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Nzinga's Kitchen


826 Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 680-2219
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Photo of Richard Boston Richard Boston
May 1, 2019 5

The service and food was some of the best soul food restaurants in the downtown Durham area.

Photo of James Clarke James Clarke
Jul 25, 2017 5

The food was great but the service was better! Our server, Tish if I remember correctly, was super friendly and efficient. She answered out questions quickly and made suggestions when asked. She was terrific! The shrimp & grits was phenomenal, as were the chicken and waffles. The salmon cakes were also delicious. The portion sizes were very generous. We took our leftovers home and had them for breakfast the following day, and the food was great even then. I got unsweetened tea and it was easily the best I've had in North Carolina. I can't wait to go back!

Photo of Megan Hughes Megan Hughes
Feb 12, 2020 5

My daughter and I stumbled onto this gem this morning. The staff was friendly and the food was extraordinary. My daughter got a chicken and egg biscuit, and swears she will never be able to eat chicken anywhere else ever again. "That biscuit cured my anxiety!" We were in a rush so we got our food to go, but we are planning to return as soon as we can.

Photo of Lottie K. Barnes Lottie K. Barnes
Jan 31, 2020 4

My first time. I ordered the waffle, eggs with cheese, turkey sausage and cajun grits. They have a good variety of choices on the menu.

Photo of Damia Purefoy Damia Purefoy
Jan 24, 2020 5

Most people don't know about this place and they should! Her food is amazing and the strawberry lemonade...OMGoodness you cannot leave without it!!! Just go!

Photo of Veronica Petrick Veronica Petrick
Dec 18, 2019 5

I heard about Nzinga's and knew I wanted to try but didn't know I NEEDED to try it!! The staff is super friendly and welcoming when you first walk in. The food is absolutely delicious! It has very good sized portions for not a lot of money with a family friendly, warm, welcoming atmosphere!

Photo of wilhelmina harewood wilhelmina harewood
Dec 5, 2019 5

Never had sweet potato biscuits before, with chunks of sweet potato. It was soo good. This place is excellent!

Photo of Sylvia M. Sylvia M.
Sep 25, 2019 4

Great portion sizes. The shrimp and grits are absolutely delicious! The sweet potato biscuit was yummy too. There is beautiful artwork to view while you dine.

Photo of Danon Salonis-McGrew Danon Salonis-McGrew
Sep 9, 2019 5

Amazing food and great service. Food is fresh and a good serving size. Literally writing this as I eat lol. This place is a hidden gem and officially my new breakfast spot!

Photo of Clinton W Spence Clinton W Spence
Aug 23, 2019 4

Our BIG Veggie omelets came out piping hot and tasty with a choice of cheese—including our picks of feta and provolone. We also got the fresh fruit side, and the pineapple clearly had just been sliced. The coffee was just OK, but my hot chocolate was indeed hot with an added refill after I’d spilled my first cup. Our friendly server provided prompt and attentive hospitality. We left very full—and ready to try this locally owned/operated café again soon.I also liked the art throughout the restaurant and noticed a stage for live music, although I didn’t see—or ask for—a schedule. (When I return to try lunch, I’ll be sure to ask, in case dinner and dancing is also an option for us!)

Photo of Wendy Sutton Wendy Sutton
Sep 10, 2019 4

I visited this restaurant for breakfast for the first time after seeing lots of friends posting about it online. I had been in the area many times but never stopped. I tried the pancakes, waffles, eggs, turkey sausage and "cajun" grits. I must say everything was very good. The portion sizes will fill you up. I give 5 stars to the Cajun Grits! They we're delicious. I will definitely be heading back to try everything else in the menu.

Photo of Jenny Baas Jenny Baas
Oct 8, 2019 5

I got the chicken and waffles! Can you say SEASONED to perfection? The chicken was seasoned all the way through. I chose the chicken tenders instead of the wings and it was so good. The waffle was delicious and you can tell it was made from scratch. And that sweet tea was sent down from heaven! It was by far THE BEST sweet tea I've had in a very long time.

Photo of Will Sutton Will Sutton
Jun 29, 2019 4

I visited this restaurant for breakfast for the first time after seeing lots of friends posting about it online. I had been in the area many times but never stopped. I tried the pancakes, waffles, eggs, turkey sausage and cajun grits. I must say everything was very good. The portion sizes will fill you up. I give 5 stars to the Cajun Grits! They we're delicious. I will definitely be heading back to try everything else in the menu.

Photo of Chandra Patteson-McNeil Chandra Patteson-McNeil
Jun 8, 2019 5

Delicious Breakfast! Great Cajun Grits went well with my eggs & salmon cakes!

Photo of Abby Robinson Abby Robinson
Jun 2, 2019 5

I ordered an hour before closing and everything was fresh.... I had the chicken and waffles and enjoyed every bite

Photo of Kita Teel Kita Teel
May 2, 2019 4

The breakfast sandwiches were so good. The cashier was so kind and the lady that worked the back was nice also. The prices are absolutely the best. The only reason I didn't give it 5 is because my clothes smelled like smoke when I left. They need a new exhaust system. 4.5 Stars

Photo of Mabel Kuehr-McLaren Mabel Kuehr-McLaren
Jun 15, 2019 5

Food was excellent! Service was friendly and accommodating, a good selection of vegetarian options on the menu. I had the French toast and it was perfect!

Photo of Louisa Carpenter-Winch Louisa Carpenter-Winch
May 26, 2019 5

Great diner food and free refills on coffee. We loved the art and plants too -- it's a great atmosphere. I had an omelet with onions, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheddar and it came with a biscuit and home fries. My date had a waffle with strawberries in syrup and eggs and country ham. It was all delicious, and less than $30. I recommend the biscuits! Fluffy and buttery.

Photo of Richard Holt Richard Holt
Jan 8, 2021 5

Better get some of that good food now before they close early!

Photo of KennyaShantel TM KennyaShantel TM
Nov 7, 2020 5

Best Shrimp and Grits I’ve had in a while! Definitely going to go back and try other menu items.

Photo of Reginald Lewis Reginald Lewis
Oct 25, 2020 5

I was recommended to this place by my relative while traveling from Ohio. First of all the establishment was very clean. The customer service was ex excellent and food was great. This will be one of my spots when traveling again. Love It!!!

Photo of Myisha Robinson Myisha Robinson
Jul 23, 2017 5

Nice hidden gem. We came down to Durham for a track meet and someone told us to try this place. I think the restaurant is near a University due to the large amount of college students. Food was nicely seasoned. SALMON CAKE Superb . Shrimp and grits delicious. Strawberry lemonade homemade excellent!!! Service was quick and made to order!!!

Photo of Brian Thomas Brian Thomas
Sep 18, 2020 3

Didn't order today need some printed take out menus please.

Photo of Jason Marr Jason Marr
Aug 31, 2020 5

So good, great local spot. Everything is awesome but the French Toast is out of this world.

Photo of Chrishauna Thomas Chrishauna Thomas
Mar 19, 2021 5

If I could rate it 10stars I would. The shrimp and grits was soo good I ordered another platter before I left the parking lot. The French toast was out of this world and that sweet potato bread almost took me out of here. The staff was very polite and the prices are great too. Highly recommend!!!

Photo of Brianna Holland Brianna Holland
Apr 3, 2021 5

The food here is amazingly delicious. I tried the french toast, hot honey chicken wings, and, salmon cakes and I really highly recommend all of it. Honestly the best breakfast spot around.

Photo of Liana Pinner Liana Pinner
Jun 26, 2021 3

I ordered as part of Offline Durham. I ordered the french toast combo. The french toast is delicious. I was a bit disappointed in the quality of bacon. I also selected to add fresh strawberries to french toast and didn't receive them. I didn't check before I left so this was bummer.

Photo of Tamara Gee Tamara Gee
Jun 13, 2021 5

Whether dine in or take out I've never had a bad experience here(except the disappointment felt when they're closed for a private event) Try the French toast or shrimp and grits you won't be disappointed. I've moved to Raleigh and I still make it to get my fix from here at least once a month.

Photo of Amanda Holland Amanda Holland
Apr 3, 2021 5

Staff is super friendly, and the food is amazing! The hot honey wings and salmon cakes were both great options to go with the best French toast I've had in awhile.

Photo of LaTissa Davis LaTissa Davis
Jun 30, 2018 4

The food is incredible! The wings were crispy and fresh, french toast fluffy and sweet, the mac and cheese taste homemade, and the pancakes are huge! Prices are reasonable and the service was wonderful.