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It's a Southern thing

4.3

605 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 294-9632
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Photo of Doug Morhac Doug Morhac
May 27, 2019 4

Been there 2 times so far. First time everything was great and bottomless mimosas were never empty. The second time we went, the service was not very great. Had to chase down drinks multiple times and they were not that busy. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The chicken and waffles are ridiculously good and worth the trip on their own.

Photo of Chad Cobus Chad Cobus
May 2, 2019 5

Kinda my new favorite Durham brunch place. The atmosphere is so cool. They have open concept, industrial style, a patio for meeting , plenty of large tables for big groups. Menu really does the whole Southern fusion thing well. Very wide variety of beer, wine and cocktail options. Mostly local so you get some new flavors. Only small issue, we were only a group of 4 on Sunday. Plenty of servers, place was only about half full. We sat down and it was probably close to 10 minutes before someone checked in with us to greet us. Once they showed up, everything went well. Just seemed like we weren't claimed or assigned to anyone.

Photo of Mikayla Myers Mikayla Myers
Jun 12, 2019 5

11000% my favorite brunch spot in Durham. Coming from the New England area brunch isn't a thing. But here in Durham it's an art and a lifestyle and this place KILLS it. Bottomless Mimosas, I mean say no more...$12 for it seems a little steep but theres a waiter who walks around with a pitcher and is constantly refilling your mimosa!! Industrial vibe and concept was super super cool. Food was pricey but delectable. I got the stuffed French toast which came with bacon (AN ENTIRE PLATE), fruit bowl, and scrambled eggs. The portions were HUGE and I definitely had leftovers. Seating was comfy and will definitely make reservations next time to sit in the trendy room with the bar!

Photo of Michael Torbert Michael Torbert
Apr 16, 2019 3

Edit: I'm removing a couple stars based on my last experience. I'd talked up this restaurant heavily to a friend visiting from Europe, but I was embarrassed when our experience was pretty poor. We specifically came for the pimento cheese, which is apparently no longer served at lunch, and they wouldn't make an exception. Service was lousy, even though there were no other customers. Employees were sitting and standing around not working and not paying attention to us. Eventually I had to go find someone just so we could pay our bill and leave. With that many employees, so few customers, and still no service, that points to poor management. We've dined there many times before, but this may be my last time. --------- I'll be honest. I thought the idea of a dude from Jersey coming down here to serve up southern food was ridiculous. I'll be happy to admit that I was wrong. Every time I've eaten there, we've received awesome service and AMAZING food. This is some of the best southern food I've ever had.

Photo of Derek Luck Derek Luck
Jul 5, 2019 5

Absolutely the most delicious food with the most unique atmosphere. The price for brunch was reasonable and I highly recommend their chicken and waffles. Collards were delicious and the bottomless mimosas! Now I need another trip back... also, the hostess was precious! She complimented my blackpink shirt and now I wanna be her best friend 🤣 if there were more than 5 stars I'd give it!

Photo of ry An ry An
Jul 1, 2019 5

Wow fantastic wings as a starter and the banana pudding dessert was very good as well. We were here for restaurant week which was fun. I know I ate my entire entree but I can't render what I had so it must have been good just not memorable. Waitress was friendly and patient with some of the pokey people we were with. Excellent atmosphere, I would come here again.

Photo of William Wilson William Wilson
Aug 16, 2019 5

Excellent place. Staff was patient and helpful, always appreciated on a first time visit. Enjoyed a dinner consisting of three of their vegetable sides. Great rift on classic southern dishes. Will return.

Photo of Deena Horowitz Deena Horowitz
Oct 5, 2019 5

Went on a Friday night and had a great experience! The food was delicious and the service was excellent too. There are fairy large portions so you can easily share with a big group. The cocktails are good too! It does get busy so I recommend making a reservation in advance.

Photo of Rachel Michelson Rachel Michelson
Aug 15, 2019 4

Our experience was pretty good! Appetizers were really great, a little on the heavy side but well seasoned. We got the hush puppies and fried cauliflower. Both were great but I highly recommend the cauliflower. The main course was good as well but nothing to write home about. My fish (the red snapper dish) was good, but the shrimp in the shrimp and grits dish was pretty underwhelming. The burger looked kind of sad; it looked a big like a hamburger squashed between a grilled cheese sandwich and was very greasy. However, it still had a nice flavor. Dessert was also nice. We shared a dish of key lime pie. The “pie”, unexpectedly served in a bowl shaped dish, had a strong lime flavor which we enjoyed but definitely not enough graham cracker crust to be considered a pie. It was more of a sad dust, not helping any variation in texture. The ambiance was pleasant and rustic but also elevated. Our service was super polite, friendly, attentive, and timely. My dad approved the wide local North Carolina beer selection.

Photo of Lisa Wheeler Lisa Wheeler
Aug 6, 2019 4

This spot has struggled as I have seen more than a few restaurants come and go but I think It’s a Southern Thing has the potential to go the distance. Southern food is probability my least favorite cuisine and I have slow rolled this place for that very reason. My husband and I attended the Taste Event back in June and It’s a Southern Thing was sampling their smoked chicken wings. They were in the top three things we tired that night so I added them to my must try list. When a couple asked to get together for Brunch, she suggested dining here because of their $12 bottomless mimosas. This place was hoping on Sunday morning so I highly recommend making reservations for Brunch on Yelp. Food and service was great and I must have had at least six mimosas before all was said and done. Saw many larger tables for a group outing and the décor is lovely for a date night out. If elevated southern food is your thing then I recommend checking these folks out. I need to hit them up for their Wednesday 75 cent wings and $4 select drafts soon.

Photo of Navid Choudhury Navid Choudhury
Sep 19, 2019 3

Chic decor and a great bar decor, clearly spent time and effort to design the space. Open kitchen adds to the wow factor. Food, unfortunately was really mediocre, and I'm eating it after reviewing some of the positive reviews just in case my experience was an outlier. Waitress uttered robotic lines of cordiality, visibly far from being meaningful. Must had rolled off the bed from the wrong side. Seafood stew was one of the most expensive dish and was exceptionally salty, to make it tasty I guess. Kids burgers were square meat lumps between buns. My wife's Po Boy was the best and gets an average score. I yearn for good southern food where the stew, grits, Po Boys fills your heart. It didn't for a $70+ dinner bill.

Photo of Nikhil Vellodi Nikhil Vellodi
Oct 10, 2019 4

Amazing southern style food. Hush puppies with jalapenos were dangerously good. Shrimp and grits perfect. Cocktail somewhat underwhelming. Cream on desserts branded chantilly but dubiously so. Great bourbon selection. Fabulous decor and service.

Photo of Tiffany Taylor Tiffany Taylor
Oct 12, 2019 5

Get the bottomless mimosas! Worth it. That bacon was delicious. Pretty good service. Bill was a nice manager and my server was a nice guy. I plan to return when I come back to Durham.

Photo of R LW R LW
Nov 1, 2019 4

Just stopped in for a beverage and the service was wonderful, great conversation with Kevin. Gave us some great tips on the area. The menu looks fabulous and I can’t wait to come back again. Yummy fried eggs, who would’ve thought a Friday could get any better! So creamy, crunchy and a beautiful presentation!

Photo of Trent Greer Trent Greer
Dec 18, 2019 5

I like to go with friends to this restaurant with my highest recommendations. I go to this restaurant often. This recommendation is always successful. The meals are tasty and the stuff is very friendly and cooperative. always when we visit this place we have a splendid evening. I recommend this place with pleasure.

Photo of Angela Goodman Angela Goodman
Dec 24, 2019 5

My husband and I visited this place on a Sunday at 1pm, our first time here. We were seated quickly and our order was taken quickly and the food arrived in less than 10 mins. We realized after being seated that they closed at 2 and was serving brunch. This wasn't a problem as we weren't even rushed but had such great service and everything seemed so efficient. Probably one of my new favorite restaurants. Definitely will be back soon..

Photo of Danitza DeVaughn Danitza DeVaughn
Dec 23, 2019 5

Everything I have tried here is amazing. Great down south dishes. The bottomless mimosas are great during brunch on Sundays! I love this place!

Photo of Jennifer Hennigan Jennifer Hennigan
Jan 14, 2020 5

Cool atmosphere and the cocktails have funny names. We had the cauliflower bites as an appetizer and the seasoning has a good spice to it. They give you a generous portion too. My absolute favorite part about coming here is the Brussels sprouts though. They're so much better than anything I can make at home.

Photo of Wilmer Gregg Wilmer Gregg
Jan 17, 2020 5

Nice down town location. Service team is pleasantly professional and kind enough to allow me a table 30minute early . Prior to the kitchen opening. Great cheese plate and then a creative pouched shrimp appetizer.....have to get back when I have the for dinner

Photo of garrett brantley garrett brantley
Jan 27, 2020 5

Very cool place with a great vibe and awesome service! We sat in the bar area at a high top with pillows and was worried that we would be greeted. The service was not an issue at all! Everyone is running food and taking care of every table is anyway they can. I loved how the staff was like a team. It really showed.

Photo of Stan Stasiewicz Stan Stasiewicz
Feb 19, 2020 5

First time and we weren't disappointed. Parking was a bit of a pain but we were able to find a spot on the street and paid the meter. As for the restaurant, we started with drinks (It's A Southern Thing and Rye Whiskey, Rye Whiskey Don't Let Me Down) which were great and the plain I.A.S.T. Fried Cauliflower appetizer. It was very good. I had the Cajun Seafood Stew, my wife had the Baked Mac & Cheese, and my son had the Shrimp and Grits. The food was great and more than any of us was able to finish so we get to enjoy the leftovers. To complete dinner we ordered Key Lime pie to go. The service was great and we had a great time.

Photo of Kia Graves Kia Graves
Mar 13, 2020 5

Enjoyed some bangin' Shrimp and Grits and as a girl from the deep south, I was thoroughly impressed!! I can't wait to go back and try some more things on the menu! Be sure to check them out😊💜

Photo of Ahlexas Hughes Ahlexas Hughes
Apr 10, 2019 5

The food, staff, decor, etc., was all amazing! Our server was polite and helpful in answering questions about the menu. As for the food, the "Pete-loaf" was the best meat loaf I have had in years. It's very apparent that the chefs care about the freshness and quality of their food. The shrimp and grits were great too! I can't wait to go back!

Photo of Samantha Weiss Samantha Weiss
Jun 28, 2020 5

I've been here for brunch about 4 or 5 times and never disappointed! Can't beat the mimosa deal, the food is amazing and the service is great too. The inside has a cool atmosphere but I love sitting on the back deck listening to music. PS, crabcakes are unbelievable

Photo of Vivian Voss Vivian Voss
Jun 23, 2020 5

Today was my birthday and I celebrated by eating out for the first time since MARCH! Not only did I feel safe, I felt comfortable. The food was amazing. The server was kind and patient. I can’t recommend this place enough. Note- I am also a server in downtown Durham. It was encouraging to see the level of service and food can have even during a time that makes restauranting much more difficult.

Photo of Karime Assaf Karime Assaf
Jun 20, 2020 5

First time eating great southern food in North Carolina. Staff is friendly and all proper precautions with covid19 are taken! The crab cakes are awesome!

Photo of Michele Smith Michele Smith
Jun 29, 2020 5

The Food was amazingly delicious. oh my goodness!! Fried cauliflower was the best!! Beautiful restaurant and the service was great!!

Photo of Khi Turner Khi Turner
Jul 9, 2020 5

A- | Solid experience and nice ambience inside, it's a posh southern style

Photo of Dave Methvin Dave Methvin
Sep 8, 2020 5

I came in for a really good banana pudding and I found it. What I didn't expect, but I got, was awesome service. From the street you can't tell this place has the most beautiful back patio but it is a wonderful garden of Eden.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 4, 2020 5

I love their shrimp and grits and great bloody Mary! Third time we have been there and each time i like it more and more. Great service and the bottomless mimosas were a big hit as well. Nice people working very hard! Definitely will be back soon! Highly recommend.

Photo of Brendan Quinn Brendan Quinn
Sep 6, 2020 5

Excellent Brunch. Our party had Bloody Mary's and bottomless mimosas and almost every meal on the brunch menu. Awesome food.

Photo of toni crawford toni crawford
Aug 2, 2020 4

I went there today for my first time & i was very excited about this place. Me and my boyfriend was planning for about two weeks to come to this place. Today we finally got a chance to go and the place was so nice. I order the chicken and waffles skewers and it was amazing. My boyfriend order a bagel sandwich with hash brown and he said it was good. The mimosas were so good and got us right. Everything was very pleasing except our server . They had sat us in the bar section but didn’t explain that to us for this to be our first time. Our server i forgot her name but she was also a bartender. Granted bartender and sever have a very busy job. But for her it seem like she didn’t want to sever us at all. We were not the only table she had problems with. Her customer service was horrible. When she ask to see my I’d, she was trying to be funny and said “oh i didn’t know Maryland license was this foggy” but my id was in my wallet pocket. So i pulled it out i guess she was assuming that it was a fake Id because after that she tried counting my birthday to make sure i was 21 (i just turn on February 5,) it’s now July. That experience did not make me feel welcome at all. After that little incident she became a very distant server. After she got us our drinks and put our food in we did not see her any more but behind the bar and helping her other tables. She didn’t not bring us any napkins didn’t refill our drinks the next time we saw her was for the check. We were saying thank you and never once got a your welcome & now the bill get here and we tips the person who actually sever us. The server had the nerve to come up to us and ask was there something wrong with the service!! Because she didn’t get tip and we explained to her that she didn’t help us, for this to be our first time there her customer service towards us was very rude and trashy. She continues on to tell us don’t ask for her service when from the beginning we never ask for her service they just place us in her sections. I didn’t appreciate her coming up to us like she had a problem. We are the customer and we felt how we felt. Idk what kind of business is being ran where your server can just treat customer rude but that should be fix because overall everything was good. I appreciate Ashley the host for having wonderful customer service and the managers for taking care of us as well. We will be back but not to be sever by that nasty bartender

Photo of Shenille S. Shenille S.
Aug 28, 2020 3

Came in tonight around 9 the restaurant closes at 10. Upon arrival the bartender greeted us and quickly sat us at a table. It took 15 minutes for the waitress to come to take our order. I brushed this issue aside — 4 tables + One waitress . You do the math. Our food & drink came out pretty quickly but the LIT was more soda than alcohol. I’m pretty good at waiting around a bit without complaining but when we asked for straws they never came. My bf had to go to the bar to ask for them. The kitchen does not know the difference between medium well and medium rare. My burger was extremely pink !!! Only good thing about this place was the politeness of the waitress & the fries . If I happen to make another visit it’ll be for the brunch menu .

Photo of Rachel Zamorski Rachel Zamorski
Sep 12, 2020 5

Outstanding brunch, amazing bloody Marys. Love the food and service but it's hard to hear others when they are especially busy.

Photo of S. Rosa S. Rosa
Oct 24, 2020 5

Oh boy! Guilty pleasure warning! My family and I like to eat on the healthier side, but sometimes we just really need some fried cauliflower, fried pork chops, fried green tomatoes, and basically, anything else from here. This is one of the few places in the area that sells Roots (our favorite from AMC, so that's an added bonus. The service is pretty damn good for pick up and dine in. Overall: it's the cauliflower for me. It's just too damn good.

Photo of Gary Cooper Gary Cooper
Dec 26, 2020 4

The lunch burger sandwich was delicious but the potato salad was something different. It tasted more like northern potato salad than southern. Overall, the food was enjoyable and the place has a modern aesthetic that's appealing to the trendy people who may come here. Also, the brunch meatlovers omelet is a must have!

Photo of matt brown matt brown
Jan 14, 2021 5

Went for dinner with my family. Meal was Awesome. Everyone was so sweet and pleasant. Met the owner, talked about struggles with being in this business and the pandemic. Truly Heart Warming...The place is beautiful. I can't wait to go back..

Photo of Jea Hyun Kim Jea Hyun Kim
Jan 27, 2021 5

Very cool and spacious interior. Considerate packaging (separate container for the grits and shrimp/sauce) and great food. Ordered a takeout for shrimp and grits. Grits were less grainy than the ones I've tried at other restaurants, and it went perfectly well with the shrimp and the oily sauce.

Photo of Rachel Michelson Rachel Michelson
Aug 15, 2019 4

Our experience was pretty good! Appetizers were really great, a little on the heavy side but well seasoned. We got the hush puppies and fried cauliflower. Both were great but I highly recommend the cauliflower. The main course was good as well but nothing to write home about. My fish (the red snapper dish) was good, but the shrimp in the shrimp and grits dish was pretty underwhelming. The burger looked kind of sad; it looked a big like a hamburger squashed between a grilled cheese sandwich and was very greasy. However, it still had a nice flavor. Dessert was also nice. We shared a dish of key lime pie. The “pie”, unexpectedly served in a bowl shaped dish, had a strong lime flavor which we enjoyed but definitely not enough graham cracker crust to be considered a pie. It was more of a sad dust, not helping any variation in texture. The ambiance was pleasant and rustic but also elevated. Our service was super polite, friendly, attentive, and timely. My dad approved the wide local North Carolina beer selection.

Photo of Michael Torbert Michael Torbert
Apr 16, 2019 3

Edit: I'm removing a couple stars based on my last experience. I'd talked up this restaurant heavily to a friend visiting from Europe, but I was embarrassed when our experience was pretty poor. We specifically came for the pimento cheese, which is apparently no longer served at lunch, and they wouldn't make an exception. Service was lousy, even though there were no other customers. Employees were sitting and standing around not working and not paying attention to us. Eventually I had to go find someone just so we could pay our bill and leave. With that many employees, so few customers, and still no service, that points to poor management. We've dined there many times before, but this may be my last time. --------- I'll be honest. I thought the idea of a dude from Jersey coming down here to serve up southern food was ridiculous. I'll be happy to admit that I was wrong. Every time I've eaten there, we've received awesome service and AMAZING food. This is some of the best southern food I've ever had.

Photo of Kierstyn Myers Kierstyn Myers
Nov 24, 2020 4

Good food but our waitress was very inattentive. I'm not sure if this is one of those places were everyone is your server but when we were seated, we were told our waitress would be with us momentarily. After a few minutes, the gentleman who sat us actually came back and took our drink order and appetizer order. After he left was when our waitress appeared with our drinks and said the appetizer would be out shortly. We didn't see her again until she brought our check. Someone else came by and took our food order. I ordered the meatloaf and boyfriend ordered the sweet tea braised pork chop. The food was seasoned beautifully. I hate Brussel sprouts but these were amazing! Nice and crispy and packed with flavor. I snuck a bite of the pork chop and it was delicious! They definitely have mastered the art of southern cooking with a flare here

Photo of Christine Smith Christine Smith
Dec 20, 2020 5

If you want a place that is truly aesthetically pleasing and unique, you have to come here. The food and service is 5 stars and truly amazing. Everytime I come from out of town, I have to get a taste of their exceptional shrimp and grits or their phenomenal crab cake eggs Benedict!!! And if you want a truly unique experience, sit at the bar and let CJ give you an experience like no other. He is literally an earth angel... funny, charismatic and a top notch bartender!!! This place NEVER disappoints 😭