Naan Stop Indian Cuisine Authentic Indian cuisine with dishes like daal makhani, paneer tikka masala and biryani. 2812 Erwin Rd., Ste. 103; 919-891-3488 & 919-797-2100; naanstopduke.com NOSH “Eclectic foodstuffs” like “Mike’s Breakfast Pizza,” “Coach’s Queso" sandwich and the brown derby chopper salad. 2812 Erwin Rd., Ste. 101; 919-383-4747; noshfood.com BR Saladelia Cafe @ Hock Plaza The cafe offers simple and honest food prepared with authentic, local and seasonal ingredients. Espresso, juice and organic smoothie bar, yum-on-the-run pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. Enjoy on their outdoor patio. 2424 Erwin Rd.; 919-416 1400; saladelia.com BR
Smashburger Unique burgers smashed on the grill, chicken and salads. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 116; 919-237-1070; smashburger.com Sushi Love Specialty sushi rolls, such as the “Honey Love” roll topped with mango and kiwi, as well as other Asian cuisine favorites. 2812 Erwin Rd., Ste. 204; 919309-2401; sushilovedurham.com ERWIN SQUARE Guasaca Arepas, salads and rice bowls with South American flavor. 2200 W. Main St., Ste. A100; 919-294-8939; guasaca.com Local 22 Kitchen & Bar Upscale Southern-inspired cuisine, with emphasis on food sourced within a 30-mile radius and local brews. 2200 W. Main St.; 919-286-9755; local22durham.com BR Parizade Sophisticated Mediterranean food like grilled bronzino, Australian lamb chops and pan-fried Roman dumplings. 2200 W. Main St.; 919-286-9712; parizadedurham.com Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar Seafood restaurant serving up shrimp, oysters, fish-n-chips, surf-n-turf dinners and more. 2200 W. Main St., Ste. A140; 984-219-7337; theshuckinshack.com NINTH STREET DISTRICT Alpaca Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Need we say more? 703-A Ninth St.; 919-908-1597; alpacachicken.com Banh’s Cuisine Vietnamese and Chinese dishes with great vegetarian specials. Cash only! Currently open for takeout, with patio tables available. 750 Ninth St.; 919-286-5073 The Durham Filling Station Breakfast fare, like madefrom-scratch biscuits, any style of eggs, famous pinto beans, burgers and upgraded hot dogs. 617 Hicks St.; 919-797-1006 Blue Corn Cafe Authentic Latin-American fare with fresh, organic ingredients. 716 Ninth St.; 919-286-9600; bluecorncafedurham.com Burger Bach Signature New Zealand grass-fed beef burgers and fresh-cut fries. 737 Ninth St., Ste. 220; 919-973-4416; theburgerbach.com Chicken Bee Korean fried chicken as well as other dishes like bibimbap, kimchi fried rice and bulgogi. 810 Ninth St., Ste. 129; 984-888-5561; chickenbee.com Cocoa Cinnamon Signature hand-brewed coffees and lattes to-go, like the “Future Nostalgia” latte with cinnamon and anise from their seasonal menu. 2627 Hillsborough Rd.; cocoacinnamon.com
Chocolate cupcake filled with Damn Fine Chocolate Liqueur mint ganache and topped with mint and Damn Fine Chocolate Liqueur icing; a vanilla cupcake infused with American Dry Conniption gin, lemon, ginger and rosemary, filled with a pear compote of ginger, rosemary, lemon and gin, and topped with a buttercream flavored with more rosemary, lemon, ginger and honey; a Damn Fine Chocolate Liqueur Cupcake topped with pistachio buttercream and toasted pistachio; and chocolate macarons filled with Damn Fine Chocolate Liqueur ganache and salted caramel.
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’m not much for desserts in general, but when the holidays roll around, my sweet tooth kicks into high gear. When I discovered that the new Corpse Reviver Bar & Lounge would offer some of its boozy cupcakes – which continue to be available for curbside pickup upstairs at Durham Distillery as well – on a nightcap menu alongside other confections, I had to give them a shot (pardon the pun). Kim Snyder, who makes the desserts, is a server at Bennett Pointe Grill, but was laid off for a time when COVID-19 hit. She still baked for the restaurant, something she’s done for nearly 8 years, but, predictably, business was slow. “I needed to supplement my income, and quickly, so I advertised my baking on my Northgate Park neighborhood listserv,” Kim says. She got enough business to keep her busy, and started an Instagram account to highlight her products. “Once I got the hang of it, I tagged @durhamdistillery when I baked chocolate truffle cupcakes for a client using their Damn Fine Chocolate Liqueur,” Kim says. “Melissa Katrincic, co-owner of the distillery … contacted me about the cupcake, and I sent her the recipe to pass on to Instagram followers. A little over a month later, she contacted me with a business proposal that would combine my baking with their curbside pickup, highlighting their Conniption gin and liqueurs.” The cheesecake – made with a crust of ladyfingers, mascarpone, dark rum and Damn Fine Coffee Liqueur – is silky and rich. The macarons melt in your mouth. The flavors of each ingredient in the cupcakes are so forward. You do get to taste the gin in the vanilla cupcake, for example, but it’s complemented by all those tastes you want alongside gin – ginger, rosemary, lemon – and it just … works. “It is quite amazing to me that our partnership is not even 3 months old,” Kim says. “I feel we have accomplished so much already. This was truly serendipitous.” – by Amanda MacLaren december/january 2021