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Southern Food for the Soul

Enjoy barbecue, fried chicken, and other Southern staples at these top-rated Durham restaurants. The list includes old-school joints as well as the next generation of Southern food hot spots.

Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ Pit

Backyard BBQ serves pit-cooked pork that's smoked over hickory, along with Southern sides like collards and Brunswick stew. 


Bullock's Bar-B-Que

Bullock's is the longest continuously operating restaurant in Durham, having been in business since the 1952. The restaurant serves Eastern-style barbecue. 

Dame's Chicken and Waffles

Dame's Chicken & Waffles

Dig into chicken and waffles at Dame's, where your plate comes with a signature butter schmear.  

Geer Street Garden

Geer Street Garden

Geer Street Garden serves eclectic Southern fare in a casual setting with ample outdoor seating. 

Hog Heaven

Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q

Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q serves Carolina-style barbecue, fried chicken, and seafood. 

Q Shack

The Original Q-Shack

The Original Q-Shack serves Texas-style barbecue in the Rockwood neighborhood, specializing ribs and brisket. 

Picnic Barbecue & Sides


Picnic specializes in whole hog barbecue, with pork sourced from the restaurant's partner farm in Durham.  

The Pit

The Pit Authentic Barbecue 

Enjoy Carolina-style barbecue in the Central Park district. For large groups, you can share family-style portions of chopped pork, okra, and other sides.  

Saltbox Seafood

Saltbox Seafood Joint

Saltbox Seafood Joint serves sustainably caught seafood from a counter-service shack near downtown. Check Saltbox's Facebook page to see daily specials. 

Watts Grocery

Watts Grocery

Watts Grocery serves locally inspired fare for brunch, lunch, and dinner in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood.

Discover Durham
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604