2019 4

This is a great spot to catch drinks or dinner. Someone had shared about this place and I am glad that my wife and I decided to check it out. Great fresh food! Very cool vibe with the roof top seating.

Photo of Amber Gober Amber Gober
Jun 18, 2019 4

This is a casual lunch/brunch restaurant. The food is good and the staff is friendly. You order first then pick your table. It took a while to get our food, but we went on a busy Sunday early afternoon. The chicken salad sandwich is great and "the slammer" which is a breakfast entree is great too.

Photo of Heather Hunt Heather Hunt
Apr 26, 2019 4

Great burgers and homemade chips! The "impossible" (veggie) burger is my favorite veggie burger around. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Great outdoor seating for large and small groups.

Photo of Natalie Sulimani Natalie Sulimani
Jul 3, 2019 4

Cinnamon rolls will keep you coming back. Grits bowls hit a craving but would have liked it to be thicker. Like the Turkey sausage options as a non pork eater.

Photo of Christina Abrams Christina Abrams
Jul 27, 2019 5

As if we didn’t love this place enough! The cinnamon rolls are to die for, the biscuits are delicious, eggs are perfectly done. The women who work up front are just delightful every time we go there. To top it all off they have a real legit changing table in the bathroom! Thanks Grub for being awesome.

Photo of Kiana Cunningham Kiana Cunningham
Jul 23, 2019 5

The staff are super helpful. There are plentiful gluten free options as well as smoothies and shakes. I just wish it was open later than 9 because I have late night cravings for their food. I particularly like the sweet potato fries and chocolate raspberry milkshake.

Photo of Jackson Honeycutt Jackson Honeycutt
Jul 13, 2019 5

This place is out of this world, I came for breakfast/brunch with my girlfriend and was thoroughly impressed. The look of the diner-style eatery in the old fashioned gas station is just impeccable. This restaurant looks like something from a film or a video game while not looking tacky or like it's trying too hard. We were able to eat on the roof where there is covered as well as uncovered seating and a TV for those interested. The food was delicious I had eggs with cheese, bacon, home fries, grits, and a biscuit. My only complaints being that the biscuit was a little dry and the grits a little watery. But seriously those complaints truly are small potatoes especially considering how delicious their small potatoes are. (Seriously the home fries taste like a more refined version of a Bojangles fry and I couldn't stop eating them). The service was friendly (although the waiter did have a bit of a laugh when I asked for silverware not knowing that I could just grab some from a station on the roof, I get it though) and the price was pretty reasonable for food, water, and atmosphere of this quality. Would I come back here? Absolutely!

Photo of Susan Jennings Susan Jennings
Aug 13, 2019 5

Great restaurant. The best part is that you can sit up on the rooftop balcony which is a lot of fun. Their food is delicious as well.

Photo of Mia Su Cary Mia Su Cary
Jul 21, 2019 5

Hubs had the Cowgirl Bowl - good mix of flavors including the brisket and grits. The results of the Tabasco vs Texas Pete taste test? Texas Pete for the win. The traditional Rocket Man with eggs over easy, turkey sausage, taters and buttery biscuit was delicious. Highly recommend the Blue Devil smoothie. Great place for brunch, even if on a tight budget. 🍳🍽️🥤

Photo of YingJyun Liu YingJyun Liu
Oct 12, 2019 5

I had been there twice. One is for breakfast that I ordered The Slammer plate, another is for dinner that I ordered Ribs. Food are very good and prices are reasonable. The server is passionate, friendly and awesome. Here is definitely the best place I love in Durham.

Photo of Xiaoxuan Wang Xiaoxuan Wang
Sep 7, 2019 5

Best burgers ever, juicy and tasteful. the fried sweet potato is crispy and sweet. We went on a Saturday for lunch. There was a line, waited 20 minute to order and another 20 minutes for food. But it all worth it!

Photo of Esha Herbert-Davis Esha Herbert-Davis
Sep 15, 2019 5

So this has become our go to spot for a good, fresh, delicious brunch over the weekend! The turkey sausage is my fave and the pancakes and biscuits are really good. Food comes out quickly plus friendly, helpful staff. What more can you ask for?

Photo of Heather Roberson Heather Roberson
Aug 23, 2019 5

We had a wonderful 1st time experience! I ordered the Cowgirl bowl & my husband had Buckster's hash bowl. The food was amazing and the service was great too. Fresh ingredients & nice portions. We can't wait to go back for dinner!

Photo of Shelby Voll Shelby Voll
Oct 22, 2019 5

Just found this place...from the smell of the bbq smoke...walked in and greeted by friendly staff. Ordered pulled pork sandwich...was excellent. Was told all items are homemade. They had cakes and baked goods on display. Will definitely go back and strongly recommend going.

Photo of John Hampton John Hampton
Oct 27, 2019 5

Lots of well-prepared sandwiches and burgers, with at least one oyster mushroom burger for vegans. Sides are tasty. I had tailgate slaw (yum!), my wife had the couscous (also yum!), and our son had the potatoes, which appear hand-cut of the hash brown persuasion, but baked brown to delicious perfection. People are friendly and the cooks are very good at their craft. Nothing pretentious. Prices are quite modest for the quality and portion sizes. We are new to Durham Green to Go boxes, and Grub put our takeout order in ours, making the experience even better. Our order, true to the promise on the phone, was ready in 15 minutes. You can certainly eat in, either indoors or out, and there's also a rooftop dining area that puts you above the traffic. Give Grub a try!

Photo of Cameron Willis Cameron Willis
Nov 3, 2019 5

Delicious, clean, and affordable. If you’re looking for a cool brunch place on a bright and sunny day this is a great place to soak it all in. Kid friendly and beer-loving dad friendly. We enjoyed the Country Road biscuit, Cowgirl grits bowl, kids split pancakes and a side of fruit. All that and a beer for less than $35.

Photo of Elijah Clary Elijah Clary
Nov 9, 2019 5

My first time there. Food was better than expected. Staff was extremely nice. Great roof top area. Desert was AWESOME!

Photo of Daniel Peraza-Rudesill Daniel Peraza-Rudesill
Nov 8, 2019 3

I got the trey-something burger they offer and the burger meat itself tasted like nothing. I even ate just the meat to see if I was wrong. All the stuff on the burger made it decent none the less. There was also a really long wait time and they didn't seem all theat busy.

Photo of Sara Earle Sara Earle
Nov 16, 2019 5

Many gluten free options! Long line but quick service and comfortable once we sat down - a bit hectic feeling on a weekend morning with a toddler but the community feel and friendly service helped a lot. Super yummy meal, good quality and reasonable prices. Overall - great! Will be back!

Photo of Rebecca Phillips Rebecca Phillips
Nov 24, 2019 5

This place is awesome!!!!!!!! Hard work by owners paid off it looks great and the food is so good! Everything that we had was delicious. Props to this being owned by women because one of the bathrooms has an actual nice changing table. No idea how much I appreciated that for my daughter! It's those little touches that make this place a cut above.

Photo of leslie Brown leslie Brown
Nov 23, 2019 4

Be warned that you have to order at the counter and lines are long. Best to sit at the bar or go with other people so one can go order and others can procure a table. Food was good except the grits. I've yet to find good southern style grits in North Carolina.

Photo of Jordan Hewitt Jordan Hewitt
Dec 8, 2019 5

Our go-to spot for quick, delicious dinner. Everything we've had has been super tasty. Try the Mediterranean tuna, airline chicken, chicken fried chicken, corn fritters, and brussel sprouts. All favorites of ours. The sangria is one of the best I've ever had too. Staff is very warm and welcoming.

Photo of Dejah D Dejah D
Jan 3, 2020 5

This place is great. The patio is perfect for a nice day and there is a tv on the rooftop patio so you can enjoy a game. The line was really long but it moved quickly. Once you place your order at the register inside, you sit down and the food comes to you. Both of our breakfasts were delicious. Their bacon was really good. I can’t wait to go again when the weather warms up.

Photo of Adam Sheinhaus Adam Sheinhaus
Dec 23, 2019 5

Met family who had all traveled to the Triangle (myself included) at Grub for brunch. I just got done writing an email to Grub as the service by Rita, the cashier, was that good. Honestly some of the best service I have experienced at any restaurant ever. By the time I entered the restaurant (I was last), Rita knew everyone by name and was asking my family about school/work/travel, etc. She was phenomenal and made a wonderful connection with everyone. Food was also very good--I got the Jeweled Bird and everyone else got breakfast food. The chicken salad was very good and the homemade chips were fantastic. We finished with cinnamon rolls which were still warm as they had just come out of the oven--hard to not love a warm cinnamon roll. It wasn't too sugary or cinnamony which meant you could actually eat and enjoy more than a bite or two. The atmosphere is super cool as well--Grub used to be a gas station so the outside looks kind of funky and the inside is sort of retro diner meets modern. Definitely a comfortable place to enjoy breakfast or brunch. Prices are super reasonable--brunch was less than $60 for the 5 of us even including dessert. Would absolutely return next time I'm in Durham.

Photo of Jinny Baeckler Jinny Baeckler
Jan 3, 2020 5

Great, great down home food! Plus fun ambience in rehabbed gas station! Intimate indoor-outdoor, multi-level dining. Relax! Enjoy! Just let go, regroup with the friendly service and super food.

Photo of Kevin McBride Kevin McBride
Feb 22, 2020 5

Very good. We ordered wings, a chicken sandwich, and the pulled pork. The food came out prompt and looking delicious. The staff was pleasant and the look and feel is something to talk about. We loved the look. Will return soon

Photo of Prath Thank Prath Thank
Feb 20, 2020 5

Great food. The pancakes were fresh and well made. We loved the sausages. Service was exceptional. Will go back definitely for breakfast

Photo of Ursula Lobacz Ursula Lobacz
Mar 15, 2020 5

We enjoyed a late breakfast here and were able to sit outside, which was nice. The staff was friendly and the food came out pretty quickly, too. Everyone at the table liked what they ordered, and left feeling satisfied. We will definitely be returning. Edit: Grub has become one of my go to spots. The food is delicious and quick, and the staff are wonderful. I love the brussel sprouts burger, which is hard to eat because the sprouts want to fall out but so worth the effort. The wings and ribs are a big hit with my son. And we both love the homemade chips.

Photo of Kendra W Kendra W
Jan 21, 2020 5

This is my new favorite restaurant Downtown. I enjoyed the Menu, the Service, and the Atmosphere. Everything was fresh, and the staff worked together to ensure everyone was satisfied and happy.

Photo of Will Sutton Will Sutton
May 23, 2020 4

My company provided lunch from Grub Durham today. I had the Chicken Salad sandwich. I have to admit it was pretty good along with the chips and the cookie. It hit the spot.

Photo of Alexee Hill Alexee Hill
Jun 15, 2020 5

Fast, easy service even during Covid-19. I can't want to go back to try breakfast !! Definitely recommend this place !!

Photo of Millie Kwan Millie Kwan
Mar 31, 2019 4

Based on breakfast alone this is a nice place for early breakfast on the weekends that is easy to get to and is not mobbed like other local restaurants. You come in the front, pick what you want from the menu, then place your order at the register and take one of the named chicken signs and find a place to sit. If you sit at the bar they'll take your order there. I've had both a couple of grits bowls, a breakfast biscuit sandwich and a cinnamon roll and they were all tasty. I would recommend the grit bowls over the breakfast sandwiches on the basis of value since the grit bowls will fill you, but not necessarily the sandwiches. They have indoor and outdoor patio and rooftop seating. Small parking lot on the side.

Photo of Brandon Bjornson Brandon Bjornson
Jul 16, 2020 5

Best Bird Biscuit lived up to its name! Outdoor ordering line was a little backed up but I can see why, great food and service. Nice outdoor seating on the roof. Will definitely go back.

Photo of chris jones chris jones
Jul 26, 2020 5

Summer road trip stop on way South. Ordered online and was very pleased. Order was perfectly prepared and even ready 5 minutes early! Definitely recommend Much thanks!

Photo of Anna Kourouniotis Anna Kourouniotis
Jul 31, 2020 5

This is just a wonderful place with wonderful people. I am so glad that they decided to open up shop near my work place. I go there regularly and really enjoy the freshness of the food, local-sourced ingredients, and tremendously tasty food! I highly recommend the Grub Durham for special events as well. Their carrot cake is the BEST I have ever eaten and I have been to quite a few bakeries and have sampled quite a few carrot cakes in my life! If you want to really enjoy fresh food with a Southern twist, then go to the GRUB! You won't be disappointed.

Photo of Chris Crawley Chris Crawley
Aug 3, 2020 5

The staff is awesome. Food is great too. But the staff turned a negative into a positive quickly. Sat down outside on the patio Saturday for brunch and everything was fine. As soon as the food hit, a swarm of flies immediately decended on our food. The staff quickly found and prepped a table inside and moved us there quickly. Good music to listen to while eating.

Photo of Shannon Taylor Shannon Taylor
Jul 29, 2020 5

We've been here twice. Once in busier times before COVID and tonight. Both times it was great. Please support your local restaurants including GRUB! Great food and drinks.

Photo of Sandri Richardson Sandri Richardson
Aug 10, 2020 4

Visiting from Seattle and wanted some local fried chicken! Tried the chicken fried chicken and it was very tasty. Of course with COVID things are a bit wonky - order at the side window and not much time to view menu. But nice that the upstairs patio is open to sit and eat. Service was good - brought our food quickly and cleared table afterwards quickly too. Glad we finally found a place open on Mondays and it was a good choice! Will go again.

Photo of Natalia Covarrubias-Perez Natalia Covarrubias-Perez
Aug 28, 2020 5

Loved it next I can just hope we come because we visiting. Great place😊😊😊🤰🏽

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 4, 2020 5

We did the takeout service and thoroughly enjoyed the food in the comfort of our car. Everything we had was just delicious! Their biscuits may have been some of the best we had while in North Carolina....and that's really saying something! I highly recommended this place.

Photo of Laura Hoffman Laura Hoffman
Sep 21, 2020 5

Great brunch spot near Duke’s campus! I don’t have a photo of my cinnamon bun because I ate it so quick! Lots of different options to choose from dietary restriction wise if that’s something you look for in a brunch spot. Outdoor / indoor seating available and everyone minded social distancing rules.

Photo of carolyn pace carolyn pace
Sep 18, 2020 3

This week, I visited for the first time. I ordered the Greek salad with couscous. Missing were cucumbers, olives, peppers and onions. In other words, half the ingredients were missing. I sent an email to the restaurant the next day(Tuesday) but there has been no response. Poor on both accounts.

Photo of G. Joseph Youngblood G. Joseph Youngblood
Sep 12, 2020 5

Amazing first-time visit. I had the West End grit bowl w/turkey sausage, and it tasted incredible. I also had a brioche cinnamon roll, which was warm, decadent, and delicious. Service was quick and pleasant. I’ll be back for sure.

Photo of Bonnie Batterson Bonnie Batterson
Oct 8, 2020 5

Great location right off the highway. Indoor and outdoor dining. Great food! We will definitely stop in again. Our family of four was in North Carolina during a recent road trip and were very pleased with our experience at Grub. We did the takeout service and thoroughly enjoyed the food in the comfort of our car.

Photo of Jim Perini Jim Perini
Oct 7, 2020 5

Went here on a whim (only place that was open for a late breakfast) - really didnt know what to expect. We were NOT disappointed. Staff was super friendly, service was super fast and food was super good. You definitely want to hit this spot if you're in the area.

Photo of Aaron Cranford Aaron Cranford
Sep 12, 2020 5

I stopped by on my way back from Asheville on a Tuesday afternoon. I ordered the Cathi’s Big Easy, with a side of fruit, and a Blue Devil Mary. The good was very good and so was the bloody. The service was quick and courteous.

Photo of Kristen Lo Kristen Lo
Oct 22, 2020 5

Great atmosphere, staff are super friendly, and the food is a good deal! They've got an adorable covered rooftop area--it started to rain buckets when we were there but we stayed nice and dry! Would definitely recommend the burgers 🙌🏼

Photo of Courtney Lee Courtney Lee
Oct 20, 2020 5

This place is a must visit if you are visiting Durham. We stopped here on recommendation on our way out of town. I am from Seattle, and we run a fierce brunch game, and Grub Durham blew my expectations away. Everything was delicious, fresh, and well presented. I had also never eaten grits before, but I am hooked after this experience! Try the veggie grits with an egg, have the cinnamon rolls, or any one of the sandwiches. Whatever you choose, you'll be sure to remember it.

Photo of Julia Münchberg Julia Münchberg
Nov 2, 2020 5

A MUST order is the ribs. The ribs make this place for me. I could eat them every night of the week for a week and not get sick of them. The cut of the ribs and the flavor are delicious. I always sub my side and upgrade for a side of crispy Brussels Sprouts-- YUMMY! To be honest, I haven't branched out too much because I love the ribs so much.

Photo of Chris Casey Chris Casey
Oct 30, 2020 5

Awesome place for lunch with a variety of options. Ate Mama's Big Bird and the sweet potato fries and they were great! Tried Pauli's Pimento Cheese and Jeweled Bird. It was all very good. The bacon on these sandwiches was devine and cooled perfectly, It was crisp and had a great maple, salty flavor. The only negative was that the service was slow. However, the "hostess" did come by and apologize for that and tell us she was thankful that we waited so maybe it was an off day The atmosphere was awesome. We are on the rooftop in the sun. It was my first time but I will definitely be coming back to try other options!

Photo of Jeff Sears Jeff Sears
Oct 24, 2020 5

I have been here for brunch before and what I got was not particularly special, but maybe I didn't order the right thing. In my opinion, after eating there at all times of the day, I think Grub is best as a dinner spot. I am also impressed by how they pivoted for COVID and got their to-go window moving so smoothly. HIGHLY recommend.

Photo of Vivian Jacquelyn Vivian Jacquelyn
Nov 20, 2020 5

Great location right off the highway. Indoor and outdoor dining. Great food! We will definitely stop in again. Everything we had was just delicious! Their biscuits may have been some of the best we had while in North Carolina....and that's really saying something! We met the owner herself during the checkout process and she was very kind and helpful.

Photo of rana ryan rana ryan
Dec 16, 2020 5

Fantastic food and service. Great space outdoors for nice weather - which we had. Loved the beet smoothie! First time eating here and the food didn't disapoint. Had the ribs and mashed potatoes and I was looking for seconds as it was out of this world. It was very large and she at it and was totally pleased with her selection. Our new to go place.

Photo of Alexandra Ogar Alexandra Ogar
Dec 12, 2020 5

Came here for a lovely mother/daughter breakfast. Wendy and all the staff were so sweet and took great care of us & the food was delicious! Will def be back, 10/10 recommend!!

Photo of Jea Hyun Kim Jea Hyun Kim
Dec 20, 2020 5

Great place to grab a light breakfast/brunch. I had their best bird biscuit sandwich with eggs. The portion may be small for most people but I really enjoyed the combination of pickles, fried chicken, and their sweet/sour sauce. Would return for a casual takeout on weekends

Photo of Alfred Payne Alfred Payne
Jan 10, 2021 5

Do yourself a favor and eat here. This is literally the best breakfast I’ve had in NC, EVER. Everything was perfectly cooked and flavorful. Service was delightful and attentive. I will absolutely be eating here whenever I am in Durham. GRUB is where to be!