SOUTHERN LOCATION, ASIAN FLAVORS
While you might typically associate North Carolina with biscuits and barbecue, don’t miss Durham food trucks doing exciting things with Asian flavors. Chef David “Flip” Filippini started KoKyu in 2010 as a whimsical Korean barbecue food truck with an eyecatching graffiti exterior. Now the KoKyu brand includes KoKyu Na’Mean, a sit-down restaurant that dishes out globally inspired fare. For mouthwatering Chinese dumplings, track down the Chirba Chirba Dumpling (left) truck, which has been featured on Joey Fatone’s food show “My Family Recipe Rocks” and has earned numerous Best of the Triangle awards.
BUILDING A RESTAURANT EMPIRE
If you’ve never heard of Matt Kelly, you may have heard of his restaurants. This talented chef and restaurateur started his career in Durham at Vin Rouge. By 2012, he opened the James Beard-nominated Mateo Bar de Tapas, a Spanish restaurant with Southern influences. Since then, Kelly’s fans have had several new restaurants to enjoy: savor hand-rolled pasta at Mothers and Sons; order house-cured meats and deli classics at Lucky’s Delicatessen; and fresh seafood at Saint James.