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Posted by DID on 3 Mar 2015 [No Comments]
Basan

Somewhat quietly amid the openings of Dashi and Gonzo’s, a new sushi/Japanese joint opened up in American Tobacco. Located in between Moe’s and Tobacco Road, Basan has been discovered yet by the masses. You can still easily stroll in on a Friday or Saturday and grab a table without waiting, a rarity in Durham.

Basan is also offering another rarity in downtown Durham, quality sushi. We’ve tried Basan a couple of times and have been impressed with the quality and cut of the fish they’re serving. We’ve learned …

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Posted by DID on 24 Feb 2015 [One Comment]
Gonza Tacos y Tequila

A whole plantain split open and stuffed with steak is pretty much all you need to know about the new Gonza Tacos y Tequila in Durham.

Located in the old 605 West Morgan spot in West Village, this is the third Gonza Tacos y Tequila in the Triangle (the other two are in Raleigh and Wake Forest). The decor is still the large open, exposed brick of 605 West Morgan, it’s just been updated and enlivened with day of the dead accessories and dozens of paper …

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Posted by DID on 12 Feb 2015 [No Comments]
Juju Asian Tapas and Bar

So it turns out Durham was longing for Asian tapas. Since it opened a few months ago, JuJu has pretty much been reservations required every night of the week. Don’t make the mistake of trying to stroll in for a table on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. The bar seems to calm down around 8:30 pm. Before it opened, there were plans for a dim sum cart and cocktail cart, but I’m guessing with the crowds the carts have been put on hold. Also because of the crowds and the …

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Posted by DID on 22 Jan 2015 [9 Comments]
The Boot

In all honesty, we are some of those annoying Durhamites who rarely venture outside of the downtown loop when looking for dinner. We have admittedly complained about driving that extra five minutes down Vickers to reach University and the mini hub that is Thai Cafe, Nana’s, Nana Taco and the Q-Shack. But when restaurant owner/chef Andy McGowan (of Geer St. Garden) opened The Boot in the original Local Yogurt spot, we ventured down University to check it out.

A large open space with long communal tables and a handful of booths, the …

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Posted by DID on 11 Jan 2015 [2 Comments]
Bar Virgile

Scott Howell (chef/owner of Nana’s), along with his wife and a partner opened Bar Virgile just before the holidays. Bar Virgile, with its warm glow and intimate setting, offers the perfect respite for these cool winter nights. It’s all wood, exposed brick and two really appealing curved leather booths in each corner. Bar Virgile does have one TV hung above the kitchen for those into the sport ball. They’re offering an extensive wine list, several beers on draught, and a list of classic cocktails like Manhattans, Fizzes …

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Posted by DID on 16 Nov 2014 [2 Comments]
Halal Bros./Halal Haven

The Halal Bros. food truck is the brainchild of two childhood friends from upstate New York who wanted to bring New York street food and authentic Pakistani favorites to the streets of Durham. Halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. Halal means there are no pork products on the Halal Bros. food truck. The menu is made up of beef, lamb, chicken, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

We stopped by on a recent Friday night when they were parked outside of Cocoa Cinnamon. It …

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Posted by DID on 10 Nov 2014 [No Comments]
Beer Durham

Beer Durham, a bottle shop/growler store, opened in the newish building by the farmer’s market parking lot this past summer.

In addition to shelves of beer, Beer Durham has few inside tables, two outside tables, 20 taps, and a few wines by the glass. You can enjoy your pint in the store or take it home in a re-fillable growler.

We’ve stopped in after the farmer’s market to grab a sixer, popped in to have a quick dinner at a food truck and enjoy a flight, and gone to …

 

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