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Elmo's Diner

Elmo's is a diner style restaurant located walking distance from East Campus is a favorite among students.

 

FUN FACTS

Anyone of any age can color in a duck (Elmo's mascot) and hang it on the Duck Wall, a collection of colored in ducks over the years.

ADDRESS

776 9th Street

HOURS

6:30am - 10:00pm

WEBSITE

http://elmosdiner.com/


Monuts Donuts

Recently relocated from downtown, Monuts quickly became a Durham favorite with their famous homemade donuts and breakfast bagel sandwiches.

 

FUN FACTS

From 1930 to 1978 this building held Scarboro’s Food Store, where many children who went to EK Powe would go get snacks after school.

Monuts started as a donut stand operating off a tricycle near the Durham Farmer's Market.

ADDRESS

1002 9th Street

HOURS

Closed Mon

7:00am - 9:00pm Tues-Sat

8:00am - 3:00pm Sun

WEBSITE

http://www.monutsdonuts.com/


Cuban Revolution

Cuban Revolution is a cuban restaurant located in the historic Tobacco campus region of Durham.

 

FUN FACT

Cuban Revolution is in the Reed Building, which was the first brick tobacco factory in the country. The factory was operated by W.T. Blackwell & Co. Tobacco, the company that popularized the bull as its symbol and that produced the famous Bull Durham Tobacco.

ADDRESS

318 Blackwell Street

HOURS

11:00am - 11:00pm Sun-Weds

11:00am - 12:00am Thurs-Sat

WEBSITE

http://www.thecubanrevolution.com/


Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe is a restaurant that has a large patio that overlooks the ball park, making it a great spot to see all that Durham has to offer.

 

FUN FACTS

"Tobacco Road" refers to the intense sports rivalry among NC's colleges, most notably Duke, UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest.

The snorting bull visible from the patio of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe was built in the first Durham Athletic Park for the movie “Bull Durham” in 1987. It became so ingrained in the Durham Bulls culture that it remained permanently.

ADDRESS

 280 S Mangum Street

HOURS

11:00am - 12:00am Sun-Thurs

11:00am - 2:00am Fri-Sat

WEBSITE

http://www.tobaccoroadsportscafe.com/about/index.html


Bull City Burger and Brewery

Bull City Burger and Brewery prides itself on its local and sustainable business practices.

 

FUN FACT

If you get one of three Bull City Burger approved tattoos, you can get 26% off at the restaurant for life!

ADDRESS

107 E. Parrish Street

HOURS

11:11am - 10:00pm Mon-Thurs

11:11am - 11:00pm Fri-Sat

11:11am - 9:00pm Sun

WEBSITE

http://www.bullcityburgerandbrewery.com/


The Parlour

The Parlour serves homemade ice cream with rotating flavors.

 

FUN FACTS

These buildings are known as the Herald Sun buildings after the Durham Morning Herald newspaper born in 1894. The publication grew to take over many of the buildings in the block.

Parlour has a bus that offers ice cream at many public events around Durham in the warmer months!

ADDRESS

117 Market Street

HOURS

Mon Closed

12:00pm - 10:00pm Tues-Thurs, Sun

12:00pm - 11:00pm Fri-Sat

WEBSITE

https://theparlourdurham.com/


Geer Street Garden

Geer St. Garden provides comfort foods such as grilled cheese and tamales with an out door patio that is heated in the cold.

 

FUN FACT

Geer Street Garden has a special late night menu for after bar hoping in the area.

This building used to be a Gulf Station from the 40s through the 70s. It was abandoned upwards of thirty years before being turned into a restaurant in 2011.

ADDRESS

644 Foster Street

HOURS

11:30am - 12:00am Mon-Sat

11:00am - 10:00pm Sun

WEBSITE

http://geerstreetgarden.com/


King's Sandwich Shop

King's Sandwich has been a Durham staple for years and offers great lunch!

 

FUN FACT

King’s Sandwich Shop has been around since 1942, back when Durham had few restaurants and locals can remember going to get hot dogs and sandwiches when they were young. It closed in 2007 but was remodeled and reopened in 2010.

ADDRESS

701 Foster Street

HOURS

11:00am - 4:00pm Mon-Sat

Closed Sun

WEBSITE

http://www.kingssandwichshop.com/


Lilly's Pizza

Lilly's Pizza is walking distance from East and has discounts for Duke students.

 

FUN FACTS

Lilly's has been named "Best Pizza" by Independent Weekly ten times since 2002 and was featured on Rachel Ray!

Lilly’s provides local artists spaces to display their art.

ADDRESS

810 W. Peabody Street

HOURS

11:00am - 10:00pm Sun-Thurs

11:00am - 12:00pm Fri-Sat

WEBSITE

http://lillyspizza.com/


Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop

Rose's is run by a butcher and pastry chef and offers a unique combo of food for lunch and dinner.

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FUN FACT

Rose's hosts series of hands-on classes about whole animal butchery.

Stop by for their full plates of home cooked food for dinner when you're missing home!

ADDRESS

121 N. Gregson Street

HOURS

Closed Mon

11:00am - 7:00pm Tues-Sat

11:00am - 5:00pm Sun

WEBSITE

http://rosesmeatandsweets.com/


Beyu Caffe

Beyu Caffe is a coffee shop, restaurant, and bar located in downtown Durham.

 

FUN FACTS

They have Jazz on Thursday nights--make a reservation though!

Beyu Caffe is located in the Snow building, one of Durham’s two art-deco buildings. Today it still has its original manually-operated elevators, and there is a penthouse apartment on the top floor!

ADDRESS

335 W. Main Street

HOURS

7:30am - 9:00pm Mon-Tues

7:30am - 10:00pm Weds-Thurs

7:30am - 12:00am Fri

9:30am - 12:00am Sat

9:30am - 3:00pm Sun

WEBSITE

http://beyucaffe.com/


Fullsteam

Fullsteam Brewery brews their own beer and features other local North Carolina breweries as well.

 

FUN FACT

This building housed bottling companies since 1939, when it was built as a ‘modern’ bottling plant. RC Cola, 7-Up, Tru-Ade, and water were all bottled in the plant throughout its years of operation. The rear wing, where Fullsteam is today, was used for bottle storage.

ADDRESS

726 Rigsbee Avenue

HOURS

4:00pm - 12:00am Mon-Thurs

2:00pm - 2:00am Fri

12:00pm - 2:00am Sat

12:00pm - 12:00am Sun

WEBSITE

http://www.fullsteam.ag/


The Federal

The Fed has a great location on Main Street featuring 14 local microbreweries and an impressive menu. 

 

FUN FACT

By 1975, UNC grads had opened up what has been described as the first sub shop to come to Durham, which was frequented by Duke students and RTP workers. Known as “Subway,” the shop kept the national “Subway” chain from operating under that name in Durham until 1988 when they paid the shop to change their name.

ADDRESS

115 N. Duke Street

HOURS

5:00pm-2:00am Mon

11:30am-2:00am Tues-Sat

8:00am-2:00am Sun

WEBSITE

http://www.thefederal.net/


Respite Café

Respite Cafe offers all sorts of seating arrangements, great coffee, and a comfy atmosphere off the beaten path.

 

FUN FACT

This area used to be the first playground in Durham, donated by Brodie Duke, until it was developed in the 1920s.

ADDRESS

115 N. Duke Street

HOURS

7:30am - 8:00pm Mon-Fri

9:00am - 6:00pm Sat

Closed Sun

WEBSITE

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Motorco

Motorco offers a bar, a restaurant and a music hall. 

 

FUN FACT

Motorco was initially set to be named The Geer.

The Durham Baking Company built this building in 1938, and since the late 1950s it held a series of car dealerships and a limo service. It was abandoned for about ten years before it became Motorco.

ADDRESS

723 Rigsbee Avenue

HOURS

5:00pm - 12:00am Mon

11:30am - 12:00am Tues-Weds

11:30am - 2:00am Thurs-Sat

11:30 - 12:00am Sun

WEBSITE

http://motorcomusic.com/


Farmer's Market

The Durham Farmer's Market offers locally grown produce, plants, baked goods, and so much more!

 

FUN FACT

Every fall, the Durham Farmers' Market hosts its annual Chef Challenge. Each year, 3 local chefs compete for the title of Chef Challenge Champ using products provided by the market! 

ADDRESS

501 Foster Street

HOURS

8:00am - 12:00pm Sat

3:30pm - 6:30pm Weds (seasonal)

WEBSITE

http://www.durhamfarmersmarket.com/