Southern Living Magazine gave our corner of the world quite the compliment yesterday. It was revealed that the South’s Tastiest Town is Durham. The article talks illustrates the town as a unique mixture of old and new, with the blending of the American Tobacco Historic District and Brightleaf Square. And, of course, there are some amazingly delicious cuisines mentioned.
Some of the wonderful restaurants and eateries that were featured include Nana’s, whose chef, Scott Howell, was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award. (Congrats!) Scratch Bakery, Counter Culture Coffee, Fullsteam Brewery and Tavern, Cocoa Cinnamon, Monuts Donuts, Mateo Tapas, Pizzeria Toro and Geer Street Garden were all given love. These places are more than superb, and deserve all the love they are getting.
It’s clear from the article that great restaurants are sprinkled throughout Durham, and lots of them didn’t get a shout out. That’s the nature of journalism- we can’t include everything- but the northeast central area has some great dining spots.
Earlier this month, when the Tastiest Town Awards sweepstakes was still in progress, staff writer Marissa Peterson highlighted Gg Fish & Chicken, an extremely popular seafood restaurant off of Fayetteville Street in Durham. Since it’s opening in 2010, it has become a regular spot for locals for lunch and dinner, especially after church services.
And there are many, many more. What about JC’s Kitchen? Or Taqueria El Chilango? Or Doug’s Pub & Grill?
Inspired by Southern Living’s article, and with the help our readers, I would like to host a contest for the tastiest restaurants in the northeast central area. Comment below for your favorite restaurant (one comment is equal to one vote), and all votes will be accepted until Tuesday, April 16th. Spread the word to all your friends, and we’ll announce the winner next Wednesday, April 17th.
By: Allie Barnes
Photo by: Marissa Peterson