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I've recently moved to southern Durham near the Streets at Southpoint. I know that the Southpoint area is mainly thought of as a mecca for noisey chain restaurants, but I'm hoping that there are some locally-owned gems hidden around here.

Am I dreaming? Can someone find something tasty to eat within, say, 3 or 4 miles of the mall? Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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  1. Have you tried the other direction on the other side of 40? There are a few shopping centers in there. City Bev on Hope Valley? is supposed to be good. FWIW, Nordstroms has a very nice cafe upstairs that is nice for lunch.

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    1. re: winedine

      Winedine, thanks for the suggestions. I'm very willing to check out the options north of I-40. I suspect that there are more locally owned restaurants on that side, anyway, but I don't know which ones are best and where they might be hidden.

    2. I live in the area, too. I'll second City Bev on Hope Valley, aka 751, brick-oven pizza at Bocci (Fayetteville) - not crazy about the entrees, but the pizza is decent and it's a pleasant place to hang out. Nip up to the "55 to 54 Apex" exit and you'll find a couple of Korean places - I like Vit Goal for Tofu soup along with a few other ethnic joints people really seem to like. So much for our regular haunts in the area. Shoot down Hope Valley to the end and you'll be near the Q-Shack, Nana's, Thai Cafe, Guglhupf German bakery, but that may be just a little farther than you want to go. Depends on where you are near the Streets - the Fayetteville side or the 751 side.

      1. Tonali, off Garrett Rd., is only a few miles from you and is one of the finest representatives of authentic Mexican cuisine in the Triangle.

        1. Shiki Sushi is right near the mall, and is the best sushi I have had in the Triangle.

          1. Oh wow. So many choices. Here are a few off the top of my head. The 54/55 intersection area has lots of ethnic choices. Head south on 55 for 2 blocks to the strip mall with Thai Lanna, Sara's Empanadas (lunch only), and a decent Indian place. For better Indian, head to Spice and Curry in the mall on the NE corner of 54/55. Nor much decor, but good Indian, and a nice Indian Market as well. Heading North on Fayetteville, you will find Bocci Italian, Nantucket Cafe (great desserts), and Sunset grille, a local watering hole with good burgers and such. In the Woodcroft Shopping center, we love Pulcinella's for both pizza and pasta. City Beverage, across the street is a more upscale bar with a real chef making gourmet burgers and more. They recently expnaded, so I'm not totally sure whats the current menu but it's good.
            In the Homestead shopping center (Harris Teeter) Shiki Sushi is good for sushi and lots of other pan asian dishes. I love the saigon street noodles. And Babba Ganoush is a great middle eastern place for a falafel, kebab, or shewarma.
            Believe it ot not the best Chinese in the immediate area is the funky chinese shop inside the Kroger. Not to be confused with the one next to the Kroger! Their menu doesn't look like much, but they will make almost anything you want, they just may not know the name for it in English.
            Hope that helps. Always looking for new suggestions too.

            1. Sunset Grille is particularly nice during the summer because of the patio seating.

              I've enjoyed shiki sushi as well, though sometimes it can be too crowded and loud.

              City Beverage has an excellent selection of nachos (pork nachos are my favorite) and a changing dessert menu (I had a krispy kreme donut bread pudding which was nearly sinful).