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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 Kathryn Green Kathryn Green
Oct 24, 2023 4

Came here last weekend and in general enjoyed the experience. I really liked the Faux Q, and appreciate having a vegan option at a southern restaurant. The cocktails were also pretty good—I recommend the Back that Razz Up. We all thought the food was good, but it maybe did not live up to the prices. The atmosphere and food were very casual compared to what the prices reflect. But it is fun and I would come back if someone else were interested in trying it.

Photo of Raymond Vagell Raymond Vagell
Oct 3, 2023 5

Came here tonight for my birthday dinner. We really enjoyed our food. The fried cauliflower is amazing! Very crispy! Love the ranch that comes with it too. The Faux "Q" is absolutely delicious. If you're vegan/vegetarian this is THE dish for you. I wouldn't change anything. Love the smoky BBQ sauce that comes with it. I also ordered the pan seared salmon which I actually wasn't a fan of only because I don't really like sundried tomatoes and it's piled with them. I think the salmon could have a better crust/sear but the sauce was delicious. For dessert, we had fried beignets. It was good but definitely do not need the chocolate sauce that comes with it.

Photo of Bruce K. Bruce K.
Jun 29, 2023 5

With a hankering for shrimp and grits, we arrived at It's a Southern Thing without a reservation shortly after they opened. Despite a bit of pushback from the hostess, we were seated in the bar area facing the televisions where we had fantastic service and an excellent meal. Fried pickles to start were excellent and we ate every single one. The dipping sauce was perfect. Shrimp and grits for Mrs and she loved it. Lots of shrimp, lots of flavor and a very good portion. I chose the blackened chicken mac & cheese which was yummy. Super hot from the broiler, very tasty and enough that more than half went home with us. Not a cheap meal but a great one that we enjoyed and would definitely return.

Photo of S Alston S Alston
Jun 27, 2023 5

My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of visiting for our first time this evening. The customer service was impeccable! We felt so welcomed as soon as we entered. Our experience only got better because Renee was our server! She was genuinely sweet, very attentive, and also had great menu suggestions! We started with the crab dip, had shrimp and grits and the blackened chicken Mac and cheese! Everything was perfect! Management is so attentive and we appreciated them checking on their guests as well! The food was delicious and we are already planning to visit again soon! We attended a concert later this evening at Carolina theater. We took a Lyft to the restaurant and walked about five minutes to the venue! The location was perfect! Thank you all for making this evening one of our best. Looking forward to visiting again soon! Possibly this week!

Photo of Victoria Owens Victoria Owens
Jun 19, 2023 4

Cajun Shrimp and Grits.... Sounds great right, I agree. The dish was amazing except I had to rummage through the grits to find all the shrimps and then had to detail them myself... Literally so gross. Detail your shrimp that goes in shrimp and grits!?!? Like it's not as if I ordered a side of shrimp and they weren't covered in sauce and such or they were kabobs... I had to fish them out of delicious soupy grits and detail them to eat my meal... Why make it hard for the customer to eat their meal.... Okay rant over. Otherwise the food was delicious, well seasoned, hot and fresh, the TV shows we're entertaining, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable and Jennifer (the bartender) who served us was great! Would still highly recommend this place to anyone however would make it a point to ask for my shrimp to be de-tailed if I order in the future.

Photo of Brandy Renee Newton Brandy Renee Newton
Jun 10, 2023 5

My husband took me there for my 45th birthday and it didn't disappoint. I e had my eye on this place for a while and I'm glad we finally went. The food was absolutely incredible. Our waitress, Kat, was a sweetheart. The food runner (I wish I would have gotten her name!) was a delight and cracked jokes with us (which we absolutely love and is completely our style) to the point I had tears in my eyes. The food was worth every dime. Can't wait to go back. 10/10 all around.

Photo of Doug Belt Doug Belt
May 13, 2023 5

Had seen this place for years. Decide to give it a try. I'm glad I did. They have a brunch menu with breakfast and lunch options. The chicken fried steak, eggs, and hash brown were awesome. The biscuits with jam plate were great too. Good selection of craft and bottle beers. Also, a wide selection of bourbon and cocktail drinks. Really cool open kitchen. The kitchen team was putting out hot and fresh food. Will definitely be back to try the dinner menu.

Photo of Arvian “Sparkles” Duval Arvian “Sparkles” Duval
Apr 24, 2023 5

A colleague and I visited this restaurant today for lunch. This was my first time at this restaurant. We didn’t need reservations. We were seated immediately upon arrival. The restaurant was fairly empty at the time of our arrival as it didn’t have the typical lunch crowd. The environment was pleasant. They also offer outdoor seating but it was a little too chilly today to sit outdoors so we stayed indoors. Our server was professional and greeted us with a smile. She gave us a few minutes to peruse the menu before coming back to take our order. They actually do not serve lunch. They only serve brunch and dinner at this restaurant. We ordered fried green tomatoes for the table. The pimento cheese truly highlighted this dish. I ordered the smoked wings with hash browns for my entree. I am very finicky with my wings so wasn’t sure if I would like them; however, they were scrumptious! The wings were a great size, they were perfectly seasoned and cooked, great texture, and had an awesome smoky flavor. They were crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. My colleague ordered the chicken fried steak with hash browns and enjoyed the dish. The portions weren’t bad at all for brunch. We had a wonderful visit catching up while eating.

Photo of John Thomas Kong John Thomas Kong
Apr 2, 2023 5

It’s not just a southern thing, it’s everything. From the wonderful hostess to the excellent waitstaff to the exceptional food, and the endless mimosas, this Durham mainstay delivers and delivers well. The food is spot on spectacular. The vibe is southern casual. The drinks are endless (mimosas). If you are looking for great food at a great price served with great hospitality, then make reservations at It’s a Southern Thing and you won’t be disappointed. Also, bottomless mimosas. 🥂