taste NORTHERN DURHAM / NEAR I-85
GUESS ROAD Northgate Mall Food court permanently closed. Exterior restaurants C&H Cafeteria and Randy's Pizza remain open for takeout. 1058 W. Club Blvd. Earth To Us Latin and American vegan dishes including cauliflower wings, garlic tostones, arepas and more. 1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 18; 919-908-1000 Gocciolina Upscale Italian fare with fresh specials featured on a prix-fixe dinner menu in the dining room or at outside tables. This wildly popular restaurant has graced our Best Of list again and again. 3314 Guess Rd.; 919-973-4089; gocciolina.com Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q Homestyle Eastern barbecue, fried chicken and seafood. Enjoy with a giant glass of iced tea. 2419 Guess Rd.; 919-286-7447; hogheavenbarbecue.com Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant Hong Kong-style dim sum, plus authentic Szechuan, Canton, Peking and Hunan Cuisine. 3003 Guess Rd.; 919-479-8339; hongkongdimsumindurham.com Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs Old-fashioned burgers, fries and a mean Carolina-style dog. 2728 Guess Rd.; 919-471-0005; jimmysfamoushotdogs.com La Cacerola Cafe & Restaurant Honduran specialties such as pupusas and chorizo asado. 2016 Guess Rd.; 919-294-6578; lacacerolacafenc.com Thai Spoon All the trappings for a delicious experience: pad thai, drunken noodles and curries. 3808 Guess Rd.; 919-908-7539; thaispoonnc.com HILLSBOROUGH ROAD Bennett Pointe Grill & Bar There’s something to please all palates on the large menu of this multiregional American restaurant. 4625 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-382-9431; bpgrill.com El Jefecito Exceptionally fresh tacos, quesadillas and burritos. 4910 Hillsborough Rd.; eljefecitofoodtruck.com Rockin’ Rolls Sushi Express All-you-can-eat sushi, soup, salads, appetizers like spring rolls, crab rangoon and gyoza, plus entrees including teriyaki and hibachi dinners. Also open for takeout. 3405 Hillsborough Rd., Ste. E; 919-251-8822; rockinrollssushi.com/durham Shanghai Restaurant Established in the 1980s, this Cantonese restaurant is open for takeout and offers both Americanized and authentic dishes. 3433 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-383-7581; shanghaidurham.com
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HILLANDALE ROAD Bleu Olive High-quality comfort food incorporating local ingredients and Mediterranean flair. Family operated and chef-driven. 1821 Hillandale Rd.; 919-383-8502; bleuolivebistro.com BR El Corral Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican faijitas, tacos, enchiladas and a great chorizo queso dip. 1821 Hillandale Rd., Ste. 8; 919-309-4543; elcorralnc.com Melo Trattoria & Tapas Classic Italian – think spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parmigiana – meets tapas. 1821 Hillandale Rd., Ste. 3; 919-384-9080; melotrattoria.com Pomodoro Italian Kitchen Homemade sauces on fresh-made pizzas, pastas and other Italian favorites. 1811 Hillandale Rd.; 919-382-2915; pomodoroitaliankitchen.info NORTH POINTE DRIVE The French Corner Bakery Curbside pickup available for artisan breads, crafted tarts and pastries, plus lunch. 2005 North Pointe Dr., Ste. B; 919-698-9836 MORE NORTHERN DURHAM DINING Alpaca Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Need we say more? 302 Davidson Ave.; 919-220-9028; alpacachicken.com Bullock’s Bar-B-Cue A staple in the community since 1952, serving up soul in Eastern-style barbecue, Brunswick stew and fried chicken. 3330 Quebec Dr.; 919-383-3211; bullocks-bbq.com Dogwood Bar & Grill American fare including burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads, plus larger entrees like baby back ribs, shepherd’s pie and penne alle vodka. Try the House Nachos (chips are made in-house) and the spinach salad. 5110 N. Roxboro St.; 919-973-2342 Goodberry’s Frozen Custard All-natural frozen custard with a variety of topping options. 3906 N. Roxboro St.; 919-477-2552; goodberrys.com Picnic Order the pulled pork, of course, but also the fried chicken, mac and cheese, and hushpuppies. 1647 Cole Mill Rd.; 919-908-9128; picnicdurham.com BR
Silver Spoon Restaurant A large menu of breakfast favorites like strawberry waffles and omelettes, plus sandwiches, pastas, salads and kids plates. 5230 N. Roxboro St.; 919-479-7172; silverspoonnc.com Skrimp Shack Fast casual seafood restaurant serving addictive shrimp, fish and a variety of other fried and grilled seafood. 3600 N. Duke St., Ste. 28B; 919-477-0776; theskrimpshack.com Taqueria Los Amigos Mexican and Honduran food. Takeout available. 3810 N. Duke St.; 984-888-0950
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BROAD STREET Cloche Coffee Serving coffee drinks made with Larry’s Coffee as well as tea, chai and other assorted drinks and snacks in a bright space filled with plant life. Get your coffee fix to-go or savor each sip on their outdoor patio. 721 Broad St.; 919-738-3333; clochecoffee.com Joe Van Gogh Grab your coffee to-go at this local coffee shop that sources quality beans for superior coffee. 1104-B Broad St.; 919-286-4800; joevangogh.com The Palace International Pick up African cuisine to-go, including curry goat, dovi chicken and samosas. 1104-A Broad St.; 919-416-4922; thepalaceinternational.com Wellspring Cafe Temporarily closed. 621 Broad St.; 919-286-2290 BULL CITY MARKET The Mad Hatter’s Café & Bakeshop The artisan café and bakery celebrates the sweet things in life. Scratchmade cakes, cupcakes and pastries, organic salads, sandwiches and wraps, with breakfast all day and delicious brunch every weekend. Espresso, juice and organic smoothie bar as well as local beer and wine selection. 1802 W. Main St.; 919-286-1987; madhatterbakeshop.com BR ERWIN ROAD Early Bird Donuts Doughnuts, biscuits, croissant breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Try the cinnamon sugar doughnut. 2816 Erwin Rd., Ste. 101; 984-888-0417 Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar Specialty seafood boils, raw bar, fish baskets, po' boys and sliders. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 104; 984-439-8651; hookreel.com/ location/durham Itaewon Grill Build-your-own Korean barbecue bowls for takeout with a variety of meats and meat substitutes, toppings and sauces. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 132; 919-864-9742; itaewongrillkbbq.com MediTerra Grill Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, offering gyros, kabobs and curry. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 136; 919-383-0066; mediterranc.com