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It's a Southern thing


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 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 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 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 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 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!!