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Dec 9, 2010 09:20 AM

Seeking one lunch in Durham, NC

Yep, looking for one lunch recommendation. Wish I would be around for dinner, as I see good options, but most of those places are closed for lunch--or only offer sandwiches. I'm looking for a place that shows its farm-to-table goodness at lunch as well as dinner. Or, just a unique, not-to-be-missed place unlike anything I can find anywhere else. Willing to drive to Chapel Hill, but not much further.


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  1. Go to Watt's for outstanding food using local ingredients.

    Watt's Grocery @ 1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 919 - 416 - 5040.

    Watt's Grocery
    1116 Broad St Ste 100, Durham, NC 27705

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    1. re: Littleman

      Watt's is very good. Rue Cler does a nice lunch. Piedmont did (and may still, I haven't had lunch there since the ownership change).

      Crook's Corner's new Atrium cafe in Chapel Hill has a nice lunch but may be a bit sandwich heavy for what you're looking for.

      Rue Cler Restaurant
      401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

      Crook's Corner
      610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    2. If you're interested in bbq, Allen and Son is one of the best in NC and is located just off I-40, 20 minutes or less from Durham. Another option would be one of Durham's excellent mexican restaurants such as Los Comales or Taqueria La Vaquita.

      Taqueria La Vaquita
      2700 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

      Los Comales
      2103 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704

      1. Great suggestions, all. Thanks! Leaning toward Watt's for now. The Mexican places intrigue me, making me wish one was open early enough for breakfast.

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        1. re: dimsumfan

          Los Comales on Roxboro is open for breakfast.

          2103 N Roxboro St

          Los Comales
          2103 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704

        2. Sandwhich in Chapel Hill is much better than the name (or spelling) would suggest.

          1. I've been dying to try Dame's Chicken and Waffles even if it's not farm to table! Let us know where you end up...