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It's a Southern thing


605 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 294-9632
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It's a Southern thing

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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 Rice Michael Rice
Jun 6, 2019 2

We ordered the shrimp pork boy and pulled pork quesadilla, wings, cauliflower and banana pudding. The food was a bit too salty and just okay. Three shrimp and cauliflower were over breaded, they'll need to fix that. It was golden brown either. These things can be corrected, but honestly it's a far cry from being authentic Southern cuisine. The place is well decorated and it is a really cool space. The server was really nice.

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.