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May 17, 2009 11:26 AM

Durham, NC

Will be in Durham May 20-24 for the ACC Baseball Tournament. Staying at the Hilton.

Suggestions please for restaurants from casual to High End please. Also anything within walking distance from the Durham Bulls stadium as we will be there from 12 noon until around 11 pm each day.

Cost no concern, must be good food & service.


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    1. I don't know of much near the Hilton. In between there and the Ballpark, there are many, many restaurants across the spectrum. Personal favorites;

      Blu Seafood
      Vin Rouge (next door to Blu)
      Watts Grocery
      Nikos Taverna

      Walking distance from the ballpark:

      Tyler's Tap Room (across the street; much beer, okay food)
      Rue Cler (one of my top Durham restaurants)
      Piedmont (pretty far)

      Other walkables others speak well of:

      Toast Paninoteca

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      1. re: dschoonmaker

        Those are all good recommendations but Piedmont is essentially the same distance from the DPAP as Rue Cler, so it's very walkable. Bull McCabes is 1/2 block from Toast and has good Irish pub food.

        A decent place near your Hilton is the Bennett Pointe Grill 1.5 mi from the hotel on the same road.

        Enjoy the cuisine of the Foodiest Small Town in America (according to Bon Appetit)

      2. Adding to the list:

        Mellow Mushroon Pizza n the American Tobacco building next to the DBAP (alos where Tyler's is)

        Toast for great paninis

        Blue Mountain Catering's cafe was great Souther food (e.g., chicken and waffles)

        The last two are on W. Main St. in downtown Durham.

        Highly recommend Piedmont and Rue Cler.

        1. We have tickets to see some of these games too, so we also expect to be down there a lot.

          The American Tobacco Campus - see here for restaurants: http://www.americantobaccohistoricdis...

          is right next to the ballpark, and also has a parking garage connected to it. That's where you'll find Tyler's and Mellow Mushroom. You can sit outside at both. Tyler's has a great beer selection - for food, try their specials. They tend to be locally sourced and better than what's on the menu. Their menu stuff tends to be pretty average on the whole, as is Mellow Mushroom's.

          I haven't tried anything from the Saladelia at that location, but we use the main location for catering where I work from time to time and most of what I've tried from them is pretty good - Greek and Mediterranean-themed salads, sandwiches, wraps, etc.

          I don't think Cuban Revolution is open yet, but if it is, I'm going to try it and report back.

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          1. re: romansperson

            Thank you all for your time and comments. Looking forward to trying some of your suggestions & 5 days of quality college baseball!

            1. re: NXS

              If I were there for five days, I'd probably grab a burger and some good beer at Tyler's and sit outside on one day. I think the rest of the restaurants at American Tobacco are no great shakes, but Saladelia would be a nice break from Ballpark food. Piedmont is right up the street from the Hilton. Their menu doesn't drive me wild, but they have nice drinks and very good homemade pate and local cheeses. Excellent for a nosh. Rue Cler is nice if you like basic French bistro food, which I do. It won't rock your world but it won't break the bank and they use really good ingredients. I love the asparagus with hollandaise and they make yummy duck. My husband really likes the way they prepare fish. Revolution on Main St. is a bit more up-market. I think their drinks - especially wine by the glass - are a little on the expensive side, but their appetizers are excellent (some are a bit precious - the fois gras BLT is delicious but you might need a magnifying glass to find it on your plate) - love their mussels and they have excellent bread. My good friend loves their raw tuna appetizer better than anything anywhere. From everything I've heard, don't waste your $$ on the bigger dishes. I have had their parpadelle and it's excellent. The desserts I've tasted are little works of art and beyond delicious - not necessarily share-able though. The Pinhook is a fun bar practically right next door (no food) but check out the back deck for a nice view of the ballpark side of Durham. . Definitely give Toast a try (also on Main St.). These are all within walking distance. From the Hilton you could actually walk to the Brightleaf Square area - if you've ever been to Europe and can walk farther than a couple of blocks. My favorite place there is The Federal (Main St.) which is a bar which still allows smoking - kind of a bummer - that'll change soon - but has some of the yummiest least pretentious food around. You could sit on the deck or they also have a back room (not as nice as the main bar area, but not smokey). You wouldn't think they have such great food by looking at it. All fresh local stuff. Anotherthyme - which no one on this board ever mentions - is a Durham institution and you'll find something yummy to eat there. I don't go there enough. It's on Gregson St. near the corner of Main (Brightleaf District). Nikko's in Brightleaf Square is a good Greek restaurant. Have fun.

              1. re: suse

                suse, the Marriott is the hotel downtown not the Hilton. The Hilton is out on Hillsborough Rd. Saving some confusion....

                You can't go wrong with any of the choices mentioned above. If I had to recommend 5 places to eat to gain an appreciation for Durham I would go with:
                Magnolia Grill - high end southern/new american food, dont forget dessert
                Piedmont - The place oozes Durham. Mid range prices, everything made in house (bread, charcuterie, etc)
                Toast - Fun Panini spot using many local ingredients, inexpensive
                Vin Rouge - Classic Frech Food, Rue Cler is a good choice as well
                Federal - Dive looking bar, extremely good food for the price

                1. re: chops

                  Oops. Thanks for clearing that up.