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KoKyu Na'Mean


Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 251-9017
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Photo of Megan Yabani Megan Yabani
Apr 2, 2022 5

This little stop has the greatest food! They have an incredible variety of options from bowls, to sandwiches, to tacos. If you are a vegetarian/vegan, there are plenty of substitutes and options on the menu so you won’t ever leave hungry. My pup and I stop by at least once a week to get takeout, and I am always impressed with the quality of service, the kind employees and of course the incredible food! *Pro-tip- Get The brussels sprouts when they’re in season, they’re so tasty!

Photo of Katie Grissom Katie Grissom
Aug 15, 2021 5

Tried this place for the first time last night. The inside was closed, but they allowed us to place an order and sit outside. Immediately after placing the order, the computer systems went down and yet they got our food to us and waited on us even thorough it was technically to-go. At the end, they said the order was on the house and even though they knew that the whole time, they gave FANTASTIC service! Jamel is a rock star! AND the food was INCREDIBLE! Will 1000% be going back often! Thank you guys!

Photo of H Filtz H Filtz
Mar 30, 2022 5

This is one of the best restaurants in the area, I've had multiple items across all the menus and have yet to find anything I don't absolutely love. The beer selection is aces and oh my god that pistachio/girl scout cookie milkshake thing (100!!) I wish I could pick this place up and take it with me whenever I move next year.

Photo of Russ Campbell Russ Campbell
Sep 2, 2021 5

I have tried most things on the menu and keep coming back for more. Eclectic and delicious. The specials are not to be missed Great beer selection. Service has always been top notch.

Photo of Deena H Deena H
Feb 10, 2022 5

Delicious tacos and really quick and friendly service! They have plenty of options for vegans and carnivores across an array of cuisines. They also have house-made hot sauce that’s excellent. You can easily order online and sit outside to enjoy your food. Highly recommend!

Photo of Yvonne Riley Yvonne Riley
Dec 13, 2020 5

Just do yourself a favor and eat from here! GREAT FOOD! SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES! Order online for curbside pickup! I was introduced at the Na’Mean sandwich shop where they did amazing things with sandwiches and bowls. Since then, they opened a new location by Southpoint Mall, combined its menu with the sandwich shop, and then expanded their menu to include Ma’ Dang Chicken and Flip’s Griddle-Burgers. Please be sure to click on the menu to switch between all that they have to offer. Our favorites are: Na’Mean Sandwiches: THE BREAD!!! Nuac Cham Bahn Mi; Pyongyang Hot Chicken Kokyu Tacos and Bowls: Burnt End Nachos; Sweet Fries; Furikake Fries; They used to have amazing wings (BRING BACK THE WINGS!!!) Ma’Dang Chicken: Honey Gochugang Chicken Sandwich Flip’s Griddle-Burger: STREET CORN DIP AND CHIPS (THIS IS PHENOMENAL)!!!! They also have beer by the growler and liters of wine. For every 100 you spend, you receive 10.00 off future orders. Go! You will be exceptionally pleased!

Photo of Julie Randolph Feldsott Julie Randolph Feldsott
Feb 22, 2022 4

The flavors and menu and definitely innovative and worth a try, but some items are too salty. My friend had a chicken sandwich (nice, but not amazing) I had the baht mi and the meat was so salty it tasted a little like jerky. The fries are good, but again it's really really salty! And this is coming from someone who can inhale salt. Cool place and great service probably just not quite deserving of 5 stars.

Photo of Jad Chami Jad Chami
Feb 9, 2022 5

If you're reading this, you've hit the Jackpot. Just turn on directions and go here. Don't waste time. This place is AMAZING! You can't go wrong with anything you order. Their sandwiches are so good. Tacos are amazing! But those fries ... Wow!

Photo of Jason Cardot Jason Cardot
Feb 5, 2021 5

Amazing. The Pyongyang Hot Chicken sandwich is a heater 🌶️! We will be back for sure.

Photo of William Nevius William Nevius
Dec 28, 2020 5

Hands down one of the best bites in the city. The sandwiches are so amazing and the staff is always on point

Photo of Alan Hendricker Alan Hendricker
Dec 15, 2020 5

Great food. Try the Ko.F.C. if you are intimidated the first time. The bread is the highlight to me though, it is fresh and amazing. Exactly what you never find in North Carolina where everything is wonder bread terrible. My suggestion is to add jalapenos to your sammie, they are fresh cut (not pickled from a jar) and are a perfect amplifier to the taste. You'd never know this place is even here, tucked away in a corner, so right now it's almost a cult following (Update: this Na Mean location is now closed during pandemic). By the way they are right next to Wasp Auto , one of the best (and most hidden!) car repair places, so kill two birds with one stone if you need your car fixed; get some lunch too! I'd recommend eating in too, the sammiches are best hot and fresh. Update Dec 2020, After multiple more visits here, by far my favorite is the Baht Mi. It's almost like a BBQ beef brisket sammich. To die for. Took me a while to find it! The meat is just salty enough and perfectly hot and tender. But the bread. That's still what makes these the best sandwiches around. Great customer service too, they are *on it*. Online ordering is a breeze in the pandemic and they bring it out to your car.

Photo of Frannie Bray Frannie Bray
Nov 28, 2020 5

Crazy fast service, everyone is so nice, the food is absolutely phenomenal and all the flavors fresh and vibrant. Still thinking about the Pig Mac sandwich a day later, that's the kind of sandwich you dream about.

Photo of Alysia Suarez Alysia Suarez
Nov 20, 2020 5

Wow, ordered take out for Lunch and was amazed. Fast service and food was nice and hot! It tasted delicious and was amazed with the French fries. Shrimp tacos were AMAZING, and good portions.

Photo of Jesse Grant Jesse Grant
Oct 20, 2020 5

Love this place! Get everything on the menu! It's a little pricey but the flavors keep me coming back

Photo of Daniel Ruthers Daniel Ruthers
Jun 1, 2020 3

Ordered for dinner. The Baht Mi was absolutely delicious, and the pho side was good (but not my kinda flavor). However, I am currently on the toilet praying to god almighty to allow any substance out of either exit. Not sure if it was from the veggies or the short rib, but I am sure I beg for the sweet release of death. A little pricy too

Photo of Melvin Thomas Melvin Thomas
Jun 29, 2017 4

Excellent food. Exceptional service for a small place. More than worth a trip to visit. Your expectations will be exceeded!

Photo of NC Sam NC Sam
Jul 12, 2020 5

Very tasty. Quick service as we ordered online outside the door and order was ready in less than 15min

Photo of S R S R
Jan 20, 2020 5

I moved from California about 2 years ago and I miss the diverse/authentic food out there. It’s been difficult finding good restaurants out here in NC, it’s hard to come by authentic ethnic food. Found this place on social media and knew I had to try it out & i’m glad I did! The sandwich I ordered was soooo good! It was full of flavor, good amount of meat and a nice crunch from the veggies. I’m pretty sure the sauce is house made too, It all blended together perfectly. The bread tasted like it came straight from a bakery.The macaroni side salad was real good too, just wish it came with more. Honestly one of the best restaurants I’ve tried in North Carolina!

Photo of Erik Bradley Erik Bradley
Jun 4, 2020 5

Just wow, this spicy chicken sandwich the guy gave me was simply amazing. Just wow. Very pricey, almost 14 bucks for 1 sandwich. Kind of ridiculous. However it was just sooo damn good. Highly recommended.

Photo of Daniel Ruthers Daniel Ruthers
Jun 1, 2020 3

Ordered for dinner. The Baht Mi was absolutely delicious, and the pho side was good (but not my kinda flavor). However, I am currently on the toilet praying to god almighty to allow any substance out of either exit. Not sure if it was from the veggies or the short rib, but I am sure I beg for the sweet release of death. A little pricy too

Photo of Megan Mallard Megan Mallard
Apr 8, 2020 5

One of the best sandwiches I ever had here! And they’re running a great take out family special right now. Would highly recommend

Photo of Brian Jordan Brian Jordan
Dec 7, 2019 5

Always delicious! This is the Baht Mi, and I highly recommend it.

Photo of mana mana mana mana
Jan 27, 2020 5

Very cute and clean on the inside! It is a small portion of building so seating is a bit snug. But I’ve never had a bad meal here the pig Mac is my all time favorite sandwich

Photo of Daniel Gunn Daniel Gunn
Jan 30, 2020 5

This is the kind of out of the way place you spend weeks searching for in a city. You won't find a more diverse menu with such high quality and fresh offerings. I cannot recommend the Pyongyang Spicy chicken highly enough. Trust me, you won't regret it.

Photo of Kathryn Olinger Kathryn Olinger
Dec 28, 2019 5

So very tasty! The staff was super friendly. Love the graffiti wall art too 😀

Photo of Robert Fitzgerald Robert Fitzgerald
Dec 14, 2019 5

Excellent and tasty food! Creative presentation of Korean-Asian inspired foods nested in hoggie roll. Can get bowl versions BUT the killer Mexican Pork Stew is not to be missed if you like Mexican food in the form of a soup. It is amazing!! Never had anything like it!!!

Photo of Sal Syed Sal Syed
Nov 20, 2019 5

Small, chill place with great sandwiches. Went here for lunch and I was pleasantly surprised. You would not think such a good place would be in this area.

Photo of Susan Jennings Susan Jennings
Nov 16, 2019 5

Awesome place! Delicious sandwiches with great flavors and soft bread. Huge portions! They also have amazing horchata. They have extremely friendly customer service.

Photo of Josh Barfield Josh Barfield
Nov 2, 2019 5

Best sandwiches in Durham. Hidden away in South Durham, this place grew out of a awesome food truck and the brick and mortar doest disappoint. The menu has stable staples and daily, creative specials. A great fusion of American comfort food and southeast Asian eats. The high tables are perfect for hunching over a super delicious and messy hot chicken sandwich. Outdoor seating available. The best hidden gem here is there frozen lemonade and horchata with free refills.

Photo of Jeff So Jeff So
Nov 2, 2019 3

Got 2 bah mi sandwiches.. one pork belly and one hot chicken. Both were okay. Hot chicken was that spicy and the pork belly was on the leaner side. Both around $13 so we're kinda pricey. The restaurant was hard to find at night as it was real dark but Google Maps was accurate if you follow exactly.

Photo of Justin Singh Justin Singh
Oct 17, 2019 5

These sandwiches are awesome! Messy, but awesome! Selection of side dishes are great as well. They also have salads and ramen bowls.

Photo of Robby Crownover Robby Crownover
Oct 2, 2019 5

Fantastic sandwiches made with the best ingredients on freshly baked (like that moment!) French bread. A variety of non-traditional and interesting ingredients.

Photo of Depesh Patel Depesh Patel
Oct 12, 2019 4

We tried 2 sandwiches. Both were quite good and tasty. Highly recommend this place. Only reason for taking a star off is the higher than expected price and that the chicken on one of the sandwiches was a bit chewy.

Photo of Kendall Lancaster Kendall Lancaster
Oct 11, 2019 5

Ah-ma-zing food! Menu changes regularly so it's hard to have a favorite!! Banh mi sandwiches are delicious, soups are delectable!! Love this spot

Photo of Glitch Glitch
Oct 12, 2019 5

The food is great. The servers are nice. The atmosphere is great. The drinks are great. I don’t have anything bad to say about this place. One of my favorite restaurants anywhere.

Photo of Jacqueline Diaz Jacqueline Diaz
Jul 25, 2019 5

One of the best sandwich places I have ever been to, if not the best. I'm generally wary of fusion concepts, but I think this place executes a lot of different ideas very well using the banh mi as the basis for its menu. They have a bunch of Vietnamese and Korean-inspired options that fall on perhaps the more traditional end of things

Photo of Ann Vogler Ann Vogler
Aug 13, 2019 4

Unique but wasn’t our favorite sandwich place. The sandwiches were so saucy we had to raise through them to avoid sogginess. Going to give it another shot another time and try different sandwiches. I got the pimento special and my husband got a buffalo chicken sandwich.

Photo of Justin Thomas Justin Thomas
Jul 24, 2019 5

Awesome food. Really nice small seating area inside and outside. Sides are small but good. Definitely worth checking out and their new spot as well.

Photo of Alesandro Norton Alesandro Norton
Jul 26, 2019 5

My order was lost in a busy lunch rush, they quickly resolved the issue and offered money off my next order. Nearly enough for an entire meal. Great place. The food is top notch.

Photo of Dan Zwirn Dan Zwirn
Jun 25, 2019 5

My Only regret is that this place is not near where I live.. Best sandwiches We've ever had. Legendary, monumental these are just a couple of words that barely touch the tip of the iceberg for how amazing everything was. Can't wait for the new bigger Location to open

Photo of Daniel H Daniel H
May 10, 2019 4

Bhat Mi was great! It's a really cool vibe inside too. They have lots of outside seating, which is also nice because the music inside is loud. A bit less pricey & lower volume and I'd give 5 stars. Great place.

Photo of Gilberte Raymond Gilberte Raymond
Mar 25, 2019 4

I had a good experience at KoKyu Na'Mean! The food was great and the service was quick. They have a large variety to choose from, including daily specials. One of the daily specials was their version of the Big Mac, and it tasted exactly like one. I also order the sandwich and it was spicy but that was pretty efficiently balanced by the sweetness. If you don't like spicy and sweet you may it dig it much. I loved the flavor profiles of all there dishes.

Photo of Glenn Lozuke Glenn Lozuke
Jun 15, 2019 5

One of the best sandwiches in Durham! I've been 3 times. The bread they make is the key component to what makes these sandwiches so delicious. I wish there were 3 locations of KoKyu Na'Mean all over Durham. It's Da Bomb!

Photo of Lee Nelson Lee Nelson
Jun 4, 2019 5

I am new to the area and KoKyu Na'Mean has now become my favorite place in NC. The sandwiches were amazing. The flavor profile, texture and execution were outstanding. My first time happened to be in Two For Tuesday in which I got two sandwiches for the price of one. Each sandwich was big enough that I didn't need more, but they were so good I couldn't stop at one. I cannot wait to go back!

Photo of Patrick Kea Patrick Kea
Jun 6, 2019 5

Absolutely awesome. I mean, wow. The calamari sandwich and potato salad is legit. I spoke to Chris and she made my day. This was my first time and I can't go back quick enough. The food was so good, I almost bought a sandwich to bring back. Go her fast.

Photo of Kasey MacDonald Kasey MacDonald
Mar 28, 2022 5

I’ve been a long time lover of KoKyu. I fondly remember seeking out their food truck years ago in order to enjoy their amazing sweet potato fries! I love their location, their outstanding menu, and the great environment.

Photo of Bryce Jamison Bryce Jamison
Jun 11, 2022 5

5 stars all around! They have super tasty food from basically three different restaurants, the beer selection is decent, and the staff was extremely friendly and fast. I'll definitely be coming back!

Photo of Genevieve B Genevieve B
Sep 1, 2021 5

I love this restaurant, it is my top 3 favorite in the triangle. First, they make the best bahn mi in the state. Their other dishes are incredible. I've been going here for several years, the quality is always impeccable, each dish is a flavor bomb of deliciousness. They have a great selection of drinks both alcohol and non. I love that in the past year they have added a wide range of dishes, there is something for everyone here (even my picky daughter). The laid back vibe makes this place the perfect place to hang out with friends or go on a date.