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Posted by DID on 15 Jul 2014 [No Comments]
Mi Peru

In the heat of the summer, if it was possible to exist solely on ceviche I would. So when Mi Peru opened, I was pumped about the first Peruvian restaurant in Durham to not just carry the albeit great classic rotisserie chicken, but also classic Peruvian ceviche.

A family venture, Peruvian couple Edwin Vergaray and Gladis Muñoz with the help of their daughter opened Mi Peru just behind the Target shopping center and across from G2B.

We stopped in on a Saturday night and tried the Chorlos …

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Posted by DID on 14 Jul 2014 [10 Comments]
Ed Mitchell’s Que

During the Bulls fan fest this past weekend, we stopped into Ed Mitchell’s much talked about and long anticipated Que. Ed Mitchell is BBQ royalty and his new restaurant features his famous whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue in addition to some nods to modern tastes like BBQ tempeh and pork rind crusted brie.

The atmosphere, honestly, like most restaurants around ATC, feels like a chain restaurant. Even the seemingly cast iron pans in which the sides are served are disappointingly just enamel.

Que has a full bar including a well-curated draught beer …

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Posted by DID on 26 Jun 2014 [One Comment]
Gocciolina Restaurant

As the condos go up and the pleated khaki pants invade downtown Durham, it’s nice to see new spots opening in unexpected locations. In addition to all of the new spots in South Durham, will North Durham be the new spot for those looking for a nice dinner without the downtown buzz?

Gocciolina, a small Italian restaurant, has opened at the end of a dying strip on Guess Road. The man behind Gocciolina Aaron Benjamin is a familiar face. In addition to studying at the University …

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Posted by DID on 11 Jun 2014 [7 Comments]
Oval Park Grill

Oval Park Grill has opened in the spot that used to be Broad St. Cafe. The space feels fresh and new with an updated bar, a large outdoor space and a redone kitchen. Two of the three folks behind Oval Park Grill are Vin Rouge’s former bar manager and chef de cuisine.  This along with the thoughtful menu and laid back vibe, gave us high hopes as we grabbed two seats at the bar this past weekend.

Oval Park Grill, open just over a week, knocked it out …

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Posted by DID on 9 Jun 2014 [No Comments]
The Local Watering Hole

The Local Watering Hole has been open on Guess Road for a couple of years now (pretty near the All People’s Grill). A small cinder block building, it has a pool table, a few TV’s, and a fish tanks. The beer is in bottles and cans and mostly domestic. There are pretzels and a juke box. There is a fish tank with some sort of eel. It’s welcoming, it’s quirky, it’s the ideal neighborhood bar.

Out back is where …

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Posted by DID on 6 Jun 2014 [One Comment]
Triangle Pint & Plate Food

This is just a quick look at the new menu at Triangle Pint & Plate. Triangle started serving food just a week ago and in this early stage, they are keeping things simple. There are a few burgers, a chicken sandwich and a handful of appetizers. They have fried pickles, macaroni bites and a pint glass full of bacon.

The sandwiches were pretty good, served on brioche with a side of tater tots. Triangle Pint & Plate is …

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Posted by DID on 5 Jun 2014 [3 Comments]
Social Games and Brews

Casbah transitioned into a new game bar a few months ago and has been rebranded as Durham Social Game and Brews. They’ve taken out the stage and the sound booth and replaced them with a much larger and longer bar, some arcade games, a foosball table and a 22′ shuffle board.

Social Games and Brews also has an impressive line up of some 30 beer taps and Durham’s Brood soda.

The games include a Back to the Future pinball machine, …


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