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N INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, I started my morning from a very non-triumphant place, battling Highway 147 traffic, running late – again – because my four-month-old was up half the night with a cold. Because I had to take the recycling bin out. Because I needed to brew a good cup of coffee to keep me awake. Because I had to respond to that email. Because … life. I arrived at the “Durham Women Take No Bull” seminar at The Carolina Theatre, presented by the Durham Chamber of Commerce, just as a women’s panel (followed by a 20- and 30-somethings panel) took the stage. I listened to a group of accomplished women, including Ellen Shannon, VP of planning and development here at Durham Magazine, Lori Jones Gibbs of PNC Bank, Heather Denny of McDonald York Building Company and Lori O’Keefe of Triangle Community Foundation speak about their background, how they’ve overcome sexist workplaces, how they’ve been mentored (by men and women) and how they’ve managed family life. All four had taken a leap of faith to become the successful businesswomen they are today. But, otherwise, all of them had very different stories and challenges. It’s worth mentioning, there is something special about working and living here. Professionally, Durham women are outperforming national trends of female involvement at C-level positions and in startups. I trust you will be as inspired as I am when you read what our 2018 Women of Achievement (starting on page 32) have accomplished across arts, nonprofits, volunteering, starting or leading a business. As a busy mom, professional, friend, wife and generally exhausted individual, these women give me hope, and it’s reassuring to know that I’m not alone… in traffic, up at night, managing a company, taking out the trash, cooking dinner.

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10 Go. See. Do.

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24 Adopt a Pet

Three dashing dogs seek permanent playmates

26 Get Off My Lawn

Duke’s Dr. David S. Pisetsky questions the need for yard signs

28 Lessons of Interfaith

Author Carl W. Kenney II shares our city’s interfaith legacy

30 Bites of Bull City

Get to know five of Durham’s top female chefs

50 What We Love About Living

in Old North Durham Jamie and Amanda Hahn adore their Craftsman-style house – deconstructed and rebuilt from the foundation up! – in this historic neighborhood


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95 Engagement & Wedding

Meet 13 remarkable Bull City women

How to dress for today’s workplace

Discover our city’s best restaurants

Tying the knot, Bull City-style


The results of our annual peer-to-peer survey of local providers


In the second of our series of conversations with Durham’s higher education leaders, we spoke to Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, chancellor of North Carolina Central University


Ed Crabtree reminisces about his namesake and her famed family recipe


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Witness the impossible as five of the world’s leading illusionists and magicians make their way from Broadway to the Durham Performing Arts Center. Fans and skeptics of all ages are invited

to watch these jaw-dropping acts firsthand. The five Illusionists, including The Daredevil, The Inventor and The Deductionist, will keep you on the edge of your seat all night.

Greek Festival M AY 5 -6

Make your way to St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church for its annual festival celebrating Greek culture, music and dance. Enjoy live music from the bouzouki band Opa! and request free folk dance lessons. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to the taverna for a heavenly gyro and a piece (or two!) of baklava. Stick around for performances by the Hellenic Dancers, a silent art auction and your shot at a $1,000 raffle prize. A portion of this platesmashing good time benefits the Durham Rescue Mission.

Walk for the Animals

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Take Fido and the family to Duke University’s East Campus for a Saturday morning

full of fundraising and furry friends. The walk benefits the Animal Protection Society of Durham – the only open-admission animal shelter in Durham County. Help them reach their $80,000 goal and give second chances to thousands of local animals. Enter your pup in contests for Best Kisser, Best Trick and more; visit some of the 50+ vendors; hang out in the kids’ zone; watch K9 demonstrations by the Durham Police Department; meet adoptable dogs; and much more. Register ahead and create your own fundraising team – you might even find yourself on the leaderboard! „ 10



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Moogfest MAY 17- 20

This annual event celebrates the synthesis of music, art and technology. By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. By night, it presents pioneers in electronic music alongside pop and avant-garde experimentalists. Enjoy this year’s compelling lineup including Madame Ghandi, Fawkes, Gavin Rayna Russom and Annie Hart at venues like the American Tobacco Campus and Motorco.


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Ani DiFranco M AY 4

The singer, songwriter, poet and activist performs songs from her 20th studio album, “Binary,” at The Carolina Theatre. During her 25 years in the industry, Ani’s music has tackled themes of feminism, activism, pacifism and politics. While her previous album focused more personally on pregnancy and motherhood, her latest release is an analysis of the current political sphere and a call to action. Be sure to catch this empowering artist while she’s in town!

Durham Blues & Brews Festival

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Visit the Bennett Place State Historic Site to pay respects to fallen soldiers throughout the years; this Memorial Day celebration stems from the postCivil War “Decoration Day” and includes military historians portraying soldiers from each era of our nation’s history. Special traveling exhibit “Profiles of Honor” will be on display both days.

PAGE 10: (clockwise from top left) The Illusionists photo by Claudia James; Moogfest photo by Brian Livingstone PAGE 12: (clockwise from top left) Ani DiFranco photo courtesy The Carolina Theatre; Dynamic Duos photo courtesy the Museum of Life and Science; Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival photo courtesy Durham Parks & Recreation




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MAY 31

The only thing better than a delicious meal is when it’s perfectly paired with a beverage! Head to the Museum of Life and Science for an adults-only (21 and older) event that features your favorite wineries, breweries and restaurants from across the area. Learn why certain foods and

drinks make good pairs while wandering through the museum, Hideaway Woods, Farmyard and Butterfly House after-hours. Plus, enjoy food truck fare from Sympathy for the Deli, The Bamboo Cookhouse, Chirba Chirba Dumpling and Tenco Coffee. Buy your tickets in advance to guarantee your spot for this deliciously educational evening.

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This festival brings together 20 of North Carolina’s best breweries, unlimited 12-ounce pours and local, live music at Durham Central Park. Enjoy tunes from Bulltown Strutters, Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos and The Selwyn Birchwood Band while sampling drinks from Bull City Ciderworks, Ponysaurus, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Mystery Brewing Co. and more. As if the music and libations aren’t enticing enough, the fest also offers food truck goodies from Cousins Maine Lobster, Lumpy’s Ice Cream and Bulkogi. A portion of the proceeds benefit local charities like the Exchange Family Center.

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Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival M AY 19

Honor African and African-American history with Bimbé’s 49th annual festival at Rock Quarry Park. This celebration of tradition and culture offers live music, crafts, authentic foods and performances by local artists. This year’s lineup includes Uptown Swagga Band from Charlotte, Durham-based Shursoundz and Ras Medy. Bring the kiddos for face painting, drum circles and inflatables. Don’t miss Bimbé’s block party, basketball classic and teen pool party leading up to Saturday’s main event! – Kristi Piechnik

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The Hayti Heritage Center hosted the third annual wimmin@work event, showcasing creative work by women of color in Durham. Duke University Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance Andrea E. Woods Valdés created the function in 2016 as a way to celebrate her women teachers, students, mentors, friends and family members. Performances included spoken word poetry, singing, various types of dance – traditional Kenyan, modern and interpretive – and harp performances. The event also allowed local female vendors to come and sell their crafts, like jewelry, wine and clothing. 14



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Kidznotes, which provides free musical instruction to children from low-income neighborhoods in Durham and Raleigh, celebrated its eighth anniversary with an evening of fundraising at The Umstead Hotel and Spa. Three-time Grammy Award winner Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo performed live alongside Kidznotes students, and 230 guests enjoyed a menu that was codesigned by Herons’ Chef Steven Devereaux Greene and Chef and the Farmer’s Vivian Howard. The evening’s theme of growth – today, the program serves 450 students in more than 10 schools – was capped off with a live auction, which helped bring their fundraising total to $120,000.


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1 Branford and Nicole Marsalis. 2 Chuck and Sue ReCorr. 3 Dr. Assad Meymandi and Terry Thompson. 4 Marie and Gene Washington. 5 Chef Vivian Howard, former Mayor William V. Bell and Kidznotes Executive Director Nick Malinowski.

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Meals on Wheels of Durham hosted its Feed the Need 110 Gala at 21c Museum Hotel. ABC11 Evening News Anchor Steve Daniels served as the emcee for the night, which featured drinks; dinner from the hotel’s restaurant, Counting House; music by Mint Julep Jazz Band and Rick Keena; and a silent auction with contributions from local artists, restaurants and other vendors, which helped raise $33,000 to support the organization’s mission of delivering meals to homebound individuals in Durham.

1 Meals on Wheels of Durham Board of Directors President Everett Anderson, his wife, Candace Anderson, and Meals on Wheels of Durham Executive Director Gale Singer Adland. 2 Meals on Wheels volunteer Ken Reckhow and Ellen Reckhow, Durham County Commissioner. 3 Chuck Givens and April Dudash. 4 Gaston Burthey and Lauren Vick. 5 Gray Ellis of Ellis Family Law, Carol Clayton and Elizabeth Ellis. 6 Kai and Courtney Caraganis. M AY 2 0 1 8




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The Durham Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual Durham Women Take No Bull event at The Carolina Theatre on International Women’s Day. It brought together Bull City women across multiple industries and organizations to both inspire and inform one another through panel discussions, Q-and-A’s and a keynote address from Zim Ugochukwu, entrepreneur and founder of Travel Noire, a digital publishing platform that creates tools and resources for travelers.


1 Panelists Dr. C. Nicole Swiner of Durham Family Medicine; Heather Pownall, director of business development at AICPA; Empower Dance Studio Owner Nicole Oxendine; and Bee Downtown Founder Leigh-Kathryn Bonner. 2 Durham Magazine’s own Ellen Shannon and her fellow panelists Lori O’Keefe, president & CEO of Triangle Community Foundation; Lori Jones Gibbs, senior vice president of community development banking for the Carolinas at PNC Bank; Heather Denny, CEO of McDonald York Building Company; and panel moderator Jes Averhart, executive director of Leadership Triangle.


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Virginia-based home builder Stanley Martin plans to construct a neighborhood of more than 100 single family homes in Durham. Located on 70 acres of land near Garrett Road and Cresset Baptist Church, prices for the new homes will start in the mid $400,000s. Technology company SpokeHub unveiled its augmented reality, or AR, social app in March. The AR superimposes a computer-generated image (like the one pictured) onto a user’s view of the real world. Principled Technologies owners Mark L. Van Name and Bill Catchings have released a book about business management, “Limit Your Greed: Put Principles Above Money to Build Better Businesses and a Better World (and Still Make a Profit).” The duo draws on their years of experience as both business owners and employees.




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distributed by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to community members in need. Research Triangle Park is opening two new, affordable buildings at The Frontier for small and startup businesses. One of the buildings will have wet lab space – a first in the area for businesses that do not have a university affiliation or a partial stake in the research or product being developed. After working in the engineering industry for 30 years, Christina Ndoh decided to use her passion for education to help local children. She recently opened the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Brier Creek – part of a national franchise that is designed to help children excel in reading and math through self-learning.


Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering began construction on a new building for education, research and entrepreneurship initiatives in March. Scheduled for completion in late 2020, this $115 million project will expand the engineering school’s teaching space by 50%.

A full-service retail boutique specializing in direct-to-garment digital printing, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More at 1125 W. N.C. Hwy. 54, Ste. 316, celebrated its ribbon-cutting and grand opening in February.


Durham is among the 35 Champion Cities chosen by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge. Our city will receive $100,000 to refine and test ideas over the next six months to

address what leaders identified as our most pressing issue: car dependency. The city will then submit a new application in August, and will find out in October if it’s one of the four cities that will receive $1 million awards or the one that will receive a grand prize of $5 million to bring its ideas to life. Sarah O’Brien was awarded REALTOR® of the Year at the Durham Regional Association of REALTORS® Awards Luncheon at Hope Valley Country Club. The Durham and Raleigh metro area was ranked No. 7 on a list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the country by U.S. News & World Report, which noted our region is “luring nearly 80 new residents a day with strong job growth and a high quality of life.” WalletHub named Durham the best mid-sized city for college basketball and the fourth best overall U.S. city for college basketball. Livability named the Triangle one of the five tech hot spots in the U.S.

Travel Noire chose Saltbox Seafood Joint as one of the 50 best black-owned restaurants in the U.S. and the best in North Carolina. Congrats to Chef and Owner Ricky Moore (pictured left)! North Carolina Central University was ranked the No. 9 college in North Carolina for online degree programs by


Bryan Fox is the new vice president of public policy at the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. He comes to the job from running his own public relations consulting practice, The Fox Group LLC. North Carolina Central University Chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye joined the board of directors for the Research Triangle Foundation of NC.


North Carolina Central University Athletic Director Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Durham Public Schools named Andrea Petifer of Pearsontown Elementary School the DPS Assistant Principal of the Year. She was surprised with the announcement by her students, coworkers and family at school in February. Here, she’s pictured with Principal Rodriguez Teal (left) and DPS Superintendent Dr. Pascal Mubenga. Architecture and construction firm BuildSense received a Best of Houzz award in the category of design for the third year in a row.

Artful. Natural. Zenn. For more than 20 years, Dr. Michael Zenn, one of the country’s foremost experts in plastic surgery and board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, has shared his artful surgical skills and zen-like patient care at UNC & Duke.

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Duke announced a three-year partnership with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Beginning in January 2019, this collaboration will include the first ABT performances in North Carolina since 1969, master classes and a special three-year „


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noted project called “Endless House,” which will showcase the collaborative work of members of the ABT company and students in Duke’s master of fine arts in dance program. Area artists Dare Coulter and Jonathan Massullo were chosen to design and install public art along the entrances to the West Ellerbee Creek Trail pedestrian tunnel, which opened at the end of March. Inside the tunnel, the public is encouraged to create art of their own.

Husband-and-wife team Michael and Cindy Solerno’s latest film from their Durham-based production company Artauro Productions, “Vinyl Dinosaurs,” is now available on Vimeo on Demand. The documentary follows a teenage girl who finds her grandmother’s collection of records, prompting her to take a year-long journey into the world of vinyl – you’ll notice a few local record stores and other Durham scenes in the film!

Durham-based psychedelic folk band Good Coffee released its debut album “American Love,” recorded with Duke University’s Small Town Records, in March. The album’s first single, “Knife,” and its music video also debuted in March. Award-winning writer and poet Marcus Harris and his 13-year-old daughter, Hannah, a student at James E. Shepard Middle School, co authored #snapshot, a book of young adult poetry. The work speaks to the feelings and experiences of those coming of age in our modern world.


The Durham Cerebral Palsy Foundation Fund granted First In Families of North Carolina – which supports people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury and their families – $15,000 to provide support for children younger than age 18 with cerebral palsy. This money is available for patients in all North Carolina counties.

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Durham’s Partnership for Children, a Smart Start Initiative, announced increased funding for two national literacy programs that benefit young children living in Durham County. Reach Out and Read received more funding to continue its existing program with Duke Children’s Primary Care Southpoint and Lincoln Community Health Center. The NC General Assembly also increased funding for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to offer free books to children across the state. Vert & Vogue shared 20% of its sales – a total of $2,000 – with Urban Ministries of Durham one Saturday in March. This was the sixth year in a row for the fundraiser. The boutique also recently earned certification as a B Corporation for its community involvement and sustainable environmental practices.


Pick up a gift for the father figure in your life May 31 at Crafted at The Frontier: Father’s Day Spring Market. Handmade items from area artisans, plus complimentary wine and beer, will be available from 4-6:30pm. The Triangle Literacy Council will receive 15% of the proceeds.

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Get Off My Lawn B Y DAV I D S . P I S ET S KY, M.D., PH.D.


HERE WAS A TIME WHEN, OUTSIDE ELECTION SEASON, YARD SIGNS appeared on front lawns only on occasions of some import. “For Sale” has always been a biggie although, arguably, “Sale Pending” and “Sold” announce more meaningful transactions. Advertisements for tradespeople – “Rex the Roofer” or “Percy the Painter” – also make brief appearances. Other signs stay up longer and have information worth noticing: “No Trespassing” or “Beware of Dog.” Now shields and badges for security systems abound. Around Forest Hills, new kinds of signs are proliferating and are almost as ubiquitous as azaleas. As I walk around the neighborhood, I regularly pass signs that include “Black Lives Matter,” “Welcome, Y’all,” “Hate Has No Home Here” and “No Matter Where You Are From, We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor.” Other Durham neighborhoods likely have different signs just as they did for Trump or Clinton. Some signs are simple and punchy: “Resist,” “Pray.” Others have long lists of interconnected ideas and beliefs. These signs are meant for someone who has time to stand and ponder and let the messages sink in. These are not for drivers who race down Arnette Avenue after a cautioning jounce or two from speed bumps. The current champion sign looks like a flag and reads, “In Our America: All People

Are Equal. Love Wins. Black Lives Matter. Immigrants & Refugees Are Welcome. Disabilities Are Respected. Women Are In Charge Of Their Bodies. People & Planet Are Valued Over Profit. Diversity is Celebrated.” A similar sign, which is displayed in rainbow hues, includes “Kindness Is Everything” and “Climate Change Is Real.” Some signs are colorful. Two tricolors – red, white and blue, and green, blue and orange – are very popular and, of course, there are representations of rainbows. The languages are also diverse. The “Resist” signs include “Resiste” and a word, presumably




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resist in another language, whose script I do not recognize. “Welcome political correctness and cultural relativism that I immediately saw problems to Durham, Y’all” (there is a Raleigh version) uses 16 different languages, with the famous metaphor. Is mom truly a matter of national identity? If although I am not exactly sure how a vernacular like “Y’all” translates into there is one thing that is universal, it is motherhood. For that matter, what Urdu or Sanskrit. about dad? Is dad not American? Most of the signs highlight national issues such as “Black Lives Matter” When I walk along Chapel Hill Street on a bright winter day, I want to although, interestingly, some signs, even if advancing national or even enjoy the bracing wind and glistening sky of Carolina blue. I do not want to global ideas, derive locally. The “Welcome Y’all” sign was created by Tina think about politics or the dogged and dispiriting struggle that is afflicting Haver Currin and Grayson Haver Currin from Raleigh. The origin should be our country. This struggle seems relentless and omnipresent, and signs, obvious. If it came from up north, it would read, “Welcome Youse All.” billboards and bumper stickers are the current visible manifestations. Among other signs, the “Thank You, Jesus” sign that appears widely also With resignation, I have watched the signs go up. But time will change, comes from our state. According to an article on Fox News, Lucas Hunt, and with hope and anticipation, I am waiting for them to come down. a teenager active in the Hopewell Friends Meeting church in Asheboro, created the sign to emphasize the religious significance of Christmas and Easter. Displayed year round, the sign spearheads a movement that is spreading nationwide. A Tuscan villa filled with over 7,500 sq. ft. of fine antiques — As a writer, I am a big believer in advocacy, a treasure trove of unique items for your home or collection. engagement and dialogue, but somehow the profusion of signs concerns me, and I worry about using front lawns as another platform to argue issues that don’t seem to get settled anyway. America is in a time of political divide, so much so that some commentators are using the term “tribalism” to describe the current situation, where culture wars keep raging and neighborhoods turn into silos or sectors. The narrative of America, as David Brooks of The New York Times would call it, seems up for grabs. Whether it goes to the most reasoned appeal, the loudest voice or the most money is key to our future. In my way of thinking (I am an academic, after all), it is difficult to reduce serious issues into simple words or phrases on a sign of 18-by-24 inches. Who exactly am I supposed to resist? (I think it’s You Know Who.) Prayer is good but, depending on the worldview of the people praying, they may be making contradictory if not opposing requests. The signs don’t specify. When I moved to Durham, I did not see a literal “Welcome” sign out, but each neighbor From to on Hermitage Court came by to introduce has something for every themselves, pass on some local lore and every and at every provide recommendations about where to Father-Daughter Team David & Elizabeth Lindquist buy groceries – Kroger for produce and/or King’s Red & White for meat – or the name of A Family Business Providing Period Antiques the mechanic down at Forest Hills Services with Integrity, Service & Value since 1930. Center who could change the oil or fix the 1213 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill | 919.942.3179 brakes. | Monday to Saturday: 11am - 6pm I was about to say that neighborliness is a wonderful tradition that’s as American as mom and apple pie, but I’ve been so influenced by


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Lessons of Interfaith






T’S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY SINCE Imam Abdul hafeez Waheed left New York City to share his faith in Durham. It began when Warith Deen Mohammed, leader of the American Society of Muslims, told a group of Imams to get out of the big cities and go to small towns. Abdul, interim Muslim chaplain/imam for the Center for Muslim Life at Duke University, was told to consider work on college campuses. A friend told him about Durham and the numerous surrounding colleges that make it fertile ground to share the message of Islam. “Islam was a ghost when I got here,” Abdul says. “I remember being in a meeting with Chief Paul Martin of the police department. He said, ‘I’ve been looking for you.’” Abdul has made it impossible not to be seen. I met Abdul in 1998 when I was the pastor at the Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church. His determination in meeting me conjured memories of other faith leaders’ intent on convincing people their truth offers a better solution. He proved me wrong when he shook my hand. I felt his strength and humility, and his eye contact affirmed respect and a will to build beyond the differences of our religions. He did not come to change me. He came to establish a partnership to help me understand the teachings that make him a better man. Abdul handed me a Quran. I read it often to remind me of the faith of my




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neighbors and to understand why and how their faith helps them make it everywhere he goes. He teaches it in churches throughout the week. He through difficult days. “We have to present the right picture of our religion,” shows up on campuses and teaches and serves those who trust Allah. Abdul says. “This is the mission of W. Deen Mohammed, and I have to do all He teaches “New Perspectives of Islam: Hopeful Visions for our Times,” a I can to make it successful.” course offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke. “It’s The mission of Warith began with the reform of the Nation of Islam after important that people have the right picture of who we are,” Abdul says. Elijah Muhammad, his father, died in 1975. Warith converted more than It’s been a long journey from 1991 New York City to today’s Durham. 400 temples into traditional Muslim mosques and renamed the group the So much has changed, often making it more difficult to see the heart of American Society of Muslims. our neighbors. Abdul says the goal is to get back to good human nature. Abdul came to the faith after Malcolm X was killed in Harlem. The Knowing and doing the right thing make it easier to find our path. teachings of Malcolm X continue to impact those who remembered the I’m holding the Bible in one hand and the Quran Abdul gave me in the passion of the man who told people to be proud. Abdul’s version of Islam other. The light is found when respect paves the way. offers a glimpse of what Malcolm X would have become if not for his brutal assassination. Abdul is careful not to criticize Louis Farrakhan and the group that split from the American Society of Muslims to continue to the work of Elijah Muhammad. “There are many benefits of the Nation of Islam,” Abdul says. “They taught us to do for yourself and be your own thinker. Circumstances help you see scriptures better than those without circumstances. Our circumstance made us a special people.” Abdul says it’s been easier in Durham. “I was embraced by Bishop Elroy Lewis (retired pastor of Fisher Memorial United Holy Church of America), Rabbi John Friedman (retired from Judea Reform Congregation) and Joe Harvard (retired pastor of First Presbyterian Church),” he says. “Those three are legends of interfaith work.” Elroy, John, Joe and Abdul formed a faithbased quartet leading conversations involving Lead the way with specialized solutions for higher education. interfaith dialogue and ministry in Durham. What would you like the power to do? C. 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Get to Know Five of Durham’s Top Female Chefs


URHAM’S CULINARY TALENT IS A force to be reckoned with, and this month, we recognize five female chefs who are making a name for themselves in an often male-dominated industry. Several have contributed to putting Durham on the map for decades while others have come in more recently and let their culinary creativity shine. Here’s what inspires them, what’s challenged them and what kitchen tools they refuse to live without:



THE LAKEWOOD AND ‘BABY’ SCRATCH BAKERY Over 20 years ago, when Phoebe was grappling with college, she found respite in restaurants. “A lot of folks cared about the craft of cooking and serving, creating joy for people, and that was contagious,” she says. The industry, however, isn’t always easy, especially for women. “In hindsight, I dealt with a lot more [crap] than I realized when I was younger,” Phoebe says. “I still think there’s a tendency to treat women who lead in this industry as precious and special.” Scratch’s successful downtown shop closed recently, allowing focus to shift to the Lakewood location. Phoebe believes Scratch’s long-term success was the product of opening in the right place at the right 30



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time. The Durham Farmers Market, where Scratch got its start, created an exciting experience, and Phoebe was able to develop relationships with producers and downtown residents. “We made food that was tasty and real and didn’t try too hard,” she says. “I really believe if it were anywhere else it would be a very different business.” At home, Phoebe’s kids love making dumplings, ravioli or any kind of noodle, while she loves to sit around a table and pick blue crab with lots of butter and a cold Riesling. When it comes to meals, breakfast is her favorite to make, and her go-to kitchen tool is the trusty cast iron pan.


FORMERLY OF DAISYCAKES, AND NOW OF UPCOMING MATTA, PASTRY SHOP AND TASTING ROOM Tanya has been in the restaurant industry for 18 years and happened upon her career by chance. “I was getting my master’s in city planning at UNC when I stumbled into baking. I took a part-time job baking at Foster’s Market on weekends and found that I loved it … way more than my planning program!” she admits. Tanya primarily worked as pastry chef at the Washington Duke Inn’s Fairview Dining Room and owned DaisyCakes, which is getting an exciting revival

bites of bull city this summer under a new name, MATTA, after the baker herself. The concept will be different: a pastry shop and tasting room that features a six-course, dessert-forward tasting menu paired with wine. Her desserts are best known for pushing the boundaries between savory and sweet. “I think the growing awareness of Durham’s great food scene is fostering greater talent in our city,” she says. Tanya’s favorite food to experiment with at home is simple yet satisfying: braised chicken using different flavor combinations. Her must-have kitchen tools are a chef’s knife and offset spatula.


WATTS GROCERY, SAGE & SWIFT CATERING Amy started in the field by working for Bill Neal at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill more than 30 years ago. The kitchen at Crook’s lured her in – she loved the people and all the interesting talk about food. Nearly the only woman in the kitchen, she was always in the minority, “but I was given chances,” she says. Watts opened in 2007, and one of its most redeeming qualities is that it isn’t a restaurant for just one community. “I think we aspire to be a small town restaurant where we know the majority of our guests,” Amy says. “It helps that we have different meal services, so there is a little [something] for everyone. At our best, we are creating regulars on a daily basis.” One of the biggest trends Amy notices these days is the desire to get away from “fussy” dining and lean more toward authentic, well-made dishes that aren’t too upscale. “I hope we see a little more Asian cooking in town,” she adds. Some of Amy’s most popular dishes to make at home are short rib chili and homemade pizza, naturally, for when the kids have friends over. “Today I made mushroom soup – you just never know,” Amy says. “It does seem to always be a dish that begins with diced onions!”


at Alley Twenty Six (known for years solely as a cocktail bar, it has much more to offer with the addition of its kitchen), Carrie and her team have worked hard over the last year to put out food that matches the quality and caliber of the drinks, and they have fun doing it! Carrie started cooking frequently when she was a teenager; around the time channels like The Food Network and the Cooking Channel were becoming increasingly popular. Her mother had recently retired from work due to illness so she was home regularly and loved those shows, constantly printing out recipes she wanted to try. “I was always right there cooking with her,” Carrie says. “Because she was not well, a lot of the time I was the one doing the actual cooking, and I realized I actually really enjoyed it!” After graduating college, she had one front-of-the-house job, which didn’t last long. It was clear that cooking was her passion, so she went to culinary school. In her kitchen, salt is “the No. 1 thing we can’t live without,” she says. “It makes or breaks a dish. I can make you a meal using any utensil, but I would have a hard time making it well without salt. … I do like my fish spatula though.” Carrie considers herself fortunate to have worked in restaurants where everyone was respectful and supportive of one another. In her first chef role, she was promoted from sous chef to chef because the work she put in. “I was given the opportunity and never felt being a woman played a role in that decision,” she says. “Have there been times I had someone not want take direction from me or listen because I’m a woman? Sure. It’s a real issue that exists, but that doesn’t stop me from working hard and doing the best job I can for my staff, my boss, our guests and myself. Because in the end, I am the chef.”

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JUJU “Growing up and cooking dinner with my dad every night not only taught me to love food but also to share that love with friends and family,” Kaci, who’s been in the industry for almost eight years, says of her inspirations. Kaci admits it was hard gaining recognition in a male-dominated field, and she was overlooked for years, but she persisted. Being told that she would never make it only motivated her to work harder. “In my


experience, women are the hardest-working people in kitchens because we have to be,” she explains. Kaci’s found her calling now at Juju on Ninth Street. “While Asian fusion is a wide-open door of creative freedom that keeps things interesting, I couldn’t do what I do without my team,” Kaci says. “Juju is the first place I’ve worked that has such a powerful female influence. We have a female chef, general manger and sous chef, along with many line cooks and prep cooks, making it about an even 50:50 ratio of women to men.” At home, Kaci likes to experiment with fermentation and a growing list of culinary projects that include kimchi, nukazuke, kombucha and more. Her favorite tool is a good chef’s knife: There’s sentimental value attached to her 8-inch Henckels that her dad gave her when she graduated culinary school.


ALLEY TWENTY SIX Carrie’s first job at 14 was working the register selling coffee and lottery tickets at a little luncheonette in her hometown of Livingston, N.J. Now chef

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The 13 remarkable women (and a few amazing girls, too!) on the following pages are shaping our future photography by Briana Brough

The Girl Power

Stacey Donoghue & Veshana Ramiah Founders of StrongHER TogetHER

a local nonprofit that teaches girls to stick together … no matter how different they are


Stacey WAS RAISED IN BAILEY, N.C., but the Bull City has featured in my life for decades. My awesome husband, Terry, and I live in north Durham with our two children, Avery, 9, and Finn, 6. Insofar as my adoration for Bull City women is concerned, it’s Veshana who’s the real gem here. An oncologist at Duke, my dear friend has scooped up many a patient in their most desolate phase of life and either held their hands through the inevitable or rejoiced in their new lease. As much as any cancer patient must feel upended and shortchanged by this crippling disease, I am certain they are equally humbled to take this journey alongside Dr. Ramiah. „




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Stacey (front, left) and Veshana with some of the girls* in StrongHER TogetHER: Ashley Little, Melanie Rivera, Yazania McNeil, Jalima Maldonado, Stella Edwards, Syma Sheila, Giulia Laurenza, Karen Hernandez and McKenzie Graves, all 11. *not pictured: Madison Watson, Emily Delao, Tana Carolina Manning-Hoffman and Beckett Moylan.

StrongHER TogetHER is currently seeking donations to support 2018-19 programming for their newest nominees:

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Which is why I’m forever grateful she was around in the early months of StrongHER TogetHER as we puzzled over the program’s ultimate mission. It was a trifecta of events, I suppose. It started with one firstgrader’s birthday note to our friend’s daughter. “I don’t like you,” it said. “But happy birthday anyway.” Talk about snark with a smile. Our friend’s little girl was understandably gobsmacked, but somewhere out there, another little girl delivered the exact punch she’d intended. All wrapped in a glittery card with princess stickers. Around the same time, someone spray painted hate-crime words on the parking lot wall of JC’s Kitchen. It made national news. And it made our city weep. At a loss, I called the owner, Ms. Phyllis [Terry], and told her I was sorry, told her this wasn’t who Durham was. I rallied folks to meet me for breakfast at JC’s Kitchen … just to show that darn spray-painting fiend what was what. In truth, though, it was Ms. Phyllis who showed us what was what. She could’ve reacted a number of ways to those hateful words and the media mayhem that ensued. She could’ve been bitter, embarrassed, angry, afraid. But no. Ms. Phyllis knew the bad words would lead to good. She planned artwork for her wall, welcomed new faces into the restaurant, organized community events … Ms. Phyllis was a force. Every quarter, StrongHER More and more, we could see TogetHER celebrates some of the Bull City’s most amazing women at why. She was stalwart in her their Women of Durham programs. faith, yes, but it was a sea of Check events for details. “we-got-you” girlfriends who were her earthly buoy. There was no way they’d let her sink. The contrast between Team Phyllis and our first-grade friends was not lost on Veshana and me. But what to do ... The sum of this story was quite simply this: The world had suddenly become a very bold place. A place where consequences were hazy, untested. And most of all, a place where longstanding catty, judgmental stereotypes of us girls had the potential to do us in. Now I should mention here, despite the obvious conclusions, StrongHER TogetHER was not created in answer to politics or presidents. True, we snatched up Hillary’s rallying cry, but it was because we loved the marketing shenanigans we might play with “-HER” at the end of two very powerful words. Words that captured exactly what we wanted to say: Stick together, girls, no matter how different you are. Because therein lies your strength. Veshana and I are dewy-faced new to nonprofits. As I hammer out agendas, wonder how we’re gonna pay for camps and wear out the Google translate app to communicate with our Spanish-speaking parents, there is one thing that drives me … a gaggle of Bull City fifth-graders who are the first ones out of the gate. The true founders of StrongHER TogetHER. I feel so lucky to be walking alongside them. 34



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Veshana GREW UP IN SOUTH AFRICA during apartheid. A time when segregation was at its height and every opportunity was afforded based on race. A descendant of 18th century indentured laborers from India, the odds for success were not in my favor. And yet it would’ve been impossible for me and my siblings to fail. My family simply would not hear of it. “Education is everything!” they said. “Work hard. There’s nothing you can’t do!” Amazingly enough, even beneath the oppression of apartheid, they had the proof to back it up. Over the decades that followed their arrival into South Africa, my family chiseled their way from a life of serving to a life of leading – as doctors, politicians and entrepreneurs. During my childhood, I was able to see my grandad build the first temple in our town, and I watched as my father worked tirelessly to improve the schools. My family’s blueprint for success had been laid before us. But it was the women in the community I remember with the most fondness. The spirit of my grandmother, who was the first woman to play tennis where we lived. The dogged determination of “Aunty” Surij, who ran a business out of her home seven days a week and never complained about needing a day off. The warmth of “Aunty” Silvi, the local baker, who encouraged our efforts at school and offered a cookie to make studying sweeter. And always, always the same mantra: “Study and work and you can do anything!” Oh, how lucky we were to grow up with these strong women to guide us! They had laid the foundation for the women I would meet in medical school who would walk alongside me. And walking is quite literally how our band of doctors-in-the-making started out. None of us owned a car. We would walk two miles to and from school in Johannesburg. I am so grateful for those daily journeys. It was there we dreamed out loud, confessed our worries and wondered where in the world we were all headed. Today we are spread far and wide, but we are every bit as connected and strong as we were on those long walks many years ago. I would take nothing for those first footsteps with my sisters. And so it makes perfect sense then, that the universe decided to plunk one Miss Stacey down next to me at a school meeting years ago and add yet another inspiring woman to my long list. When so many people are clamoring about how the world needs to change and doing little more, my dear friend is out here grabbing my hand and leading the charge. I am so proud to be on this journey with her. Because StrongHER TogetHER is showing Bull City girls how to become women who will change things. And that’s something really, isn’t it? “We’ll teach the girls another way,” Stacey likes to tell me. “And it may take some hard work, but eventually they’ll see … together, they can do anything!”As sure as I’m sitting here doing exactly what I dreamed I’d do, I know … she’s right.

The Advocate

Gale Singer Adland Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Durham „„„ Gale grew up in Tinton Falls, New Jersey (the area where the “Garden State” gets its nickname). She moved to Durham in 1975 to attend Duke University, double majoring in computer science and management science. Gale worked as a programmer and IT analyst at various Triangle companies until joining Meals on Wheels in 2010. Her husband, Peter Adland, is a recently retired physician; they have three adult children and two granddaughters, and they live in the Lochnora neighborhood.


IGHT YEARS AGO, when her IT job reduced her hours, Gale started thinking about the part of her day she enjoyed most: volunteering. She soon heard that Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Durham was looking for an executive director, and had some experience with the organization. “The timing was perfect,” she says, and she hasn’t looked back. On a typical morning, Gale arrives between 7 and 7:15 a.m.; volunteers arrive at 8:30 to receive their routes and instructions, and then more volunteers pack food into their cars. By early afternoon, they’ve fed 450 people. “You can’t help but feel proud of making that happen,” she says. She describes her responsibilities as multifaceted – she oversees six full-time staffers, finance, grant writing, fundraising, staffing, board support, networking and more. After all that is done? “You can sort of hear the building sigh,” Gale says. In addition to food, the organization and its volunteers provide companionship and assistance during their visits, often helping clients with things like changing light bulbs or taking out the trash. But on some occasions, clients are found in a life-threatening situation: “We’ve arrived to homes to discover someone having a stroke or heart attack, or noticed smells such as gas or fire,” she says. “Our volunteers have saved lives.” The benefits are seen in the lives of volunteers, too. “After just one day with us, you won’t be the same. There are a lot of negative things happening in the world, but we get to see goodness in people every day. ” The most memorable moments sometimes come after clients pass away. “I frequently attend [their] funerals,” Gale says. “We feel like part of their family. Getting to meet their spouse or children, many of whom work long hours or live out of state, and learning how much we meant to their family, is incredibly moving.” – Morgan Cartier Weston „ M ay 2 0 1 8




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The Fire Captain

Captain Carol Milligan Reardon Fire Education Captain, City of Durham Fire Department


T WAS AT HER GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE in Massachusetts when an 8-year-old Carol told her mother she was going to be a fire truck. “We were watching the wildfires out in California,” Carol recalls, “and I said, ‘Mom, if I ever go into the woods, I’m bringing a hose with me, because when I grow up, I’m going to be a fire truck.’ I just didn’t know it was [called] a firefighter.” Her mom was fully behind her – “she really is the only person who said, ‘You can do anything that you want to do,’” Carol says – but not everyone was. “Things were different back then,” Carol explains. “Men didn’t really want women [in the fire department]. The No. 1 thing I would hear was that ‘they’ve lowered the standards to hire women.’” Certain stations would only allow women to work in the mornings because they didn’t want them bunking with men. Some stations didn’t want to work with women at all. Gear would be too loose for women and would fall off. “You were still kind of treated like a rookie,” Carol says. “Some women might just fall into that and try to be one of the guys, but I just never did that. I’m a very proud woman. I’m a mom. I’m a wife. I embrace the difference that I bring. I will never be this kickass firefighter. I don’t want to be. I’m not going [into fires], tearing crap up. I embrace building. I embrace nurturing.” Four years into her job, Carol gave birth to her son, which set into motion the development of a maternity policy. “To this day, I’m still the only female to have kids and come back to work,” Carol says. “I took a lot of grief for that. There were people – family members, other firefighters – who would say, ‘You leave your kid for 24 hours, how can you do that? You’re not a mom.’ … I did have to miss holidays, but when you are there, you make every minute count. Also, too, it’s great when a 36



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kid looks at you as their mom and says, ‘Look what my mom does. She can save lives. She’s been with people who have lost lives.’ It’s a sense of purpose for me, and it’s instilling a sense of duty and service to my kids and always trying to show them [to] not take life for granted.” Carol admits that it’s not easy coming off a hard shift that leaves you physically and sometimes emotionally drained, and still having to

„„„ Carol has spent most of her life in Durham, and most of her life as a member of the city’s fire department. She received her high school diploma from Durham Technical Community College and immediately applied to the department in 1987. She was hired in 1989 as a firefighter, then became a driver and then was promoted to captain in 2003. Just last year, she stepped into the role of fire education captain. She’s the department’s longest-serving female firefighter. She has three children, William, 26, Patrick, 24, and Caitlin, 22, and two stepchildren, Megan, 26, and Zachary, 24. She and her husband, Sean – a driver with the department – live in Bahama, enjoy woodworking and, Carol says, “because I don’t fight fires anymore, I make my husband take me to ride roller coasters.”

be a mom when you walk in the door. Especially a shift that hits close to home. “There was a call, and it was a young child that was lying on the floor,” Carol remembers. “And the child was the same age as my daughter. I picked the child up, and right then, she took her last breath. I can still to this day feel that child’s hair in my hand. How I get through it is, I had to speak to the District Attorney, and the D.A. said to me, ‘as

a parent there is no greater gift than knowing another loving parent – a mom – was holding their child as they passed.’ That has always stuck with me because that’s what I’m here for. I’m here to make a difference. I’m here to make the worst thing better just with compassion and love. These hands, that’s what they are for. It is not about me. It’s about what love I can give.” „ M ay 2 0 1 8




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„„„ Born in Watertown, New York, Ann has been in Durham on and off since 1992. She worked for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in the early 2000s, and then “decided I wanted to be the executive director of a creative reuse center anywhere in the world,” she says. The Scrap Exchange happened to be looking for one, and she was hired in 2003. She lives in Colonial Village with her husband, David.


The Reuser

Ann May Woodward Executive Director, The Scrap Exchange




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HE 27-YEAR-OLD nonprofit reuse center finally moved to its permanent home in August 2014 and, as its executive director, Ann, puts it, “It’s been a game changer.” During most of her 15 years with The Scrap Exchange, Ann was spending money on facility issues, bouncing around from one property to the next. It wasn’t until December 2013 that they were able to buy the the former Center Theater in the the Lakewood Shopping Center. Then, in summer 2016, they were also able to purchase the northern part of the center. Ann had been given her “canvas,” as the former property owners told her, and that sparked her imagination. She wanted to transform the property into a “community asset with recreation and gardens, sculptures, gallery spaces, exhibition space for artists, and living, working, studio space – everything that you want in a community, essentially.” The Reuse Arts District she’s envisioned covers 105,000 square feet of commercial/retail space over 12-and-a-half acres that The Scrap Exchange owns. But that’s just the beginning. “I’m working on a $100 million global creative reuse initiative!” Ann says. “Along with this concept we’re implementing, we also have the National Center for Creative Reuse – we want to fund this and dive into research, data, public policy, advocacy … ” To hear Ann talk about it, you can feel the energy she has behind the idea and how important it is to her. “I’m a cultural worker,” she says. “That’s how I see my job – sort of like a civil servant. I am working for the benefit of the community and the mission of the organization, our staff and the people we serve.”

The Artist

Saba Taj Visual artist „„„ Born and raised in Raleigh, Saba has lived in Durham since 2004. She graduated with a bachelor’s in art education from North Carolina Central University in 2011. In January, she began teaching art at Githens Middle School. She lives near downtown with her partner, Laila Nur, and their child, Asher, 6.


ANGUAGE ALLOWS US to communicate to the world who we are. Nouns and adjectives form a sense of identity; they serve as a way for others to understand who a person might be. Saba has spent much of her life grappling with these sort of nouns and adjectives that are used to describe her. In the past, she’s been described in many ways: Muslim, queer, Pakistani-American, North Carolinian, artist. “Coming up with a term to describe a group of people can give them agency,” Saba says. “But that identity and word can have boundaries, too. It creates a new kind of confine.” Growing up here, Saba was faced with difficult questions about who she was as a brown-skinned Muslim girl. She says she felt isolated and was confronted with a sense of “otherness” as young as 5 years old. “I wanted to fit in, but I loved that I had a different culture and religion,” Saba says. “I felt tension from a young age about all of the different parts of myself.” Eventually, she started using art as a way to communicate who she was to the outside world. „

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Saba Taj “Art opened up a lot of deep questions for me,” Saba says. “I wanted to make work that was about being human and all of the ways that you’re perceived.” Saba’s work includes bright and colorful paintings of Muslim women engaging in funny poses with goofy expressions – one of a woman painted against a bright green background with a magenta hijab smiling and holding a banana like a telephone stands out in particular. That collection, Technicolor Muslimah, is funny and lighthearted, and it’s the first series she created that confronted her Muslim identity. “I started thinking about my identity from the vantage point of the audience,” she says. A few years ago, Saba chose Taj – which means crown – as her legal last name. “Together with Saba, it can sound like ‘sabotage,’” she says. “... I think it encompasses a lot about me. It’s a bit funny, but also the idea of sabotage – intentional destruction – is an important part of the work I make and my mindset. I think about dismantling systems of power, racism, etc. ...” These days, Saba still uses her art to actively think about her many identities. Her most recent work is of abstract collages of what she calls “monstrous femmes.” The images of brown-skinned women with animal heads in beautiful South Asian bridal dresses holding guns communicate how the artist believes different identities interact with the world. “It shows what it feels like to be in this body that’s perceived as monstrous in a lot of ways,” Saba says. “It’s a way of understanding how people see you and how that’s something you carry but also how you can transform that into something that’s powerful instead of diminishing.” And while Saba continues to explore her many multitudes in her work, she says that if one thing is for sure, it’s that she’s an artist. “It’s what I feel like I’m here for,” she says. “It’s the most true thing I’ve known about myself for the longest time.” – Sayaka Matsuoka 40



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The Teacher

Lara Brickhouse Adapted physical education teacher, Durham Public Schools „„„ Lara has been a P.E. teacher for 11 years and was named the 2017 National Adapted P.E. Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators. Originally from Hillsborough, she moved to Durham three years ago.

How did you first come to work with students with special needs? I started with volunteering for organizations designed to support individuals with special needs within the community. Every individual I met, no matter their level of ability, taught me how to teach. I don’t believe we can measure an educator, a professional, a human by the content of a resume, a biography or a transcript. A more accurate reflection of the content of our work can be measured by the collection of “cans” in a world of “cant’s,” the number of closed minds now open and a communal feeling of love and belonging. What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? Encouraging educators and administrators to embrace change and advocate for acceptance and value relationships over anything [else]. If an educator has been teaching the same lessons for over 20 years, it’s extremely difficult to implement changes. And the most rewarding? I am constantly amazed by my students; they keep me on my toes! Like the time one of my students with autism, considered to be nonverbal, drew a blue square with squiggly lines on a whiteboard and said, “Pool, pool!” after the very first day of adapted aquatics. Another example is the time I volunteered at a surf camp with a blind student and found myself speechless when he asked, “Just how big is the ocean, Ms. Brickhouse?” Together [my students and I] celebrate mini victories, turn failures into successes and always exhibit gratitude for the smaller things in life that are often taken for granted by those without disabilities. – Holly West „

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Dr. Ann Reed Physician-in-Chief, Duke Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Pediatrics Department at Duke University School of Medicine „„„ Ann first moved to Durham with her husband, Duke physician Dr. John Paat, in 1990. About a decade later, they moved to Minnesota, where Ann became the chair of the pediatrics department at the Mayo Clinic. John returned to Duke in the early 2010s, and Ann followed in 2014 after she was hired as the chair of the school’s pediatrics department. The couple has three children: Lauren, who works in advertising in Chicago; Joseph, a mathematician in Zurich; and Anthony, a Tucson-based astrophysicist.


NE OF THE THINGS that I love about children is that they just want to be normal and well and healthy,” says Ann, a pediatric rheumatologist and immunologist by training. “They want to go play, they want to go to school, they want to sing songs.” While many adults get caught up in being unwell and it drags them down, Ann says kids look on the bright side of their situations. “They’re not complaining,” she says. “They’ve got the smile and energy around them. In children, a disease doesn’t define them. I believe that’s the way you should look at life.” One of her most meaningful experiences as a physician was when she treated a young man who was an avid athlete but became so weak he could hardly swallow. By the time he got to Ann at the Mayo Clinic, he had seen dozens of physicians who thought his condition was either behavioral or the result of a brain tumor, and no one could offer a solution. “He thought his life was over,” Ann says. As soon as she saw him, Ann recognized that he was suffering from a muscle condition and started him on treatments. Six months later, he sent her a photo of him carrying his girlfriend into prom. “I still get Christmas cards from his family every year,” Ann says. “To be able to help somebody move through that is so memorable.” – Holly West




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A The Civil Rights Warrior

Anita Earls Founder, Southern Coalition for Social Justice and N.C. Supreme Court Candidate „„„ Anita first came to North Carolina in 1988 to work with the Charlotte firm started by civil rights leader Julius Chambers. In 1998, she went to D.C. after President Bill Clinton appointed her a deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice. She then worked for the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law before returning here in 2003 to join the UNC Center for Civil Rights. She started the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) in 2007, and worked there until December, when she resigned to run for the state Supreme Court. Anita lives in Durham with her husband, Charles Walton, and has two sons – Dylan Hodgkiss and stepson Chad Walton – and two grandchildren.

NITA’S CIVIL RIGHTS education started early, and close to home. Having a black father and a white mother wasn’t common during her ’60s and ’70s childhood. While interracial marriage was legal in Washington state, where she grew up, it was still illegal in many other states until the 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia. Even then, acceptance was far from universal. “I saw the barriers they faced,” she says. In her decades as a civil rights attorney, Anita has fought fiercely to protect voting rights. Among her most notable work is the Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s campaign to fight against North Carolina’s voter ID law. “If you care about education or you care about health care or environmental policy or women’s rights, whatever the issue is, your right to vote is key to making an impact on those issues,” she says. She has also worked to reform our criminal justice system, focusing on removing legal barriers to employment, housing and education faced by people who have been convicted of crimes. She recalled the case of a woman in her mid-50s who had worked cleaning office buildings for many years but couldn’t become a supervisor because of a conviction. After the Coalition helped her, she was able to get a promotion. “Some of the most heartwarming work has been seeing the dramatic effect it has had on people’s lives,” Anita says. “These are just people who want the opportunity to prove they can make a contribution and support their families.” Leaving SCSJ to run for the state Supreme Court proved a difficult decision, but one Anita felt was important to make. As a justice, she says she’ll protect the independence of the judiciary and citizens’ ability to vote for judges, and work to combat court packing.“I really do believe in the importance of a legal system that is fair and open to everyone.” – Holly West „ M ay 2 0 1 8




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The Architect

Ellen Cassilly

Principal, Ellen Cassilly Architect

„„„ Born in St. Louis, Ellen has lived in Durham for 25 years, 20 of which she has spent as the principal of her own firm. Her husband of 14 years, Frank Konhaus, is the co-owner and founder of KONTEK Systems and is now the executive director of Cassilhaus, the artist residency program that the couple runs out of their home on the edge of Duke Forest. What were some of your dreams as a young woman? Did you always want to be an architect? As a very young girl, I thought I might grow up and design greeting cards for Hallmark in Kansas City. After the father of my best friend had a heart attack from clogged arteries, I considered designing medical instruments to clean them out. Who were your mentors; who inspires you to this day? My mentors were my four older sisters and brother: Being that my father was a builder, it seemed like the focus in my family was that you were either more in the construction/real estate side of the world, or you were in the therapeutic, counseling side of the world. In many respects, architecture embodies that. Particularly folks who focus on home building and home design. There’s a lot of getting to know your client and figuring out what they need and want and walking them through the steps. A person whose work I really admire is Jeanne Gang, an architect [with Studio Gang] in Chicago. She’s invested herself in the community, has worked on different scales of projects and has a really innovative use of materials that is quite inspiring. What’s your day-to-day like, and what gets you out of bed in the morning? Working on community-based projects that create outdoor gathering spaces for the community invigorate me, [like] any of the projects in Sarah P. Duke Gardens or Durham Central Park. I also love breathing new life into abandoned or underutilized buildings. The GRUB project in Durham’s West End is a great example of this. A really good day is when I can sketch on a project [and] go visit a construction site in process. Share a time when all your hard work really paid off in a meaningful way. When we were fundraising for The Pavilion in Durham Central Park, and we had a parade with bamboo poles topped with bright, silk cloth, and we marked each column location with the bamboo pole. The community was so energized I simply knew that we were going to raise the money that we needed to build [it]. Then, a number of months later when the farmers market was in full swing and Foster Street was closed and full of people, I walked down the street with tears rolling down my face. What’s a philosophy you live by? Baby steps, trust yourself, and keep thinking about the big idea. „ 44



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FTER A DECADE AS A commercial leasing agent all over the Triangle, Jessica wasn’t looking to change jobs. “I was weighing that fear of the unknown [against] something I’d done for 10 years and was at the top my game,” she says. “Life’s journey has a way of helping you.” In 2013, Jessica and her husband, Jason, began to notice that their son, Jordan, then 7, was falling behind in his growth. Testing on the first-grader found a tumor on his brain which, though non-cancerous, was impacting his pituitary gland. Jessica soon discovered that one of the best clinics in the country for pediatric tumors was at Duke. “We were in the hospital for Easter of 2013,” Jessica says. “We spent 11 days in the [pediatric intensive care unit] and 30 days in radiation.” Today, 12-year-old Jordan is healthy, like his sister Sarah-Ruth, 15, but the experience expanded Jessica’s views on what Durham could be and what might be her next career move. Soon after Jordan’s treatments, she was contacted by Boston-based Longfellow Real Estate Partners about the company’s plans to open an office in Durham and begin the initial work on a massive redevelopment of 15 acres just north of the center of downtown. Dubbed the Durham Innovation District, the project includes an eventual 1.7 million square feet of offices and labs geared at bioscience firms. Duke would be one of the initial and largest tenants. “I quickly realized the connection and the value of what happens inside those spaces,” she says. “From both the research and development angle and the firsthand [experience knowing the] importance of having access to the best doctors in the country.” Jessica oversees Longfellow’s Durham operations and serves as the fundraising chair for the Durham YMCA. The committee raised $175,000 in 2017 and is aiming to top $200,000 this year. The funds, she says, cover the Y Learning program, including a no-cost camp for almost 200 Durham kids. Another unexpected connection: Early in her job, she toured one of Longfellow’s recent rebuilds, the Carmichael building, and found that the lab for the clinic that treated Jordan was already a tenant. “It was all of the things sort of converging together,” Jessica says. “Anytime you go through a major life experience, you have more confidence to try something new. ” – Matt White

The Game Changer

Sue Harnett Co-Founder, President and Board Chair, Rewriting the Code „„„ A native of Staten Island, Sue fell in love with Durham while attending Duke University, where she earned her bachelor’s in economics and later, a master’s in health care administration. She also played basketball at Duke and has coached youth basketball for the past 15 years. Sue lives in Duke Forest with sons Ryan, 14, and Gavin, 11, and her partner, Debbie Taylor.

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N 2016, Sue recognized two things: First, the huge need for tech talent in the United States – to the tune of tens of thousands of unfilled positions. Second, more than 80% of women enrolled in computer science programs today will either change majors or drop out before graduating. “It’s even more shocking when you realize that young women make up 40 to 50% of initial enrollment in computing courses,” Sue says. These statistics, combined with her own experiences, inspired her to launch Rewriting the Code. The organization’s goal is to help support and retain women in college-level computing majors, including engineering, computer science, statistics and math. “There are several great programs out there aimed at getting K-12 students excited about these fields, giving hands-on experiences and nurturing that excitement,” Sue says. But at the college level, that support drops off. “Young women today have the opportunity to really go out and do anything they want, but it’s important to remember you don’t have to do it alone – it’s OK to ask for help.” Though she doesn’t have a technical background, “I truly love college students,” Sue says. She believes in the power of a strong network because she had one as a basketball player at Duke. “I had so many challenges as a student athlete, and all the lessons and experiences I had, I want to use to help students today.” She says many issues, such as lack of confidence, are addressable through community building and mentorship. “In addition to having that support at the peer level, older women need to lift these young women up and empower them.” Rewriting the Code continues to grow, with participating students and faculty from over 150 universities nationwide. “I have already seen so many young women impacted by our program or their internships,” Sue says. “You can tell they are not only going to stay on a tech career path, they are going to thrive.” – Morgan Cartier Weston „ M ay 2 0 1 8




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The Community Builder

Areli Barrera de Grodski Co-owner, Cocoa Cinnamon


HE LAKEWOOD SHOP IS BURSTING with activity, inviting décor – designed primarily by local artists – and of course, the grind of coffee machines. “We envisioned Cocoa Cinnamon as a vehicle to live in a world that we wanted to see,” Areli says. “Being able to see so many people working with us makes me feel really wonderful.” Areli co-owns three Cocoa Cinnamon locations in Durham with her husband, Leon Grodski de Barrera. She employs 31 women, including 20 women of color, and, as her husband notes, “is a quiet power in the Latinx community.” Areli says that one of the “mending fabrics” of Durham is the community’s desire to see prosperity for all. It’s something she and Leon have worked toward since they were living with Areli’s mom, having started their business out of her kitchen. “From the very beginning we decided we were going to create careers [for people] versus just jobs.” They moved to the Bull City in 2011 from Cherokee, N.C. The first Cocoa Cinnamon was on wheels – goods were sold from a bike, which is now stationary inside their newest shop, a quiet homage to humble beginnings. In 2013, they opened the first brick-and-mortar store on West Geer Street in their neighborhood of Old North

Durham. The Hillsborough Road location came in 2016, and then

the latest Chapel Hill Road storefront in 2017. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Areli moved to the States as a child, ending up in North Carolina in ’95 as a result of her father’s work. “My dad’s an entrepreneur and would travel all around Canada and the U.S. to deliver Mexican textiles,” Areli says. Each of her three siblings are also business owners. “I feel like that is any immigrant’s story. You just do what you gotta do to survive.” She will be the first to tell you that she didn’t get to where she is by herself. “I don’t know that I would pursue [this] on my own. It was very much the drive of the two of us,” Areli says of her husband. “[Owning a business] is stressful – it’s not this luxurious lifestyle.” It isn’t all work and no play for Areli – outside of Cocoa Cinnamon, you can catch her DJing as birdgherl or hanging out with the Mamis and the Papis – a creative collective she helped co-found. As for her personal inspirations? Areli looks up to her mother, the late singer Selena, the women of the Durham nonprofit SpiritHouse, and the WE Collective. Those influences help inform her mission with Cocoa Cinnamon: “The whole idea of creating an experience,” she says, “whether it’s flavor or conversation or having human connection.” Mission accomplished. – Latisha Catchatoorian

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Boundaries The abandoned Norfolk Southern (Duke Beltline) railroad tracks mark the northern border; Avondale Drive to the east; Washington and Foster Street to the west; and south along East Geer Street, Little Five Points and Broadway Street. Old North Durham neighborhood association also includes Pearl Mill Village (along Washington and Orient Street) as part of the neighborhood.


HE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE been a whirlwind for Amanda and Jamie Hahn. They met in 2014 on the red bench outside of The Pinhook, moved in together in 2015, got engaged in New York City and were married in September 2016 at Sarah P. Duke Gardens (with a reception on the rooftop at The Pit during Pride weekend – “There was a crowd at Motorco, and they cheered for us as we came walking into the restaurant in our wedding attire,” Amanda says). Then, just a few months later, they began

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“I mean, honestly, if I had the chance to do [it] over, I don’t think I’d change anything,” says Jamie (left) with Amanda on the steps of their front porch.

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ABOVE Jen and Nikki Graf-Perkins, Malissa McLeod, Jamie, Gail Crabtree, Amanda, Rama Mills and Joanne Abel swap stories in the kitchen, which, along with the master bedroom (left), are part of the overall layout by architect Alan Mascord. Other folks who helped create the Hahn home include Pine State Electric & Lighting Center, Accent Hardwood Flooring, Window Designs Inc. and Clear-Vue Glass, among others. BELOW LEFT The couple takes their 8-month-old boxer mix, Lola, on a long, winding walk around the neighborhood.

the process of deconstructing and rebuilding a house. “After planning a wedding the year before, we thought, ‘Building a house together is a piece of cake,’” Jamie says. But they didn’t always know they wanted to build. “We were living in a loft in the Baldwin building downtown,” Jamie explains. “It was 850 square feet. We just knew that we were ready to expand. We got a dog, and wanted space for a family, and wanted to be just a little outside the city center.” They started their home journey with Urban Durham Realty’s Jarin Frederick. “She helped us figure out what was out there,” Jamie says. “We searched around [downtown] for a long time, too, but we just couldn’t find anything perfect in our price range,” Amanda adds. She had a rental property that she purchased in spring 2014, but it was small – 1,100 square feet – with two tiny bedrooms, one small bathroom. They thought about expanding it, but the layout didn’t lend itself to build-out. However, while shopping around, they learned about deconstruction – instead of just toppling over a house, they could take it apart piece by piece and donate the salvageable items. That plan sounded pretty good – there was just one very important piece missing. „ 52



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S TA R S T R U C K “I always wanted a Gail Crabtree house,” Amanda excitedly explains. “When I was shopping for the old house that was originally here, I was shopping for a Gail Crabtree house, but I couldn’t quite afford one. So, I became very familiar with her work – I researched her, and I loved everything about her building. Even when I met Jamie, when we were first dating … I told her that my dream is to have a Gail Crabtree house one day. To me, she’s just this celebrity, rock star home builder.” The opportunity finally presented itself. “I’m calling her, and I’m thinking, ‘I can’t believe I’m actually calling Gail Crabtree’s office,’” Amanda says. “Finally, I get her partner, Rama [Mills] on the phone; she tells me Gail’s going to call me back. I say, ‘What should I call her? Ms. Crabtree?’ And Rama says, ‘Just call her Gail.’” They met, agreed that the house should be deconstructed rather than bulldozed and got to work. “It was really important to us to find a design that fit in the neighborhood,” Jamie says. “We didn’t want to come in and build something that was completely off the wall. We picked the craftsman-style design.” The new 1,928-square-foot home – they built up rather than out because of the narrow lot – sits atop the old basement and foundation. Around $35,400 worth of materials were passed along to the Reuse Warehouse and diverted from the landfill. They moved in November 30. „

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The finished product is very much a result of the trust between the couple and their builder. “They had very good taste,” Gail says. “They valued our opinion about everything and really wanted to put it in our hands as the professionals. When it came to a part they wanted to be involved in, they gave a lot of input throughout the whole process, but they let us build the house.” It’s a sentiment Amanda echoes: “We had so much faith and loved her style and design,” she says. “I gave her a lot of, ‘Do what you think is best. Make me a Gail Crabtree house.’” The home was also the final house that Gail and Rama worked on with each other before Rama retired last year. The pair built homes together in Durham for more than 40 years as G. Crabtree Home Building (Gail continues to build as G Crabtree Spaces). “It was really good to build for somebody that you really like and that you’re then friends with afterward,” Gail says. “It happens, but it doesn’t happen all the time. It was just a wonderful experience, and that we have them in our lives now, too. We couldn’t think of a better last project together.” OUT AND ABOUT There’s one more bonus to their dream home – its location. “One of the best things about this neighborhood is just the fact that in 10 minutes you can be anywhere you want,” Jamie says. “In 15 minutes,




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you’re right in the city center. It’s wonderful, particularly with the fact that parking is so difficult down there. It’s nice to walk, and the new [dockless] bikes are a really neat way to get around.” That walkability helps Amanda and Jamie get to some of their favorite locations in the nearby Central Park district and downtown, like the Durham Farmers’ Market; Parker & Otis; The Carolina Theatre; CrossFit Durham, where both Amanda and Gail work out ( Jamie has been a dedicated member of ActivEdge Fitness over on Garrett Road for more than 10 years); Rise Biscuits & Donuts and Geer Street Garden. Even before Jamie and Amanda moved in to their house, they were treated to the warmth of their new neighbors. “While we were building they would stop by, ask if we were moving in, welcome us to the neighborhood,” Amanda says. “Every single time we would come to check on the house we would meet someone new.” New acquaintances would invite them to the neighborhood potlucks, chili cook-offs and community yard sales. “I really wanted some kettlebells that were [at a yard sale],” Amanda says, “but I ran out of cash so I couldn’t get them. And our neighbor on the corner, she brought them down to me later and she said, ‘It’s your housewarming gift.’” “The house already was like a fairytale story,” Amanda says. “We’ve been joking, saying we just can’t believe it. This is like the fairytale ending.”




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periodontal and implant surgery and offers nearly two decades of experience treating his patients. His scope of practice includes immediate implant placement, prevention and treatment of gum diseases, as well as aesthetic concerns. In addition to private practice, Dr. McClain serves as a clinical professor in the graduate clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Periodontology and UNC Hospitals and UNC Department of Periodontology where he completed his specialty residency. Dr. McClain is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and he frequently lectures locally and internationally on current topics in periodontal and implant surgery. He also regularly attends national and international conferences and continuing education and is a member of the International Team for Implantology. Dr. McClain maintains practices in Durham and Chapel Hill, but he also serves areas in Cary and Raleigh. Office hours are by appointment, and surgical procedures may also be scheduled on weekends, evenings, or early mornings. Outside of practice, Dr. McClain enjoys sporting clays, farming with his two daughters and wife, Kimberly, and cheering for the UNC Tar Heels.


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Durham Magazine commissioned a peer-topeer survey of the local dental community – from endodontists to prosthodontists. The following rankings are the result. Dentists were asked the telling question: “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to, other than yourself ?” Durham is well-served by the dental community. Hundreds of dentists, specialists and support professionals have made this home, and the overall quality of dental care in our communities is second to none. What good dentist wouldn’t want to practice here? „

A L I T T L E B AC KG R O U N D The Top Dentists list for Durham is the result of a rigorous evaluation process consisting of peer-to-peer surveys of area dentists and professionals. This survey was conducted and managed by the nationally recognized third-party firm topDentists LLC of Augusta, Ga. The list is excerpted from the 2017 topDentists™ list, a database that includes listings for dentists and specialists in the Durham area. The Durham list is based on detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at topDentists management has more than 50 years experience compiling peer-review referral guides in the dental, medical and legal fields. Working from this experience, along with the input of several prominent dentists from throughout the United States, topDentists created a selection process that has earned the respect of the country’s leading dental professionals. For more information, call (706) 364-0853; write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, Ga. 30903; email or visit The purchase of advertising has no impact on who is included in the Top Dentists list.

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or more than 30 years the practice of Desiree T. Palmer, DMD, PA and Associate’s mission has been to provide dental care above and beyond expectations, while bringing our patients to optimal oral health. Drs. Janier Barton, Audrey Kemp and Desiree Palmer practice a full scope of cosmetic and family dentistry including: Crowns, Bridges, Restoration of Implants, Partials, Dentures, Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. Schedule an appointment today at our “state of the art” practices on Newsom Street or our downtown location at Bull City Dental.

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topDENTIST Our practice has been serving the Durham community for over 45 years. We are deeply honored to continue to be recognized by receiving the Top Dentist award for the 9th year in a row. Every day, it is a privilege to come to work and know that we and our staff make a difference in our patients’ lives. And, by partnering with some of the best dental specialists in the area, we create healthy smiles, restore full function, and instill confidence that lasts a lifetime. Your smile. Our passion.

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Deborah A. Conner 922 Broad St., Ste. B 919-416-4200

ENDODONTICS Hong Chen 5318 NC Hwy. 55, Ste. 201 919-237-2818

Linda Levin 3624 Shannon Rd., Ste. 106 919-401-4827

A.K. Bobby Mallik 5324 McFarland Dr., Ste. 120 919-493-5332

Roger A. McDougal 245 E. NC Hwy. 54, Ste. 201 919-806-8667

GENERAL DENTISTRY Jerry ter Avest 2515 E Hwy 54, Bldg. 2000 919-544-6080

Brent L. Blaylock 3206 Old Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. 300 919-493-8036 Thank you to the Durham Community and to Durham Magazine for voting Dr. Dempsey Smith a Durham 2018 Top Dentist

Debora A. Bolton 2705 N. Duke St., Ste. 100 919-381-5900

Jason W. Butler 2900 Croasdaile Dr., Ste. 5 919-383-7402

Paula M. Coffey 3732 N. Roxboro St. 919-471-6622

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James H. Eaker 4208 S. Alston Ave., Ste. 100 919-544-5620

William H. Gordon (retired – practice remains open) 1904 Front St., Ste. 530 919-383-6661

Mary V. Gaddis 245 E. NC Hwy. 54, Ste. 204 919-484-8088

Stephanie Q. Jenkins 5317 Highgate Dr., Ste. 118 919-361-0500


Ellis K. List 1014 Lamond Ave. 919-682-5327

Danny K. Lloyd 4206 N. Roxboro St., Ste. 140 919-471-1589

Kevin P. Matthews 4210 N. Roxboro St., Ste 130 919-479-1970

Lionel Nelson 3325 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Ste. 303 919-489-0497

Desiree T. Palmer 105 Newsom St., Suite 204 919-471-9106

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Ronald D. Spain 2206 Page Rd., Ste. 103 919-596-1219 „


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Dr. Reebye graduated from Boston University School of Dental Medicine and completed his medical degree at UNC. He has continued to follow his passion in life — helping people — through both work at his private office and treating those who are underserved.

Dr. Park received his B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, his D.D.S. from the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery and his M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has interest in orthognathic surgery, dentoalveolar surgery, bone grafting, implantology, pathology and craniofacial surgery.



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Mary Gaddis, D.D.S. Park Place Dental 245 E NC HWY 54 #204 919-484-8088 |


ark Place Dental knows that dentistry is not one size fits all. That’s why we take the time to get to know each patient as an individual and structure our care around his or her comfort and specific oral health needs. Our friendly staff is led by Dr. Mary Gaddis, who has 14 years of experience. Our only dentist, she works with just two hygienists and two assistants, so you always know who you’re going to see when you visit us, and we’ll know you, too. In addition to traditional family dentistry for all ages, we offer modern orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and whitening services.





Lionel M. Nelson, DMD PA 3325 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. Ste 303 919.489.0497 |


r. Nelson resides in Durham, NC and is the proud father of three sons, Lionel II, Lorenz and Leland.. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from Miami University (Ohio) in 1995 and received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Temple University in 1999. Dr. Nelson and his team of caring dental professionals keep the patient first by administering comprehensive treatment focusing on each patient’s overall health. They give the best of themselves and the best that dentistry has to offer by continually furthering




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their personal and professional growth. And they make every effort to show patients they are honored and appreciated. Dr. Nelson offers a full range of services including preventive care, root canals, cosmetic dentistry, single visit porcelain crowns, implant placement and restoration, tooth whitening, dentures and partials, tooth-colored fillings, and 3D imaging and digital dentistry. Dr. Nelson and his team have been voted one of Durham’s TopDentists for the ninth consecutive year.

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Grant H. Service 2711 N. Duke St., Ste. B 919-220-6553

Harold S. Speight 2711 N. Duke St., Ste. C 919-220-4200

Uday N. Reebye 5318 NC Hwy. 55, Ste. 106 919-806-2912

Debra Sacco 2823 N. Duke St. 919-479-0707

Andrew T. Ruvo 2823 N. Duke St. 919-479-0707

Adam D. Serlo 2823 N. Duke St. 919-479-0707 „

Michael A. Tapper 2900 Croasdaile Dr., Ste. 2 919-383-8619

Durham Prosthodontics 919-489-8661 3709 University Drive, Suite D Durham, NC

C. Steadman Willis III 1212 Broad St. 919-286-2235

Julie H. Witte 922 Broad St. 919-286-1156

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY David E. Frost 2823 N. Duke St. 919-479-0707

Jeffrey S. Jelic 5501 Fortunes Ridge Dr., Ste. G 919-419-9222

Aaron Park 5318 NC Hwy. 55, Ste. 106 919-806-2912












Dr. Geoffrey Cunningham is the only board certified Prosthodontist in private practice in the Durham-Chapel Hill area, and one of approximately 1,200 in the world. From a simple fix, such as teeth whitening, to a complete makeover, we can give you the smile of your dreams! Dentures, implants, veneers, crowns and bridges...we do it all! We have achieved a 5-star Google rating, which directly reflects the top-notch experience and excellent service our patients receive. Happy patients are our first priority! Durham Prosthodontics is conveniently located on University Drive, only minutes from I-40, I-85 and 15/501. We will work with you to maximize your insurance. In addition, we connect you with financial assistance options, if necessary. Top Dentist 2018_v1.indd 1

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Triangle Restoration Dentistry A Prosthodontic Specialty Practice Mark S. Scurria, DDS | Rosanna Marquez, DDS 1920 East Hwy. 54 Suite 410 Durham | 919.544.8106

Doesn’t your smile deserve a specialist’s care? As prosthodontists, we specialize in restoring and replacing teeth using the best technology available.

Brian Vandersea 2823 N. Duke St. 919-479-0707

ORTHODONTICS J. Dempsey Smith 2919 Colony Rd. 919-493-4911

TRIOS scanning allows us to provide crowns, bridges, and partials without messy impressions.

We are conveniently located off of I-40, at the intersection of 54 and 55. Meet Dr. Mark Scurria, Dr. Marquez, and the rest of our caring team and discover your dental home.

We’re also proud to offer AVADENT digital dentures, which provide the best fit possible with fewer appointments.

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Tyler Hart 3925 N. Duke St., Ste. 121 919-471-1036 „


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John R. Christensen DDS, MS, MS

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Robert T. Christensen, DDS, MS Pediatric Dentistry


FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS, the practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates has been trusted to provide specialized care in the Chapel Hill, Durham, and Sanford communities. Our five board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide the highest quality of patient care with the latest diagnostic and treatment tools available to assure patient safety and comfort. Drs. Frost, Sacco, Vandersea, Ruvo and Serlo practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal.



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Barbara T. Hershey 3206 Old Chapel Hill Rd. 919-493-7554

Julie H. Mol 5726 Fayetteville Rd., Ste. 104 919-405-7111

Gavin C. Heymann 3206 Old Chapel Hill Rd. 919-493-7554

Pedro E. Santiago 3115 Academy Rd., Ste. A 919-489-2394

Michael J. Wilson 2900 Croasdaile Dr., Ste. 3 919-371-0384

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Amy C. Davidian 249 E. NC Hwy 54, Ste. 300 919-354-6220

John R. Christensen 121 W. Woodcroft Pkwy. 919-489-1543

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Martha A. Keels 2711 N. Duke St., Ste. A 919-220-1416

PERIODONTICS Liliana Gandini 3115 Academy Rd. 919-489-2394

Hana Hobbs 2900 Croasdaile Dr., Ste. 1 919-383-6611

Arnold T. McClain 5015 Southpark Dr., Ste. 130 919-484-8338




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PROSTHODONTICS Geoffrey R. Cunningham 3709 University Dr., Ste. D 919-489-8661

Bill D. Gates 3622 Shannon Rd., Ste. 101 919-493-1402

James A. Hoke 3709 University Dr., Ste. D 919-489-8661

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Mark S. Scurria 1920 E. NC Hwy. 54, Ste. 410 919-544-8106


For the past 30 years, Dr. Brent L. Blaylock has been a trusted dentist in Durham. Continuing education is important to Dr. Blaylock, and he has completed many courses in the principles of complete dentistry. His focus has been identifying and treating problems with the TMJ and occlusion, and the impact of oral inflammation and disease on the heart and rest of the body.


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DM When you were going through school, was there an educator who inspired you? JA My father was a headmaster – in those days, we called them headmasters but it’s like a principal – of an elementary school. So I understood the value of education very early on in my life. He told all of his children, “You have to have higher education. You have to.” It’s the same value that I try to instill in many of our students today because for many of them, that’s the only ticket out of poverty, to change not just their lives, but the lives of their children and generations to come. DM How is N.C. Central working with the city? JA I have met with just about everyone in the department of the city manager, Mr. Tom Bonfield; county manager, Mr. Wendell Davis; the mayor; transportation department. … That was one of my major objectives when I came in as chancellor: I wanted to strengthen NCCU’s partnership with the city and the county. We are working together on so many fronts now, talking about economic development and economic revitalization of areas around the university, working with the city in terms of intensified and increased security around the university. They’ve been really, really responsive.

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DM What are some projects you’d like to partner with the city on in the next few years? JA I’d like to see some expansion and some development in the areas surrounding NCCU, and of course, all of that is going to happen now with the movement around the light rail. This city is doing some good planning already, and we are talking to the city manager, and we’ve been at the table talking to the Durham Housing Authority [CEO Anthony] Scott about their plan and how the university fits into that. It’s very, very encouraging. DM In terms of affordable housing, does that include housing for students? JA Yes. … We can’t house all of our students on campus. So decent apartments around campus, affordable housing on campus – all of those would

benefit our students. Transportation will also benefit our students. With the light rail coming in, when that is done, it will allow our students to leave other areas of this city and simply commute; jump on the train and come to the school. DM You’re wrapping up your first academic year as chancellor. How have things gone so far? JA It’s been busy, but a good busy. It’s been going very well. Last year, we had record enrollment for first-time freshmen and transfer students. We are nearing 1,780 students, which is large. And this year again for the fall, we are already trending up again, and we’re looking to another record-setting first-year class this fall. Last semester, we had a tremendous success in terms of our sponsored research. Our Biomedical/Biotechnology Research

Institute received $16.3 million in grants

alone. That’s a testament to the fact that they love this area. They graduate and stay here, work here and contribute to the economic impact of this area. Already, we have an economic impact in this area of $563 million that is contributed to Durham and other neighboring counties in the area. DM Right now the university is experiencing a lot of growth in health sciences. Is that where a lot of the economic impact comes from? JA In education, in health, in manufacturing. We have a manufacturing research institute on campus. A lot of the biomedical and pharmaceutical companies here in town hire our students from those programs. Then of course, we have a law school, and many of those graduates stay and practice in North Carolina.

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DM What are some exciting initiatives you’re looking forward to in the next academic year? JA We just hired a company to engage in reconstruction and redesigning of our web page. We also just finished a [re]branding BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina with Engine Brandmakers, which we are to fund our nursing program in the area of planning to roll out very soon. What we’re scholarship, technology and preparation for trying to do is show that we want to hold on Dr. Akinleye is married the state nursing exam. … We also signed to our legacy, but at the same time, we want to to Juanita Akinleye, a registered a partnership with Duke [Clinical and be contemporary because of the students that nurse, and has two adult Translational Science Institute] here at we serve. ... children, Nikki and Peter. NCCU. That is going very well. I’m also excited about the security What I’m excited about are the initiatives we’ve mounted on the campus. opportunities and the potential that the We’ve invested $2 million into campus institution is experiencing in terms of our security that is almost halfway completed. growth, program expansion, relationship with stakeholders, partnership Now all our buildings will have cameras, with over 900 cameras with the city, industry, K-12. We are intensifying our partnership with on the campus. We’ve installed blue lights all around the campus all these entities. perimeter with 360-degree cameras on those. We’ve improved all of our lighting at night. We’ve intensified our foot patrol. There will DM How many students do you have in total? be card access to all of our dorms by the time all of that is finished. JA 8,100 students. That includes about 6,355 undergraduates, and graduate and professional [students] are about 1,742. DM Is there anything else you want people to know about We just graduated [the first] five students in our Ph.D. program in N.C. Central? integrated biosciences. JA That this institution has so much potential and so much to offer. So many of our programs are highly diverse, just in terms of DM Do you have a sense of how many students are able students, faculty, staff. We have excellent, high-quality, inclusive to stay in our community and make a difference after they curriculum. We also graduate a lot of our students. The last two graduate from N.C. Central? graduations have been the largest in the history of the university. JA A large number of our graduates stay in Durham to live and to Our first-year retention rate is 80%, very high. We have a lot to be work. We have about 10,046 alumni who live in Durham County proud of. from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to assist us to build a center for health disparity on campus. We also received another $3.2 million last semester to do cancer research. This semester already, we received a $1 million grant from

chancellor of the university in June 2017 after 10 months as acting and interim chancellor. He previously was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the university, following more than two decades of experience in academia.

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Day.) That day was reserved for visits from family D IS THE NAME I GO BY. People often ask if it is short and friends, after services at Ellis Chapel. for Edward, Edwin, Edgar or something else; but my given Always clad in a simple gingham dress and an name is Eddie – not nearly as regal sounding, is it? apron, the main thing I remember is that Aunt The truth is my name is meant as an honor. I was named Biddie could cook! I remember watching, mouth after my father’s favorite aunt. Yes. Aunt. Her name was watering, as she made simple dishes like fresh leaf Eddie Jackson Crabtree. How she got her name, I wish I lettuce and spring onions dressed only in pork knew, but we always called her Aunt Biddie. drippings with maybe just a spritz of vinegar. It’s hard to reminisce about her without warm memories of my Sometimes, she’d mix tiny wild strawberries she picked on her grandmother’s house, a mid-century cottage she shared with her sisterexcursions along the nearby railroad tracks with in-law; you guessed it! Aunt Biddie. sugar, spread them on biscuit dough, roll the The modest home they shared still stands at ED CRABTRE E GRE W UP IN BAHAMA, ATTE N DE D N ORTHE RN HIGH dough and filling like a jellyroll, and slice it into the corner of Stagville and Orange Factory S CHOOL AN D GRADUATE D FROM rounds; she would place the rounds side by side roads, a few miles north of Durham and a couple AP PALACHIAN STATE UN IVE RS ITY. in a well-seasoned enamel dishpan, dot the tops south of Bahama. It is actually closer to the longAFTE R DABBLIN G IN THE TRIAN GLE with butter, and bake. Fragrant, bubbly and forgotten Willardville Station on the defunct, RADIO S CE N E AN D AFTE R NUME ROUS YE ARS OF WORK IN G IN buttery, the fruit of her labor seldom lasted long, overgrown Lynchburg and Durham railroad line. TE CHN ICAL S UP P ORT, HE RE TURN E D but the memories linger in my mind. A huge wood cook-stove dominated the TO HIS PAS S ION FOR WRITIN G AN D One of my fondest memories of Aunt Biddie eat-in kitchen, and the best homemade biscuits EDITIN G AS A TE CHN ICAL WRITE R. HE goes back to a dish she made that became known were always waiting in a simple old West Bend A N D HIS CAN ADIAN HUS BAN D LIVE throughout our family as Messy Pie. Messy Pie bun warmer sitting atop the stove’s hot water I N S OUTHWE ST DURHAM AN D LOVE S AVORIN G THE LOCAL FLAVORS . and the story of how it got its name are eternally compartment. The biscuits begged me to open linked to me, her great nephew. the door beneath to see what treasures might lie Sweet potatoes were a staple of life back then: baked sweet potatoes, waiting on the shelf inside: bacon, homemade sausage or more often sweet potato pie, sweet potato pudding and candied yams – not those salted pork fatback or Streak o’ Lean – true savory treats for a boy mashed yams with marshmallows, not a casserole, but tender slices of growing up in what was once rural North Carolina. sweet potato glazed in a succulent, buttery syrup that caramelized and Now, Grandma was an amazing cook all her own, but that’s another truly candied each slice. story. Back to Aunt Biddie. She never learned to read and write, and In this abundance of the orange root, my family used the term sweet she would argue the flatness of the Earth with confidence and zeal. She potato pie interchangeably to refer to any dessert incarnation of the yam. was a stout, hard-working old maid who loved keeping busy – except At the age of 5 or 6, this generic and all-encompassing use of the word on Sunday. (I remember sewing something one Sunday, and her telling pie genuinely confused me. All of the other incarnations were fine. Yes, me I’d have to pick out with my nose every stitch I sewed on The Lord’s




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Messy Pie

they were all confections made from sweet potatoes, but only one was the one that I wanted. Only one was what I thought of when I dreamed of sweet potato pie. My Immortal Beloved, Messy Pie. Aunt Biddie made this Messy Pie in the same small, well-used enameled dishpan she used for the strawberry rolls – and just about every other dessert she ever made. I’m sure she would butter (or perhaps more likely, smear lard on) the surfaces of this humble vessel from which the divine delectable would emerge. Messy Pie consisted of an upper and lower crust – and I could almost swear another layer or two of crust that swam, like homemade dumplings, in an amazing sauce of butter and sugar with nutmeg and cinnamon. The announcement that a sweet potato pie was in the kitchen was always an exciting one, but one all-too-often followed by the disappointment that it was only the classic, one-crusted pie made of mashed yams and “pumpkin pie spice,” or perhaps the also-rare grated yam pudding version. I learned to inquire, and in my limited vocabulary and experience, I called my preferred concoction “Messy Pie.” You see, traditional sweet potato pie can be neatly cut into the famous pie wedge; it’s neat and clean in the pan. It holds its shape. The grated pudding, while not as neatly trimmed as “pie,” still managed to retain the shape created when the spoon dug in for a serving. Messy Pie, though, oozed goodness. The crust and the potatoes kept their shape, but once the first serving had been taken, the syrupy “juice” trickled from the luscious layers of crust and potato. It wasn’t clean. It wasn’t neat. It was messy. Even refrigerated, if this dish ever lasted long enough to go into the icebox, the sauce moved; it might have contained tasty bits of congealed and sugared butter, and it might move slower, but the syrup made a mouthwatering mess. Once upon the tongue, that syrup melted into nectar amidst the slick, noodle-like crust and the softened-but-firm yams like the sweet potato offspring from the marriage of an old-fashioned rolled apple cobbler and a bowl of dumplings. Sadly, Aunt Biddie passed away about 25 years ago; and I’ve always kicked myself for failing to get her to teach me to make Messy Pie. We so often put off asking

questions and live to regret missing bits of legacy to pass on to the next generation. Through the years, I have talked with many Southern cooks, recounting the story of Aunt Biddie and how I bear her name … and of her legendary Messy Pie. Most people scratch their heads, never having heard of such; and then they remark about how good it must have been. Nowadays, it’s not so hard to discover that Messy Pie was simply a sweet potato cobbler. The Internet helped solve the mystery, but the magic of Aunt Biddie’s Messy Pie will live on forever, any time I think of that wonderful taste of home.

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taste NORTHERN DURHAM / NEAR INTERSTATE 85 GUESS ROAD Northgate Mall 1058 W. Club Blvd. • A & D Buffalo’s • Baja Shack • Cajun Cafe & Grill • Carolina BBQ & Chicken • Chef’s House • Chopsticks • Cinnamonster • The Cookie Store • Esmeralda’s Cafe • Greek Cuisine • Haagen-Dazs/Planet Smoothie • Pretzel Twister • Salcedo’s Pizza • Subway • Tomo Japan

Full Service C&H Cafeteria 919-286-7303 Green Paradise (919) 286-4009 Pan Pan Diner 919-416-1950 Randy’s Pizza 919-286-7272 Ruby Tuesday 919-286-5100 Vegan Flava Cafe 919-960-1832

Gocciolina Upscale Italian fare in a cozy atmosphere. This wildly popular restaurant has graced our Best Of list again and again. 3314 Guess Rd.; 919-973-4089; Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q Homestyle Eastern barbecue, fried chicken & seafood. Enjoy with a giant glass of iced tea. 2419 Guess Rd.; 919-286-7447; Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs Old-fashioned burgers, fries and a mean Carolina-style dog. 2728 Guess Rd.; 919-471-0005; La Cacerola Cafe & Restaurant Honduran specialties such as pupusas and chorizo asado. 2016 Guess Rd.; 919-294-6578 Thai Spoon All the trappings for a delicious experience: pad thai, drunken noodles and curries. 3808 Guess Rd.; 919-908-7539 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; Shanghai Restaurant Established in the 1980s, this Cantonese restaurant offers both Americanized and authentic dishes. 3433 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-383-7581; Wimpy’s Grill Specializing in old-fashioned burgers and hot dogs. Open till 2 p.m. weekdays, cash only. 617 Hicks St.; 919-286-4380; HILLANDALE ROAD


El Corral Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican faijitas, tacos, enchiladas and a great chorizo queso dip. 1821 Hillandale Rd., Ste. 8; 919-309-4543; Melo Trattoria & Tapas Classic Italian - think spaghetti and meatballs and chicken parmigiana - meets tapas. 1821 Hillandale Rd., Ste. 3; 919-384-9080; Pomodoro Italian Kitchen Homemade sauces on fresh-made pizzas, pastas and other Italian favorites. 1811 Hillandale Rd.; 919-382-2915; NORTH POINTE DRIVE The French Corner Bakery Artisan breads, beautifully crafted tarts and pastries, plus lunch. Baking classes taught by French-trained master baker chef Benjamin Messaoui. 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; Bullock’s Bar-B-Que 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; Picnic Order the pulled pork, of course, but also the fried chicken, mac & cheese and hushpuppies. 1647 Cole Mill Rd.; 919-908-9128; 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 Rd.; 919-479-7172;


BROAD STREET Joe Van Gogh Cozy and full of natural light, this local coffee shop sources quality beans for a superior coffee. 1104-B Broad St.; 919-286-4800; The Palace International African cuisine including curry goat, dovi chicken and samosas. 1104-A Broad St.; 919-416-4922; Watts Grocery A Durham native, chef Amy Tornquist artfully develops Southern-inspired dishes with seasonal, local ingredients. 1116 Broad St.; 919-416-5040; BR Wellspring Cafe Salad and hot bar in the Whole Foods Market, plus sandwiches, pizza and sushi. 621 Broad St.; 919-286-2290 ERWIN ROAD Another Broken Egg Cafe Unique breakfast and WINNER lunch menu including cinnamon roll french toast and a scrambled skillet. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 120; 919-381-5172; OF DURHAM BR

Bleu Olive High-quality comfort food incorporating local ingredients and Mediterranean flair. Family operated & chef-driven. 1821 Hillandale Rd.; 919 383-8502; bleuolivebistro. com BR


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Early Bird Donuts Doughnuts, biscuits, croissant breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Try the cinnamon sugar donut. 2816 Erwin Rd., Ste. 101; 984-888-0417 Itaewon Grill Build-your-own Korean barbecue bowls with a variety of meats and meat substitutes, toppings and sauces. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 132; 919-864-9742; MediTerra Grill Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, offering gyros, kabobs and curry. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 136; 919-383-0066; 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; 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 Espresso and organic smoothie bar, scratch made pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. Open for dine-in or carry-out. 2424 Erwin Rd.; 919-416-1400; BR Smashburger Unique burgers smashed on the grill, chicken and salads. 2608 Erwin Rd., Ste. 116; 919-237-1070; 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; 919-309-2401; ERWIN SQUARE Guasaca Arepas, salads and rice bowls with South American flavor. 2200 W. Main St., Ste. A100; 919-294-8939; 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; BR

Black Twig Cider House Cider-and-sausage Parizade Sophisticated Mediterranean food like focused restaurant with more than 80 ciders on DURHAM, NC • 919-286-1987 • LUNCH • DINNER • SNAC grilled bronzino, Australian lamb chopsBREAKFAST and pan-fried draft and in bottles. Try the “Northern Spy” and join MADHATTERBAKESHOP.COM Roman dumplings. 2200 W. Main St.; 919-286-9712; SALADELIA.COM in a Txotx! 2812 Erwin Rd., Ste. 104; 919-321-0203;

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dining guide Shuckin’ Shack Seafood restaurant serving up shrimp, oysters, fish-n-chips, surf-n-turf dinners and more. 2200 W. Main St.; 984-219-7337; NEAR DUKE Fairview Dining Room Seasonally inspired contemporary cuisine with selections like coffeerubbed duck breast and seared NC flounder. Located inside the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. 3001 Cameron Blvd.; 919-493-6699; MarketPlace JB Duke Hotel’s main restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 230 Science Dr.; 919-660-6400; NINTH STREET DISTRICT Alpaca Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Need we say more? 703-A Ninth St.; 919-908-1597; Banh’s Cuisine Vietnamese and Chinese dishes with great vegetarian specials. Cash only! 750 Ninth St.; 919-286-5073 blu seafood and bar Upscale seafood restaurant featuring innovative regional classics and a complete oyster menu. Try the crab mac and cheese! 2002 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-286-9777;

Heavenly Buffaloes Chicken wings (bone-in and boneless) as well as vegan wings in more than 25 rubs and sauces, including peri peri and Jamaican jerk. Plus waffle fries! 1807 W. Markham Ave.; 919-237-2358; Juju Asian fusion tapas including selections like steamed barbecue Kurobuta pork belly and chicken fried oysters. Try the crispy Brussels sprouts! 737 Ninth St., Ste. 210; 919-286-3555; BR Khaja’s Kurry Indian buffet including biryani, curry and daals. 748 Ninth St.; 919-695-9525 Locopops Gourmet frozen pops in a variety of rotating flavors like lavender cream, strawberry lemonade and malted milk ball. 2618 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-286-3500; Metro 8 Steakhouse Classic American steakhouse with an Argentinean flair. Pair empanadas with a filet mignon or crab-stuffed shrimp with a churrasco steak. 746 Ninth St.; 919-416-1700; Monuts Donuts Scratch-made, locally sourced doughnuts, pastries, English muffins, bagels and breakfast sandwiches. Try the bagel and lox. 1002 Ninth St.; 919-286-2642; BR

Blue Corn Cafe Authentic Latin-American fare with fresh, organic ingredients. 716 Ninth St.; 919-286-9600; Burger Bach Signature New Zealand grass-fed burgers and fresh-cut fries. 737 Ninth St., Ste. 220; 919-973-4416; Cocoa Cinnamon Signature hand-brewed coffees and lattes such as the “Dr. Durham” with maca root powder and black lava salt. 2627 Hillsborough Rd.; Cosmic Cantina Authentic Mexican cuisine with vegan options. House-made mole and corn tortillas. Pair with a margarita pitcher. 1920 Perry St.; 919-286-1875; Dain’s Place Pub fare centered around awardwinning “thick and juicy and juicy and thick burgers.” 754 Ninth St.; 919-416-8800 Dales Indian Cuisine Traditional Indian food like garlic naan, chicken tikka masala and matter paneer. 811 Ninth St., Ste. 150; 919-286-1760; BR Del Rancho Mexican Grill Authentic Mexican lunch and dinner menu with a full-service bar. 730 Ninth St. Elmo’s Diner Homemade Southern classics with breakfast favorites like cinnamon apple waffles and biscuits and gravy served all day in a casual, family-friendly setting. 776 Ninth St.; 919-416 3823; BR Happy + Hale Healthy salads, bowls, breakfast, smoothies, cocktails and cold-pressed juice. 703B Ninth St.; 984-439-1790; BR

The Pie Hole Made-from-scratch sweet and savory pies and specialty coffee drinks. 810 Ninth Street, Ste. 130; Pincho Loco Latin-flavored ice cream, milkshakes, popsicles and more, featuring flavors like tequila, Tiger Tail (vanilla, mexican Vanilla and chocolate), guava, tamarind and more. 1918 Perry St.; 919-286-5111 Triangle Coffee House Coffee and pastries with selections like vegan blueberry muffins. 714 Ninth St.; 919-748-3634 Vin Rouge French bistro-style dinner with regular oyster specials and Sunday brunch. Get the hanger steak and frites! 2010 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-416-0466; BR


NEWS BITES AXE-CITING NEWS Durhamites will soon have the chance to throw axes and down beers in the same setting. Urban Axes plans to open its fifth location, and first in North Carolina, this summer at 619 Foster St. SLICED IT! Durham Bulls fans can now enjoy Pie Pushers pizza at the ballpark. WINNER

The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bakeshop Scratch-made pastries, organic salads, sandwiches and wraps, with breakfast all day and delicious brunch every weekend. Award-winning cakes. 1802 W. Main St.; 919-286-1987;


Hutchins Pizza at 402 W. Geer St. is planning a May 1 opening in the 3,000-square-foot former OF DURHAM 2016 Hutchins garage space. Head Chef Mike Merrone, formerly BR of Pizzeria Toro, will serve up DURHAM, “Grandma-style” slices – square NC • 919-286-1987 MADHATTERBAKESHOP.COM pizza that has been cooked in an olive oil-coated pan for a dense, crispy crust. BRIGHTLEAF DISTRICT



THAI TIME Missouri-based Snow Factory is coming to Ninth Street next to Waffle House. The business, which has locations in major cities across the U.S., will offer Thai pan-fry ice cream rolls – made on a Hibachi table kept at 10 degrees below zero, mixed with fresh fruit or other ingredients and stirred until crystallized.

Clouds Brewing American favorites with a German flair. Try the “Clouds Burger” with a half bratwurst, half-ground chuck patty or the BBQ pork belly burger. 905 W. Main St.; 919-251 8096;

Thai @ Main Street has taken the space formerly occupied by Dame’s Chicken & Waffles. Headed by Chef Jay Aparoj, who started Bangkok 54 in Chapel Hill, the new restaurant should be serving up central Taiwanese dishes by the time you’re reading this.


El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican cuisine like quesadillas, tacos and huevos con chorizo. 905 W. Main St.; 919-683-2417;

CURRY ON Khaja’s Kurry is now open at 748 Ninth St., the former location of Chubby’s Tacos. The new establishment offers a buffet of Indian cuisine.

The Federal Pub fare with bistro panache. Try the “Fed Burger au Poivre.” 914 W. Main St.; 919-680-8611; BR

Goorsha Ethiopian restaurant featuring dishes like shiro chickpea stew and tibs (sauteed meat in spices). 910 W. Main St.; 919-588-4660;

SWEET! A new vegan bakery, Crumbs, will soon make its home in the Bull City. No word yet on a location or open date, but its Instagram, @crumbsbakerync, has our mouths watering.

It’s a Southern Thing Kitchen and bar that serves up traditional Southern dishes with a twist, like jalapeno-brined fried chicken; a half-beef, half-bacon meatloaf; and both traditional and vegan barbecue. 605 W. Main St.; 919-294-9632; BR

ROLL ON BY Spring Rolls owners Susan and Eddie Tu plan to bring their Raleigh concept to Durham’s Chesterfield building by early August. The Chinese fusion spot offers ramen, homemade pork belly, pho, sushi and more.

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Kaffeinate Coffee shop featuring locally roasted beans and made-to-order Belgian waffles. 115-A N. Duke St.; 919-237-2856; BR Lilly’s Pizza Stone-hearth-baked pizzas with fresh, organic and local ingredients. 810 W. Peabody St.; 919-797-2554; The Little Dipper Fondue, salads and entrees with selections like cheddar ale fondue, seasonal spinach salad and filet mignon with mushrooms. 905 W. Main St.; 919-908-1023; BR Maverick’s Smokehouse and Taproom Range of barbecue and smokehouse fare as well as Chef Brian Stinnett’s signature fried chicken and Memphis barbecue spaghetti. 900 W. Main St.; 919-682-8978; Mount Fuji Asian Bistro Sushi & Bar Thai, Japanese, Chinese and sushi. Try the duck wrap. 905 W. Main St.; 919-680-4968; Parker and Otis A gift shop, coffee shop and restaurant all in one. First-timers should dedicate a good chunk of time to this delight. Try the No. 26. 112 S. Duke St.; 919-683-3200; BR Pine Cone Maple View ice cream, shakes, Joe Van Gogh coffee and baked goods galore. 905 W. Main St., Ste. 20-H; 919-416-6128; Rose’s Noodles, Dumplings & Sweets Sandwiches, pastries - rhubarb galette, anyone? - and daily dinner specials. 121 N. Gregson St.; 919-797-2233; BR Saint James Raw bar featuring daily selection of oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp and more; seafood towers, Lobster Newberg, shrimp and grits, and Calabash platters. 806 W. Main St.; 984-219-7900; Satisfaction Restaurant & Bar Pub fare including selections like fried pickles, “Kitchen Sink Pizza” and footlong hotdogs. 905 W. Main St., Ste. 37; 919-682-7397; Torero’s Mexican Restaurant Authentic Mexican cuisine. Try the ceviche de camaron. 800 W. Main St.; 919-682-4197; CENTRAL PARK & WAREHOUSE DISTRICTS The Blue Note Grill Fantastic barbecue, ribs and live music. 709 Washington St.; 919-401-1979;

Rise Biscuits & Donuts Daily-changing menu of doughnuts and biscuits. For vegetarians, the “Fried Eggplant ‘Bacon’” biscuit is hard to beat. 401 Foster St.; 984-439-2220; BR Parts & Labor Dishes meeting many dietary needs, including veggie samosas, “Hipster Poutine” and falafel. 723 Rigsbee Ave.; BR

The Accordion Club Late-night bar serving beer, hot dogs and green chile stew. 316 W. Geer St. The Pit Fried pimiento cheese, wholehog Eastern barbecue and Lexington-style barbecue. 321 W. Geer St.; 919-282-3748; Piedmont Seasonal cooking inspired by local ingredients. Broccoli beignet, pickled shrimp and peach or Mills Farm’s beef coulotte. 401 Foster St.; 919-683-1213; BR CITY CENTER DISTRICT hy Twenty Six Originally a craft cocktail bar, the addition of a kitchen and dining room now offers plates like pan-seared duck breast, cornmeal-crusted fried oysters and pimiento cheese. 320 E. Chapel Hill St.; 984-439-2278; Bagel Bar Homemade bagel varieties, lunch and breakfast sandwiches. 104 City Hall Plaza, Ste. 101; 919-294-6661; Bar Brunello Featuring 25 wines by the glass and 60 by the bottle, as well as draft beers and ciders, the bar’s food menu includes charcuterie and cheese boards. 117 E. Main St.; 919-294-4825;

Cocoa Cinnamon Signature hand-brewed coffees and lattes such as the “Tower of Babel” with honey and date sugar. 420 W. Geer St.; Dame’s Chicken & Waffles Chicken, waffles, shmears. ’Nuff said. 530 Foster St.; 919-682-9235; BR Fullsteam In addition to their well-known “plow-topint” beers, Fullsteam now serves bar snacks, sandwiches, small plates and kombucha. Try the Eastern Carolina-Style Pork Meatballs and the Spicy Carolina Dip Chicken with a side of deviled eggs. 726 Rigsbee Ave.; 919-682-2337; Geer Street Garden Simple, down-home fare in a cozy atmosphere. They make a mean “Dark and Stormy,” and be sure to order “The Pile” to split with friends! 644 Foster St.; 919-688 2900;



Bar Virgile Artfully crafted beverages paired with an ever-changing dinner and small plates menu including selections like tandoori chicken, and flat iron steak 105 S. Magnum St.; 919-973-3000; Beyù Caffè Coffee shop, restaurant, bar and live jazz club. Beignets, buffalo wings and mushroom burgers. 341 W. Main St.; 919-683-1058; BR

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Bull City Burger & Brewery Local beef burgers with all components from bun to barbecue sauce made in-house. 107 E. Parrish St.; 919-680-2333;

NEWS BITES JOINING THE HERD Durham-based Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken opened its sixth Triangle location in midApril at Brier Creek Commons.

Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub Pub food and bar snacks like nachos, burgers and wings. 427 W. Main St.; 919-682-3061;

CRAVING KOREAN? The newly opened Itaewon Grill on Erwin Road is a createyour-own-dish lover’s dream. Choose from a variety of bases, toppings, meats and sauces for Korean barbecue made just the way you like it. M TO THE THIRD POWER Chef Micheal Lee of M Sushi and M Kokko plans to open a traditional Japanese tempura restaurant, M Tempura, in Scratch Bakery’s former downtown location at 111 Orange St. by mid-summer. DONUT MISS IT National chain Duck Donuts, which started in the Outer Banks – in Duck, N.C., specifically! – is opening a location in the Patterson Place Shopping Center, 5320 McFarland Dr., Ste. 140, near the new Blaze Pizza. They’ll serve warm, madeto-order doughnuts customized with a wide range of icings and toppings. This location will also offer coffee, espresso drinks, doughnut breakfast sandwiches and doughnut sundaes. This is the third Triangle location; the others are in Cary and Raleigh.


James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant Traditional pub food and snacks like brisket cheese steak and Reuben sandwiches. 912 W. Main St.; 919-683-3022; BR

POOLSIDE PICK-ME-UP Organics by Red Bull has launched in North Carolina – one of just two launch areas chosen for the four new organic sodas’ North American debut in April – and is now available wherever Red Bull is sold, including grocery stores and spots like Unscripted Durham. Grab one of the colorful cans and enjoy the beverage at Unscripted’s rooftop pool and patio, which recently opened for the season.

COPA Cuban-inspired tapas and cocktails restaurant. Try the Butifaras a lo cubano, Cuban-style sausages and the Paella del verano, “summer rice,” with a mojito or daiquiri. 107 W. Main St. Counting House Upscale restaurant featuring locally sourced entrees, as well as small plates featuring oysters, shellfish, and meats and cheeses. 111 N. Corcoran St.; 919-956-6760; BR Dashi Traditional ramen shop and izakaya with sake options. 415 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-2519335; Dos Perros Sophisticated Mexican cuisine; plates include carnitas, flautas veganas and pollo relleno. Don’t skip on the guac! 200 N. Mangum St.; 919-956-2750; Jack Tar and the Colonel’s Daughter Diner fare with a twist. It’s divided into two distinct sides – the restaurant, Jack Tar, and the Colonel’s Daughter, the bar – and a classic diner menu is served all day long in both sections, plus a smaller dinner menu is available in the evening. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 202 N. Corcoran St.; 919-682-5225; BR Littler Look for latkes Benedict, pan-roasted striped bass with sungold tomato and elderflower panna cotta at this small restaurant with big tastes. 110 E. Parrish St.; 919-374-1118; Loaf Oven breads and pastries. Counter Culture Coffee, pain au chocolat and cumin gruyere loaf. 111 W. Parrish St.; 919-797-1254 Lucky’s Delicatessen Deli crafted by chef Matthew Kelly and headed by chef Drew Brown serves seasonal soups and sandwiches like the garbanzo with chickpea fritters and the super Reuben. 105 W. Chapel Hill St.; 919-864-8841;

dining guide Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas South American cuisine meets the American South. Wood-fired rotisserie meats, Andean-inspired braises, empanadas. 112 W. Main St.; 984-439-8702;

showcasing fresh ingredients. 401 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-682-8844; BR

M Kokko Casual chicken entrees including the fried chicken sandwich, ramen and “KFC” wings. 311 Holland St., Ste. B; 919-908-9322 M Sushi Quality sushi from seasonal seafood, daily menu changes and creative rolls like “Unagi Maki” with barbecue eel and fried garlic. 311 Holland St.; 919-908-9266; Mateo Acclaimed menu of tapas and small plates by chef Matthew Kelly. Great for date night or night out with friends. Order a pitcher of “Cheerwine Sangria,” pollo frito, gambas and queso frito y huevo. 109 W. Chapel Hill St.; 919-530-8700; Mothers & Sons Trattoria Italian restaurant by partners Matthew Kelly and chef Josh “Skinny” DeCarolis. Handmade pasta, bruschetta and antipasti dishes. 107 W. Chapel Hill St.; 919-294-8247; Ninth Street Bakery Organic breads, pastries and lunch. Grab a “Wheel of Steel” (peanut butter, raisins and oats). 136 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-688-5606; BR The Parlour Handmade ice cream in rotating flavors like cookies and cream, salted butter caramel & sweet potato. 117 Market St.; 919-564-7999; The Patio Unscripted Hotel’s poolside bar featuring a range of cocktails and gourmet bites including sushi cones, salads and burgers. 202 N. Corcoran St.; 984-329-9500; BR

Pizzeria Toro Wood-fired pizza with selections like spicy lamb meatball with kale, fried eggplant ricotta and soft eggs on white pizza. Also, ricotta dumplings! 105 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-908-6936; Pie Pushers Grab a slice of staples like the cheese or pepperoni, or try out one of the specials, like the Pace Car. 117A W. Main St.; 919-294-8408; BR Pompieri Pizza Neapolitan pizza joint with a family-friendly approach. Try the “Drunken Horse” pizza with beer crust dough and house-made sausage. 102 City Hall Plaza; 919-973-1589; Pour Taproom Pay-by-the-ounce beer, wine and cider taps, plus tasting board, sandwich and kids’ options, and specials from Littler and Pizzeria Toro. 202 N. Corcoran St., Ste. 200; 919-2518985; The Restaurant at The Durham Locally sourced Southern cuisine crafted by chef Andrea Reusing. Selections include beef tartare and spring pie with asparagus and mushrooms. The Roof focuses on shared plates. 315 E. Chapel Hill St.; 919-768-8831; dining Rue Cler French bistro-style cuisine with lunch, brunch and dinner

Saltbox Seafood Joint Local seafood that is delivered fresh from the Carolina coast and served griddled or fried in a straightforward manner. 608 N. Mangum St.; 919-908-8970; Taberna Tapas Paella, flatbreads, bacon-wrapped dates, gambas. 325 W. Main St.; 919-797-1457; Table South Kitchen and Bar Breakfast, lunch and dinner, located in the Durham Marriott City Center. 201 Foster St.; 919-768-6000 Toast Italian paninis and soups. The warm goat cheese with honey and peppercorn crostini is our favorite. 345 W. Main St.; 919-683-2183; Viceroy British-Indian gastropub featuring dishes like jeera wings as well as traditional fish & chips. 335 W. Main St.; 919-797-0413; AMERICAN TOBACCO DISTRICT Basan A wide variety of fresh, specialty sushi rolls, modern Japanese appetizers and entrees, and an extensive sake selection. 359 Blackwell St., Ste. 220; 919-797-9728; The Bullpen Bull Durham Beer Co.’s beer garden with live music provided by the Music Maker Relief Foundation plus veggie melts, grain bowl salads and beer-infused chicken chili verde. 359 Blackwell St.; 919-744-3630;





Cuban Revolution Restaurant & Bar Cuban tapas served amid ’60s-style decor, plus bolsitas, sandwiches and Havana pork. 318 Blackwell St.; 919-687-4300; The District at 410 Lunch served Thursday and Friday by The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. 410 Blackwell St.; 919-317-3200; raleigh-durham/about/restaurant Maybelle’s A barbecue and biscuit restaurant featuring Eastern N.C. pulled pork, ribs, brisket – don’t miss out on the adult milkshakes and Southernstyle pies. 406 Blackwell St.; 984-2196345; Mellow Mushroom Pizza, hoagies, calzones and salads made using fresh ingredients. 410 Blackwell St.; 919-6808500; durham


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NanaSteak Offers various cuts of beef and steaks, plus other meats like salmon and tuna steaks and pastas like beef short rib ravioli. 345 Blackwell St.; 919-282-1183; BR

DURHAM-CHAPEL HILL BOULEVARD (15-501) Blaze Pizza Pizzas with made-from-scratch dough and healthful ingredients. 5320 McFarland Dr.; 919-251-6095;

OnlyBurger Build-your-own burger options and sides like bacon-wrapped mac and cheese squares. 359 Blackwell St.; 919-237-2431; Saladelia Cafe Espresso and organic smoothie bar, scratch-made pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. Dine-in or carry-out. 406 Blackwell St.; 919-6874600;

Foster’s Market Brought to you by acclaimed cookbook author Sara Foster, fresh breakfast selections, sandwiches and salads. Also pick up specialty food items. 2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-489-3944; BR Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe and Restaurant German-inspired cuisine and artisanal bakery. Restaurant dishes include house-cut noodles, weiner schnitzel and pan-roasted duck. 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-401-2600; BR Kanki Steak, chicken and seafood cooked on hibachi grills, plus an extensive sushi menu. Come for a show! 3504 Mt. Moriah Rd.; 919-401-6908;

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe American dishes like “Country Frizzled & Drizzled Chicken” made with local ingredients; overlooks the Bulls’ stadium. 280 S. Mangum St.; 919-937-9909; Tyler’s Restaurant &Taproom Hearty fare and huge beer selection. An order of garlic fries is a must! 324 Blackwell St.;919-433-0345; EAST DURHAM East Durham Bake Shop Handcrafted sweet and savory pies, baked goods, salads, coffee and more – all made with local ingredients. 406 S. Driver St.; 919-957-1090;


Namu Restaurant and Coffee Bar Bulkogi Truck and Bo’s Kitchen food trucks combine to bring casual Korean eats, local beer, wine and specialty coffee. 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-251-9794 The Refectory Cafe Dal, chili, salads and soups. 2726 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-908-6798; BR


Saltbox Seafood Joint A new, second location for the popular local seafood place. Fish delivered fresh from the Carolina coast and served griddled or fried in a straightforward manner. 2637 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919- 908-8970; Sitar Indian Cuisine Homemade Indian dishes at affordable prices, with daily lunch buffets and a weekend dinner buffet. 3630 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 919-490-1326; BR Souly Vegan Cafe Vegan takes on favorites like mac ‘n’ cheese and jerk chicken, along with sides like candied yams, plantains and lentils and spinach soup. 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.; 984-219-6050 UNIVERSITY DRIVE Barley Labs Choose from 16 different beers and ciders on tap while enjoying the company of your four-legged friends. Food from nearby restaurants welcome. 4015 University Dr.; 919-432-4597; The Boot A neighborhood Italian American Restaurant serving soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and traditional Italian entrees, plus a full bar. 2501 University Dr.; 919-294-8383;







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Capital Seafood Market & Grill Fried catfish, porkchop sandwiches and collard greens. Raw seafood for sale. 1304 University Dr.; 919-402-0777 Mi Peru Peruvian fare like ceviche mixto, asado and leche de tigre. 4015 University Dr., Ste. A1; 919-401-6432; Nana’s Restaurant Upscale seasonal dishes influenced by Southern, French and Italian cuisine. 2514 University Dr.; 919-493-8545;

Local Yogurt Frozen yogurt treats. 1114 W. Chapel Hill St.; 919-489-5900; MORE WEST-CENTRAL DURHAM Bull Street Gourmet & Market Fresh salads, breakfast and sandwiches like pulled pork-loaded hashbrowns and the turkey and Brie sandwich. 3710 Shannon Rd.; 919-237-2398; BR

Tacos Nacos Tacos, pupusas, tortas and horchata. 3411 University Dr.; 919-267-8226 Thai Cafe Authentic Thai cuisine: drunken noodles, curries and stir-fries. Don’t miss the coconut cake for dessert! 2501 University Dr.; 919-493-9794;

NanaTaco Inventive taqueria that features locally produced meats and veggies. Enjoy with margarita in hand. 2512 University Dr.; 919-489-8226; WINNER The Original Q Shack “BBQ tender as a mother’s love,” includes signature chile-rubbed beefOF brisket DURHAM and Carolina pork 2016 shoulder. 2510 University Dr.; 919-402-4227;

Saladelia Cafe Delicious, healthy, homemade food with an espresso and organic smoothie bar, scratch-made pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups. Open for dine-in or carry-out. 4201 University Dr.; 919-489-5776; saladelia com BR

WEST END & LAKEWOOD Cocoa Cinnamon Local coffee shop with signature hand-brewed coffees and lattes, hot chocolate and churros. 2013 Chapel Hill Rd.; GRUB Durham Serves up comfort food favorites with a twist like brioche donuts and beer-battered mushroom sandwiches. 1200 W. Chapel Hill St.; 919-973-3636;


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Sake Bomb Asian Bistro Asian bistro and sake bar; specialty rolls like the “Green Monster” with spicy yellow tail and tuna. 4215 University Dr.; 919-401-4488;

Finch’s Restaurant Breakfast foods like pancakes and omelets, plus healthy options and dinner service. 3211 Old Chapel Hill Rd.; 984-219-2891 BR Hope Valley Diner Diner food and breakfast all day with selections like chicken and dumplings, fried pickle chips, biscuits and gravy. 3710 Shannon Rd.; 919-419-0907; BR OnlyBurger The food truck’s brick-and-mortar offers all the same build-your-own burger options and sides. 3710 Shannon Rd., Ste. 118; 919-937-9377; Pop’s Backdoor South Fresh pizza and Italian cuisine, including calzones with homemade ricotta-mozzarella filling. 3710 Shannon Rd.; 919-493-0169; WINNER BR


Piper’s Deli Deli sandwiches and burgers like pimiento grilled cheese and French sandwich. 3219 Old OF dip DURHAM Chapel Hill Rd.; 919-489-2481;2016 Randy’s Pizza Pizzas, garlic knots and stromboli. 919-490-6850;


Phoebe Lawless’s craft cookery featuring local fare like pickled North Carolina top neck clam dip, grilled okra and peach melba sundaes. 2022 Chapel Hill Rd.; 919-402-8059; BR

Tonali Restaurant Inventive Mexican cuisine such as chicken con mole, Mexican chocolate torte and adobo pork. 3642 Shannon Rd.; 919-489-8000;

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WOODCROFT SHOPPING CENTER Guacamaya (Chubby’s Tacos) Fresh Mexican favorites like burritos, nachos and salads, as well as the “Chubbychanga.” 4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-489-4636

Bua Thai Cuisine Thai classics: Pad Thai, hot and sour soup, curries, Krapow lamb. Get your meal “Thai hot,” if you’re up to it! 5850 Fayetteville Rd., Ste. 101; 984-219-7357; Dulce Cafe Espresso, gelato and sandwiches. Smoked salmon bagel, dulce Reuben and the “B-L-A-T.” 5826 Fayetteville Rd.; 919-797-0497; BR

Joe Van Gogh Cozy and full of natural light, this local coffee shop sources quality beans for a superior coffee. 4711-5A Hope Valley Rd.; 919-973-3950;

Nantucket Grill & Bar New England-style cuisine known for their desserts like the “Unbirthday” and coconut cake. 5826 Fayetteville Rd.; 919-727-6750;

Pulcinella’s Italian Restaurant Southern Italian dishes. Antipasto classico, baked ziti and tortellini alla panna. 4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-490-1172;

LINCOLN PARK WEST Danny’s Bar-B-Que Hickory-smoked barbecue, ribs, fried catfish. 2945 S. Miami Blvd., Ste. 118; 919-806-1965;

Randy’s Pizza Pizzas, garlic knots and stromboli. 4810 Hope Valley Rd., Ste. 112; 919-403-6850;

Gussy’s Place Greek street food like gyro pita, Greek fries and baklava. 2945 S. Miami Blvd.; 984-439-8455;

Smallcakes Twelve signature cupcake flavors, as well as seasonal specials. 4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-937-2922;

Piper’s In The Park Soups, salads, hoagies and burgers with selections like curried couscous and “South of Here” turkey sandwich. 2945 S. Miami Blvd.; 919-5729767;

West 94th St. Pub Traditional pub fare: loaded fries, chili cheese tots and fish & chips. 4711 Hope Valley Rd.; 919-403-0025; Yamazushi Japanese fine dining, kaiseki-style, with seasonal menu changes and a multi-course menu, as well as sake. 4711 Hope Valley Rd., Ste. 6-A; 919-493-7748; SUTTON STATION Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria Traditional Italian pastas, pizzas, crostinis and salads. 5850 Fayetteville Rd.; 919-206-4067;

Spicy Green Gourmet Cafe & Catering Sandwiches, soups, salads with specialities like Cuban flatbread. 2945 S. Miami Blvd., Ste. 126; 919-220-6040;

Denny’s Diner fare serving breakfast anytime, lunch and dinner. 7021 N.C. 751,Ste. 901; 919-908-1006; BR Makus Empanadas A variety of meat, veggie and cheese empanadas, with vegetarian and vegan options. 1125 W. N.C. 54, Ste. 304; 919-390-7525; Treforni Wood-fired pizza and sandwiches including traditional options like Margherita, as well as more inspired options like the prosciutto arugula pizza. 1125 W. N.C. 54; 919-973-0922;


HOMESTEAD MARKET Bean Traders Coffee Coffee specialties and local pastries. 105 W. N.C. 54, Ste. 249; 919-484-2499; The Mad Popper A gourmet popcorn shop with flavors both sweet and savory. 105 W. N.C. 54, Ste. 259; 919-484-7677; City Barbeque Smoked meats, peach cobbler and hushpuppies. 208 W. N.C. 54; 919-237-9509; Shiki Sushi Sushi and pan-Asian choices like “Bang Bang Shrimp,” gyoza dumplings and beef pho soup. 207 W. N.C. 54; 919-484-4108;

HOPE VALLEY COMMONS Mattie B’s Public House Housemade burgers, pizza, wings and potato chips. 1125 W. N.C. 54, Ste. 301; 919-401-8600;

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Primal Food & Spirits Gluten-free options featuring wood-fired local meat dishes with seasonal sides, craft cocktails. 202 W. N.C. 54; 919-248-3000; BR

THE STREETS AT SOUTHPOINT AREA American Meltdown Gourmet melts, sides and desserts. Southpoint; 919-473-6358; Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Hand-crafted ice creams, sorbets & sherbets in ever-changing flavors. 8200 Renaissance Pwy., Ste. 1002; 919-237-3537; Porchetta Slow-roasted Italian-style pork sandwiches and sides. Southpoint; 919-607-7419; Harvest 18 Local, seasonal eats. Try the pimento cheese dip and a Bloody Mary for brunch. 8128 Renaissance Pkwy., Ste. 114; 919-316-1818; BR Rise Biscuits & Donuts Daily-changing menu of doughnuts and biscuits. For vegetarians, the “Fried Eggplant ‘Bacon’” biscuit is hard to beat. 8200 Renaissance Pkwy.; 919-248-2992; BR Town Hall Burger and Beer Offerings like the “Carolina Burger” with pork belly and pimiento cheese, barbecue salmon burger and fries poutine. 7830 N.C. 751; 919-973-0506;



N.C. 54 Akashi Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar Hibachi, sushi and noodle dishes like bento boxes, yakisoba and spicy scallop roll. 2223 N.C. 54, Ste. RS; 919-572-9444; Na’Mean Asian fusion, Korean barbecue sandwich shop. A KoKyu joint. 4823 Meadow Dr., Ste. 108; 919-699-4667; Spice & Curry Traditional Indian, buffet-style or off the menu. 2105 N.C. 54; 919-544-7555;


N.C. 55 Backyard BBQ Pit Barbecue and other Southern comfort foods: mac ‘n’ cheese, Brunswick Stew and pit-cooked barbecue. 5122 N.C. 55; 919-544-9911; Basera Modern, fine dining Indian restaurant featuring a lunch buffet, tandoor grill options and signature Biryanis. 4818 N.C. 55; 919-205-5050; Big C Waffles Specializes in gourmet waffle varieties such as The Bacon, Egg ‘n’ Cheese Waffle, Thin Mint Waffle, Pecan Waffle, Blueberry Waffle and Donut Waffle, just to name a few. 2110 Allendown Dr.; 919-797-7576; BR Brigs at the Park Breakfast selections like “Pineapple Bread Pina Colada French Toast” and sandwiches. 4900 N.C. 55; 919-544-7473; BR

Cafe Meridian Made-to-order salads and sandwiches. 2500 Meridian Pkwy., Ste. 130; 919-361-9333; Jamaica Jamaica Carribean food favorites like jerk chicken, yellow rice and brown stew chicken. 4857 N.C. 55; 919-544-1532 Sansui Sushi Bar & Grill Hibachi dishes and sushi rolls like “Spider Man” with crab and crawfish. 4325 N.C. 55; 919-361-8078; Sushiōki Sushi burritos in traditional flavors, plus rolls with a Southern twist, like double-fried chicken. 4900 N.C. 55, Ste. 510; 919-405-7121; sushiokirtp. com. Vit Goal Tofu Restaurant Korean dishes like fried dumplings and tofu soups. 2107 Allendown Dr.; 919-361-9100; GREENWOOD COMMONS Benetis Restaurant Classic breakfast with a Mediterranean lunch buffet. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-806-0313; BR Sarah’s Empanadas Homemade empanadas. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-544-2441 Tandoor Indian Restaurant Traditional Indian like veggie samosas, kababs and naan. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-484-2102; BR Thai Lanna Restaurant Authentic Thai cuisine like red curry, pad thai and larb. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-484-0808;

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True Flavors Diner Upscale Southern diner. Try the “Howling Moon” French toast made with Howling Moon moonshine sauce. 5410 N.C. 55; 919-316-7978; BR IMPERIAL CENTER

Breadmen’s Variety of sandwiches, burgers and salads. Breakfast all day. Breakaway Cafe Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and small plates, coffee, beer, wine and ice cream. B-Side Lounge Small plates like flatbread, baconwrapped dates and fondue. Inspired cocktails.

MEZ Contemporary Mexican Creative Mexican dishes, based on traditional recipes with a fresh, healthy twist. 5410 Page Rd.; 919-941-1630;

Buns Gourmet burgers, fries and shakes made from fresh ingredients.

Olio & Aceto Cafe Brunch and lunch options inspired by Blue Sky Oil and Vinegar products.

Elements Classical and modern Asian and European cooking; check out the wine bar next door.

Acme Soups, salads, seafood and entrees with a Southern touch.

The Fearrington Granary Small plates, salads and burgers. The Fearrington House Restaurant Contemporary fine-dining. Four Corners American fare, nachos, wings, pasta. Glasshalfull Mediterranean-inspired food and wine.

Babalu Tapas and Tacos Gourmet Mexican.

Italian Pizzeria III Pizza, calzones, subs. The “place to be” in Chapel Hill for 35+ years.

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Chronic Tacos Mexican grill.

CrossTies BBQ A variety of barbecue, sides and made-from-scratch desserts.

411 West Pasta, seafood and pizzas inspired by Italian and Mediterranean flavors, with a Californian twist.

Maple View Mobile Ice cream outpost of the dairy farm.

Moon Asian Bistro Asian-fusion: sushi, Chinese dishes like sweet-and-sour chicken, Thai curry dishes, rice and noodles.

Crook’s Corner Southern classics like shrimp & grits, and jalapeno-cheddar hushpuppies.


Maple View Farm Country Store Homemade ice cream and milk.

Capp’s Pizzeria Artisan, hand-crafted and wood-fired pizzas utilizing local ingredients. Compadres Tequila Lounge Mexican restaurant with a variety of classic dishes.

Page Road Grill Traditional American dishes, from house-made soup and bread to burgers to vegetarian options. 5416 Page Rd.; 919-908 8900;

Mama Dip’s Kitchen Traditional Southern specialties.

Pittsboro Roadhouse American entrees, burgers and salads. Radius Wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastas, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Roost Beer Garden Wood-fired pizza, local brews and live music; The Root Cellar Sandwiches, prepared salads, desserts and more. Squid’s Seafood options like live Maine lobster, fried oysters. Starrlight Mead Tastings of honey wines and honey. Trilogy American cafe featuring innovative twists on classic dishes. Venable Rotisserie Bistro Upscale comfort food with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Weathervane Shrimp & grits, sweet potato fries, chicken & waffles, and other foods with a Southern flair. Yogurt Pump Frozen yogurt treats.




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